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Hat Trick

Hat Trick

January 4, 2005
4.4 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 4, 2005
  • Release Date: January 4, 2005
  • Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
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  • Total Length: 41:39
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  • ASIN: B00124BPWA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,598 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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When I first purchased this album in 1974, it was more out of curiousity than any real expeactation that the songs would grab my attention in the same manner as the first two America LPs did. Of course, I was a child of the 1970's AM music period and my musical tastes were shallow and driven by the repetitive sound of the 3 minute single.

It is only in the last 5 years that I have come to realize, based on my evolving musical tastes, that this is easily the most accomplished and fully layered CD that America produced. Yes, Muskrat Love is a throwaway song, which the Captain & Tennille turned into AM hit several years later. But the fact that Dewey, Dan and Gerry had the moxie to self produce a record that features a nearly 9 minute "Hat Trick" offering ala the Beatles side 2 of Abbey Road, shows the group's yearning to be more than a singles artist. There are several polished pieces on this disc, most notably Dewey's Rainbow Song and Wind Wave, Gerry's Submarine Ladies and She's Gonna Let you Down and Dan's It's Life as well as his opening 2 minute offering from Hat Trick. Some of the songs cover the same ground as the first 2 releases, and the lyrics can sometimes by simple, even underwhelming, however the group stretches itself here as they never would again, as many of these songs attempt in the studio what the band could never perform on stage. I would venture that this record's tag is - the whole is better than the sum of the parts. It is only after repeated listenings that the ambiance, mood and individual and collective influences grab hold and you find yourself replaying snippets of the music in your mind at the most unpredictable and spontaneous moments.
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A solid album that may have been sterotyped by its first single, Muskrat Love. The album was produced by America and rivals their later work with George Martin. It was their third album (hence the name "Hat Trick") and was actually a bit of a let down after their first two albums (America and Homecoming) had been huge hits. This album was a moderate hit in the US in 1973 peaking at 28 on the album charts. This album was their most ambitous effort to date. They run the gammit on this one, from harder rock (Green Monkey), to soft pop (She's Going To Let You Down), to folk rock (Windwave) and everything in between (Hat Trick). They make more use of strings than on their any of their previous work. If you are an America fan this album is a must.
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I agree with the other reviewers. This may be America's best album, although for sheer enjoyment, Homecoming (the group's second album) is hard to beat. America was moving into album rock territory and away from just songs. Hence the Hat Trick Suite, which is a beautiful, lengthy song cycle. I think the production here is first rate, highly layered, and loaded with interesting musical and instrumental variation. Song after song is perfectly produced--from the hard rock of Green Monkey to folky balladry of "Molten Love" to the pop strings of Wind Wave.

Unfortunately, America really didn't score any hits with this album (I tend to think "Muskrat Love" is on this album merely to make the record company happy--hey, there IS a single, after all!), and I think that's why we see a sudden shift to George Martin and a much more commercial approach immediately after this. Too bad--if the band could have just scored one or two legitimate, band-written hits off Hat Trick, maybe they could have kept developing their art AND remained commercially viable.

Buy this one and Homecoming...and yes, the rather rough first album. Those three are their best.
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"Hat Trick" is one of the least lauded of America's albums when it ought to be acclaimed as one of their best. Even I, an America fan for nearly 30 years, underrated "Hat Trick" until I rediscovered it on CD format this year. With a more mature taste than I had as a teen in the 70's, I can look back at tunes like Wind Wave, Rainbow Song, and Submarine Ladies and truly appreciate their diamond-in-the-rough brilliance. As much as I love the later pop hit You Can Do Magic and the "View From The Ground" album, that's a much more polished sound and is not the same America that was captured on "Hat Trick". There's a raw, youthful exuberance on this album that no amount of polish can replace. Possibly this is the quintessential America album.
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Not much to add to what has already been said. It's just quite amazing that they self-produced this gem. There is some delicious production here. Perhaps they didn't need George Martin to come in at all the following year.

Do not be too judgemental about "Muskrat Love" - just because C&T made it a mega-hit later on. Listen to it again with an open mind. It's a lovely arrangement too. I'm curious about its inclusion though. Did Warner's need to promote a potential radio hit? It's the only song not written by the boys, but they do make it 'theirs' (not unlike "Head and Heart" from the previous album).

It saddens me that this effort has not had the commercial success it deserved. There's not a bad tune on this record (just as their two previous albums). Later on, like during the declining years from 1976 and on their was quite a bit more "filler" material. But if you're a fan like me, you will explore some great songs from the forgotten later years.

My only recommendation is that this material gets remastered. The sound is overall fine and the ear adjusts to the close balance, but it needs just a hint of more air around the sound like wonderfully sounding "Homecoming" album - especially with all of this incredible production. Overall, Not bad at all for a simple guitar-based band. Not bad indeed!

(By the way, on a final note, I have burned car copies from the store bought CD's. Homecoming and Hat Trick fit nice and snuggily together on to one CD, as well as Holiday and Hearts - AND - Hideaway with Harbor. Give it a shot for yourself!)
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