I’ll make this short and sweet. Our slick detective, Stephen Talia, has discovered that Steve Hoffman will begin to master the excellent 1971 debut from America. Any one that remembers the moment they heard “Horse With No Name” play on the radio, will also remember just how engaging the folk-rock song was. And still is.
“Horse With no Name” was followed by “I Need You”, another captivating song from a complete album. This first album from Dan Peek, Dewey Bunnell, and Gerry Beckley not only contained these two songs (some of you may have latched onto America’s debut before the inclusion of “Horse With No Name” as it was not originally on the first pressing. I myself hadn’t heard of America until “Horse With No Name”.).
Still, songs like “Sandman”, “Never Found The Time”, “Rainy Day”, “Children”, Riverside” were superb pieces in a large work. America was followed by Homecoming (1972), and “Ventura Highway”. Their star rose until they had a platter full of hits that pleased the radio crowd.
But enough of that. I’m as pleased as Stephen Talia, who emailed me in an elated frenzy when he discovered this bit of news. I am beyond pleased. And for those among you who are SACD fans, I’m betting this will make your day too!
A release date will be forthcoming. For now, just bask.