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Back Pages [CD]

America Audio CD
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America was a light folk-rock act of the early '70s who had several Top Ten hits, including the number ones "A Horse with No Name" and "Sister Golden Hair." Vocalists/guitarists Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek, and Gerry Beckley met while they were still in high school in the late '60s; all three were sons of U.S. Air Force officers who were stationed in the U.K. After they ... Read more in Amazon's America Store

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  • Audio CD (8 Aug 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: eOne Music
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,925 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By F.Zappa
Format:Audio CD
Fantastic album and great interpretations of songs by Bob Dylan, Neil Young, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Joni Mitchell, Buffalo Springfield & Mark Knopfler!

Special Guest: Mark Knopfler, Jeff Foskett & Van Dyke Parks!

That you can listen to over and over again.

Great for cruising along in the car on a long journey!

Thank you, America!!!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Covering America 8 Aug 2011
By Glenn TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
They've earned it. America's latest album 'Back Pages' is a covers tribute, perhaps predictable in that so many other artists have taken this marketing route, but there is enough of the duo's distinctive sound stamped across known territory to make it a pleasant and pleasing stroll. Who wouldn't walk a familiar path enjoyed for so many years when this slight but safe detour is on offer?

The album begins eponymously with Simon and Garfunkel's 'America' and I like the neatness of the platitude. The distinctive voices of Buckley and Bunnell make it their own though the beautiful melody truly carries the song. Third track 'Woodstock' does, admittedly, evoke Matthews Southern Comfort more than their own sound, but with such a similarity that is a nuance for the most critical of ears. I was pleasantly surprised to hear their version of the New Radicals song 'Someday' - a song I have always enjoyed and which gets an appreciative version here. Perhaps because the song choice is so appealing in itself and my love of America so deep-rooted I am bound to be an instant fan.

The Jimmy Webb penned and Garfunkel beautification of the ballad 'Crying In My Sleep' is a little cloying as another version, but the Zombies' 'Time Of The Season', the eighth track, continues the melodic song selection and homage to pretty songwriting of the past. This marriage of America's harmonising with established hits is furthered with ninth track's covering of James Taylor's 'Something In The Way She Moves'.

The album ends on probably the stand-out cover, this time Bob Dylan's 'My Back Pages'. Solo piano chords lead into a heartfelt vocal harmonising of the familiar lines and meanings which is then continued with an accordion accompaniment. It's a simple but sweet version letting the words control rather than seeking to redefine its sound.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing album 12 Aug 2011
Format:Audio CD
I've been a fan of America since 1972 when I saw them supporting Family so yes I'm biased but please read on.
The beauty of this album is that although every song is a cover, they all have the America feel, vibe and sound. (see if you can spot the guitar riff from Sister Golden Hair) You know each track is America and if you hadn't heard them before wouldn't think they are covers. Vocals and instruments are all exceptional and the song choice is so clever.
The stand out songs for me:
Caroline -The beach boys classic, just sheer perfection in every way
Someday -I love the new radicals and this song but it's constantly in my head due to this version.
A road song- This sounds like it was written by America rather than being a Fountain of Wayne song.
America-My favourite Simon and Garfunkel song just made even better. The vocals are so beautiful-a great way to start the album.
Sailing to Philadelphia- Gerry and Dewey's different voices really bring the song to life.
Till I hear from you- The Gin Blossoms song that sounds so like it is just a typical great America song
Worth buying the album just for these 6 tracks alone!
Also goood were:
Time of the season
Crying in my sleep
However for me, Gerry and Dewey didn't 'Americanise' these 3 songs quite enough.
The remaining 2 songs are just songs that I personally don't like and would rather they had included different songs (I'd have loved Pete Yorn's Just Another-made for the guys and David Gray's Babylon or Lindisfarne's Lady Eleanor but what do I know)
Anyway a great song for any lover of quality music-Buy it now!
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4.0 out of 5 stars America back pages 30 Aug 2011
By Deka's
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
An excellent album to compliment the style and voices of America. these are one of my favourite bands so I am biased. Great to see live if you get the chance when they are promoting this latest album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bury the myth!!! 10 Aug 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What a fine collection of classic songs from days gone by!

This collection absolutely destroys the myth that its dangerous ground to bring out a covers album.

Dewey Bunnell has to get special mention as his vocal throughout is exceptional.

Across the pond efforts at UK classic songs is always a challenge but America's interpretation of The Zombies 'Time Of The Season' is wonderfully mood provoking. I'm sure Rod Argent would be giving a particular nod of approval for the effort.

They make the James Taylor (Something In The Way) and Paul Simon (America)classics as good as their own. Their feel for the tracks is as if they had been performing them for years.
That for me is some compliment to the group.

The whole CD is a wonderful and gentle trip through time and it saves its finest moment for the finale.

'Back Pages' is an awesome performance and one of my favourite musical experiences for years.

Wonderfully crafted in an America format with a beautiful arrangement and oh so fragile heartfelt vocals.

I'm certain if this version of the track got decent air-play it would become a global classic once again.

This is a great CD; every musical home would benefit from owning a copy.
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I discovered this GEM purely by chance having recently typed Dan Peek into YouTube, and shocked to find the 2 year anniversary of his passing was just days away and this album had... Read more
Published 8 months ago by railwaystationmaster
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool sounds from America
I'll admit that I've been a fan of America from their early days, and collected most of the albums on vinyl before getting them again on CD. Read more
Published 13 months ago by RICHYT
5.0 out of 5 stars Dewey and Gerry's Back Pages
I really like this CD, in particular Dewey's vocals on Woodstock and Caroline no. Dewey's vocals have matured and mellowed over the years and this becomes obvious on this CD. Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2012 by Clarice
5.0 out of 5 stars Hold the frront page
Like other America fans I was concerned as to benefits of producing an album of covers. I need not have worried. Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2011 by J. Hemstock
4.0 out of 5 stars Back Pages could be the way forward
The genius of the early years of songwriting from Dewey and Gerry are these days a distant memory. More recent albums have shown an inexplicable drop in standards from the sheer... Read more
Published on 4 Nov 2011 by G. A. Simmonds
5.0 out of 5 stars America's triumph!
This is a superb C.D. The production is excellent and the song selection clearly what they've wanted to record/sing for years! Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2011 by Mr. CSCollard
5.0 out of 5 stars BACK PAGES-AMERICA
I did not expect this album to be much good, as it is all old tracks. But when you listen to these tracks the only thing I can say is BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!
Published on 30 Aug 2011 by DENN987
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy listening but ultimately unsatisfying
Ah, the covers album, the ready-made refuge for writer's block.

After a surprisingly upbeat return to form with 2007's "Here and Now" this comes as something of a... Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2011 by Leonardo27
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