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America is the eponymous debut album released by America in 1971. The album was initially released without “A Horse With No Name,” which had not yet been recorded. When “Horse” became a worldwide hit in early 1972, the album was re-released with that track.

The album went to number 1 on the Billboard album chart in the US and stayed there for 5 weeks. It produced two hit singles, “A Horse With No Name” spent three weeks at number 1 on the Billboard singles chart in 1972 (it peaked at number 3 on the Adult Contemporary chart), and “I Need You” hit number 9 on the Billboard singles chart and number 7 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

Several other songs received radio airplay on FM stations playing album tracks, including “Sandman” (long rumored in the US Navy to be about the VQ-2 air squadron formerly based in Rota, Spain) and “Three Roses”. The album was certified platinum by the RIAA for sales in excess of 1 million units in the US.

FROM ALLMUSIC:  Lengthy instrumental introductions (“Donkey Jaw”), middle improvisatory interludes (“Here”), and closings (“Clarice”) are frequently encountered. Most of these selections boast highly unusual and inventive chord progressions that work well without drawing undue attention to themselves. Lyrics are sometimes trite (“I need you/Like the flower needs the rain”) or obscure (“He flies the sky/Like an eagle in the eye/Of a hurricane that’s abandoned”), but the music more than makes up for any verse problems; only the odd “Pigeon Song” seems an unsalvageable misstep.

Sound quality here has a covered, intimate feel that lends a ghostly aura to this release. 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.” In spite of its flaws, this platter is very highly recommended.

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From the Cradle is a blues cover album by Eric Clapton. Released on 13 September 1994 on Reprise Records, the album was Eric Clapton’s long awaited follow-up to his massively-successful live album, Unplugged.

Per the liner notes, “This is a live recording with no overdubs or edits except for dobro overdub on ‘How Long Blues’ and drum overdub on ‘Motherless Child’.”

From the Cradle has received a wide-range of reviews by critics. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic feels that the album is almost perfect and that the only thing bad about the album is Clapton’s singing, which merely imitates the original recordings and sometimes can’t pull it off.  

Tom Sinclair of Entertainment Weekly felt that the recordings were “flawless” but were rather boring, especially when compared to the exitement of Cream’s live version of “Spoonful”.

The Music Box’s John Metzger felt that Clapton’s appearance on Saturday Night Live to promote the album was more powerful than From the Cradle and that the album had nothing that hadn’t been done before on it.

Robert Christgau compared Eric Clapton’s work on the album to Son Seals and Otis Rush, saying that Clapton played better than the former, but sang worse than the later and felt that “Motherless Child” and “Blues Before Sunrise” were stand-out tracks on the album

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Ben Folds and Regina Spektor “You Don’t Know Me”

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the coming battle for the device

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Apple has done a lot of amazing things as a company. But it isn’t the devices that Apple has made that has made Apple amazing. In part, but not entirely. Devices are the kinds of things anybody can make really, and lots do. Even with Apple angling out competition with its sleek, easy usability and…

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