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Americafan
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40 years ago
Posted on: 08/15/2020 07:51 PM

40 years ago Alibi was released. It is one of my favorite albums, unfortunately it was a commercial flop in the US, only reaching 142 on the Billboard albums chart. However, it was a big hit in Italy where it reached number 2 driven by the hit single Survival, which peeked at number 4 in Italy.

I think the reason it didn't catch on in the US was because it didn't get much airplay. You Could Have Been the One was release as the first single in the US, which got a little bit of airplay, enough to reach 114 on the Record World singles chart. Then Hangover was released as the second and last US single, which surprised me because I thought of it as a silly novelty song. I thought I Do Believe in You was the best song on the album and should have been a single. They didn't even release Survival in the US.

Not the first time I thought a song should have been released and wasn't. Valentine is my favorite song on the album.
Mark
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MyUserNameIsKevin
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Re: 40 years ago
Posted on: 08/15/2020 11:47 PM

I agree. Alibi is one of my favorite America albums.
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King_of_Glass
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Re: 40 years ago
Posted on: 08/16/2020 11:31 AM

If I were allowed to keep only one album of America as a duo, it would be "Alibi"!
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mdhunter03
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Posted on: 08/16/2020 04:12 PM

Wow - 40 years, I wonder what the guys think of this one ? It could have been the turning point on the 2nd journey. Survival was not selected as a single ? Wonder who made that decision. Remenmber, there was was a an Our Side and Their Side ... Alibi was was one of my favorites also. My Opinion is IF "Survival was released in the U.S.it would have been the lead in to "You Can Do Magic"

"Our Side (Side One)

1. "Survival" Gerry Beckley 3:16
2. "Might Be Your Love" Dewey Bunnell 3:46
3. "Catch that Train" Beckley, Bunnell 3:03
4. "You Could've Been the One" John Batdorf, Sue Sheridan
5. "I Don't Believe in Miracles" Russ Ballard 3:23

Their Side (Side Two)

1. "I Do Believe in You"
2. "Hangover" Bunnell 3:41
3. "Right Back to Me" Beckley 3:30
4. "Coastline" Beckley 3:26
5. "Valentine" Bunnell 3:35
6. "One in a Million" Beckley 2:52

I liked "You Could Have Been the One" - Americanfan I don't know what happed here... was it not enough air play ? why - I don't know what happened here. So many good songs that actually matched the new up and coming music of the 80's . Americafan, again I agree I was not a fan of "Hangover" but "Might Be Your Love", "Don't Believe in Miracles" Fit right in their wheel house.
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