America - America (LP) - 180g Audiophile Vinyl

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Original Release Year:
1971
Genre(s):
Rock, Folk Rock, Country Rock, Soft Rock
Format:
Vinyl Record LP
Artist: America
Album: America
Released: Europe, 10 Jun 2013

Tracklist:

A1Riverside3:02
Written-By - Bunnell
A2Sandman5:03
Written-By - Bunnell
A3Three Roses3:54
Written-By - Bunnell
A4Children3:07
Written-By - Bunnell
A5A Horse With No Name4:10
Written-By - Bunnell
A6Here5:30
Written-By - Beckley
B1I Need You3:04
Written-By - Beckley
B2Rainy Day3:00
Written-By - Peek
B3Never Found The Time3:50
Written-By - Peek
B4Clarice4:00
Written-By - Beckley
B5Donkey Jaw5:17
Written-By - Peek
B6Pigeon Song2:17
Written-By - Bunnell

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"America's self-titled debut album, 'America,' released in 1971, marked the emergence of a band that would become synonymous with the folk-rock sound of the early 1970s. The album is known for its harmonious vocals, acoustic-driven melodies, and introspective lyrics, capturing the spirit of a generation with its blend of accessible pop and deeper folk influences. 'America' showcases the band's talent for crafting songs that are both emotionally resonant and melodically engaging.

The album opens with 'Riverside,' a track that sets a gentle, introspective tone with its harmonious vocals and acoustic guitar. The song's reflective lyrics and serene melody introduce the listener to America's distinct sound, which combines the introspection of folk music with the accessibility of soft rock.

'A Horse with No Name,' the album's most iconic track, is a testament to the band's songwriting prowess. Its simple yet evocative lyrics, combined with a memorable melody and distinctive rhythm, made it an instant classic. The song's imagery-rich lyrics and mellow sound capture the essence of the era's folk-rock movement.

'I Need You,' another standout track, showcases a more straightforward, pop-oriented approach. The song's heartfelt lyrics and catchy chorus highlight the band's ability to craft songs with broad appeal, while still maintaining their signature sound.

'Sandman,' a track notable for its haunting melody and atmospheric arrangement, adds depth to the album. The song's more complex structure and darker tone demonstrate the band's versatility and willingness to explore different moods and themes.

The production on 'America,' handled by Ian Samwell and Jeff Dexter, is notable for its clarity and emphasis on the band's vocal harmonies and acoustic instrumentation. The album's sound is polished yet retains a sense of warmth and authenticity, capturing the essence of America's music.

Throughout the album, America explores themes of wanderlust, love, and introspection, often with a sense of wistful longing. The band's ability to convey emotion through their music, combined with their melodic sensibilities, resonates with listeners, making 'America' a reflective and engaging listening experience.

In conclusion, America's debut album 'America' is a classic in the folk-rock genre, showcasing the band's harmonious vocals, thoughtful songwriting, and acoustic-driven sound. The album's blend of folk, rock, and pop elements, along with its reflective and evocative lyrics, captures the spirit of its time and has continued to endear it to listeners over the decades. 'America' stands as a testament to the band's enduring appeal and their place in the pantheon of early '70s folk-rock music."

"America is the debut studio album by America, released in 1971. It was initially released without "A Horse with No Name", which was released as a single in late 1971. When "A Horse with No Name" became a worldwide hit in early 1972, the album was re-released with that track.The album went to No. 1 on the Billboard album chart in the United States and stayed there for five weeks. It produced two hit singles; "A Horse with No Name" spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard singles chart in 1972 (it peaked at No. 3 on the Adult Contemporary chart), and "I Need You" hit No. 9 on the Billboard singles chart and No. 7 on the AC chart. Several other songs received radio airplay on FM stations playing album tracks, including "Sandman" (long-rumored to be about the United States Navy VQ-2 air squadron formerly based in Rota, Spain) and "Three Roses". The album was certified platinum by the RIAA for sales in excess of one million units in the U.S." - Wikipedia

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