Definitive America

Definitive America

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The trio America (vocalists/guitarists Dewey Bunnell, Gerry Beckley, and Dan Peek) approximated the 1970s California pop folk sound so well that when their first single "A Horse With No Name" appeared on the radio waves in the fall of 1972, many listeners assumed it was a song by

Overview

The trio America (vocalists/guitarists Dewey Bunnell, Gerry Beckley, and Dan Peek) approximated the 1970s California pop folk sound so well that when their first single "A Horse With No Name" appeared on the radio waves in the fall of 1972, many listeners assumed it was a song by Neil Young. Ironically, "Horse" knocked Young's own "Heart of Gold" out of the Number One slot that year and jump-started America's career as a sort of lighter and less-filling version of Crosby, Stills Nash & Young. All three members of the group were competent and accessible songwriters, and their easy harmonies brought America several big hits throughout the '70s, including two produced by Beatles-producer George Martin, "Tin Man" and "Lonely People." Peek left at the end of the decade, leaving America as a duo, and they managed one more radio hit, "You Can Do Magic" in 1982. All of these are included on this collection, along with "Ventura Highway," "Muskrat Love," "Sister Golden Hair" and key album tracks.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/18/2002
Label:
Wea International
UPC:
9325583012013
catalogNumber:
73552

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

America   Primary Artist
London Symphony Orchestra   Strings
James Newton Howard   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Chet McCracken   Conga
Tom Scott   Saxophone
Russ Ballard   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Clydie King   Background Vocals
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Strings
Dan Peek   Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Dave Attwood   Drums
Michael Baird   Drums
Hal Blaine   Percussion,Drums
Gerry Beckley   Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Dewey Bunnell   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Ray Cooper   Percussion
David Dickey   Bass
Henry Diltz   Banjo
Barry Griffiths   Leader
Kim Haworth   Drums
Willie Leacox   Percussion,Drums
Steve Lukather   Guitar
Robert Margouleff   Synthesizer
Fred Mollin   Guitar,Percussion
Jim Ed Norman   Piano
Dean Parks   Guitar
Raphael Ravenscroft   Saxophone
Timothy B. Schmit   Background Vocals
Jessica Smith   Vocals
Tom Walsh   Percussion
Waddy Wachtel   Guitar
Leland Sklar   Bass
Jai Winding   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Joe Osborn   Bass

Technical Credits

Russ Ballard   Producer
Louis Clark   Arranger
George Martin   Arranger,Producer
Dan Peek   Producer
Gerry Beckley   Composer,Producer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Dewey Bunnell   Producer
Jeff Dexter   Producer
Geoff Emerick   Engineer
Chuck Kirkpatrick   Engineer
Dennis Hetzendorfer   Engineer
Bill Inglot   Producer
Mark Linett   Engineer
Matthew McCauley   Producer
David McLees   Producer
Fred Mollin   Producer
Jim Ed Norman   Arranger
Eric Prestidge   Engineer
Ian Samwell   Producer
Mike "Clay" Stone   Engineer

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