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Hideaway
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I really liked this album. It was a hit in 1976 when it was released, hitting number 11 on the Billboard album charts and becoming another in a long string of million sellers for America. It includes the top 20 hit Today's The Day and the minor hit Amber Cascades. Other songs received some airplay like Jet Boy Blue (this song should have been released as a single), Letter, and Watership Down. George Martin must have had a ball producing this album as he makes heavy use of strings and horns, but it is done very well. A very good album.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format: Audio CD
Although I had almost every AMERICA album out in the 1970s before Dan Peek left the band, HIDEAWAY remains to this day my favorite. The songs all flow well into each other. There is a lot of orchestration throughout the album and it transports me away into a lovely place every time I hear it.

Although I do love most of their greatest hits, as for albums, this one got the biggest play for me- very often. It is a nice album to rest and think to after a really hard day.

I am so glad it is available out on CD- I have waited a long time for this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2010
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
When this album first came out, my sister borrowed it from the library. I instantly fell in love with the easy melodies and continued to borrow it from the library until I earned enough $$ to purchase the LP. I recently purchased the CD which I have not heard for years. When I listened, the reminiscent tunes automatically brought the lyrics to mind. This relaxing music is timeless and sounds as good today as it did years ago. Hideaway may not be as well known as other America albums, but it remains a "hidden" treasure and my all-time, favorite album.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I really liked this album when it was released in 1976 and still do. It was a hit in the US peaking at 11 on the album chart and being certified GOLD by the RIAA. It includes the top 25 hit Today's The Day (which went all the way to number 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart) and the minor hit Amber Cascades. Other songs received some airplay like Jet Boy Blue (this song should have been released as a single), Letter, and Watership Down. George Martin must have had a ball producing this album as he makes heavy use of strings and horns, but it is done very well. A very good album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 1998
Produced by George Martin and went "Gold" in 1976. Features their last top 40 hit of the 70s, Today's The Day. Other good songs are Jet Boy Blue, Watership Down, The Letter, and She's A Liar.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 1998
Martin really put a lot of production effort into this one. He makes a lot of use of strings and horns. It works nicely.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2013
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
I purchased this for, Lovely Night. The rest of the album is enjoyable. You will find good music in most dusty America albums. The problem is, and it is a BIG problem, the sound quality. These works, ALL need to be remastered. Also,there are, so many, great songs absent from hits albums.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2009
Format: Audio CD
For those who think of America as purveyors of airily pleasant, driving-with-the-windows down folk-rock songs, this one may be a jolt. On the wintry Hideaway from 1976, Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell and Dan Peek continue to grow away from the relative acoustic simplicity of their earlier LPs in favor of a more lush and ornate pop sound. But unlike 1974's Holiday LP, which was an earlier foray into Beatle-esque, Magical-Mystery-Tour-era ornamentation, the stepped up production flourishes here don't always work to advantage. Virtually all of the songs are loaded -- overloaded? -- with vocal harmonies, horns and strings. That's not to say Hideaway is lacking in good songs. "Letter," "Amber Cascades," "Jet Boy Blue" and "Lovely Night," for example, are pop tunes whose hooks eventually sink in. Likewise, the ballads "Can't You See" and "Who Loves You" have their charm after a while. But casual listeners should beware: the gauzy vocal arrangements can sometimes obtrude, as can the abundant horns and strings. Also, there are two -- count em,two -- orchestral instrumentals credited to producer George Martin. Finally, there is something between the lines here that feels different -- a kind of lyrical solemnity that is new, at least in such quantity. For pure America fans, of course, Hideaway is a must have. But those who may have missed America the first time around and are starting, only now, to put their toes in the water might want to taste an earlier album first. For the record, there was one more LP after this before the original lineup splintered.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2012
Format: Vinyl
I really liked this album. It was a hit in 1976 when it was released, hitting number 11 on the Billboard album charts and being certified GOLD by the RIAA. It includes the top 20 hit Today's The Day and the minor hit Amber Cascades. Other songs received some airplay like Jet Boy Blue (this song should have been released as a single), Letter, and Watership Down. Legendary Beatles producer, George Martin produced this album and makes heavy use of strings and horns, but it is done very well. A very good album.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This album reminisces 60's pop quite a bit (remember the brass driven rockers?). It's a really good album. It's a very diverse album and some of the tracks try to rock out very much, like 'Don't let it get you down'. 'She's a liar' is a light hearted piece of 70's catchy pop. One of the Dan Peek songs is a throwback to early-60's teen idol. His Jet Boy Blue is a brilliant 60's-ish rocker with their beautiful vocal harmonies. Watership Down is a big-ballad with a prog-ish edge, and 'Who loves you' is a very big ballad. George Martin's arrangements really started to shine here.
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