America (band)

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by MortSahlFan, Aug 7, 2018.

  1. MortSahlFan

    MortSahlFan Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Everyone I talk to in person seems to know and love the band, but only know the hits.. I think their best songs were the non-hits. I have about 80+ songs on my main playlist, meaning I liked about 95% of their stuff. My favorite vocal/harmony group. I always preferred Dewey's voice.. It was also the last concert I went to (2 yrs ago around this time).

    Some of my favorite songs
    -Saturn Nights
    -Tall Treasures
    -Hat Trick
    -One Morning
    -And Forever
    -Political Poachers
    -Are You There?

    They even did a disco-song (as well as some funk, hard rock, etc)
    All Around
  2. Duophonic

    Duophonic Beatles

    I made an America The Band one disc comp which included the top favorite jams like Inspector Mills, You Can Do Magic, All My Life, Special Girl, I Need You, and Right Before Your Eyes, which for some inexplicable and odd reason, was omitted from the box set. Major fail right there.
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  3. Dylancat

    Dylancat Forum Resident

    Cincinnati, OH
    Good band
    Don’t get enough cred.
  4. plentyofjamjars67

    plentyofjamjars67 Forum Resident

    Riverside, Rainy Day, Baby It's Up To You, Wind Wave, Never Found The Time, Bell Tree, Company, Til The Sun Comes Up Again, In The Country, Hat Trick, To Each His Own, Can't You See, It's Life......Love 'em
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  5. MortSahlFan

    MortSahlFan Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I notice this with Supertramp... It seems if a band doesn't have sex with underaged groupies, they don't get attention. Or the drug overdoses, going to court, hotel smashing, and all the other sensationalist stuff. Even when I read about great bands (old newspaper online archive), it was about the trivial and gossip - never about the music.

    Other bands also don't get much attention when they aren't getting loud on the microphone, or if they don't get wild and crazy on stage. It irks me because all I care about is the music, I'll read the other stuff afterwards.
  6. I think that most folks probably think they aren't "rock" enough rather than the above observations.
  7. Raunchnroll

    Raunchnroll Forum Resident

    Yup - love 'em. I play their first five albums regularly, after all these years!
  8. Dylancat

    Dylancat Forum Resident

    Cincinnati, OH
    Supertramp in the same boat.
    Both had long careers, lotsa material and hits
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  9. Fender Relic

    Fender Relic Forum Resident

    Central PA
    America was one of my first concerts Feb.4,1973 Rec Hall PSU with J.D.Souther also on the ticket. They were big in my circle of friends. America-style acoustic guitar based harmony vocal groups sprung up all over the place from 72-75. In June of 73, end of sophomore HS year,when school let out, I remember my listening regimen was All Things Must Pass/America/Neil Young Cinnamon Girl/Sugar Mt.. for the rest of June. The only negative... a few people thought of them as a watered down CSNY.
  10. Fortysomething

    Fortysomething Forum Resident

    Chicago, Illinois
    I always loved their hits as a casual listener. Was turned on to deeper cuts when I heard a lot of them on Left Coast 70s on SOMA FM (Streaming station).

    Saturn Nights and Head and Heart stick out as my favorites.

    Also - when Coldplay first came out they sorta kinda a tiny little bit reminded me of America. Not so much in song quality (and I know many people don't care for Coldplay) but more in that I thought Chris Martin's voice had a sort of folk, melancholy sound that I'd heard on many America songs. I could totally see them covering "I Need You."
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  11. Chris C

    Chris C Music was my first love and it will be my last!

    My personal favorite non-hit by AMERICA is "'Til The Sun Comes Up Again".

    Any other AMERICA fans feel like I do that Gerry basically turned that song "inside out", when writing his solo "Now Sue"?

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  12. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    Sister Golden favourite pop single. It’s perfection!
  13. Jump Cut

    Jump Cut Well-Known Member

    Fresno, CA
    I’ve always liked Another Try & Right Before Your Eyes.
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  14. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    when I first heard Horse With No Name on the radio I thought they were CSN&Y...LOL. Neil Young singing lead.
    Love the band...years ago I bought a few albums on CD that were not available here in the states...quite expensive back then!
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  15. Socalguy

    Socalguy Forum Resident

    Like their music, but always thought their lyrics were gibberish
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  16. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    great song...I always felt a loss when Dan Peek left...he wrote some great songs.
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  17. scoutbb

    scoutbb Forum Resident

    Me too.
    I think Homecoming and Hat Trick are their best albums, followed closely by S/T and Holiday.
  18. bRETT

    bRETT Forum Resident

    Boston MA
    Here's a terrific rocker that isn't very well known. Only appeared on the Encore collection in 1993, but it could have fit on any of the Warners albums:

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  19. tommy-thewho

    tommy-thewho Forum Resident

    detroit, mi
    Always liked them.
  20. JannL

    JannL Forum Resident

    I'm one of those greatest hits people. I have several different greatest hits or best-of compilations and definitely listen to the compilations several times a year and a few favorite songs more often. I consider Ventura Highway to be one of my all-time favorite songs, right there at the very top. That song is magical. Other favorites are A Horse With No Name, Daisy Jane, Amber Cascades,
  21. Zoot Marimba

    Zoot Marimba And I’m The Critic Of The Group

    I will say this:
    1. They’re cool just for the Phil Hartman connection (he designed the cover of their Greatest Hits album).
    2. America is a genius name because you practically have no choice but to speak well of them.
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  22. SixOClockBoos

    SixOClockBoos The Man On The Flaming Pie

    My parents had the Greatest Hits CD. They used to play it a lot around the house while I played my video games. Now I got those video games, America and more of their softrock contemporaries like Bread and Malo all mixed in in one bag of memories. I still have the Greatest Hits CD my parents had, and I even got an LP of the compilation. America has to be one of the best bands of the 1970's.
  23. thematinggame

    thematinggame Forum Resident

    I am with you 100% , also love Dewey's songs best and Saturn nights was my favourite song for a very long time when I was a kid ,a song you didn't list and one of my favourites is Amber cascades , saw the band 3 times , first in 1975 with Poco , and then again over 30 years later in 2007 and 2009
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  24. davers

    davers Forum Resident

    Seeing them live for the first time in 2013 really drove home what a great catalog of songs these guys have.

    As a bonus, I believe the guitar player and drummer were long time band members - they looked familiar from a live show I've seen from Central Park in '79 or so. Maybe some folks here know how long the key supporting players have been with them?
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  25. Safeway 1

    Safeway 1 "mad, bad, and dangerous to know"

    Manzanillo, Mexico
    Maybe their 1st album and a couple of their hits, otherwise mush. Didn't they cover a Captain & Tennille song or vice versa?

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