America – What Went Wrong with A Horse with No Name?

More of the Music of America

More Recordings Engineered by Ken Scott

The version we are offering here has the song A Horse With No Name. Some copies without that song can sound very good as well, but with grades these good this copy is going to be very hard to beat.

Interestingly, A Horse With No Name never sounds quite as good as the rest of the album. It was recorded after the album came out in 1971 and added to later pressings starting in 1972. Unlike the rest of the album, it was not engineered by Ken Scott at Trident, but by a different engineer at Morgan Studios.

The engineer of that song took a different approach to the one that Ken Scott had used, and we leave it to you to decide how well that approach worked.

Ken Scott

America’s debut was engineered by the amazing Ken Scott, the man behind classics such as Ziggy Stardust., Honky Chateau, Crime of the Century, A Salty Dog, Magical Mystery Tour, All Things Must Pass and too many more to list.

TRACK LISTING

Side One

Riverside
Sandman
Three Roses
A Horse With No Name
Children
Here

Side Two

I Need You
Rainy Day
Never Found the Time
Clarice
Donkey Jaw
Pigeon Song

AMG Review

America’s debut album is a folk-pop classic, a stellar collection of memorable songs that would prove influential on such acts as the Eagles and Dan Fogelberg… Chart hits from this album include the spectrally loping “A Horse with No Name,” the squarishly tuneful “I Need You,” and the nervously dour “Sandman.” Other highlights include the buoyantly charming “Three Roses,” the yearningly lovely “Rainy Day,” and the quietly ringing “Clarice”… this platter is very highly recommended.