Monday, November 20, 2017

CD Review: Omnivore Recordings Gathers Together Early Demos For America

The trio of Dewey Bunnell, Gerry Beckley and Dan Peek became one of the most famous folk/rock bands in the seventies, when they were known simply as America. They topped the charts numerous times with the songs "A Horse With No Name" and "Sister Golden Hair" and released 18 studio albums between 1971-2015. The band's latest release comes from Omnivore Recordings and is titled "Heritage: Home Recordings/Demos 1970-1973." It features 15 studio recordings and eventually some would appear on one of America's first three albums. Ten of the new releases fifteen tracks have never been previously released in this form and will certainly give the listener some insight into how great these songs were formed in the studio.

The new set starts out with the wonderful harmonies of "Riverside" as the song carries a more upbeat feel than some of their other earlier tracks like "Here" and Rainy Day." The short, but sweet a capella delivery of "When I Was Five" is a real treat, while the trio's songwriting grew in the songs "Goodbye" and "Ventura Highway." The new release wraps up with the guys discussing the recording of "Rainbow Song" and a beautiful hidden bonus track, an a capella version of there hit single "A Horse With No Name." To find out more about America's latest release "Heritage: Home Recordings/Demos 1970-1973," please visit

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