America

America

by America, David Lindley America
America

America

by America, David Lindley America

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Overview

America's debut album is a folk-pop classic, a stellar collection of memorable songs that would prove influential on such acts as the Eagles and Dan Fogelberg. Crosby, Stills & Nash are the group's obvious stylistic touchstone here, especially in the vocal harmonies used (compare the thick chordal singing of "Sandman" and "Children" to CS&N's "You Don't Have to Cry" and "Guinevere") and the prominent use of active strummed acoustic guitar arrangements (contrast "Riverside" to CS&N's "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes"). America's intricate interplay of acoustic guitar textures is more ambitious than that of their influences, however. Performance quality is usually good, though on occasion sloppily executed or out of tune (especially on the openings to "Donkey Jaw" and "I Never Found the Time"). Lengthy instrumental introductions ("Donkey Jaw"), middle improvisatory interludes ("Here"), and closings ("Clarice") are frequently encountered. Most of these selections boast highly unusual and inventive chord progressions that work well without drawing undue attention to themselves. Lyrics are sometimes trite ("I need you/Like the flower needs the rain") or obscure ("He flies the sky/Like an eagle in the eye/Of a hurricane that's abandoned"), but the music more than makes up for any verse problems; only the odd "Pigeon Song" seems an unsalvageable misstep. Sound quality here has a covered, intimate feel that lends a ghostly aura to this release. Chart hits from this album include the spectrally loping "A Horse with No Name," the squarishly tuneful "I Need You," and the nervously dour "Sandman." Other highlights include the buoyantly charming "Three Roses," the yearningly lovely "Rainy Day," and the quietly ringing "Clarice." In spite of its flaws, this platter is very highly recommended.


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Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0075992725729
catalogNumber: 2576
Rank: 21419

Tracks

  1. Riverside
  2. Sandman
  3. Three Roses
  4. Children
  5. A Horse with No Name
  6. Here
  7. I Need You
  8. Rainy Day
  9. Never Found The Time
  10. Clarice
  11. Donkey Jaw
  12. Pigeon Song

Album Credits

Performance Credits

America   Primary Artist
David Lindley   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar
Dan Peek   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric),Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Dave Attwood   Drums
Gerry Beckley   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Chimes,Electric Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Dewey Bunnell   Acoustic Guitar,Drums,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Ray Cooper   Percussion,Bell-tree
Kim Haworth   Drums
Dave Atwood   Drums

Technical Credits

America   Producer
Ken Scott   Engineer
Jeff Dexter   Executive Producer
Ian Samwell   Producer

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