Holiday (America album)
|Studio album by|
|Released||June 26, 1974|
|Recorded||AIR Studios, London, April 17 to May 7, 1974|
|Label||Warner Bros. 2808|
|Singles from Holiday|
Holiday is the fourth studio album by the American folk rock band America, released on the Warner Bros. Records label in June 1974. The album was produced in London by noted record producer George Martin.
The album was a big hit in the US, reaching number 3 on the Billboard album chart and being certified gold by the RIAA. It produced two hit singles: "Tin Man" reached number 4 on the Billboard singles chart and went to number 1 on the adult contemporary chart chart; and "Lonely People" which peaked at number 5 on the Billboard singles chart and also hit number 1 on the adult contemporary chart. Several other songs received radio airplay on FM stations playing album tracks, including "Baby It's Up To You" and "Another Try". The album was also released on Quadrophonic reel-to-reel tape for 4-channel enthusiasts.
Bandmember Dewey Bunnell was thrilled at the prospect of working with Martin as producer. He was quoted as saying that it "was great working with George. It was like we knew each other. We were familiar with the Beatles, of course, and we had that British sense of humor." In a separate interview, Dan Peek recalled to Circus magazine: "Gerry (Beckley) had been in England, and we'd talked about using George Martin as our producer. He's such a hot arranger, thinking about all the stuff he's done. There were several other people we wanted to use, but that idea sort of flashed and George was available."
It was the recording debut of America's longtime drummer Willie Leacox, who is in the car in the cover photo.
In his Allmusic review music critic Mike DeGagne noted the effect of George Martin's production on the album as well as the rebound from the failure of Hat Trick, writing "this album as a whole ascertained that the group was definitely showing their true potential once more."
|2.||"Tin Man"||Dewey Bunnell||3:27|
|4.||"Lonely People"||Dan Peek, Catherine Peek||2:27|
|5.||"Glad to See You"||D. Peek||3:42|
|8.||"Baby It's Up to You"||Beckley||2:24|
|10.||"Old Man Took"||Bunnell||3:10|
|11.||"What Does It Matter"||Beckley||2:18|
|12.||"In the Country"||D. Peek||2:58|
- Gerry Beckley - vocals, guitars, keyboards
- Dan Peek - vocals, bass, guitars
- Dewey Bunnell - vocals, guitars
- Willie Leacox - drums, percussion
- George Martin - producer, arranger, keyboards
- Geoff Emerick - engineering
- Peter Henderson - tape operator
- Gary Burden - art direction
- Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications), page 147.
- Lonely People Songfacts
- DeGagne, Mike. "Holiday > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
- America – America > Charts & Awards > Billboard Album at AllMusic. Retrieved 3 April 2008.
- "America : Allmusic : Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved April 2, 2015.