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They need absolutely no introduction to two generations of music lovers. America led for four decades by Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell are still one of the most beloved groups in the history of pop. As they embark upon their 40th Anniversary Tour, they maintain a large and devoted fan base that attends over 100 concerts and music festival performances a year. For all their success as hit writers of enduring classics like A Horse With No Name, Ventura Highway, Sister Golden Hair, and so many others, Gerry and Dewey have never created a project that paid tribute to their favorite songs and songwriters.

Until now, that is. Back Pages is a rich, joyous collection of a dozen glimmering interpretations. The songlist stretches back in time to the 60s British Invasion (The Zombies Time Of The Season ) right up to right now ( A Road Song, a brand new song by Fountains Of Wayne.) Along the way, America offers new renditions of new standards by Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Brian Wilson, Jimmy Webb, and more.

In many ways, America s journey in music, still very much in progress, reflects the story of a whole nation of listeners for whom the tunes on Back Pages continue to matter. This delightful album offers a fresh take on timeless songs and proves that, for all of their own rich history, America still has the ability to surprise and enchant us.
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  • Audio CD (July 26, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: eOne Music Group
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By F.Zappa on July 26, 2011
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Fantastic album and great interpretations of songs by Bob Dylan, Neil Young, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Joni Mitchell, Buffalo Springfield & Mark Knopfler!

Special Guest: Mark Knopfler, Jeff Foskett & Van Dyke Parks!

That you can listen to over and over again.

Great for cruising along in the car on a long journey!

Thank you, America!!!

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Wesley Derbyshire on July 28, 2011
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Looking to step back into the 60's with a 70's sound all recorded in 2011? Loved by two generations of fans, America's latest release "Back Pages" continues their staple sound created by leaders Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell. Taking a cue from many other artists, this release is a collection of twelve wonderful interpretations of songs by other songwriters. One can only assume either they have run out of new material or truly felt it necessary to pay tribute to their favorite songwriters.

Unlike several classic artists from their era, these guys can still sing, and the recording glistens with their guitars and is rich with their warm harmonies and silky vocals. The album starts with Paul Simon's "America", albeit a bit corny to start with a song title that is also the name of the band, yet it works so well. Joni Mitchell's well treaded "Woodstock" is given a smooth sensibility, although with all its beauty, it doesn't live up to the original Joni and subsequent rocking CSN&Y versions. Combining the dreamy textures of the Beach Boys and songwriter Brian Wilson's renditions of "Caroline, No", America holds truer to the Wilson version and provides a laid back feel on this tune.

Much of Back Pages is glazed with spacious guitars, a round bass, and non intrusive drums. Vocals are close and enchanting with little dynamics, but a lot of range. These timeless songs are freshened up and are great for traveling or just kickin' back with some friends. The Zombies "Time of the Season" is tight and looses the exaggerated reverb that is prevalent on many recordings of the 60's era. James Taylor's "Something in the Way She Moves" really takes the listener back to the 70's with the pedal steel reminiscent of string sections that were common on pop recordings during that time.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 28, 2011
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As always Gerry and Dewey come through again. They have come up with a wide and varied group of songs and have made them their own. Dewey does an unbelievable job with Woodstock and Time of the Season and Gerry puts a new twist on more modern songs like Road Song and Til I Hear It From You. For me the best three songs are My Back Pages, which Dewey Bunnell sings so well and Crying In my Sleep, which shows the brilliant vocal range of Gerry Beckley and Sailing to Philadelphia showcases the harmonizing between the two that makes America great. As a fan, I would love to hear Gerry do a cover of Wonderwall by Oasis. Bottom line is every song is great. Buy this album!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough VINE VOICE on September 14, 2011
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In an irony of chance, America's "Back Pages" CD of cover songs was issued and, within a month, former founding member Dan Peek passed away at the age of 60. Founding members Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley have been recording and touring as a duo since the late 70's, even having some singles without Peek and maintaining the trademark harmonies. Still, for those nostalgic for the trio harmonies of "Horse With No Name" or "Sister Golden Hair," this CD is a reminder of a past that can not be revisited.

That said, "Back Pages" stands alone nicely as a covers/tribute type of album, as Bunnell and Beckely chose to go to Nashville and used selected studio perfectionists and special guests to make this into the kind of lite-folk-pop they've always specialized in. Time has coarsened the still recognizable harmonies, and producer Fred Mollin frame the duo with perfect backing. The selections are both typical (Paul Simon, Brian Wilson, Dylan) to surprising (Gin Blossoms, New Radicals). Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger (who co-produced America's last album in 2007) gave them FoW's "Road Song" before issuing on his own album, and America actually sound better with it. Dewey and Gerry take the archness from the FoW version and actually sound sincere when they sweetly chirp "between stops at Cracker Barrel, and 40 movies with Will Farrell..." while dropping a sly nod to "Sister Golden Hair" in the process.

Which is the key to how much you'll enjoy "Back Pages." America are still a sweet confection that has gained a nostalgic burnish as time has passed. On covers like "Caroline, No," which was Brian Wilson's 'old before his time' moment of lost innocence, they pull the song into the future for which it was written.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Fields on August 2, 2011
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After a few months of waiting for this new release by was well worth the wait! Gerry Beckley & Dewey Bunnell have really surprised a lot of people with this stunning collection of songs.

The tracks I enjoy the most are "A Road Song" (Fountains Of Wayne), "Caroline No" (Beach Boys),"Til I Hear It From You" (Gin Blossoms),"My Back Pages" (Bob Dylan). Every song is very good and anybody who really enjoys the music of AMERICA will not be disappointed.

AMERICA is currently on tour - check out their listing of upcoming concerts at: [...] and click on Live Shows (left side menu on the Home page).
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Out of curiosity, if anyone knows: Is the band still with Burgundy Records? I hope so...or was that just a one-time deal? HERE & NOW was an excellent album, and should've been nominated for some awards, but -- NO SHOCK -- it flew under the radar. It seems that more classic, quality albums are not... Read More
Aug 15, 2011 by Anthony G. |  See all 2 posts
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Not entirely true. Most of their albums start with an "H" (even Silent Letter makes reference to that letter), but there are others, like "Alibi", "View from the ground", "Your Move", "Perspective", "Encore", and even their first...
Jul 19, 2011 by joel monteros |  See all 9 posts
The Passing of Dan Peek original member of America
after listening to some of dan peeks solo work i came to realize where much of the songwritting ,singing and instrumental talent came from in the group america. i think that dan was the one that really defined americas sound. and he sadly has gone underated.
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