View from the Ground

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View from the Ground
View from the ground cover art.jpg
Studio album by America
Released July 15, 1982
Recorded Amigo Studios & Capitol Studios, Hollywood, California, and Abbey Road Studios, London, England, 1982
Genre Pop rock
Length 39:44
Label Capitol
Producer Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell, Russ Ballard, Bobby Colomby
America chronology
View from the Ground
The Last Unicorn
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View from the Ground is the tenth original studio album by American folk rock duo America, released by Capitol Records in July 1982.

This album marked a major comeback for a group that had been generally written off since Dan Peek's departure five years before. It was a modest hit in the US, reaching number 41 on the Billboard album chart, and produced two hit singles: "You Can Do Magic" reached number eight on the Billboard singles chart and number five on the adult contemporary chart, and "Right Before Your Eyes" (also popularly known as "Rudolph Valentino") peaked at 45 on the Billboard singles chart and 16 on the adult contemporary chart.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]

Allmusic gave high praise to the hit songs "You Can Do Magic" and "Right Before Your Eyes", but deemed View from the Ground "an exceptionally slick-sounding yet pedestrian album overall". They recommended that listeners instead seek out the two hits, especially "You Can Do Magic", on greatest hits compilations.[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "You Can Do Magic" Russ Ballard 3:48
2. "Never Be Lonely" Gerry Beckley, Bill Mumy 3:45
3. "You Girl" Dewey Bunnell, Mumy, Robert Haimer 3:32
4. "Inspector Mills" Beckley 5:10
5. "Love on the Vine" Bunnell, Mumy, Haimer 3:02
6. "Desperate Love" Lenny LeBlanc, Ava Aldridge, Cindy Richardson 3:51
7. "Right Before Your Eyes" Ian Thomas 3:47
8. "Jody" Ballard 3:49
9. "Sometimes Lovers" Beckley 4:27
10. "Even the Score" Bunnell 3:36


  • You Can Do Magic/Even the Score
  • Right Before Your Eyes/Inspector Mills
  • Jody/Inspector Mills