CD America Live [724352459124] (CD 921474),
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America Live [724352459124]

  • 1. Tin Man
    2. Ventura Highway
    3. I Need You
    4. Sergeant Darkness
    5. Amber Cassades
    6. Daisy Jane
    7. Another Try
    8. To Each His Own
    9. Sister Golden Hair
    10. Horse With No Name, A
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 24591

  • Credits
    ProducerGeorge Martin
    EngineerGeoff Emerick

    America: Dewey Bunnell, Gerry Beckley.
    Additional personnel: Jim Calire (saxophone, keyboards); David Dickey (bass guitar); Willie Leacox (drums); Tom Walsh (percussion).
    America Live marked the beginning of the group's history as a duo. Recorded at the last of a series of four shows at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles in July of 1977, with film music legend Elmer Bernstein conducting the orchestra and George Martin producing, the album closed out the group's original Warner Bros. contract and was mostly released for that reason, following the Harbor album and the departure of co-founder Dan Peek. Their ninth album in seven years (counting a greatest-hits compilation), it filled in a hole in the group's history and represented America surprisingly well, given the circumstances of its release. Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell are both in excellent voice, and one could hardly ask for a sharper or more balanced live recording. The expected mid-'70s hits such as "Tin Man," "Ventura Highway," and "Sister Golden Hair" (all brilliantly sung, and worth the price of the album) are here, and more modestly charting but highly personal tracks like "Amber Cascades" are represented as well, along with early classics like "I Need You" and "A Horse With No Name" (the latter done with a beautifully elegant yet restrained orchestral arrangement). One does wonder, however, if there were more to this show than the 14 songs represented on the original LP, which might make for a good CD expansion someday. On the other hand, given that Warner Bros. has never seen fit to release this album on CD anywhere but in Europe and Japan, that might be too much to hope for. ~ Bruce Eder

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