America Live

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
America Live marked the beginning of the group's history as a duo. Recorded at the last of a series of four shows at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles in July of 1977, with film music legend Elmer Bernstein conducting the orchestra and George Martin producing, the album closed out the group's original Warner Bros. contract and was mostly released for that reason, following the Harbor album and the departure of co-founder Dan Peek. Their ninth album in seven years counting a greatest-hits compilation, it filled in a hole in the group's history and represented America surprisingly well, given the circumstances of its release. Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell are both in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
America Live marked the beginning of the group's history as a duo. Recorded at the last of a series of four shows at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles in July of 1977, with film music legend Elmer Bernstein conducting the orchestra and George Martin producing, the album closed out the group's original Warner Bros. contract and was mostly released for that reason, following the Harbor album and the departure of co-founder Dan Peek. Their ninth album in seven years counting a greatest-hits compilation, it filled in a hole in the group's history and represented America surprisingly well, given the circumstances of its release. Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell are both in excellent voice, and one could hardly ask for a sharper or more balanced live recording. The expected mid-'70s hits such as "Tin Man," "Ventura Highway," and "Sister Golden Hair" all brilliantly sung, and worth the price of the album are here, and more modestly charting but highly personal tracks like "Amber Cascades" are represented as well, along with early classics like "I Need You" and "A Horse With No Name" the latter done with a beautifully elegant yet restrained orchestral arrangement. One does wonder, however, if there were more to this show than the 14 songs represented on the original LP, which might make for a good CD expansion someday. On the other hand, given that Warner Bros. has never seen fit to release this album on CD anywhere but in Europe and Japan, that might be too much to hope for.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/2005
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431671122
  • Catalog Number: 6711
  • Sales rank: 63,298

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tin Man (3:38)
  2. 2 Muskrat Love (3:07)
  3. 3 I Need You (2:41)
  4. 4 Old Man Took (3:29)
  5. 5 Daisy Jane (3:04)
  6. 6 Company (3:21)
  7. 7 Hollywood (3:51)
  8. 8 Sergeant Darkness (2:56)
  9. 9 Amber Cascades (2:47)
  10. 10 To Each His Own (3:16)
  11. 11 Another Try (2:59)
  12. 12 Ventura Highway (3:28)
  13. 13 Sister Golden Hair (3:26)
  14. 14 A Horse with No Name (4:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
America Primary Artist
Elmer Bernstein Conductor
Larry Carlton Sitar
Dan Peek Guitar, Vocals
Gerry Beckley Guitar, Vocals
Dewey Bunnell Guitar, Drums, Vocals
James Calire Keyboards, Saxophone
David Dickey Bass
Willie Leacox Drums
Tom Walsh Percussion
Technical Credits
George Martin Arranger, Producer
David Bryson Monitor Mixer
Geoff Emerick Engineer
Phil Hartman Cover Design, Direction
Terry Stark Engineer
Jack Ingram Engineer
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