America (America album)

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America
America album.jpg
Studio album by America
Released 29 December 1971
Recorded 1971 in Trident and Morgan Studios, London, UK
Genre Country rock, folk rock
Length 46:14
Label Warner Bros. 2576
Producer Ian Samwell, Jeff Dexter
America chronology
America
(1971)
Homecoming
(1972)
Singles from America
  1. "A Horse with No Name"/"Everyone I Meet is From California"
    Released: January 12, 1972
  2. "I Need You"/"Riverside"
    Released: April 26, 1972

America is the eponymous debut 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 "Horse" became a worldwide hit in early 1972, the album was re-released with that track.

The album went to #1 on the Billboard album chart in the US[1] and stayed there for five weeks. It produced two hit singles; "A Horse with No Name" spent three weeks at #1 on the Billboard singles chart in 1972 (it peaked at #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart), and "I Need You" hit #9 on the Billboard singles chart and #7 on the AC chart.[2] Several other songs received radio airplay on FM stations playing album tracks, including "Sandman" (long rumoured in the US Navy to be about the 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 US.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 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 one
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Riverside"   Dewey Bunnell Group 3:03
2. "Sandman"   Bunnell Bunnell 5:08
3. "Three Roses"   Bunnell Bunnell 3:54
4. "Children"   Bunnell Group 3:07
5. "A Horse with No Name" (Bonus track on 1972 reissue, also included on all subsequent reissues) Bunnell Bunnell 4:10
6. "Here"   Gerry Beckley Beckley 5:30
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "I Need You"   Beckley Beckley 3:05
2. "Rainy Day"   Dan Peek Peek 2:55
3. "Never Found the Time"   Peek Peek 3:50
4. "Clarice"   Beckley Beckley 4:01
5. "Donkey Jaw"   Peek Bunnell 5:17
6. "Pigeon Song"   Bunnell Bunnell 2:18

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1971 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 3 April 2008.
  2. ^ America – America > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles at AllMusic. Retrieved 31 May 2008.
  3. ^ a b Cleary, David. America > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
  4. ^ "America : Allmusic : Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved April 2, 2015. 
  5. ^ "dutchcharts.nl - Dutch charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 2, 2015. 
Preceded by
Harvest by Neil Young
Billboard 200 number-one album
25 March – 28 April 1972
Succeeded by
First Take by Roberta Flack