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Live In Concert: Wildwood Springs

by America

Live at Wildwood Springs includes all of America's greatest hits, including "A Horse With No Name", "Sister Golden Hair", "Ventura Highway" just to name a few. The special concert is all-acoustic and one of a kind.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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1. Riverside
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2. Ventura Highway
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3. Daisy Jane
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4. Windwave
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5. Pages
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6. Chasin' The Rainbow
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7. One Chance
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8. I Need You
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9. Cornwall Blank/Hollywood
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10. Tin Man
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11. Submarine Ladies
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12. Inspector Mills
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13. Only In Your Heart
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14. Ride On
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15. Baby It\'s Up To You
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16. Sandman
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17. Sister Golden Hair
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18. All My Life
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19. A Horse With No Name
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The world discovered America in 1972, when a nameless horse began its gallop across the international airwaves. If this sounds like some sort of fairy tale, it seemed like one for the young musicians who harmonized their way to the top of the charts on the strength of this song. "A Horse With No Name" made the band called America famous in the United States, Europe, and beyond, leading the way for an impressive string of hits to follow. Slightly more than a year after launching their group, Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell, and Dan Peek were riding high, thanks to a sound that mixed rock, pop, and folk elements to instantly appealing effect.



America's journey has taken them into a wide variety of musical terrain, and a look backward seems overdue as they enter their fourth decade. Their best-known tunes--which also include "I Need You," "Ventura Highway," "Don't Cross The River," "Tin Man," "Lonely People," and "Sister Golden Hair"--became a ubiquitous part of 1970s Top 40 and FM Album radio. Yet there was always more to America than the hits indicated. In many ways the band was rooted in the melodic pop rock of the British Invasion, most particularly in Gerry Beckley's hook-laden songwriting. This connection was made explicit when legendary Beatles producer George Martin came on board to help refine their sound. For his part, Dewey Bunnell brought a tinge of folk-jazz, combining Latin-leaning rhythms with playfully rhyming words and impressionistic lyric imagery. Dan Peek's contributions often tapped into a country-rock vein, with a strong element of personal confession.



America's albums--six of them certified gold and/or platinum, with their first greatest hits collection, History, reaching the four-million sales mark--displayed a fuller range of the trio's talents than did their singles. From effects-laden rockers to oddball medleys and soul-bearing ballads, their reach was wide and ambitious.



The singer/songwriter/guitarists found success young, even by the standards of rock artists of the early '70s. They literally learned on the job and grew up amid the madness that is the music business. Earning a #1 record and a Grammy for Best New Artist while barely in your twenties has its perils, and the pressures of the pop-star lifestyle affected each of them.



Personal hassles and a rigorous touring/recording schedule caught up with the band in the middle of the decade. When Peek left the group in 1977, his bandmates rose to the challenge of carrying on as a duo. Shifts in sound, changes in producers and managers, and a renewed dedication to the craft of songwriting came in the '80s. America returned to the upper reaches of the Pop chart in 1982 with "You Can Do Magic" and brought their live show to audiences in new corners of the globe. In many ways Beckley and Bunnell came into their own as mature artists during this time. And their growth has continued into the present day with such impressive releases as 1998's Human Nature.



America's songs have frequently dealt with themes of travel and restlessness--from such early compositions as "A Horse With No Name" and "Ventura Highway" through such recent tunes as "From A Moving Train." Their box set, Highway, released in 2000 captures the highlights of where their music has carried them and chronicles the changes they've gone though both artistically and personally. And change, of course, has always been a very American quality.



From the start, America was a band that could transcend borders with its music and message. Its audience has grown to span several generations and a rainbow of cultures. "I think that the ingredients of the America sound are the basic fundamentals that translate internationally," says Beckley. "The Italians are huge fans of dance music, but they also love a ballad--they're romantic at heart. It's the same in the Far East. A lot of times in these countries, we see people singing along, and they don't really know what the words mean. Music is truly the international language."



More new music can be expected from America in the years ahead. And, as ever, the touring continues; the band reports that 2001 was their best year on the road in over a decade.



It's been a long ride indeed for these two old friends. "We've grown up in a world of show biz, seen styles change, seen technology change," Bunnell muses. "But basically Gerry and I have stayed very much the same. We still have those standards in songwriting that we were hoping to establish. We've lived pretty full lives and managed to hold on to some sanity, although the world seems crazier every day."



From anonymous horses to fast-moving trains, the music has never stopped for America.


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Nancy

A Magical Up Close Acoustic Show!
Hi ~ I have been hitting the replay on my America Live Concert - Wildwood Springs cd alot over my oooh sooo busy last couple of weeks. It's not everyday that you get to hear an all acoustic live show. This cd was well worth the wait in coming to be. The well known America Gems shine brilliantly. How Awesome that we get treated to some wonderful Hidden Gems on this, as well as some Here & Now Gems. If you haven't seen America Live, or it has been awhile, you owe it to yourself to get this Magical Magic. This playlist is made up of the songs played at the 2 shows at the Wildwood Springs Upclose and Personal living room setting. I love the crystal cut clarity in listening to this cd. I love how this cd gives me a for real, being there that night pleasure. I love the packed full playlist of songs. Thanks sooo much to Gerry & Dewey and all that made this cd possible. Rich Campbell & Rusty Young also add their magical touch to this set of songs. This is a One of a Kind Unique show and it definitely proves the point "Every time I go to see America, it is like seeing them for the first time". I could write a million more words about this cd. I love each and every song. I will love continuing to hit the replay on this! Take care, Nancy Holtz :)

anne cunning

magic
fantastic cd, you would think that they were playing in the same room as you,crystal clear and a great sound,the harmonies from america are cool

Jim Solem

Sounds great!
For those of you that purchased the two disc set "Then and Now" that included a live CD...this live CD is much better. The hits are, of course, done very well, but I especially liked Riverside, Windwave and Pages. Anyway, a great collection to add to my already huge collection of America CD's.

Bill Safron

America Live In Concert: Wildwood Springs
This is a GREAT cd. I was not at the actual show, but I live in the same state as Wildwood Lodge, and I've heard great things about the shows there. It's a great atmosphere for both the artists and the fans. I've seen America live with the full band and was blown away, but I was equally knocked out by this accoustic set. They are truly one of the all time greats.

acraven

America Live Concert- Wildwood
Hello - For the past two weeks, the Wildwood cd has found a home in my car! When I am on my way to work each morning, it's pretty dark but the good thig is that there are very few cars on the road, It's easy to lose yourself in time listening to the familiar sounds that once made you feel young and carefree! Immediately, on first note, you are hooked! I was lucky enough to have attended several concerts last summer and for me, this is the real deal! I honestly didn't know if I would enjoy the "unplugged" version but I love it and can't wait for them to come back to Massachusetts.

Gerald Hoskins

America Live Concert-Wildwood
I have most of the albums ever put out and this one is by far the best of their live shows. I happened to be at this concert and everyone that likes America should attend an acoustic concert by them.

Mark Kaiser

The best of the best!
what can I say, one of the best live, best of compilations ever! every song played and sung to perfection. and they played all their favorites...and ours too!