Hat Trick (America album)

Hat Trick is the third studio album by the American folk rock trio America, released on Warner Bros. Records in 1973.[2] It peaked at number 28 on the Billboard album chart; it failed to go gold, whereas the group's first two releases had platinum sales. The album produced the single, "Muskrat Love", which reached number 67 on the Billboard singles chart and number 11 on the adult contemporary chart. That song would become a much bigger hit for Captain & Tennille three years later.

Hat Trick
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 19, 1973
Recorded29 May – 12 July 1973
StudioThe Record Plant, Los Angeles
GenreFolk rock
Length41:39
LabelWarner Bros. 2728[1]
ProducerGerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek
America chronology
Homecoming
(1972)
Hat Trick
(1973)
Holiday
(1974)
Singles from Hat Trick
  1. "Muskrat Love"/"Cornwall Blank"
    Released: June 28, 1973
  2. "Rainbow Song"/"Willow Tree Lullaby"
    Released: November 1973
  3. "Green Monkey"/"She's Gonna Let You Down"
    Released: March 1974

ProductionEdit

America employed string arrangements for the first time on an album, with the assistance of Jim Ed Norman.[3]

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [4]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music     [5]
MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide     [6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [7]

In his AllMusic review, Mike DeGagne wrote that the album faltered "mainly because the songs lacked the cordial folk-rock melodies and mindful songwriting that prevailed on the earlier releases. "She's Gonna Let You Down" and "Rainbow Song" are the album's best cuts, but banal offerings such as "Green Monkey", "Willow Tree Lullaby", and "Molten Love" have Bunnell and Peek straying off course, sounding stale and musically feeble."[4] The Rough Guide to Rock called Hat Trick "one of country-rock's great lost albums."[8] The Rolling Stone Album Guide deemed "Muskrat Love" "an early nadir in cuteness."[7]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Muskrat Love"Willis Alan Ramsey3:06
2."Wind Wave"Dewey Bunnell2:55
3."She's Gonna Let You Down"Gerry Beckley3:41
4."Rainbow Song"Bunnell3:53
5."Submarine Ladies"Beckley3:13
6."It's Life"Dan Peek4:00
7."Hat Trick"Beckley, Bunnell, Peek8:29
8."Molten Love"Bunnell3:10
9."Green Monkey"Bunnell3:38
10."Willow Tree Lullaby"Peek2:34
11."Goodbye"Beckley3:10

PersonnelEdit

PerformanceEdit

America

with:

ProductionEdit

ChartsEdit

Chart (1973) Peak
position
US 28[9]
AUS 24
UK 41

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Top Album Picks". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. November 10, 1973 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "America | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  3. ^ Warne, Jude (May 15, 2020). America, the Band: An Authorized Biography. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9781538120965 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ a b DeGagne, Mike. "Hat Trick > Review". AllMusic. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Vol. 1. MUZE. p. 157.
  6. ^ MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Visible Ink Press. 1999. p. 25.
  7. ^ a b The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Random House. 1992. p. 14.
  8. ^ Buckley, Peter (February 18, 2003). The Rough Guide to Rock. Rough Guides. ISBN 9781843531050 – via Google Books.
  9. ^ America – America > Charts & Awards > Billboard Album at AllMusic. Retrieved 3 April 2008.