Secret Of Moving On (2005)
|Artist: David Pack|
|As the leader of the legendary rock group Ambrosia, David Pack has since established himself as a respected solo artist. In addition to being an extraordinary singer, songwriter and guitarist, Pack is a Grammy Award-winning producer and has been the musical director of a multitude of high-profile events including both of President Clinton's inaugurations. In The Secret of Movin' On, David utilizes all of his incredible musical skills and assembles an all-star cast of musicians and vocalists including Steve Perry (Journey), Ann Wilson (Heart), Timothy B. Schmidt (Eagles), and Dewey Bunell (America). Featuring original songs and remakes of two of his famous hits, "The Biggest Part of Me" and "You're the Only Woman," the secret is out on The Secret of Movin' On.|
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Personnel: David Pack (guitar, keyboards); David Pack (vocals); Steve Perry (vocals, background vocals); Dewey Bunnell, Timothy B. Schmit, Stacey Hymes, Michael Zuanich (vocals); Beth Pack (spoken vocals); Alex Al (bass guitar); Ann Wilson (vocals); Russ Freeman (guitar); Eric Marienthal (saxophone); David Benoit (keyboards); Steve Ferrone, Vinnie Colaiuta (drums); Luis Conte (percussion).|
|Audio Mixers: David Pack; Don Murray ; Seth Presant; Steve Sykes.|
|Recording information: Drum Roll, Burbank, CA; House Of Blues Studio, Encino, CA; North Beach Studios, Nashville, TN; O'Henry's Studio, Burbank, CA; Pack's Place, Manhattan Beach, CA; Record One Studios, Sherman Oaks, CA; Stephen Bray Studios, Studio City, CA.|
|Photographer: Sonny Mediana.|
|Arrangers: Steve Perry ; David Pack; Russ Freeman ; David Benoit.|
|The heart of Ambrosia's soft rock success was found in two major arteries: super-polished, smooth productions easily accessible for the top of the pop charts, and the songwriting skill and vocals of lead singer David Pack. After nearly a two-decade sabbatical from releasing any new material, Pack returns with an arsenal of '70s arena rock all-stars making guest cameos: Ann Wilson, Timothy B. Schmidt, and Steve Perry all make guest appearances to accentuate songs that are predictably light and accessible. But these guest contributions only help already well-written and performed songs ascend to a level of quality that Ambrosia fans have come to expect. Enlisting the dynamic smooth jazz duo of Russ Freeman and David Benoit for arrangements and production helps out at points, and traces of their two collaborative projects find their way into The Secret of Movin' On. But the album is certainly not without fault. A re-recording of "Biggest Part of Me" and a hideous remake of "You're the Only Woman" are nowhere near as good as the originals and only serve as a reminder of how good Ambrosia truly was, especially in comparison to this coffeehouse fodder (double irony points for a re-recording of a song that includes the lyric "You can't go back and change the way things are"). And the duet on "A Brand New Start" needs less Pack and a lot more Steve Perry, who only provides glimpses and traces of vocal contributions in the background. It's an above-average adult contemporary album from an artist finding his way back to the top of the soft rock heap. ~ Rob Theakston|
Producer: Steve Perry; David Pack; Steve Perry; David Pack
Engineer: Clark Germain; Doug Tyo; Dave Dillbeck; Russell Wiener; John James; John Potoker
|Release Date : 06/21/2005|
|Original Release Date : 2005|
|Catalog ID : PKD 85192|
|Label : Universal (Poland)|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00013431851929|
One of music's most distinctive voices, David Pack has won acclaim worldwide for both his insightful solo work and as the charismatic lead vocalist--and guitarist--for the celebrated progressive pop-rock group Ambrosia. As a songwriter, Pack's compositions took the band to the top of the charts repeatedly, and have delivered hits for a diverse group of artists. As a record producer, he's worked with many of the biggest names in music, his collective works selling over 30 million units. Pack's imprint producing and music directing truly major events includes the masterminding of President Clinton's two star-studded inaugural galas.
David Pack first rose to stardom when Ambrosia's debut hit, 1975's "Holdin' On To Yesterday," captured the pop culture consciousness, followed by the blockbuster 1978 #3 Billboard single "How Much I Feel." Before Ambrosia disbanded in '82, Pack penned them two more signature smashes (and 3 million plus BMI airplay award winners)--both reincarnated on his new album--"Biggest Part Of Me" and "You're The Only Woman." The band's legacy was honored in 2001 with Warner Bros.' Anthology, a "best of" compilation also featuring three new tracks.
Pack's debut solo album was the 1986 Warner Bros. release Anywhere You Go, executive produced by Lenny Waronker, with the stand-outs "I Just Can't Let Go" and "Prove Me Wrong," the latter also featured in the Taylor Hackford (Ray)-directed motion picture White Nights. 2004's Unborn, introducing a dozen diverse songs written over the years but never before recorded, is Pack's only other solo disc prior to The Secret Of Movin' On.
The years in between have been filled with a much-lauded career as a visionary producer, which began in 1983 when Quincy Jones connected David with Patti Austin for multiple projects. Two decades-plus later, his production credits include work with artists Kenny Loggins, Aretha Franklin, Michael McDonald, Phil Collins, Selena, Wynonna, CeCe Winans, Natalie Cole, Chick Corea, James Ingram, Patti Labelle, and Trisha Yearwood, among many others. Notable highlights also include the GRAMMY¨-winning Best Contemporary Gospel Album Handel's Messiah-A Soulful Celebration ('95) and Tribute: The Songs Of Andre Crouch ('96).
The most personally meaningful to Pack of all his many projects as a producer is 1996's RIAA Gold CD The Songs Of West Side Story (with Phil Collins's Top 5 hit "Somewhere"), an all-star tribute to music legend Leonard Bernstein, who was also godfather to Pack's eldest daughter. Most recently, Pack produced the multi-artist Time-Life CD Committed 2 Rock, featuring an enviable line-up of top modern rock and contemporary Christian acts--including Dave Matthews, Creed, Moby, and Nickelback--performing positive-skewed songs. The project was the first one conceived by Mpowered Ideas, the independent media company Pack co-founded in 2001.
As David Pack returns to recording for the first time in many years, he says, "I've had the great blessing to do so many wonderful projects with stars from classical, jazz, rock, pop, and gospel music, yet I feel like I'm only just hitting my own stride artistically. It feels like exactly the right time to be recording again, to bring all these things together.