- Album name: History: America’s Greatest Hits
- Group name: America
- Year: 1975
- Number of discs: one
- Label: Warner Bros. Records
- Collection: Selman
- Distinguishing characteristics:
- Sticker: PROMOTIONAL COPY / NOT FOR SALE
- Scratched into side one of LP: IS BS-2894 41182-A-1B HTM
- Scratched into side two of LP: IS BS-2894 41183-B-1B HTM
- Buy it on Amazon: $32.99
Level of familiarity before listening
I am pretty sure that I have heard of the band America, and I would not be surprised to recognize some of their songs, but I don’t know anything about them.
What I expected
Maybe soft rock with funk?
What it was actually like
I absolutely recognized A Horse With No Name, and it’s even a song that I like, but somehow I always thought it was a Neil Young song! Oops!
Another that I recognized was Sister Golden Hair, which was a pretty good song with a nice attempt at doo wop style vocals towards the end. It also had a little guitar phrase that kept reminding me of Bigmouth Strikes Again – how weird is that?
I Need You sounded like over-produced 70s crap.
Sandman started with kind of a Moody Blues sound, then transitioned to what I would describe as acoustic hard rock, which was pretty cool, and I definitely liked the guitar work.
Ventura Highway was an ok song with a vocal style to A Horse With No Name, and Tin Man also made me think of Neil Young.
Don’t Cross the River was a great country song with banjo and fiddle, but its vocal harmonies were too produced and careful.
Only in Your Heart sounded a little bit like a late Beatles era Faul McCartney composition that John Lennon would have eviscerated.
Muskrat Love was the weirdest song on the record, and if I understood it correctly, was a folk rock song about muskrats in love – unless I missed something? I had hoped that it would be a cover of the Merle Travis song Muskrat, but no such luck.
Lonely People was a soft rock song with some harmonica and piano, and apparently may have been a response to Eleanor Rigby, but if I were America, I would not invite that comparison.
Daisy Jane was totally useless and the worst on the record, and Woman Tonight was kind of a rock song with a funk and disco chorus.
3/5: interesting, but not for me