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Silent Letter / Alibi 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 (29 Mar 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: BGO Records
  • ASIN: B000HT3KEW
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,332 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Silent Letter: Only Game In Town
2. All Around
3. Tall Treasures
4. 1960
5. And Forever
6. Foolin'
7. All Night
8. No Fortune
9. All My Life
10. One Morning
11. High In The City
12. Alibi: Survival
13. Might Be Your Love
14. Catch That Train
15. You Could've Been The One
16. I Don't Believe In Miracles
17. I Do Believe In You
18. Hangover
19. Right Back To Me
20. Coastline
See all 22 tracks on this disc

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'Silent Letter' was the last album that George Martin produced for the band. With a string of hit LPs and singles in the US, these were America's first two albums for Capitol Records. Digitally remastered, slip-cased and with new notes.

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By pallithor on 10 Dec 2012
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america has been one of my favorites bands for many years, i had these albums on vinyl, but unfortunatly they dont sound good anymore so its nice to get these albums back. bw
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A nice package 17 Feb 2007
By A Fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a nice collection of two of America's lesser known albums, 1979's "Silent Letter" and 1980's "Alibi". Neither album was a hit in the US but they are not bad.

"Silent Letter" was America's last collaboration with legendary Beatles producer George Martin. It produced a few minor hits: "Only Game in Town", "All My Life", and "All Around."

While "Alibi" went vertually unnoticed in the US, it was a big hit overseas. "Survival" was a number 1 hit in Europe and it contains one of my favorite America rockers "Valentine".

This is not a bad collection to have if you do not already own the individual CDs.
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I CAN'T BELIEVE THESE ALBUMS WEREN'T HITS! 12 Jan 2008
By Anthony G. - Published on Amazon.com
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First of all, if you're an America fan, just buy this collection, you won't be disappointed. What first struck me when I played this anthology was how rocking this first album was for an America album: Silent Letter has a classic 1970s sound which is still probably my favorite period sound, when strong vocals were the rule, intruments were live, acoustic, and productions were so clear and yet experimental. The songs by both Dewey and Gerry are strong and meaningful, as well as the contributions from outside writers. Unfortunately, George Martin was not the problem or the reason for the lack of success of the 1st album...to be honest, no one was...it just wasn't picked up, why, I can't imagine. As well, the singles were some of the best tracks on the album, the vocals are pristine, yet powerful, w/ good range and harmony -- People, The Eagles (who are and will always be Classic and probably The Best)have got nothing on America in terms of melody and vocal harmonies! Silent Letter is a ***1/2 star album. Alibi, the second album on the disc is a *** star album (If you listen to the whole collection in one sitting, it seems like a rather unified double album, rather than two separate albums put on one CD), with songs of a similar quality, though not as rockish as Silent Letter. It's got a touch of that '80s sound that was just starting to make itself known. It's sad that neither one of these albums were successful in the U.S., but it seems that some of the best stuff being done isn't being snatched up the way that the very "commercial" is. The packaging is very good for this collection (good pictures and liner notes), only there seems more discussion about the period and the people who produced America than America itself (the George Martin material is interesting), and NO LYRICS! That's such a pain, since these two writers are rather poetic w/ their words and that these are probably the first reissues of these albums ever produced. This collection makes me think of how it has a kinship w/ their brand new album, Here & Now, which I strongly recommend -- It should've been nominated for some grammies. In some ways, as excellent as that new album was, I partly wish some of that rockishness of these earlier albums had been present, though Dewey Bunnell's "Ride On" certainly speaks to that conceit...Indeed, RIDE ON!
great 17 Feb 2013
By William Clower - Published on Amazon.com
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America's a great band who still tours and is well worth the time and investment to go see I need a couple more wrds because this thing makes you type too much
Silent Letter/Alibi 11 Jan 2013
By kaymay62 - Published on Amazon.com
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I love America, awesome cd to have two together, planning on buying more. I had the lps but lost them over the years.
Silent Letter/ Alibi 1 Dec 2012
By Kathren - Published on Amazon.com
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You can not go wrong with this CD. It is great music from America. I would recommend this to all America fans.
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