Here's the press release that went out on May 25, 2000.
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Highway: 30 Years Of America Due July 18
From Warner Archives/Rhino; Tour Kicks Off July 1
LOS ANGELES -- On July 18 Warner Archives/Rhino will release HIGHWAY: 30 YEARS OF AMERICA, the first comprehensive
collection by the folk-rock group whose songs evoke images of restlessness, freedom, and the wandering spirit. America soared to the top
of the charts in the early '70s and continues to record and tour to this day. Their new tour in support of HIGHWAY kicks off on July 1.
Spanning three decades and nearly all of America's 23 albums, HIGHWAY contains 64 tracks in a three-CD boxed set that features the
classic rock staples "A Horse With No Name," "Sister Golden Hair," and "Ventura Highway." HIGHWAY also reveals the depth of
America's songwriting style with demos and rarities from the prestigious Warner Bros. Records vaults. This definitive collection will be
available at all music retail outlets or via www.rhino.com with a suggested retail price of $49.98.
The liner notes include an extensive interview with founding members Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell, and Dan Peek. Fans will rediscover
America's history, including tidbits such as a stand-up comedian named Jay Leno used to open for the band, and wrestler-turned-politician
Jesse Ventura invited them to play at his Governor's inaugural. In fact, America was one of the first bands that producer Sir George Martin
worked with after the Beatles' breakup. "Tin Man," "Another Try," and "Lonely People" are among the Martin-produced tracks included on
HIGHWAY: 30 YEARS OF AMERICA.
Just like its namesake, America's story begins in the United Kingdom. Military brats Beckley, Bunnell, and Peek, attended the same high
school in London, where their fathers were stationed. They graduated in 1969 and by then had seen legendary performances by Jimi
Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin. Coming of age in '60s London left an indelible mark on the young music fans, who went on
to achieve international success themselves less than two years later. Though Peek left the group in 1977 due to personal reasons, Beckley
and Bunnell have carried on as a duo for more than 22 years.
* A young stand-up comedian named Jay Leno used to open for America.
* The Beach Boys' Carl Wilson and Bruce Johnston sang backing vocals on "Hat Trick," the title track of America's third studio album. In
1998 Wilson sang backup on America's Human Nature album. It was one of his last sessions.
* America won a Grammy in 1973 (for Best New Artist of 1972).
* When Beatles' producer Sir George Martin met with America for the first time prior to producing their albums, he took off his shoes. "We
thought that was a wonderful gesture for some reason." Beatles' engineer Geoff Emerick engineered all of America's Martin-produced
* Backstage during an America/Jackson Browne tour, Browne revised a line in "Sister Golden Hair." Beckley originally wrote, "Will you
meet me in VA?" Browne suggested, "meet me in the middle."
* Joe Walsh played guitar on America's "Green Monkey" track before he was in The Eagles. The Eagles' Timothy B. Schmit also worked
with America in the studio as did their associate and friend J.D. Souther on several projects.
* Hal Blaine has played on more hit records than any other drummer in the rock era. A Y2K Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, the
sideman played on America's 1972 album, Homecoming, which featured the hit single "Ventura Highway" as well as the Hat Trick album.
* America introduced synthesizers into their sound by way of two musicians who happened to stop by after wrapping up work with Stevie
Wonder on his Innervisions album. The legendary Motown artist was recording next door to America during their Homecoming sessions.
* Harry Nilsson, Andy Williams, and Johnny Mathis are among the artists who have re-recorded America's "I Need You," which was a hit
single for the band in 1972. The song remains Gerry Beckley's most-covered song to date.