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Human Nature
Oxygen 1998

From A Moving Train
Wednesday Morning
Town And Country
Moment To Moment
Hidden Talent
Wheels Are Turning
World Alone
Overwhelming World Suite
  (Overwhelming World - Come Back - Barstow)
Hot Town

Three singles have been released from this album so far:

  • From A Moving Train (reached #25 on the Radio and Records AC chart, reached #7 on the Gavin AC chart, and reached #1 on Spain's national radio charts)
  • Wednesday Morning (also charted on Spain's national radio charts)
  • Moment To Moment (also charted on a couple of European charts)
  • Here's the press release that went out the week of April 6, 1998.

    POP LEGENDS AMERICA SIGNS WITH OXYGEN RECORDS New Album, Human Nature, Scheduled for Release June 30

    New York, NY - Oxygen Records, a division of the King Biscuit Entertainment Group, announces a multi-album deal with 70's rock group AMERICA. The group is getting ready to release Human Nature, their first album for Oxygen, on June 30, 1998. The album marks a continuation of their collaboration with the likes of The Eagles' Timothy B. Schmit and the Beach Boys' Carl Wilson, each of whom worked on songs on the record. The signing of America, who came to the world's attention with their record-breaking hit A Horse with No Name is a boon to Oxygen's roster of adult contemporary artists. King Biscuit president Steve Ship says of the signing, "We are very proud to be working with America, whose music has had a tremendous impact on all of us here at Oxygen and on popular culture. America's legacy places them at the very heart of California's legendary rock sound."

    For their upcoming album, Human Nature, America assembled a group of musicians that reads like a Who's Who of rock. Playing on the album are Phil Jones (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), Timothy B. Schmit (The Eagles), Robert Lamm and Jason Scheff (Chicago). Elliot Shiner (Fleetwood Mac's The Dance) mixes two songs for the album, including the first single, From a Moving Train.

    After 30 years of making music together, America's Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell continue to tour the country and record new material. Their many hits through the 70's and 80's include Ventura Highway, Sister Golden Hair, I Need You and You Can Do Magic.

    1997 marked the group's highest grossing tour of recent date, and America continues touring the country this spring and summer, making stops in Los Angeles, Portland, San Diego, Chicago, Denver, Houston and other cities.

    Highway Highlight (from the box set booklet)
    "How Could I Turn You Away," was an unreleased track from the Human Nature sessions. The tune's smoky atmosphere and soulful groove gives Beckley a chance to show off a different side to his vocals. Phil Galdston, cowriter of Vanessa Williams' "Save The Best For Last," shared writing and production credit and played keyboards. Bunnell describes the tune as "an unusual track for Gerry--funky, breathy, very cool."

    Note: This track was originally scheduled to be included on the Highway box set but it was dropped at the last minute. Perhaps it will be included on a future album.

    Last Revised: 16 February 2020