Keeping The Light On – Best of Gerry Beckley Essentials

Gerry Beckley

Get all of our releases from Gerry Beckley including Carousel, Five Mile Road, and the first-ever collection of solo hits from America co-founder Gerry Beckley, Keeping The Light On – The Best of Gerry Beckley.

The Gerry Beckley Essentials features:

  • Deluxe 2CD of Keeping The Light On 
  • Stunning 44-page booklet which features photos taken by Beckley while on tour
  • Watching the Time bonus CD featuring covers of Beckley-penned songs by contemporary indie artists
  • 1CD of Five Mile Road 
  • 1CD of Carousel 
  • Instant downloads of Carousel, Five Mile Road, and Keeping The Light On – Best of Gerry Beckley upon purchase



Keeping The Light On – Best of Gerry Beckley

This impressive 20-song output features 5 previously unreleased tracks unearthed for the very first time

CD Track Listing:

Disc One

  1. 3am
  2. Crying
  3. Emma
  4. Watching The Time
  5. Calling You
  6. Self Image
  7. Now Sue
  8. Goodbye Highway
  9. Norman
  10. Always

Disc Two

  1. Hang Your Head High
  2. (I’m Your) Heart Slave
  3. Life Lessons
  4. Once A Distant Heart
  5. Tokyo
  6. Cup of Rain
  7. How Can I Turn You Away
  8. Calling
  9. Home Again
  10. Keeping The Light On

Watching The Time – Track Listing:

  1. 3am Overture – Saga Strings
  2. Daisy Jane – Roan Yellowthorn
  3. I Need You – Amy Wilcox
  4. Sarah – Car Astor
  5. Survival – Gina Sicilia
  6. Sister Golden Hair – Chelsea Williams
  7. Never Be Lonely – Natalie Gelman
  8. Only In Your Heart – Mary Scholz
  9. Carousel – Cindy Alexander 

Gerry Beckley, the illustrious singer, songwriter, performer and co-founder of legendary band, America, is set to release a greatest hits package featuring his solo work. Keeping The Light On – Best of Gerry Beckley is releasing as a deluxe double cd. It features a 44-page booklet including photos taken by Beckley during his tour travels over the last 50 years.The album will also be offered as a double LP set in transparent vinyl, or in a limited edition cloudy version. Included with each pre-order from BlueElan.com is a bonus CD that contains nine tracks of Beckley penned songs recorded by all female contemporary indie artists, and includes covers of classic America tunes such as “Sister Golden Hair” and “Daisy Jane.”

Keeping The Light On – The Best of Gerry Beckley takes stock of Beckley’s writing career so far. The album offers a generous 20-track overview of Beckley’s output — and beyond. Songs culled from his first solo outing, VAN GO GAN, whose ringing, uptempo “Emma,” smoothly dynamic “Now Sue” and lush, lightly country flavored “Goodbye Highway”. All of which he co-produced with good pal Hal Linderman are featured on KEEPING THE LIGHT ON. The rest of the track listing is also culminated from his six subsequent solo albums — 2000’s GO MAN GO, 2006’s HORIZONTAL FALL, 2009’s HAPPY HOUR, 2011’s UNFORTUNATE CASINO, 2016’s CAROUSEL and 2019’s FIVE MILE ROAD. Including “Watching the Time”, a collaboration with Carl Wilson (the Beach Boys) and Robert Lamm (Chicago). There are also five previously unreleased tracks, including an unreleased America fan favorite, “Norman” and second single “(I’m Your) Heart Slave,” that offer proof of how prodigious Beckley’s output is when he’s in songwriting mode.

While Keeping The Light On focuses on a culmination of his solo work. Beckley has never stopped writing and recording, even amidst a global pandemic — and he shows no signs of abating any time soon. “This record is from this point back, and the stuff I’ve been writing and recording will be from this point forward,” Beckley promises. “This is certainly a summation, I guess, but it’s not the end of the story. It’s amazing to have 50 years in this job. Now I can’t wait to start the second half-century.”

Five Mile Road

Track Listing:

  1. Life Lessons
  2. Something To Remember
  3. Home Again
  4. Five Mile Road
  5. Hang Your Head High
  6. So Long Marni
  7. Vagabond
  8. Heart of the Valley
  9. Stop Feeling Sorry
  10. Calling
  11. Sudden Soldier
  12. Two People at Once

Gerry Beckley, the gifted singer, songwriter, performer and co-founder of legendary band, America released his latest solo album, Five Mile Road, on September 20, 2019 via Blue Élan Records. In his first offering since his Blue Élan debut, Carousel, Five Mile Road is produced by Beckley and Jeff Larson, with all songs written by Beckley except “Life Lessons,” which was written by Gerry and actor/musician Bill Mumy. This journey shimmers with a melodic melancholy that makes his music as familiar as it is iconic. Beckley brings his own journey home on his new release, Five Mile Road.


Track Listing:

  1. Tokyo (3:46)
  2. Nature’s Way (2:55)
  3. Minutes Count (3:10)
  4. Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying (3:00)
  5. Lifeline (3:53)
  6. Widows Weeds (1:33)
  7. No Way I’m Gonna Lose You (4:56)
  8. Once a Distant Heart (2:25)
  9. To Each and Everyone (3:24)
  10. Fly (3:45)
  11. Serious (3:57)
  12. Carousel (2:35)

2016 solo album from the singer/songwriter best known for his work with the Grammy-winning band America. Recorded at his Los Angeles studio Human Nature, the shimmering 12-track album plays to all of Beckley’s strengths; the singer, songwriter and musician played most instruments on the album. “With a solo project I’m really a committee of one,” says Beckley. “There’s only myself to please. Having said that, it’s not always easy. Each project is a snapshot in time. The material on Carousel came from a wide scope of inspiration.” Carousel contains original standouts such as the deeply personal “Lifeline”, “No Way I’m Gonna Lose You” (co-written with Dan Wilson who won an award for his work with Adele) and “Tokyo”, of which Beckley says: “The song actually came to me while I was waiting to board a flight home from Japan. I seem to remember I lost track of time and almost missed the flight.” There are also three covers on which Beckley puts his distinctive spin: Spirit’s “Nature’s Way”, Gerry Rafferty’s “To Each and Everyone” and Gerry and The Pacemakers’ “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying”. “I’ve fortunately never been short on inspiration for my original material but I do love to record a cover every so often,” says Beckley. “These three are of course from my long list of fave songs.”