Love these guys! Been meaning to digitize this one for a looong time!
First of all - I like the band America! There, I said it! I forgot that I did until I revisited to their Greatest Hits album again.
Now hear where that kind of sound came from (Trivia: the 1st America album came out a little bit after this album in the same year).
Sounds like America, Dan Fogelberg, Loggins and Messina, etc.
Record Label: Atlantic - Released 1971
Guitar and voices: John Batdorf and Mark Rodney
Vibes and piano: Barry Beckett
Bass: Chris Ethridge and Dave Hood
Drums: Roger Hawkins and John Barbata
Produced by Ahmet Ertegun and Batdorf and Rodney
01 - Oh My Surprise
02 - Me and My Guitar
03 - Can You See Him
04 - Workin Man, Blind Man
05 - You Are The One
06 - Don't You Hear Me Callin
07 - Where Were You and I
08 - Never See His Face Again
09 - One Day
10 - Farm
11 - Let Me Go
Encoded @ 320 from original vinyl
Also includes tracklisting, reviews and high quality album artwork sized for a CD cover.
This was Batdorf and Rodney's first album. The song "Can You See Him" received the most airplay on FM radio stations. According to Mark Rodney, he did most of the lead guitar work on this song and this is his favorite song from all of their albums.
Although they first met in high school in Hollywood, California, John and Mark got musically together in the mystical desert of Las Vegas, Nevada in September 1970.
John, originally from Dayton, Ohio was in a Cowsills type band called the "Loved Ones", featuring soap opera star Patty Weaver and her brothers. He was 15 at the time. They signed with Atlantic Records chairman Ahmet Ertugen and moved west, but the band went nowhere.
Mark, who grew up in Hollywood, California came from a famous musical family. As a teenager, he played in various blues bands and jammed with famous bands like the orginal Blues Image, Jimi Hendrix, and many rock stars in Hollywood clubs.
By 1970, both John and Mark had tired of the Los Angeles scene and were both interested in the new music revolution of the 70s....acoustic music! They re-connected in Las Vegas and started playing acoustic guitars together. They were both heavily into the new sound of Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Neil Young, James Taylor, and Simon & Garfunkel. After three months, they had conquered Las Vegas and had enough originals to head back to Los Angeles. By a magic coincidence, Ahmet Ertegun was in Los Angeles and offered to audition them. He immediately signed them to Atlantic Records and produced them himself in legendary Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
The group eventually recorded three albums on Atlantic, Asylum (one of their first releases), and Arista Records. The three A's! They toured for five years with groups like Bread, The Youngbloods, Loggins and Messina, Three Dog Night, Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Seals and Crofts, and every group from that era. They had several regional hits but never broke nationally before they had enough of the business. Batdorf and Rodney were actually before groups like America, Seals and Crofts, and Dan Fogelberg. They were always considered a major influence of that sound.