Hourglass (America album)

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Hourglass
Studio album by America
Released May 17, 1994
Recorded 1994
Genre Pop-rock
Label American Gramaphone
Producer Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell, Steve Levine
America chronology
Encore: More Greatest Hits
(1991)
Hourglass
(1994)
In Concert
(1995)

Hourglass is the thirteenth original studio album by American folk rock duo America, released by American Gramaphone in 1994 (see 1994 in music). This was America's first new studio album since 1984's "Perspective". Two singles were released from the album, "Young Moon" and "Hope" did get some airplay in the U.S. but neither charted. The two songs did receive even more airplay in Europe. The song "Hope" became a theme song for the TJ Martell Foundation and was recorded by a group of country music stars in a fundraising effort for the Foundation. The recording of "You Can Do Magic" included here is not the hit version but a re-recording that is very similar.

It is the first America album since the departure of Dan Peek to resume the tradition of giving their albums titles beginning with "H", which had been their practice from Homecoming to Harbor. All subsequent America albums have continued this tradition.

Actor/musician Bill Mumy contributed to this album, co-writing 'Sleeper Train' and 'Greenhouse' and providing additional guitar work.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Allmusic gave a resoundingly positive review of the album, asserting that it "sounds both familiar and fresh" and that the songs are uniformly excellent, a surprise for a band as old as America. They particularly noted that the opening track "Young Moon" "is as good as any of the group's hits."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Young Moon" - (Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell)
  2. "Hope" - (Gerry Beckley)
  3. "Sleeper Train" - (Dewey Bunnell, Robert Haimer, Bill Mumy)
  4. "Mirror To Mirror" - (Gerry Beckley)
  5. "Garden Of Peace" - (Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell)
  6. "Call Of The Wild" - (Gerry Beckley)
  7. "Whole Wide World" - (Dewey Bunnell)
  8. "Close To The Wind" - (Gerry Beckley, Steve Levine)
  9. "Greenhouse" - (Dewey Bunnell, Robert Haimer, Bill Mumy)
  10. "Ports-Of-Call" - (Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell)
  11. "Everyone I Meet Is From California" - (Dan Peek)
  12. "You Can Do Magic" - (Russ Ballard)

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