England - Full Moon 50 - 11/11/00
Highway - 30 Years of America
I would like to propose a wonderful collection that just came out: Highway -
30 Years of America. This is an extraordinary 3-CD release that presents
and highlights America's 30-year career in a wonderfully informative
package. The box contains an amply illustrated book that recounts America's
story from their London, England meeting and beginnings to their recent
American Gramaphone albums and almost everything in between.
I still remember the first time that I heard America's Horse with No Name in
Athens, Greece. It was a 45 RPM that a friend of mine had managed to stick
on the record player, somewhere between Alice Cooper's School's Out and
Deep Purple's Smoke on the Water. I was immediately impressed by America's
ability to create a new form of rock that had, in its sparse simplicity,
the same force and punch as the hard-rock groups in vogue then.
The group followed their first success with hit after hit. Songs like I
Need You, Sandman, Ventura Highway, Tin Man, Sister Golden Hair and others
have helped define the musical horizon of the 70's. Somewhere at the end of
the 70's, I lost track of the group thinking that they had disbanded.
Instead, this box comes to set the record right by presenting a body of
work that is as exciting and fresh as the one produced during the group's
This is truly a box for the America aficionado as well as the person who
enjoys good music that spans a generation.
Copyright © 2000 Stavros Moschopoulos