America - Hat Trick (1973)
Uninspired name, yes, but not a bad effort, although not as good as the later album I have of theirs, Hearts. Hat Trick wasn't a huge seller compared to some of their other releases, perhaps because the songs are more chilled and less rocky. I like their harmonic, California sound. Funnily enough all three members were born and grew up in the UK, sons of American airmen stationed here, and British mothers. They recorded their debut album in London and only moved to California for the recording of their second (Homecoming). Fave tracks:
Spotify: America – Wind Wave America – Rainbow Song
Next I got Creedence Clearwater Revival's Hits Album (1981) for £2. It's one of a staggering 14 compilations released over the years, compared with just seven actual studio albums. I guess they're radio favourites the world over, so their greatest hits comps sell very well.
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Hits Album (1981)
These guys are actually from California as the cover would suggest, although their sound is more Southern bluesy country-rock. With 20 tracks crammed onto one disc I was spoilt for choice but here are a couple of faves:
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Fortunate Son Creedence Clearwater Revival – Born On The Bayou
I'll post the other two albums later this week.