America Doubles Its Pleasure With New CD
Enduring soft rock act America will release a new double-disc collection Sept. 26 via Sony BMG's Burgundy Records.Enduring soft rock act America will release a new double-disc collection Sept. 26 via Sony BMG's Burgundy Records. As previously reported, the as-yet-untitled set will feature one disc of new music produced and partly written by Fountains Of Wayne/Ivy principal Adam Schlesinger, former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha and Nada Surf's Ira Elliot.
The second disc is culled from a live performance on XM Radio's "Then...Again...Live!" show and follows the same track list as the collection "History: America's Greatest Hits," which reached No. 3 on The Billboard 200 in 1975.
As a trial session, Schlesinger and Iha earlier this year recorded two songs with the group, one penned by Schlesinger and the other by America's Gerry Beckley. "They've put out some records [in recent years], but we really want to do something that gets back to sounding like the classic stuff they did," Schlesinger told Billboard.com. "There's a whole bunch of people our age who love those songs even if they don't necessarily know they're by America."
The new material will be the first from the group, best known for such massive '70s hits as "Ventura Highway," "Sister Golden Hair," "Tin Man" and "A Horse With No Name," since 1998's "Human Nature."