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King_of_Glass
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Gerry Beckley - "Discovering America"
Posted on: 04/29/2020 01:18 AM

1. "We Should Be Free"

2. "Empty Roads"

3. "[Our Love Is] Spinning Around"

4. "Coca Cola"

5. "Turning"

6. "Today"

7. "Aphrodite"

04/30/20: Forgot to mention that all the above songs were recorded by Gerry prior to the founding of AMERICA.

Edited by King_of_Glass on 04/30/2020 12:26 AM
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Americafan
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Re: Gerry Beckley - "Discovering America"
Posted on: 07/13/2020 10:39 AM

Got my LP/CD the other day and really enjoyed it. Some of these songs are really good and I wonder why they didn't make it to an America album? Aphrodite is really good and unique.
Mark
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mdhunter03
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Re: Gerry Beckley - "Discovering America"
Posted on: 07/13/2020 05:25 PM

KOG - Thanks for sharing.

Americafan - Aphrodite is my favorite. Quite cleaver ane advanced for a teenage boy :)
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King_of_Glass
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Re: Gerry Beckley - "Discovering America"
Posted on: 07/13/2020 08:21 PM

The beginning of This Hit Song from about the same time period sounds a lot like the beginning of Gerry's song "[Our Love Is] Spinning Around", but Gerry's is a lot faster.

P.S. mdh - Always a pleasure!
Edited by King_of_Glass on 07/13/2020 10:03 PM
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mdhunter03
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Re: Gerry Beckley - "Discovering America"
Posted on: 07/14/2020 05:12 PM

KOG - I can hear similarities to "[Our Love Is] Spinning Around" with this song also. similar beat with more instrumentation.

"Hitchin a Ride"
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King_of_Glass
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Re: Gerry Beckley - "Discovering America"
Posted on: 07/14/2020 10:18 PM

Yes, mdh, I can hear it as well!
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Americafan
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Re: Gerry Beckley - "Discovering America"
Posted on: 07/16/2020 09:07 AM

The only thing I did not like about this release is the required purchase of an LP/CD combo. I do not even own a record player anymore, so the LP is a waste for me.

Not sure why that was done.
Mark
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Re: Gerry Beckley - "Discovering America"
Posted on: 07/17/2020 08:21 AM

Americafan - I don't know if there is any connection with this but Vinyl sales are hot and have been on the rise for years along with turntables.

From Statista: VINYL SALES IN THE UNITED STATES
The Surprising Comeback of Vinyl Records
by
Felix Richter,

Jul 3, 2020
Continuing one of the more surprising comebacks of the digital age, vinyl album sales in the United States have grown for the 14th consecutive year. In 2019, 18.8 million LPs were sold in the United States, up 14 percent compared to 2018 and more than 20-fold compared to 2006 when the vinyl comeback began.

So how big is vinyl's comeback really? Should we all dust off our old record players to prepare for the future of music? According to Nielsenís 2018 music report, LPs accounted for 17 percent of album sales in the United States, which is quite substantial. Factoring in streaming and downloads of single tracks, however, that number drops to 2.4 percent of album equivalent music consumption, which puts things in perspective.

However small the impact of rising LP sales on the music industryís bottom line may be, itís still interesting to witness a hundred year-old technology come back from near extinction. Here's to hoping we don't need to dig up our old VHS tapes for the future of video consumption :)
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Americafan
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Re: Gerry Beckley - "Discovering America"
Posted on: 07/17/2020 09:45 AM

I don't have a problem with them offering vinyl LP's of any album. The issue I have is with packaging them together and not giving you a choice. I just wanted the CD, but I had to buy both because they do not sell just the CD. I cannot even play the LP. For me it is a waste.

Why not sell them separately? That way you can buy either one or both, depending on what you want.
Mark
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