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Editors’ Notes

From its sparkling opener “Riverside” onwards, America’s self-titled debut album is a captivating ride through classic folk-rock territory. Singer/songwriters Dewey Bunnell, Gerry Beckley and Dan Peek take inspiration from the Beatles, Crosby, Stills and Nash and other sources while creating their own distinctive sound. Shimmering vocal harmonies and crisp acoustic guitar work are applied to a batch of tunes that reflect the youthful enthusiasm (and occasional angst) of the trio. Beckley’s yearning “I Need You” and Bunnell’s jazzily atmospheric “Three Roses” establish America’s knack for winsome love songs, while the ominous “Sandman” and “Donkey Jaw” provide some dark shadows to round out the album’s generally sunny tone. The chart-topping “A Horse with No Name” remains the best-known tune here — its mysterious imagery and Neil Young-esque ambiance established America as a hit-making entity right out of the box. At times — especially on “Children” — the sheer beauty of the trio’s combined voices create a sonic poetry above and beyond the content of their lyrics.

Customer Reviews

America - How an "Album" should sound

This is as fresh today as it was when it came out. Shocking to hear how clean and beautiful it is. The song selection and depth of emotion are fantastic.

A horse with no name...

Hands down, the best folk-rock song ever made. What an unbelievable sound for 1972.

A Timeless Classic

A great blend of acoustic guitars and harmony. This is the standard that others should be measured by. And, it's hard to believe these guys were just young pups when they did this. The class hasn't faded, either.

Biography

Formed: 1967 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A light folk-rock act of the early '70s, America had several Top Ten hits, including the number ones "A Horse with No Name" and "Sister Golden Hair." Vocalists/guitarists Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek, and Gerry Beckley met while they were still in high school in the late '60s; all three were sons of U.S. Air Force officers who were stationed in the U.K. After they completed school in 1970, they formed an acoustic folk-rock quartet called Daze in London, which was soon pared down to the trio of Bunnell,...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 1972

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