10 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It would be hard to name song that captures post-hippie California dreaming better than the massive hit “Ventura Highway” from this 1972 album. The tune’s breezy folk-pop frames a conversation between an old man and a boy who dreams of leaving his Southern state for sunny California, where nights are “stronger than moonshine.” It’s a very believable paean to nostalgia. Much of this album (America's second) is in a similar vein: rich with a kind of laid-back Crosby, Stills & Nash feel that unfurls like a mellow Topanga Canyon morning. Indeed, “Only in Your Heart” sounds like Graham Nash, while David Crosby’s influence is all over “Saturn Nights.” The banjo-peppered “Don’t Cross the River” fits right in with the era’s country-rock of Poco and New Riders of the Purple Sage, and the poppy “California Revisited” is the closest thing here to a straight-up rock ’n’ roll tune. The soothing cover of John Martyn’s terminally pretty love song “Head and Heart” is a nice addition to the trio’s fetching songcraft and harmonizing.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It would be hard to name song that captures post-hippie California dreaming better than the massive hit “Ventura Highway” from this 1972 album. The tune’s breezy folk-pop frames a conversation between an old man and a boy who dreams of leaving his Southern state for sunny California, where nights are “stronger than moonshine.” It’s a very believable paean to nostalgia. Much of this album (America's second) is in a similar vein: rich with a kind of laid-back Crosby, Stills & Nash feel that unfurls like a mellow Topanga Canyon morning. Indeed, “Only in Your Heart” sounds like Graham Nash, while David Crosby’s influence is all over “Saturn Nights.” The banjo-peppered “Don’t Cross the River” fits right in with the era’s country-rock of Poco and New Riders of the Purple Sage, and the poppy “California Revisited” is the closest thing here to a straight-up rock ’n’ roll tune. The soothing cover of John Martyn’s terminally pretty love song “Head and Heart” is a nice addition to the trio’s fetching songcraft and harmonizing.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

bigfnche' ,

Classic!!

This is America's Best recording,, some of the best songs on this c.d dont get much attention. "Dont Cross The River" ,"Moon Song", "Cornwall Blank", and "Saturn Nights" are just as good as "Ventura Highway", and are a must to own if you like America. If you Like America this C.D will do you right! - Che'

east coast bloke ,

Some of the finest music ever made!

Expanding upon their previous album, America gets even more creative and makes an album as good as gold. The entire album is a pleasure to listen to from start to finish.

Andrew Purvis ,

America's Best

The band went through a number of ages and eras, but Homecoming has a high floor and a high ceiling. Come for the songs you know, but stay for Saturn Nights, Till the Sun Comes Up Again, Cornwall Blank, and others. After they put this out, America earned the attention of producer George Martin, if that helps understand the statement it made in the post-Beatles music scene.

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