America (America album)

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America
America album.jpg
Studio album by America
Released December 26,1971
Recorded 1971 in Trident and Morgan Studios, London, U.K.
Genre
Length 46:14
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Ian Samwell, Jeff Dexter
America chronology
America
(1971)
Homecoming
(1972)
Singles from America
  1. "A Horse with No Name"
    Released: January 12, 1972
  2. "I Need You"
    Released: April 26, 1972

America is the debut studio album by America, released in 1971. It was initially released without "A Horse with No Name", which was released as a single in late 1971. When "A Horse with No Name" became a worldwide hit in early 1972, the album was re-released with that track.

The album went to No. 1 on the Billboard album chart in the United States and stayed there for five weeks.[1] It produced two hit singles; "A Horse with No Name" spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard singles chart in 1972 (it peaked at No. 3 on the Adult Contemporary chart), and "I Need You" hit No. 9 on the Billboard singles chart and No. 7 on the AC chart.[2] Several other songs received radio airplay on FM stations playing album tracks, including "Sandman" (long-rumored to be about the United States Navy VQ-2 air squadron formerly based in Rota, Spain)[citation needed] and "Three Roses". The album was certified platinum by the RIAA for sales in excess of one million units in the U.S.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[3]

In his Allmusic review, music critic David Cleary called the band's debut album a "folk-pop classic" and concluded, "In spite of its flaws, this platter is very highly recommended."[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side 1
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Riverside"Dewey BunnellGroup3:03
2."Sandman"BunnellBunnell5:08
3."Three Roses"BunnellBunnell3:54
4."Children"BunnellGroup3:07
5."A Horse with No Name" (Bonus track on 1972 reissue, also included on all subsequent reissues)BunnellBunnell4:10
6."Here"Gerry BeckleyBeckley5:30
Side 2
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."I Need You"BeckleyBeckley3:05
2."Rainy Day"Dan PeekPeek2:55
3."Never Found the Time"PeekPeek3:50
4."Clarice"BeckleyBeckley4:01
5."Donkey Jaw"PeekBunnell5:17
6."Pigeon Song"BunnellBunnell2:18

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1972 US 1[1]
AUS 3
NOR 22
UK 14

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1972 "A Horse
with No Name
"
US[4] 1
US AC 3
AUS 2
NL[5] 12
UK 3
"I Need You" US 9
US AC 7
AUS 81

Personnel[edit]

Credits are per back cover of 1972 vinyl issue.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b America – America > Charts & Awards > Billboard Album at AllMusic. Retrieved April 3, 2008.
  2. ^ America – America > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles at AllMusic. Retrieved May 31, 2008.
  3. ^ a b Cleary, David. America > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
  4. ^ "America : Allmusic : Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved April 2, 2015. 
  5. ^ "dutchcharts.nl - Dutch charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 2, 2015.