by America


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America's 18th album, Hourglass, sounds both familiar and fresh. The familiarity arises because of the duo's history of hits, although, by the time it was released, they had not had a hit on the music charts in over a decade. The freshness comes from a well-produced album with some surprisingly good songs. The album opens with "Young Moon," which is as good as any of the group's hits. The final selection on the album is a faithful re-recording of one of their biggest hits, "You Can Do Magic." In between are ten fine, listenable songs, which is rare for a group that has been together for as long as America. Tunes that standout include "Hope," "Close to the Wind," and "Whole Wide World." "Everyone I Meet Is From California," by former group member Dan Peek, is also included. Hourglass features string arrangements by Chip Davis, of Mannheim Steamroller fame, and vocals by the late Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys. Note that America continues their tradition of naming their albums with words starting with the letter "H."

Product Details

Release Date: 05/17/1994
Label: American Gramaphone
UPC: 0012805049429
catalogNumber: 494

Album Credits

Performance Credits

America   Primary Artist
Hour Glass   Primary Artist
Carl Wilson   Background Vocals
Gerry Beckley   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Harmonica,Mandolin,Percussion,Drums,Bass Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
Dewey Bunnell   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Joey Gulizia   Percussion,Conga
Willie Leacox   Drums
Steve Levine   Keyboards
Hank Linderman   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Steel Guitar,Background Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar
Brad Palmer   Bass Guitar
Hourglass   Track Performer
Michael Woods   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Chip Davis   Arranger,Orchestration,String Arrangements
Gerry Beckley   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Percussion Programming
John Boylan   Programming
Dewey Bunnell   Arranger,Producer
Ron Dabbs   Engineer
Steve Levine   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Hank Linderman   Engineer
Jeff Sheehan   Engineer
Jennifer Hersch   Art Direction
David Hirsch   Art Direction
Doug Van Sloun   Engineer

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Hourglass 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You probably thought somewhere that the Beach Boys and America rely heavily on catchy lyrics and great vocal harmonies... Well you're right! In this album, you get to sample vintage America with a lot of help from their friends, notably the late Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys. Check out Carl in several tracks but significantly on Piece In The Garden. Young Moon and Hope open the album with strong, positive up-beat tunes. The album closes with reprises from a couple of their classics including California (Revisited). This clearly is America rediscovering their roots with some string newer material. The addition of Carl Wilson adds to the strength of the vocals and gives us a now eerie reminder of how great his voice truly was. The boys in America move from this album to Human Nature and after listening to both, you get to enjoy hearing the connection.