Hat Trick

Hat Trick

by AmericaAmerica


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America's Hat Trick has the distinction of being the album that contained the first song that the band sang that wasn't theirs. Written by Willis Ramsey, the syrupy "Muskrat Love" only went as high as number 67 on the singles chart for America, but the Captain & Tennille managed to take it all the way to number four only three years later. The rest of Hat Trick failed to garner any hits and is a slight disappointment after the success of their self-titled debut in 1972, which harbored the band's first number one hit in "A Horse With No Name," and after Homecoming, their satisfying follow-up. Hat Trick peaked at number 28 on the album charts, faltering mainly because the songs lacked the cordial folk-rock melodies and mindful songwriting that prevailed on the earlier releases. "She's Gonna Let You Down" and "Rainbow Song" are the album's best cuts, but banal offerings such as "Green Monkey," "Willow Tree Lullaby," and "Molten Love" have Bunnell and Peek straying off course, sounding stale and musically feeble. The unsuccessful repercussions that evolved from Hat Trick both commercially and otherwise were not overlooked by the band, and they rebounded with 1974's Holiday, an album which yielded hits in "Tin Man" and "Lonely People," which both made Billboard's Top Five.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/19/1999
Label: Warner Bros Uk
UPC: 0075992669221
catalogNumber: 926692
Rank: 21906


  1. Muskrat Love
  2. Wind Wave
  3. She's Gonna Let You Down
  4. Rainbow Song
  5. Submarine Ladies
  6. It's Life
  7. Hat Trick
  8. Molten Love
  9. Green Monkey
  10. Willow Tree Lullaby
  11. Goodbye

Album Credits

Performance Credits

America   Primary Artist
Joe Walsh   Guitar
Chet McCracken   Conga
Tom Scott   Saxophone
Bruce Johnston   Background Vocals
Carl Wilson   Background Vocals
Dan Peek   Guitar,Vocals
Hal Blaine   Percussion,Drums
Gerry Beckley   Guitar,Vocals
Dewey Bunnell   Guitar,Drums,Vocals
David Dickey   Bass
Henry Diltz   Banjo
Billy Hinsche   Background Vocals
Lee Kiefer   Harmonica
Jim Ed Norman   Piano
Rovert Margoliffe   Synthesizer
Lorene Yarnell   Taps
Chester McCrackin   Conga

Technical Credits

Dan Peek   Producer
Gerry Beckley   Producer
Dewey Bunnell   Composer,Producer
Gary Burden   Art Direction
Jim Ed Norman   Arranger
Michael Stone   Engineer
Pete Reuther   Inspiration
Mike Stone   Engineer

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