America / 50th Anniversary Collection

3CD, 2LP and single CD • 6CD ‘Classic Album Collection’ also being issued

Rhino remembers America‘s half-centennial this year with America: 50th Anniversary The Collection on CD and vinyl.

This new release is available as a three-CD set which features “the core of America’s recorded legacy” (obviously, all the hits are here) along with a few rarities, such as an early studio recording of ‘Ventura Highway,’ a live performance of ‘Riverside,’ and an unreleased demo for US number one ‘Sister Golden Hair.’

A 2LP vinyl edition drops the track-count from 50 to 25 while a single CD – rebranded ‘Golden Hits’ – is a 16-song selection.

The multi-platinum-selling group – led by founding members Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell – had enormous success early on with the 1972 US number one ‘A Horse With No Name’ (it peaked at number three in the UK) and then again a few years later with singles pulled from the George Martin produced albums of the mid-seventies.

In other America news, the Capitol albums of the 1980s have been gathered together for five-CD ‘Classic Album Collection’ being released by Universal imprint Caroline International. This set includes remastered (by Andy Pearce) audio and bonus tracks.

Rhino’s 50th Anniversary releases are out on 12 July 2019, while Universal’s Capitol Years Classic Album Collection is released on 24 May. There’s no pre-order links for the Rhino vinyl as yet…

America 50th Anniversary: Golden Hits – 3CD edition

Disc One

  1. “A Horse With No Name”
  2. “I Need You”
  3. “Sandman”
  4. “Here”
  5. “Rainy Day”
  6. “Three Roses”
  7. “Riverside” (Live On BBC) *
  8. “Children” (Live On BBC) *
  9. “Everyone I Meet Is From California”
  10. “Ventura Highway”
  11. “To Each His Own”
  12. “Don’t Cross The River”
  13. “Only In Your Heart”
  14. “Cornwall Blank”
  15. “Till The Sun Comes Up Again”
  16. “Head And Heart”

Disc Two

  1. “Hat Trick”
  2. “Muskrat Love”
  3. “Green Monkey”
  4. “Submarine Ladies”
  5. “Molten Love”
  6. “It’s Life”
  7. “Rainbow Song”
  8. “She’s Gonna Let You Down”
  9. “Tin Man”
  10. “Another Try”
  11. “Lonely People”
  12. “Hollywood”
  13. “Baby It’s Up To You”
  14. “Old Man Took”
  15. “Mad Dog” (Demo) *

Disc Three

  1. “Midnight”
  2. “Sister Golden Hair”
  3. “Daisy Jane”
  4. “Woman Tonight”
  5. “Old Virginia”
  6. “Company”
  7. “Today’s The Day”
  8. “Amber Cascades”
  9. “Watership Down”
  10. “Letter”
  11. “God Of The Sun”
  12. “Political Poachers”
  13. “Sarah”
  14. “Are You There”
  15. “You Can Do Magic”
  16. “Sergeant Darkness” (Demo) *
  17. “Ventura Highway” (Early Take 4)
  18. “Sister Golden Hair” (Demo) *
  19. “A Horse With No Name” (Live)

America 50th Anniversary: Golden Hits – 2LP vinyl

Side One

  1. “A Horse With No Name”
  2. “I Need You”
  3. “Sandman”
  4. “Three Roses”
  5. “Everyone I Meet Is From California”
  6. “Don’t Cross The River”

Side Two

  1. “Ventura Highway”
  2. “To Each His Own”
  3. “Only In Your Heart”
  4. “Muskrat Love”
  5. “Green Monkey”
  6. “Rainbow Song”

Side Three

  1. “Tin Man”
  2. “Another Try”
  3. “Lonely People”
  4. “Hollywood”
  5. “Daisy Jane”
  6. “Woman Tonight”
  7. “Sister Golden Hair”

Side Four

  1. “Company”
  2. “Today’s The Day”
  3. “Amber Cascades”
  4. “God Of The Sun”
  5. “Political Poachers”
  6. “You Can Do Magic”

America 50th Anniversary: Golden Hits – single CD

1. A Horse with No Name
2. I Need You
3. Sandman
4. Don’t Cross the River
5. Ventura Highway
6. Only in Your Heart
7. Muskrat Love
8. Tin Man
9. Lonely People
10. Daisy Jane
11. Woman Tonight
12. Sister Golden Hair
13. Today’s the Day
14. Amber Cascades
15. God of the Sun
16. You Can Do Magic

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adam shaw

Saw them at the London Palladium last October.
Great gig , all the hits and their voices were good .
Definitely be buying the signed edition if they ship to the U.K.


