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by America
     
 
America follows up their much-hyped major-label 2007 comeback Here & Now by shifting to an independent imprint and covering favorite songs. The move to an indie cleans up the production -- there's not the old-school warmth that James Iha brought to it -- and lessens the scope, so apart from the

Overview

America follows up their much-hyped major-label 2007 comeback Here & Now by shifting to an independent imprint and covering favorite songs. The move to an indie cleans up the production -- there's not the old-school warmth that James Iha brought to it -- and lessens the scope, so apart from the touch-too-pristine surfaces, this sounds intimate and friendly. There are no great surprises in the song selection, it's heavily weighted toward classic songwriters like Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, and Brian Wilson, and has a selection from Schlesinger's Fountains of Wayne, so the only surprises are tunes from the Gin Blossoms and the New Radicals, whose melodicism fits quite well here, and there are mild, subtle surprises within the arrangements, with Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley turning these familiar tunes into something that sounds distinctly like America. It's comfortable and engaging without being complacent; it's a visit with old friends that still can do something unexpected after all these years.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/26/2011
Label:
Ent. One Music
UPC:
0099923213727
catalogNumber:
2137

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

America   Primary Artist
Van Dyke Parks   Accordion
Gerry Beckley   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Pat Buchanan   Electric Guitar
Dewey Bunnell   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Tony Harrell   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Harmonium,Wurlitzer
John Jarvis   Piano,Wurlitzer
Mark Knopfler   Electric Guitar
Fred Mollin   Synthesizer,Percussion,Background Vocals,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Greg Morrow   Percussion,Drums
Larry Paxton   Bass
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Jeffrey Foskett   Background Vocals
Larry Beaird   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Jaime Babbitt   Vocals
Stewart Duncan   Fiddle,Mandolin

Technical Credits

Marshall Crenshaw   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Joni Mitchell   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
James Taylor   Composer
Brian Wilson   Composer
Neil Young   Composer
Rod Argent   Composer
Jimmy Webb   Composer
Gregg Alexander   Composer
Mark Knopfler   Composer
Kyle Lehning   Engineer
Mark Linett   overdub engineer
Fred Mollin   Producer
Danielle Brisebois   Composer
Jesse Valenzuela   Composer
Robin Wilson   Composer
Adam Schlesinger   Composer
Chris Collingwood   Composer
Tony Asher   Composer
"Teenage" Dave Salley   overdub engineer
Chad Griffith   Cover Photo
Andrew Kelley   Art Direction
Guy Fletcher   Engineer
Debra Holla   Composer

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Back Pages 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
FANJS More than 1 year ago
When I 1st heard that America's new release was a cover CD, I was disappointed. I was wrong. Great songs, great production, wonderful musicians, and truely unusual takes on the original songs. The original performers must smile when they here these cuts. I've been a fan for the last 40 yrs. America is real musical teasure that has not been recognized for their accomplishment. I especiall like ,Time of the Season,Till I Hear It From You, Someday We'll Know and Caroline No.
doctordawg More than 1 year ago
"Iconic Grammy-winning rock group AMERICA--led for four decades by Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell and as active as ever with over 100 live shows worldwide a year--will release a new album, BACK PAGES, July 26 via Entertainment One Music. It is a rich, joyous collection of a dozen glimmering interpretations of songs by Bob Dylan, The Buffalo Springfield, Simon and Garfunkel, the Beach Boys, Jimmy Webb, Mark Knopfler as well as Fountains of Wayne, New Radicals and Gin Blossoms, among others (see full track listing and Q&A with Gerry and Dewey below). Upon hearing AMERICA's version of his song "Caroline No" by the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson said: "An absolutely stunning version...I almost got tears."