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Artists on Recording Techniques by Jeff Touzeau

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2. America—and the Horse They Came in on

In an industry that thrives on trends and varied musical tastes, it is often hard to find something relatively unaffected by constant change. This is true not only with the music itself, but also with the technology on which it is recorded. America is a group that has not only pioneered the singer/songwriter genre with tracks like “A Horse with No Name,” “Daisy Jane,” and “Sister Golden Hair,” but the group has proven that great songwriting and honest performances are two ingredients that hold their own over time.

I vividly recall buying the 7-inch single of “Sister Golden Hair” back when FM was unbridled by corporate control. I listened to the song over and over, admiring the sonics of the acoustic guitar ...

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