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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 (5 Jan 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000002KHS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,949 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. A Horse with No Name 4:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. I Need You 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Sandman (1987) 4:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Ventura Highway 3:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Don't Cross The River 2:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Only In Your Heart 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Muskrat Love 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Tin Man 3:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Lonely People 2:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Sister Golden Hair 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Daisy Jane 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Woman Tonight 2:22£0.99  Buy MP3 

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CD Warner Bros. Records, 7599-27333-2, 1986 12 Track

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This is about as treacly as pop can get, yet something about it endears and endures. Forget the Neil Youngish banality of "Horse with No Name". The best America songs feature a delicate yet intricate interplay of acoustic guitars that creates a tableau for sweeter-than-sweet vocalese. Just try not to sing along to "Ventura Highway" or "Sister Golden Hair". Try not to be suckered into sentimental reminiscence when listening to "I Need You" or the superb "Daisy Jane". And if your heart hardens when listening to the low-key lope of the "Muskrat Love", you must be cold-blooded. --Tod Nelson

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By JIM DOYLE on 21 Aug 2000
Format: Audio CD
Too often classified as Crosby, Stills and Nash wannabes, America had a lot to offer in their own right and this compilation of their work from 1972 to 1976 is an ideal starter for anyone who wants to get with their catchy, acoustic, harmonic style. The best known track, "Horse With No Name" was written several years before it hit and is an early ecology anthem. The band's only UK top 10 hit, it is still enduring and a staple for oldies playlists. "Ventura Highway" although not as big a hit is a song that lyrically works on many levels and has even been treatised on the Internet. A criticism of America is that their acoustic approach meant so many tracks sounded the same, but if you listen to the slow piano driven, "I Need You", the country influenced, "Don't Cross The River", the MOR treatment on "Muskrat Love" and the upbeat "Woman Tonight", then you will know that you are getting an album of variety and quality. A 5 star album all the way.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By N. Wilson VINE VOICE on 4 Nov 2003
Format: Audio CD
I am not sure of when America were around, but I have listened to them since i was very young. I have great memorys of listening to this album in the car and on holiday with my parents and i love the music on it so much it's unbelievable.
Each song on here is so individual and unique and really shows where todays music bussiness is going wrong.
The opening song, horse with no name, is my favorite song of all time, and this simple song of guitar and voice is really beautiful. In the summer it makes you feel lively and bouncy and in winter it brings a sense of warmth to the listener, and the other songs are just as beautiful and also have such a wonderful effect on listeners. All the songs on here are of a country style and the vocals are just magnificent. They are soft and soothing and lovely and relaxing to hear. The careful strumming of the guitar will send tingles up your spine and i think everyone can enjoy from this truly brillient collection of songs- which is fantastic to kick back and relax to, to cry to, to get warm to, to remember, tresure and love.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R.Cooper on 9 Oct 2009
Format: Audio CD
At the time in 1972/73 the Anglo-American trio America were really the flavour of the month & after the twilight hours of the 60s had faded were holding the flag of good sounds high. My brother was a big fan & he bought all their singles & LPs, and so had the chance to appreciate them in depth. Their music now (in 2009) may appear initially to not have aged so well, probably as some have observed, because of the simplistic backing of generally acoustic guitars - which by today's standards sounds fairly tinny & light weight. But it is this very purity & simplicity (almost folk rock) which is enduring and as you turn up the volume then it really is still stunning. Their lead vocals excel as Messrs Peek, Beckley & Bunnell each take turns - this adds interest. Harmonies sometimes appear a little bland & too sugary (lacking the energy of say DDDBM&T & Hollies) but they are pretty with flashes between Crosby, Stills & Nash, Simon & Garfunkel, Bee Gees, Lindisfarne, Doobie Brothers, and they really did carve out their own unique harmony style. Lyrically their songs are deeper than you may think subtly touching on ecology/environment, war, nostalgic places & lost loves. Highlights are 'Horse With No Name' (still a great track), 'Ventura Highway', 'Don't Cross The River', 'Tin Man' and 'Sister Golden Hair' which all have a positive vibrant swagger about them, plus the slower numbers 'I Need You' & 'Sandman' (virtually ballads) are also great. There is not a poor track here and those melodies just keep swirling around your head. Thankfully correct chronological order is maintained, allowing the tracks to flow & showing the development of the band.Read more ›
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Peter Wade VINE VOICE on 28 Dec 2009
Format: Audio CD
Clean cut American soft rock

It was some time in the early seventies it must have been somewhere between 1973- 1976 that I went on holiday to a Butlins with my family that is my parents even though I was in my twenties. The red coats did a performance of this great acoustic song that they did on stage and I remembered it when I got home. I discovered it was The Sandman. I was so impressed I looked out for it and followed the career of America.

They were a very tuneful group in the style of Crosby Stills Nash and Young. Every trivia fan knew that they were the sons of US servicemen in Britain and they had a pretty good career with great hits like Ventura Highway and A Horse with No Name.

Sister Golden Hair is a great song and you can't help but like it. Great strumming reminiscent of My Sweet Lord. To me this is American soft rock at its finest.

You can imagine clean cut American boys singing this stuff. Tunes like Ventura highway reeks of California and the sunshine and surfing and the good life. You can't imagine anyone writing a similar song about the M25 and having the same effect unless of course it is the Road to Hell.

It is all about tanned boys straight teeth and large cars in the sunshine down great wide roads.
If will lift your spirit even if you are driving to work down English country lanes in the winter.I treat myself every now and then and listen to it again and again.
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