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America's Greatest Hits: History [CD, Import]

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America was a light folk-rock act of the early '70s who 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 ... Read more in Amazon's America Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: February 20, 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD, Import
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002KHS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,176 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is about as treacly as pop can get, yet something about it endears and endures. Forget the Neil Youngish banality of "Horse with No Name." The best America songs feature a delicate yet intricate interplay of acoustic guitars that creates a tableau for sweeter-than-sweet vocalese. Just try not to sing along to "Ventura Highway" or "Sister Golden Hair." Try not to be suckered into sentimental reminiscence when listening to "I Need You" or the superb "Daisy Jane." And if your heart hardens when listening to the low-key lope of the "Muskrat Love," you must be cold-blooded. --Tod Nelson

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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who is America? March 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Depending on how old you are America will mean different things. For me, it is the music of very early childhood. I was born in 1972, and I clearly remember my father listening to America. Like the Bee Gees, John Denver, Led Zeppelin and Neil Diamond, America brings up a nice, warm feeling. This greatest hits collection is all I have from them, but that's because I never felt America was an album-oriented band. All the hits are here except 1982's "You Can Do Magic." I think America is well like by the generation above me. Most people my age don't really remember America, though they remember the songs. I have read criticisms about America's music over the years, and I just don't think that "Horse With No Name" is a stupid song. Since I have to be subjected to Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Ricky Martin and a slew of faceless, nameless hip-hop rappers, I can't think of anyone who sounds like America. They don't make music or folk music like this anymore. Sometimes it's better to revisit the past when the present musical climate is geared only to 13 year olds. Hey, maybe 13 year olds should be listening to America...I mean they never sang about sex, violence and money. This is a must have for any rock collector.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 70's classic, but now obsolete July 24, 2006
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Format:Audio CD
This was a must have album when it was released in 1975. It was a big hit (peaking at number 3 on the Billboard album chart) and was one of the biggest selling albums of the 70's, selling more than 5 million copies. Every song on here is good and was a hit, however this collection has become obsolete since the release of America's Complete Greatest Hits. Every song on this CD is on Complete Greatest Hits, plus 10 more songs.

The only reason to buy this CD is to get the George Martin remixes of their early hits. Legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin did not start producing America's music until their 4th album "Holiday". When this album was released, Martin remixed the hits from their first 3 albums (Horse With No Name, I Need You, Sandman, Ventura Highway, Don't Cross The River, Only In Your Heart, and Muskrat Love). So they do sound a little different on this CD than on any other. I actually prefer the original mixes on most of them, except for Don't Cross the River. Martin adds a fiddle to the song and it really works well. So unless you are a hardcore America or George Martin fan who has to have every mix of a song, you would be better off buying America's Complete Greatest Hits CD.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 STAR'S FROM A HARD CORE ROCKER?? June 1, 2002
Format:Audio CD
How could this happen?
To be honest with you all. In the 70's, bands like Alice Cooper, Deep Purple, Sabbath and Mahogany Rush were more to my taste.
This cd, not only is it full of "the songs the radio played".
But in my opinion, the best that the group America did.
Driving in the car, kicking back on the porch having a few beer's?
Soft rock? At the time Seals and Croft, Carpenters, etc. were famous. The songs America was putting out had strength, power and emotional feeling's none of these other folk's could muster.
Maybe it's the production? George Martin! From The Beatles fame?
WOW! How did they get him?
I can see where some would compare with Neil Young, sure.
"The Complete Greatest Hits" cd has all these songs with some filler's put in for lengthening the cd out.
Really all you need is this cd, because coming from a Rocker's stand point. This is all the good stuff they did put out.
Dan Fogelberg fans may see more in America's other music.
But for someone looking for guts in their song writing?
Some of the greatest songs are right here, now.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perspective is Everything July 31, 2002
Format:Audio CD
America is the definition of middle of the road pop/rock from the early 70s. Music was headed in all kinds of interesting directions in the 70s, and while interesting is good, sometimes you want to hear a catchy mellow tune, perhaps with an occasional flavor of the psychedelic. We've reached the definition of America.
America had some excellent music in the period covered by this CD, formerly a vinyl album. They held their own against a host of hot artists, including the likes of Elton John, The Doobie Brothers, and Chicago. They did it by having lyrics and tunes easy to remember and sing to, and yet, their music usually was more than just throw away tunes. Even the much-reviled "Muskrat Love" was well done, though poor lyrics well-done are still poor lyrics. You might wonder what they were thinking when they did this one.
Where's the psychedelic? Better go back and listen to "A Horse with No Name" and "Ventura Highway". These deceptively mellow songs include lyrics like:
After nine days I let the horse run free
'Cause the desert had turned to sea
There were plants and birds and rocks and things
There was sand and hills and rings
And:
'Cause the free wind is blowin' through your hair
And the days surround you daylight there
Seasons crying no despair
Alligator lizards in the air
I love the imagery of these lyrics. They sound descriptive of the southwest and southern California in particular, and yet they are not. Sort of the in and out familiarity of "The Talisman" and "Black House" by Stephen King and Peter Straub. I'm not saying their songs are depressing, they just seem to me to sometimes evoke the in and out of phase feeling that King and Straub tried to communicate in those two books...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars America's Greates Hits
One of my all time favorite bands during the 70's, I loved their music! Dan Peek has passed away, but their music lives on.
Published 11 days ago by Mike in Tulsa
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll listen to this over and over
When you drive to a troblesome place, it will brighten your attitude. Your friends will love it as a gift. It keeps on giving.
It is the best of all their work.
Published 1 month ago by James G Meenahan
5.0 out of 5 stars From my generation
I don't know why I am being asked to rate this again, but I find this happening a lot! I had this album when I was a teenager and I thought it would be fun to own it again. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brenda L. Fillbrandt
5.0 out of 5 stars America's Hits
Soft rock from the 70's never disappoints the soft rock fan and America is the king of them all! Highest possible recommendation for soft rock fans!
Published 3 months ago by Mark J. House
5.0 out of 5 stars So Many Hits for One Group
These guys had so many more hits than I remembered. Saw them back in the day and had actually forgot how good they really were. Read more
Published 4 months ago by danny
4.0 out of 5 stars great sound
I have always loved this Band. Great Harmony's that bring back many memories
you will not be disappointed I promise
Published 4 months ago by o edward smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album Great Group
You don't hear America played very often anymore, but this album can change that. You'll play it over and over. Great uncut songs, their best!! Recommend this one highly.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldies but goodies
This is classic group from way back when. If your 45 plus years old, then this music brings back days of youth and timeless memories.
Published 4 months ago by Kenny B
5.0 out of 5 stars good memories
This album was a part of my college memories. Horse with no name and Ventura highway are two of my favourites.
America is one of those bands that puts you I a good headspace.
Published 4 months ago by Denise Mack
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Great cross section of hits!
Brought back memories of his great talent.
His talent is very sorely missed by fans!
Published 6 months ago by VERONICA BURGESS
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