America - The Complete Greatest Hits
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A career-spanning retrospective as vast as America itself! Rhino brings us 22 tracks from America's Warner, American International and Capitol years-so, for the first time on one disc, you'll get their hits A Horse with No Name; Sister Golden Hair; Tin Man; Lonely People; California Dreamin'; I Need You; Ventura Highway; You Can Do Magic; The Border , and more. Also includes two unreleased tracks!
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With their commercial fortunes on the wane, in the late '70s, Warner Brothers dropped America, and a few years later they signed with Capitol for a string of albums. These weren't particularly great albums, but they did give the group a new lease on life, with some chart action, particularly the song "You Can Do Magic". But, to be honest, the magic was gone after they left Warner Brother and after founding member Dan Peek left the group about the same time.
Anyway, here you have a single CD that quite effectively covers both the Warner era, the Capitol era, and a few strays outside of those periods. It has all the songs that made a significant dent on the charts and will please those looking for one stop roundup shopping.
However, there's another option to consider: America: The Definitive Pop Colleciton Definitive Pop. Like this set, it's a Rhino product, but instead of trying to cover their entire career in 22 tracks, the Definitive Pop Collection offers 30 tracks (on 2 budget priced CDs) entirely taken from their (superior) Warner Brothers years. As a result, it is able to sample a few more good dusty corners.
For my money, the more thorough sampling of the Warner years trumps whatever benefit there is to having the Capitol material. But you'll have to be your own judge.
I thought about getting "History" on CD at first, but then I saw this offering which had even more songs, including several that I'd never heard before. It also has a couple of their later songs from the early 80's which "History" does not.
If you like America, then I think you would definitely like this greatest hits album. Lot's of great songs, and it sounds great too. The fidelity and sound quality is really amazing compared to the old versions on cassette tape. This one is a winner, and I would recommend it highly. My only complaint is that the cover art is terrible. It looks like a blurry photo shot through a car window with an instamatic camera or something. What's up with that?! But hey, it's the music that really counts.
- Gerry Fields
America was one of those bands who had a very long run with a sound that was, not unique by any means...just catchy. That catchiness would eventually be made into their own style, and change and grow with them. As the scope of Pop music changed, America made it through those changes well enough...managing to have several hits in several years that many people remember.
And just when the fickle record buying public was certain that America was finished with their string of hits, they managed a comeback with "You Can Do Magic", written and profuced by Russ Ballard. Several more albums followed, and a few more hits for this soft rock/folk duo.
It seems that when you get to the end of this lengthy cd, you feel that there might have been more, well there was,it was just that like most bands of their sound and time...they began playing to smaller and smaller audiences, and they began releasing their newer material on independent labels.
For anyone who either grew up with America, or has a fond recollection of what they were doing when these songs were on the radio, this is the album for you:)