America: Gerry Beckley (vocals, 6- & 12-string acoustic & electric guitars, piano, bass, chimes); Dewey Bunnell (vocals, 6- & 12-string acoustic guitars); Dan Peek (vocals, 12-string acoustic & 6-string electric guitars, piano).
Additional personnel: Dave Lindley (electric & steel guitars); Dave Atwood, Kim Haworth (drums); Ray Cooper (percussion).
Producers: Ian Samwell, Jeff Dexter, America.
Recorded at Trident Studios & Morgan Studios, London, England.
Personnel: Dan Peek (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, 12-string guitar, piano); Gerry Beckley (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar, piano, chimes); Dewey Bunnell (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar, drums); David Lindley (guitar, electric guitar, steel guitar); Dave Attwood, Kim Haworth (drums); Ray Cooper (percussion).
Recording information: Morgan Studios, North London, England; Trident Studios, London, England.
Photographer: Nigel Waymouth.
America's debut album is a classic case of being in the right place at the right time--a world where the noisier sounds of '60s rock had given way to the gentler strains of James Taylor and Crosby, Stills and Nash. America's particular gift was to combine Taylor's singer/songwriter esthetic with CSN's ripe harmonies, and their own unerring ear for a commercial hook.
Which is why this album's "A Horse with No Name," and to a lesser degree "Sandman," despite a certain lyrical incoherence, were all over the radio in 1972. Though AMERICA's overall air of pastoral hippiedom ensures that it remains very much of its time, it's still well crafted enough to remain a good listen.