Homecoming (America album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 15, 1972
Recorded1972 at The Record Plant, Los Angeles[1]
GenreFolk rock
LabelWarner Bros.
America chronology
Hat Trick
Singles from Homecoming
  1. "Ventura Highway"/"Saturn Nights"
    Released: September 19, 1972
  2. "Don't Cross the River"/"To Each His Own"
    Released: January 3, 1973
  3. "Only in Your Heart"/"Moon Song"
    Released: April 14, 1973

Homecoming is the second studio album by America, released on November 15, 1972 through Warner Bros. Records. Acoustic guitar-based, with a more pronounced electric guitar and keyboard section than their first album, their second effort helped continue the band's success, and includes one of their best known hits, "Ventura Highway."

Homecoming peaked at number 9 on Billboard's Pop Albums Chart and was certified platinum by the RIAA. It produced three hit singles: "Ventura Highway", which peaked at number 8 on the Billboard singles chart and number 3 on the adult contemporary chart; "Don't Cross the River", which hit number 35 on Billboard and 23 on the AC chart; and "Only in Your Heart" peaked at number 62 on Billboard's Pop singles chart. Several other songs received radio airplay on FM stations playing album tracks, including "To Each His Own", "California Revisited", and "Cornwall Blank".

For this album and the next six throughout the next five years, the group traditionally chose titles beginning with the letter "H" (the self-titled debut album became unofficially included in this distinction when fans started referring to it as the "Horse with No Name" album when that track was added to later pressings).


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]

In his AllMusic review music critic David Cleary called Homecoming "America's finest album" and despite citing sometimes banal lyrics, wrote that "each song here has something to recommend it. This top-flight album is a very rewarding listen."[2]

Track listing[edit]

1."Ventura Highway"Dewey Bunnell3:32
2."To Each His Own"Gerry Beckley3:13
3."Don't Cross the River"Dan Peek2:30
4."Moon Song"Bunnell3:41
5."Only in Your Heart"Beckley3:16
6."Till the Sun Comes Up Again"Beckley2:12
7."Cornwall Blank"Bunnell4:19
8."Head and Heart"John Martyn3:49
9."California Revisited"Peek3:03
10."Saturn Nights"Peek3:31




Year Chart Peak
1972 US 9
AUS 17
UK 21


Year Single Chart Position
1972 "Ventura Highway" US[3] 8
AUS 28
UK 43
1973 "Don't Cross the River" US [4] 35
US AC 23
AUS 94
"Only in Your Heart" US [4] 62


  1. ^ http://www.accessbackstage.com/america/album/album30a.htm
  2. ^ a b Cleary, David. Homecoming > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
  3. ^ "America : Allmusic : Billboard Singles". AllMusic. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2015). The Comparison Book Billboard/Cash Box/Record World 1954-1982. Sheridan Books. p. 15. ISBN 978-0-89820-213-7.