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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/2011
  • Label: Ent. One Music
  • UPC: 099923213727
  • Catalog Number: 2137
  • Sales rank: 8,363

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
Greg Calbi Mastering
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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  • Posted September 2, 2011

    Old Is New Again!

    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.

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  • Posted July 1, 2011

    Official Press Release

    "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."

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