Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek and Gerry Beckley formed the band in the late sixties. They were influenced by bands like Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, but they soon developed their own easy going and pleasant style, scoring with many major hits worldwide. Peek left in 1977, with Bunnell and Beckley carrying on as a duo, backed by some really competent musicians. They're still around today, having released a great new album, " Human Nature ", in 1998. Visit their website.

America 
America - Horse with no Name, from their debut, self-titled album, released in 1972. US outfit America actually came together in the late sixties in the UK. All three members, Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell and Dan Peek were sons of US Air Force personnel stationed in the UK. Similar in style to their main influences, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, they employed similar strong counter-harmonies backed by acoustic guitar. Our featured track was a massive hit in the UK, and established a firm following in the soft-rock fraternity. Signed to Warner Brothers Records, they released their debut album in 1972, and its other major hits such as "Ventura Highway", "Tin Man" and "I Need You" ensured the album's success. They went on to record a number of charting singles and albums before Peek left the band in 1977 to concentrate on more spiritual material after his conversion to born-again Christianity. Beckley and Bunnell continued as a duo and were actually quite successful with albums such as "Alibi" and "Your Move". Their latest studio album was 1998's "Human Nature" and Warner Archives recently released a very well compiled three CD box-set called "Highway - 30 Years of America". This is an ideal purchase for anyone wanting an introduction to this very pleasant west coast rock outfit, and longtime fans will really enjoy the demo tracks and other versions of well known numbers. The extensive booklet also makes for very good reading.  

America
America - Might be Your Love, from "Alibi" in 1980. The original America trio of Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell and Dan Peek first started out in the late sixties, drawing influences from the likes of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Their debut, self-titled album was released on Warner Brothers Records in 1972, and their first major hit, "Horse with no Name", proved to be a massive hit in the UK and went to the top of the US charts. They went on to release a host of uncomplicated, radio friendly numbers that would become fairly large hits during the next few years. Peek left in 1977 to become a reborn Christian, leaving Bunnell and Beckley to keep the flag flying, so to speak. They continued to tour and record albums of a consistently high standard, our featured effort being a case in point. They're still around today, their latest studio album being "Human Nature", released in 1998. An excellently put together three CD box set, "Highway - 30 Years of America", was released through Warner Archives in 2000. In keeping with many of these deluxe box sets, this one contained extensive liner notes and previously unreleased demos and alternate mixes, in addition to many of their famous and best known tracks.
  

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America - 1972 - America - 4/5

America - 1973 - Hat Trick - 2/5

America - 1973 - Homecoming - 4/5

America - 1974 - Holiday - 3/5

America - 1977 - Harbor - 2/5

America - 1979 - Silent Letter - 3/5

America - 1980 - Alibi - 2/5

America - 1982 - A View From the Gound - 2/5

America - 1983 - Your Move - 1/5

America - 1984 - Perspective - 2/5

America - 1994 - Hourglass - 2/5

America - 1996 - King Biscuit Flower Hour - 3/5

America - 1998 - Human Nature - 2/5

America - 2002 - Holiday Harmony - 1/5

America - 2006 - Live at the Ventura Theatre - 4/5

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