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Customer Reviews

jmgarf

Great album. I feel that every time America releases a new Album it gets better!

Classics both old and new, with a freshened-up sound...

America's latest release is a collection of hits and album cuts spanning the band's entire 40-year career, from "A Horse with No Name" (originally from its self-titled debut album in 1971) to "Chasing the Rainbow" (from its most recent studio recording "Here and Now"). Though these are re-recorded renditions of the songs which may disappoint the uninformed iTunes buyer, they are strong both vocally and instrumentally and actually give the whole package a freshened-up sound. It's like sitting in on a current America concert in a sonically-pleasing venue, or being on hand as Dewey Bunnell, Gerry Beckley and the band rehearse songs in their studio and nail every single note. Highly-recommended for long-time fans of America.

Re-Recorded Versions

Now, I really don't care for re-recordings because the instruments are reduced to a keyboard and the vocal, especially an artist long in the tooth, betrays age due to diminishing range (Juice Newton take notice). While here the instrument is a predictable keyboard the vocals remain strong. All these songs have been remastered in their original versions and are available either on the boxed set or the single complete greatest hits single disc. I've always liked America and am a collector of their works, I'm skipping this disc simply because it would be rather redundant of me to own this set, however the re-recording of "Paradise" here is the best version of this song to date, it seems more reflective and emotional. America has a few more years left and I'd like to see an album of original material, one not keyboard and reverb affected because Gerry and Dewey are better than that.

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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