Homecoming (America album)

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Studio album by America
Released November 15, 1972
Recorded 1972
Genre Folk rock
Length 33:06
Label Warner Bros.
Producer America
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 a 1972 album by America. 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 #9 on Billboard's Pop Albums Chart and was certified platinum by the RIAA. It produced three hit singles: "Ventura Highway" which peaked at #8 on the Billboard singles chart and #3 on the adult contemporary chart; "Don't Cross the River" which hit #35 on Billboard and #23 on the AC chart; and "Only in Your Heart" peaked at #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
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

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."[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Ventura Highway"   Dewey Bunnell 3:32
2. "To Each His Own"   Gerry Beckley 3:13
3. "Don't Cross The River"   Dan Peek 2:30
4. "Moon Song"   Bunnell 3:41
5. "Only In Your Heart"   Beckley 3:16
6. "Till The Sun Comes Up Again"   Beckley 2:12
7. "Cornwall Blank"   Bunnell 4:19
8. "Head and Heart"   John Martyn 3:49
9. "California Revisited"   Peek 3:03
10. "Saturn Nights"   Peek 3:31




Year Chart Peak
1972 US 9
AUS 17
UK 21


Year Single Chart Position
1972 "Ventura Highway" US[2] 8
AUS 28
UK 43
1973 "Don't Cross the River" US 35
US AC 23
AUS 94
"Only in Your Heart" US 62


  1. ^ a b Cleary, David. Homecoming > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
  2. ^ "America : Allmusic : Billboard Singles". AllMusic. Retrieved April 2, 2015.