by America



Like many soft rock and adult contemporary groups in the early '80s, America began to experiment with synthesizers and drum machines -- after all, this was a cheaper way of making records, especially compared to the '70s method of recruiting the most expensive studio musicians available. They had begun to experiment with synths on Your Move, but only slightly; the album still had several numbers that were more or less organic. With their final album, Perspective, the band adapted to the '80s style of production, relying almost entirely on synthesized arrangements and programmed reasons. This method of making records would eventually cripple adult contemporary, making it sound way too slick and soulless, but here, the synths were simple enough to sound organic and there were other instruments that allowed them to breathe, plus the natural harmonies of Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell. Plus, in retrospect, there was something charming about these early, stiff drum machines. All of this makes Perspective sound like a period piece, which it is. There were no hits from the album and the songs (while better on the whole than those on the lame Your Move) were all pretty slight, which leaves the actual sound and production as the main reason to recommend the album, especially since the group doesn't seem really committed to making a record. So, it's not a great America record and not a great way for them to end their career, but pop culture anthropologists looking for a synthesized soft rock artifact from '70s veterans losing their way in 1984, just as the genre was disappearing from the Top 40, should be intrigued by this endearingly mediocre effort.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/04/1998
Label: One Way Records Inc
UPC: 0724381935729
catalogNumber: 19357


  1. We Got All Night
  2. See How the Love Goes
  3. Can't Fall Asleep to a Lullabye
  4. Special Girl
  5. 5th Avenue
  6. (It's Like You) Never Left at All
  7. Stereo
  8. Lady With a Bluebird
  9. Cinderella
  10. Unconditional Love
  11. Fallin' off the World

Album Credits

Performance Credits

America   Primary Artist
Steve Perry   Background Vocals
James Newton Howard   Synthesizer
Craig Huxley   Synthesizer
Arthur Barrow   Bass,Keyboards
Gerry Beckley   Background Vocals
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer
Dewey Bunnell   Background Vocals
Richard James Burgess   Drums,Rhythm
Gary Chang   fairlight
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Nathan East   Bass
Bill Elliott   Synthesizer
Paul Fox   Synthesizer
Paul Jackson   Guitar
David Kemper   Percussion
Phil Kenzie   Saxophone
Randy Kerber   Synthesizer
Michael Landau   Guitar
Matthew McCauley   Synthesizer,Drums,Background Vocals
Dean Parks   Bass,Guitar
Timothy B. Schmit   Background Vocals
Marty Walsh   Guitar
Richie Zito   Guitar
Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra   Synthesizer,Piano
Marcus Ryle   Synthesizer,Drums,Synthesizer Bass

Technical Credits

Michael Boddicker   Arranger,Synthesizer Arrangements
Dewey Bunnell   Executive Producer
Richard James Burgess   Arranger,Producer,drum programming,Synthesizer Arrangements,Percussion Programming
Gary Chang   Programming,Contributor
Paulinho Da Costa   Contributor,Percussion Arrangement
Matthew McCauley   Producer,Dmx
Richie Zito   Programming,Producer,drum programming
David Tyson   Composer
Marcus Ryle   Dmx

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