Ambrosia

Anthology

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For various legal reasons, no Ambrosia recordings were released on compact disc in America until 1997's Anthology, and while it's an imperfect collection, it does offer a reasonably thorough overview of the group's career. It only briefly touches on Ambrosia's early art rock records, choosing to concentrate instead on the band's early-'80s soft rock hits like "Biggest Part of Me," "You're the Only Woman," and "How Much I Feel." As a result, dedicated prog rock fans will find this collection inadequate, but for most casual listeners, it will contain everything they need and then some, since the disc is padded with three new songs that are pleasant but unremarkable. [In 2004, Warner reissued Anthology as Greatest Hits. Apart from a paper slip that wraps over the CD and says the album is called Greatest Hits, the disc is identical -- the same artwork, same remastering, and it even reads Anthology on the spine and the disc itself.]

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