David Pack: Anywhere You Go (1985)

I am acutely aware that many people view this album as a classic, a Westcoast masterpiece. I do not. There, I said it. At the risk of being vilified I believe it’s time for me to come out of the closet and say it how I see it.

To my ears this is an okay album. It’s not too bad, but in no way is it a masterpiece of the genre. It’s not even Westcoast to me. I believe that it is closer to a kind of Hi-Tech, soft rock hybrid (with some Westcoast elements), released on the cusp between the peak Westcoast years and the advent of the hard rock sound of the mid to late Eighties.

Nonetheless, the songs are well written and well performed by a great cast of musicians and there are some really good tunes in there. It’s just not my particular peak of perfection. You decide…

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Producers: David Pack and Michael Verdick

Musicians:
Drums: Prairie Prince, George Perilli, John Robinson, Jeff Porcaro
Guitars: David Pack, Kerry Livgren
Bass: Mike Porcaro, Joe Puerta, David Pack, Will McGregor, Stanley Clarke
Keyboards: David Pack, Kerry Livgren, Jai Winding, James Newton Howard
Synthesizers: David Pack, Jamie Bernstein, Hawk Wolinski
Percussion: Burleigh Drummond, Paulinho Da Costa
Sax: Ernie Watts
Background Vocals: Michael McDonald, James Ingram, Joe Puerta, Royce Jones, Buleigh Drummond, John Elefante, Jennifer Holliday, Lisa Harrison, Cynthia Rhodes

Tracklist:

  1. Anywhere You Go
  2. I Just Can’t Let Go
  3. Won’t Let You Lose Me
  4. My Baby
  5. That Girl Is Gone
  6. She Don’t (Come Around Anymore)
  7. Do Ya
  8. Prove Me Wrong
  9. No Direction (No Way Home)
  10. Just Be You

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3 thoughts on “David Pack: Anywhere You Go (1985)

  1. Rob Maurer November 6, 2016 / 3:50 pm

    I am so with you! IMO, it only gets lumped in with the WestCoast tag because of the players (and the obligatory Mike McDonald appearance). 1985 was definitely a turning point toward more mechanics, less actual “playing”. Same goes for McDonald’s “No Lookin Back” from the same time, but that one had a little more actual WestCoast vibe.

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    • Jimbo November 6, 2016 / 4:21 pm

      You’re right Rob. With the MM release, he comes from a Blue Eyed Soul background, which continues to permeate his music despite all the studio wizardry. David Pack comes from (dare I say it) a prog rock/soft rock background, hence his album sounding less Westcoast and more rock.

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      • Rob Maurer November 6, 2016 / 6:59 pm

        Yep! But when Ambrosia went softer, boy were they good. Prog fans would kill me for that statement!

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