Friday, July 24, 2020

America - Hearts (1975 us, soft acoustics gemlike vocal harmonies, 2016 SACD)

I began listening to this album with no great expectations, but by the third song the excellence of the arrangements and production was so evident -- and so comforting -- that the rest of the disc moved easily and pleasantly. America still dispenses tuneful, if basically bland, pop-oriented pastiches of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, but let's face it: as pabulum goes, it's remarkably well prepared.

The man responsible for the arrangements and production of Hearts is George Martin, and it's high time he got some kind of award. Before he became associated with the Beatles (and it is fair to say that Martin's skills, which are diplomatic as well as musical, helped the Beatles immensely). Martin produced the recordings of the Goons, featuring Peter Sellers, who were the Monty Python of the Fifties. Whether dealing with lunatic comedy, the farthest reaches of rock, or the very tuneful and straight-ahead pleasantries of America, Martin has always brought to his productions taste combined with an understanding of both what performers want to do and what they are capable of doing. He is a very accomplished gentleman, is Mr. Martin, and without him the history of recent pop music would have fewer great moment.s
by Joel Vance, Stereo Review, August 1975. 

America released many hit albums including their fifth studio release which is a favorite among fans. This superbly crafted 1975 classic was produced by legendary Beatles producer George Martin and is a musical treasure filled with great harmonies and hooks!

Achieving significant popularity in the 1970’s, Gerry Beckley, Dan Peek and Dewey Burnell made up the band that became famous for their close vocal harmonies and light acoustic folk sound. With a string of hit singles and albums, often played on pop/soft rock radio stations, Hearts boasts three top selling hits. High Resolution Audio fans can now experience the original quad LP mix on SACD with a stereo layer and includes the #1 hit "Sister Golden Hair," their Top 20 ballad, "Daisy Jane" and "Woman Tonight."
by Wesley Derbyshire
1. Daisy Jane (Gerry Beckley) - 3:10
2. Half A Man (Dan Peek) - 3:37
3. Midnight (Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell) - 2:47
4. Bell Tree (Gerry Beckley) - 2:34
5. Old Virginia (Dan Peek, Catherine Peek) - 3:34
6. People In The Valley (Dewey Bunnell) - 2:46
7. Company (Dewey Bunnell) - 3:28
8. Woman Tonight (Dan Peek) - 2:25
9. The Story Of A Teenager (Gerry Beckley, Dan Peek) - 3:24
10.Sister Golden Hair (Gerry Beckley) - 3:22
11.Tomorrow (Dan Peek) - 2:53
12.Seasons (Dewey Bunnell) - 3:04

*Gerry Beckley - Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards
*Dewey Bunnell - Vocals, Guitar
*Dan Peek - Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards
*David Dickey - Bass
*Willie Leacox - Drums, Percussion
*George Martin - Keyboards

1971-72  America - America (Hybrid SACD 2013 edition) 

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