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America Half Century Box Set
Gonzo-America Records 2020

Note: The links to the lyrics below (represented by the λ sign) point to the lyrics for the song as it was originally released. However, some of the lyrics to the songs on these CDs are a bit different and there are alternate lyrics on several of them. These are all new songs that have never been released before.

Disc 1 (London Demos 1970)
*All previously unreleased
λChildren (Dick James)
λRiverside (Chalk Farm)
λRainy Day (Polydor)
λHere (Chalk Farm)
λSatan (Polydor)
  [working title for "Donkey Jaw']
Bummer (Chalk Farm)
Sea Of Destiny
λHow Long (Chalk Farm)
λJames Holladay (Dick James)
λChildren (Chalk Farm)
Disc 2 (Bremen 1973)
*Only previously available as a DVD
λVentura Highway
λI Need You
λDon't Cross The River
λHorse With No Name
λMoon Song
λLonely People
λWind Wave
λRainbow Song
λTin Man
λCalifornia Revisited
λGreen Monkey
Disc 3 (The Caribou Sessions 1976)
*All previously unreleased
λShe's A Liar (Outtake/Alternate Mix)
λAmber Cascades (Alternate Early Mix)
λToday's The Day (Outtake/Walkthrough)
λLovely Night (Outtake/Take 1 Session)
λHideaway Part I (Early Band Outtake)
λWatership Down (Alternate Mix)
λLetter (Alternate Mix)
λLovely Night (Buzz Studio Demo)
λJet Boy Blue (Outtake/Alternate Mix)
λWho Loves You (Alternate Mix)
Caribou Outtakes Montage
I'm New in Town (Buzz Studio Demo)
  [previously unreleased song]
Disc 4 (The Poison Oak Sessions 1981)
*All previously unreleased
Sailors and Seagulls (Unreleased)
λLook At Me Now (Early Version)
λMy Dear (Early Version)
λSometimes Lovers (Early Version)
λAll the People-Whole Wide World (Early Version)
Coming On (Unreleased)
Now I Want Your Love (Unreleased)
λInspector Mills (Early Version)
China Sea/Notes For John (Unreleased)
Doesn't the Time (Unreleased)
Someday Forever (Unreleased)
Disc 5 (The Alternate 90's Plus)
*All previously unreleased
λYoung Moon (Mix Without Inst. Intro)
λCall Of The Wild (Alternate Early Mix)
λSleeper Train (Alternate Early Mix)
λPorts-Of-Call (Alternate Early Mix)
λMirror To Mirror (Alternate Early Mix)
λWhole Wide World (Alternate Early Mix)
λHope (Alternate Mix)
The Hills Are Green (Unreleased)
λHorse (Interlude)
λFrom A Moving Train (Single/Shorter Intro)
λWheels Are Turning (Alternate Mix)
λTown And Country (Alternate Mix)
λMoment To Moment (Alternate Mix)
λWednesday Morning (Alternate Mix)
λOloololo (Alternate Mix)
λOverwhelming World (Alternate Mix)
λMoment To Moment (Alternate Mix)
λHot Town (Alternate Mix)
λPages (Alternate Early Mix)
I Can Take It (Previously Unreleased)
λRemembering (New 2020)
Disc 6 (America on the Radio #1)
*All previously unreleased
America Radio Interviews and Promo (the 70's)

Disc 7 (America on the Radio #2)
*All previously unreleased
America Radio Interviews and Promo (the 80's - 2000's)

Disc 8 (DVD Home Movies)
*All previously unreleased
Hat Trick at Home 1: Rooftop Jam - λGreen Monkey - 1973
Hat Trick at Home 2: λGoodbye - 1973
Hat Trick at Home 3: λSandman - 1973
Hat Trick at Home 4: λHat Trick Rehearsal - 1973
Bremen Behind the Scenes - 1973 (No Audio)
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion 1 - 1973
Air Studios - London Misc. Footage - 1974
Airplane High Jinx 1 - 1974 (No Audio)
Airplane High Jinx 2 - 1975
Tour Plane Interview - 1975

This box set was released June 5, 2020 by PopMarket ($128.79), MusicGlue ($160.00,) and Amazon ($193.99). As part of the promotion, MusicGlue released a cool box set promo video that you can watch on YouTube.

Here's a little more information from MusicGlue about the box set:

The year 2020 marks the 50th Anniversary of perennial classic-rock favorite, America. America Records is proud to release the ultimate 8-disc Anniversary Box Set. Produced for release and compiled by Jeff Larson for America Archives. Containing CDs of rare archival studio recordings consisting of alternate mixes, demos, and rehearsals, including several previously unreleased tracks ranging from 1970 - 2000. Along with the re-mastered Bremen 1973 in-studio performance and two CDs of Radio Interviews providing an audio overview of the band's career, along with a DVD of Super 8 'Home Movies' (1972-1975) to give fans a behind the scenes look at the early years of this enduring band.
Disc 1: London Demos 1970: All Previously Unreleased
These early demos from the Fall of 1970 represent America - The Trio recording songs that preceded their debut album for Warner Bros. Records. Gathered here, is the most complete collection to date of demos from this era recorded at three iconic London studios of the time.
Disc 2: Bremen 1973: (Only previously available as a DVD)
An on-air live recording of the Trio from 1973, in-between the albums Hat Trick and Holiday. This recording has been remastered for the first time and includes all the un-edited studio banter.
Disc 3: The Caribou Sessions 1976 - All Previously Unreleased
A collection of demos, rehearsals and outtakes towards the recording of America's 6th studio album, Hideaway in February 1976. The early takes and rehearsals stem from the famed Caribou Ranch Studios in Nederland, Colorado. Both the original home demos and session outtakes here provide a glimpse into the recording process before the later overdubs and strings were applied.
Disc 4: The Poison Oak Sessions 1981: All Previously Unreleased
In 1981, between the album Alibi (1980) and View From The Ground (1982), the band recorded several songs at Dewey's home studio, Poison Oak, in Northern California. This set contains early incarnations and alternate versions of songs released on later America albums as well as new songs that have been in the vault until now.
Disc 5: The Alternate 90's Plus: All Previously Unreleased
Alternate mixes from The albums Hourglass (1994) and Human Nature (1998) along with unreleased songs that came before, in-between and after these official releases. This set also closes with a new 2020 recording with the song "Remembering".
Discs 6 & 7 America on the Radio - All Previously Unreleased
Various radio interviews stemming from 1974 - 2000's which provide's a narrative and unique overview to their long career.
Disc 8 America - Home Movies (DVD) - All Previously Unreleased
This collection is very, "fly on the wall" footage. These films provide an amazing insight into the band, shot between 1972 and 1975, showing behind the scenes footage of, "Hat Trick at Home", early attempts at making home making of music videos and various on the road activities. These films give the viewer an amazing view of historical events as they unfolded.

Last Revised: 31 January 2021