America, the band formed in 1970 by Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek and Gerry Beckley, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year — and the band will celebrate the milestone in June with a lavish, 8-disc box set.
The Half Century collection, released via America Records, brings together rare archival studio recordings, mixes, demos, rehearsals and more from throughout the band’s career, spanning 1970 to 2000. Via a news release:
Along with the re-mastered Bremen 1973 in studio performance and two CD’s of Radio Interviews providing an audio overview of the band’s career, along with a DVD of Super 8 “Home Movies” (1972-1975) to give fans a behind the scenes look at the early years of this enduring band.
“I think that the ingredients of the America sound are the basic fundamentals that translate internationally,” explains Beckley in a statement. “The Italians are huge fans of dance music, but they also love a ballad – they’re romantic at heart. It’s the same in the Far East. A lot of times in these countries, we see people singing along, and they don’t really know what the words mean. Music is truly the international language.”
For more on America and the band’s legacy, enjoy our 2018 Rock Cellar TV interview with Dewey Bunnell. Filmed in our exclusive Rock Cellar Studios in Los Angeles, this intimate conversation with Bunnell touches on all sorts of career highlights amassed by the band over the years: