What does it sound like?:
America, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Kingdom Come – strange bedfellows united by having box sets of their albums released. Let’s take these one at a time.
First up is America, who most will associate with two songs really, Ventura Highway and the ubiquitous Horse With No Name. Sadly those are only available here in a live format, as the six albums included in this set are from the latter stages of the band’s career (1979 – 85), after co founder Dan Peek had departed. I wasn’t familiar with much of the music here, but the George Martin produced Silent Letter is not bad, as is the Russ Ballard collaboration View From The Ground. However, much of the remaining albums are very much in the same vein as one song blurs into another, with none really standing out – inoffensive but unremarkable. Actually, the live set is probably the pick of the bunch, as it includes more of their earlier (and frankly better) songs.
I vaguely recall Atlanta Rhythm Section being on the bill at the 1978 Knebworth, although sadly any memory of their performance is lost in the mists of time. For the uninitiated, » Continue Reading.