America – View From The Ground (1982): Review

america

Produced by Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell, Russ Ballard and Bobby Colomby.
Label – Capitol

Formed in the late 1960’s in England, three sons of U.S servicemen stationed in the U.K. and assembled their own folk/country band, and following popular live performances were signed by Roundhouse owner Ted Dexter. The popularity of folk rock/country at the turn of the 60s was immeasurable (even Bowie and Marc Bolan were folk rockers at this time), and the band were swiftly signed to Warner Brothers. They produced a number of hit albums during the early 70s which contained the notable singles “A Horse With No Name” and “Ventura Highway”. The band continued to record during the rest of the decade but by this time the hits had dried up and the audience had begun to wane.

By 1982, the band were down to a duet and seizing upon the popularity of U.S AOR bands like REO Speedwagon , Journey and Boston, released their own brand of easy on the ear MOR music which dominated the radio airwaves stateside. The result is as expected, very nice, none threatening, and totally dull. You can almost hear the audience go “Aahh” after the first 10 bars of each song. There are 3 reasonably strong compositions from 10 including the minor hit “You Can Do Magic”, “Jody”, and “Sometimes Lovers”, and the rest is just pap, non-descript evening dinner music proved not to offend any guests aged between 40 and 70.

6/10

Track Listing
Side 1
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
Side 2
1.”Desperate Love” (Lenny LeBlanc, Ava Aldridge, Cindy Richardson) – 3:51
2.”Right Before Your Eyes” (Ian Thomas) – 3:47
3.”Jody” (Ballard) – 3:49
4.”Sometimes Lovers” (Beckley) – 4:27
5.”Even the Score” (Bunnell) – 3:36

You Can Do Magic

Right Before Your Eyes

Jody

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