1971 America – America

America is the debut studio album by America, released in 1971. It was initially released without “A Horse with No Name”, which was released as a single in late 1971. When “A Horse with No Name” became a worldwide hit in early 1972, the album was re-released with that track.

The album went to No. 1 on the Billboard album chart in the United States and stayed there for five weeks. It produced two hit singles; “A Horse with No Name” spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard singles chart in 1972 (it peaked at No. 3 on the Adult Contemporary chart), and “I Need You” hit No. 9 on the Billboard singles chart and No. 7 on the AC chart. Several other songs received radio airplay on FM stations playing album tracks, including “Sandman” (long-rumored to be about the United States Navy VQ-2 air squadron formerly based in Rota, Spain) and “Three Roses”. The album was certified platinum by the RIAA for sales in excess of one million units in the U.S.

Tracks

1  Riverside (Dewey Bunnell) 03:01
2  Sandman (Dewey Bunnell) 05:08
3  Three Roses (Dewey Bunnell) 03:54
4  Children (Dewey Bunnell) 03:08
5  Here (Gerry Beckley) 05:28
6  I Need You (Gerry Beckley) 03:03
7  Rainy Day (Dan Peek) 02:54
8  Never Found The Time (Dan Peek) 03:50
9  Clarice (Gerry Beckley) 04:01
10  Donkey Jaw (Dan Peek) 05:19
11  Pigeon Song (Dewey Bunnell) 02:18

Musicians

1 Riverside

BassGerry Beckley
GuitarGerry Beckley
Acoustic GuitarDewey Bunnell
12 String GuitarDan Peek
PercussionRay Cooper


2 Sandman

Acoustic BassGerry Beckley
DrumsDave Atwood
GuitarDan Peek
12 String GuitarDan Peek
Acoustic GuitarDewey Bunnell
VocalsDewey Bunnell


3 Three Roses

BassDan Peek
GuitarGerry Beckley
Acoustic GuitarDewey Bunnell
Acoustic GuitarGerry Beckley
PercussionRay Cooper
VocalsDewey Bunnell


4 Children

GuitarDavid Lindley
Acoustic GuitarDewey Bunnell
Acoustic GuitarGerry Beckley
12 String GuitarDan Peek


5 Here

BassGerry Beckley
DrumsDave Atwood
Acoustic GuitarDan Peek
Acoustic GuitarGerry Beckley
VocalsDewey Bunnell


6 I Need You

BassGerry Beckley
DrumsDave Atwood
Acoustic GuitarDewey Bunnell
12 String GuitarDan Peek
PianoGerry Beckley
VocalsGerry Beckley


7 Rainy Day

Acoustic GuitarDewey Bunnell
Acoustic GuitarDan Peek
12 String GuitarGerry Beckley
12 String GuitarDan Peek
Steel GuitarDavid Lindley
VocalsDan Peek


8 Never Found The Time

Acoustic GuitarGerry Beckley
12 String GuitarDan Peek
PianoDan Peek
PercussionRay Cooper
VocalsDewey Bunnell
VocalsDan Peek


9 Clarice

BassGerry Beckley
GuitarGerry Beckley
Acoustic GuitarGerry Beckley
Acoustic GuitarDewey Bunnell
PianoGerry Beckley
PercussionRay Cooper
VocalsDan Peek
VocalsGerry Beckley


10 Donkey Jaw

BassGerry Beckley
DrumsDave Atwood
GuitarDan Peek
Acoustic GuitarDewey Bunnell
12 String GuitarDan Peek
12 String GuitarDewey Bunnell
PercussionRay Cooper
VocalsDewey Bunnell


11 Pigeon Song

Acoustic GuitarDewey Bunnell
VocalsDewey Bunnell

Liner Notes

Producer – America, Ian Samwell, Jeff Dexter
Engineer – Ken Scott
Mastered By – Porky

Photography, Artwork – Nigel Waymouth

Recorded By Warner Bros U.K.
Recorded At Trident Studios
Copyright © Warner Bros. Records Inc