I heard America for the first time in the mid 70 in Argentina. I gave more attention when I knew that some of the albums where produced by George Martin. which was a huge “plus” for someone very involved with The Beatles. Around 1975, the song that was being played on radio stations was “Sister Golden Hair” sung in Spanish, a very common diffusion practice at the time (Sting did it, M. Jackson did it, and many more re-recorded the voices of their hits in Spanish during the 70s and 80s). It could have been added as a “rarity” in any greatest hits collection. You can listen here:


I also remember one of the albums (Harbor, or Hideaway, can;t remember which one) that had a poster of them playing in a huge Stadium. That picture and the amount of people, for a teenager in Argentina, was unbelievable and used to bring recurrent thought “What am I doing living in the end of the world?” America was not CSNY but was very pleasant to listen to.


What exactly is the “50th Anniversary” that this set celebrates?


Formed in 1969 by Gerry Beckley (guitar, piano, vocals), Dewey Bunnell (guitar, vocals) and Dan Peek (guitar, keyboards, vocals) who were all sons of US Servicemen stationed in England.


Their own website says they were formed in 1970.


Instead of the demos, an early take and live track, I would have rather had the single ‘The Border’ included. Therefore, although a 3CD collection, I will stick to the single CD ‘The Definitive America’.


The Rhino website is offering SIGNED copies of the CD for $34.98 US

Stephen K

Hmm. Golden Hits referring to the Golden period of 1972-1976. “God of the Sun” and “You Can Do Magic” appear to be the only singles on here from the 1977-1985 period.

Fast n Bulbous

Curious about the LPs that are remastered. If from original analog masters that might be cool. I dont play America much anymore, but I really liked them a long time ago. Just love that America vibe. Hope to find an answer to my LP source question by a bigger fan than I.


The Capitol Years collection is six CDs, as it includes the live album.


Best value for money is the 8-CD box “The Warner Bros. Years 1971-1977”, which contains their first seven studio albums (1971-1977) plus live album “Live” (1977). This new 6-CD “Classic Album Collection” is the perfect addition as it offers the following five studio albums (1979-1984) plus live album “In Concert” (1985). However, their 80’s output is much weaker and what’s not included is their 1982 soundtrack “The Last Unicorn”.


And they all seem to use the same cover art as well! The Capitol Years is weaker (IMO) due to not having Dan Peek.

Randy Metro

This appears to be my box-set from 2000 recycled with some minor tweaks. Hope the booklet is as good as the one in my box-set. It has been almost 20 years & mine is probably not available. Time for the new generation to have an America box-set.

Slightly off topic: Gerry Beckley has done some solo albums worth checking out.


“Highway” was a full-fledged box set with 76 page booklet. I doubt this smaller and much cheaper 3-CD set will offer something remotely similar. There are also only 50 songs here (instead of 64 on “Highway”), resulting in poor running times for all three CDs.


The Beckley-Lamm-Wilson collaboration was very good.

Larry Davis

Pretty good but the boxset from, like, 10 years ago is still better as it has all the Capitol singles like The Border mixed with the Warner stuff, not just You Can Do Magic…it’s more complete…oh well…

Mark H.

There’s also an “America Live in Central Park 1978” CD / DVD set due from America Records on June 7.


I wonder if there is much difference in sound quality or track listing from the previous Warner Brothers “Complete Greatest Hits”?


There are 22 tracks on “Complete Greatest Hits”, 23 tracks on “The Definitive America” (both from 2001, both remastered, both including “The Border”), so who needs such a half-assed 16 track compilation?