This album is a recompilation of previously released songs
along with two new recordings ("World Of Light" and "Paradise").
The album reached #152 in October of 2001.
The following was taken from the Rhino web site:
America rode onto the pop charts on "A Horse With No Name,"
which hit #1 in 1972. Gerry Beckley, Dewey
Bunnell, and Dan Peek (who left the band in 1977)
fashioned an appealing blend of rock, pop, and folk sounds into
such mellow '70s touchstones as "Ventura Highway,"
"Tin Man," and "Sister Golden Hair." Rhino's recent The
Complete Greatest Hits gathers all these and more,
bringing those Warner Bros. hits, the best of their Capitol output
(including 1982's "You Can Do Magic") and a pair of
new recordings on one must-have CD. We caught up with
Dewey and Gerry who, in between their continuing touring
and recording duties, rattled off answers to some of our
1. What was the first record you ever bought?
Dewey: "Walk Don't Run" - The Ventures
Gerry: "Surfin' Sufari"- Beach Boys
2. What's was the last record you listened to and what did you think of it?
Dewey: Exerpts from "Produced By George Martin", the 50-year retrospective box set. I was amazed by the
diversity of artists!
Gerry: garbage "2.0" - near perfect
3. What song do you wish you had written?
Dewey: "Caroline No", "All Along The Watchtower", "Born To Be Wild", "Strawberry Fields Forever" ??
Gerry: "For No One" - The Beatles (Lennon/McCartney)
4. Who is your favorite Beatle?
Dewey: John Lennon
Gerry: George Harrison - for a life well done
5. What's your all-time favorite movie?
Dewey: Wizard of Oz
Gerry: "Being There"
6. If you could sing the praises of one underappreciated artist, who would you choose?
Dewey: John Martyn, a British artist we worked with in the 70's, comes to mind.
Gerry: Alan Sparhawk (Low)
7. Tell us about life in the entertainment biz..
Dewey: With all the public attention, it truly can be a solitary life. There certainly is no such thing as "routine" or
"predictability" about the life I lead. The process of maturation into a fully functioning adult appears to be
stunted...although, how can I be sure?!
8. What gets your nomination for the most absurd thing about the music/movie/TV business?
Dewey: Its ability to convince the public what they like, and sell it to them until the next idea comes along.
Gerry: The strangle hold that commercial radio has on what the public hears
9. Were there other names you considered performing under? If so, what were they?
Dewey: We were "The Daze" momentarily, but have been "America" from the first recording. I remember playing
with the idea of forming an alter-ego jam band to be called "The Flying-A Band"...which never developed!
10. What has been the most thrilling moment of your career so far?
Dewey: The combination of having #1 records, winning a Grammy and earning Platinum awards is quite a thrill, but
the energy of spending the day at a stadium gig, as we did in the 70's, with The Beach Boys, and following Santana
onto the stage in the afternoon to play for 50,000 people was very thrilling!
Gerry: Working with George Martin
11. For what project that you've worked on did the outcome turn out to be most different from your initial
Dewey: Probably the "Harbor" album that we made on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. It had all the elements in place
to have been a much better album than it turned out to be. It is memorable for the experience more than the music, in
Gerry: Beckley/Lamm/Wilson - "Like A Brother"
12. What was the first thing you bought when you got your first check from playing music?
Gerry: Lancia Zagato - an Italian sportscar
13. What was the best thing about working with George Martin?
Dewey: We all enjoyed the daily humor in the studios and restaurants and pubs with George and Geoff Emerick.
George always made the projects an adventure by supporting our mutual desire to record in different locations,
London, San Francisco, Monserrat, W.I., Colorado, etc.
Gerry: the martinis
14. Tell us about your life in general...
Dewey: I have had a very full life. My childhood was secure and interesting, as I moved with my Air Force family
several times around the U.S and England. High School was fun in England, where I met Gerry and Dan and we
ventured out into the world of pop music and culture, miraculously finding and securing our lifetime careers in the
music business. I have known the joys of being married and being the proud father of my, now adult, children, Dylan
and Lauren. As I have gotten older I have lost loved ones, including my mother, experienced divorce, and found new
love. Along the way I have developed outside interests in art, scuba diving, fishing, baseball, memorabilia collecting
Gerry: Amazed by every new day...
15. What do you remember most about your hometown?
Dewey: I never had a "hometown"...because of the transient nature of being an Air Force dependant. However I
have fond memories of all the places I lived, notably Biloxi, MS, Omaha, NE, San Jose, CA etc.
Gerry: Don't have one
16. Did you play any sports in school?
Dewey: I played baseball, and lettered on the track team in high school.
17. Tell us about your first car.
Dewey: I learned to drive in England and bought my first car from a young airman on the base for $60! It was a
1950 Morris Minor, with "flip-up" indicator lights for turn signals and a split wind-shield!
Gerry: Red Mini
18. What's your favorite food?
Dewey: Probably, in general, seafood. I like sushi, shellfish, fried catfish, baked salmon, etc. I'm not a
vegetarian...but I love vegetables of all kinds, too. Then there's always a good Cajun Rib-Eye.....hmmmm!
19. What is your most prized possession?
Dewey: I have a small collection of Bay Area Figurative paintings from the 50's and 60's which I prize highly. And
my autograph collection includes The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, James Dean, John Kennedy, Marlon Brando, etc.
Gerry: My wedding ring
20. When did you realize for the first time that you are a grown-up?
Dewey: Watching my children enter college made me feel older, and I suppose that's like feeling "grown-up". But
I'm still a kid at heart and sometimes don't feel as responsible as a true grown-up...and don't really want to!!
Gerry: Still waiting
21. Where is the one place you've never been that you'd most like to visit?
Dewey: We've had wonderful oppurtunities to see places I've always dreamed about...trips to Australia, Japan,
South America, Europe, Indonesia...safaris in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Galapagos Islands. I even saw the
Komodo Dragon in the wild! But I've never been to the Greek Isles or visited the Scandinavian countries...maybe
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