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This is no "Ventura Highway!",
This review is from: Silent Letter -Jewelcase- (Audio CD)
For all those who love that American West Coast sound epitomised so much by cruising down "Ventura Highway" in an open-top car, this will not be for you, of that you may be assured!
This is such a poor album and a poor production by the legendary George Martin that I could not recommend this to anyone and to be honest, I would have preferred to have remembered America for what they were, a good West Coast soft-rock outfit, not by this poor offering.
By this time the "band" America were reduced to the duo of Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell who, only 8 years previously had first come to everyone's attention via the radio-favourite (not mine!) "A Horse With No Name".
This is just disappointingly poor all round; from the album cover - where there is no information regarding musicians involved, the album tracks are not in the playing order, to the production and even the very weak material - the best of which is Beckley's "All My Life" (which features a really bad, nay shocking guitar solo - from we know not who!).
A couple of tracks "Tall Treasures" and "And Forever" (which features an appallingly incongruous tenor sax solo and outro, "One Morning" vaguely hark back to that old America sound (mainly due to Bunnell's distinctive nasal tones) but, apart from that there is nothing of any merit here, where there are too many electric guitars, poor bass lines and poor and inappropriately structured solos. Indeed, on "No Fortune" there's a line that is sung "Call it a day". Perhaps the (by now - duo) America should have done exactly that !
To be honest, I would have been more comfortable giving it one and a half stars as I usually accord (and identify for other potential buyers) one star to re-recordings but, it really doesn't warrant two stars!