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Album The Eagles

♦ ♪ ♦ ♪ ♦ ♪ ♦ ♪ ♦ ♪ ♦ ♪ ♦ ♪♦ The Eagles redirects here. For the bird, see Eagle. For the British band of the same name, see The Eagles (UK band). For the NFL team, see Philadelphia Eagles. For other uses of "eagle," see Eagle (disambiguation).
The Eagles are an American rock band that was formed in Los Angeles, California in the early 1970s. With five number-one singles and four number-one albums, the Eagles were among the most successful recording artists of the 1970s. At the end of the 20th century, two of their albums, Eagles: Their Greatest Hits 1971–1975 and Hotel California, ranked among the ten best-selling albums according to the Recording Industry Association of America. The best-selling studio album Hotel California is rated as the 37th album in the Rolling Stone list "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time", and the band was ranked #75 on Rolling Stone's 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.[1] They are also the best-selling American group ever, with Eagles: Their Greatest Hits 1971–1975 being the best-selling album in the U.S. to date[2] [3]

The Eagles broke up in 1980 and were disbanded for 14 years, but reunited in 1994 for Hell Freezes Over. They have toured intermittently since then, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

On February 2, 2007, Don Henley announced in Billboard magazine that a new Eagles studio album will be released "in the next 60 to 90 days.........[edit] Formation and success
The band formed in 1971 when Linda Ronstadt's then-manager, John Boylan, extracted Glenn Frey, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner from their previous affiliations. They were short a drummer until Frey phoned Don Henley, whom he had met at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. The band backed up Ronstadt on a two-month tour then decided to form their own band, which would become the Eagles.

Their first album, Eagles, was filled with natural, sometimes innocent country rock, and yielded three Top Forty singles. The leadoff single, "Take It Easy", was a song penned by Glenn Frey's friend, neighbor and fellow country rocker, Jackson Browne. Frey heard him playing it and asked if the Eagles could use it. Browne agreed and with a few lyrics added in by Frey, the song was recorded and became a classic, reaching #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and propelling the Eagles to stardom. The single was followed by the bluesy "Witchy Woman" and the soft country rock ballad "Peaceful Easy Feeling"; charting #9 and #22 respectively. Eagles was a major force in popularizing the southern California country rock sound around the nation. Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" ranked Eagles at #374.[4]

Eagles playing dead on back cover of DesperadoTheir second album, Desperado, was themed on Old West outlaws and introduced the group's penchant for conceptual songwriting. Throughout the album, the story of the notorious Wild West gang, the Doolin-Dalton gang was the main focus, like in the songs, "Doolin-Dalton", "Bittercreek", "Desperado" and "Doolin-Dalton/Desperado". The album wasn't as successful as the first, reaching only #41 on the U.S. pop album charts. Although it yielded the classic "Tequila Sunrise" and "Desperado", the former struggled on the Billboard Hot 100, only reaching #64, while the latter was actually never released as a single. The only other single from the album was "Outlaw Man", which became the highest charting single from Desperado, reaching #59 on the charts. "Desperado" and "Tequila Sunrise" became two of the Eagles' most popular songs, the former commonly being the Eagles' last encore in a concert, while "Outlaw Man" has become an obscure Eagles' A-side. The bluegrass songs, "Twenty-One", "Doolin' Dalton (Instrumental)" and the ballad "Saturday Night" are significant for showcasing guitarist Bernie Leadon's abilities on banjo, fingerpicked guitar and mandolin.

The first two albums were produced by Glyn Johns, who previously worked with The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and The Who. The band wanted to rock, but Johns tended to emphasize the lush side of their double-edged music. On their third album, On the Border, the Eagles' started off with Johns producing, but after completing only two songs, turned to Bill Szymczyk to produce the rest of the album. Szymczyk brought in Don Felder to add slide guitar to a song called "Good Day in Hell", and the band was so impressed that two days later they invited Felder to become the fifth Eagle. He appears on only one other song on the album, the uptempo breakup song,"Already Gone", in which he performed the memorable dual guitar solo with Glenn Frey. On the Border yielded a #1 Billboard single in the song "Best of My Love", which hit the top of the charts on March 1, 1975, becoming the Eagles' first of five chart toppers.

Their next album, One of These Nights, had an aggressive, sinewy rock stance. The album further displayed the growing strength of the Henley/Frey songwriting team, particularly on the album's title track and the Grammy Award winning "Lyin' Eyes". "One of These Nights" hit #1 on the Billboard chart August 2, 1975. The song itself has often been cited by Frey as his all-time favorite Eagles tune.[5] The album also contains the futuristic sounding instrumental "Journey of the Sorcerer", which is known to many as the theme to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (often surprising Hitchhiker's fans when told that it is an Eagles song). One of These Nights was the first Eagles #1 on the pop album charts. They had reached the summit of rock success, but all was not well with the band internally.

By this time, members of the band had started to fight with each other. Recording and touring had been brutal since the eponymous debut album and tempers were boiling over and egos were clashing. Between the album release and the subsequent tour, Bernie Leadon left the group, disillusioned with the direction the band's music was taking. They were no longer concentrating on the country rock in which Leadon excelled and the hiring of Don Felder meant that Leadon's role would be significantly diminished. The group quickly replaced Leadon with Joe Walsh, a veteran of such groups as the James Gang and Barnstorm and a solo artist in his own right, in order to continue with their tour schedule. The addition of Walsh made the group's aim perfectly clear: they wanted to rock.

Meanwhile, in early 1976, Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) was released. It went on to become the best-selling album in U.S. history, selling over 29 million copies to date.[6]

Band photo on inner sleeve of Hotel California albumThe group's next album, Hotel California, came out in late 1976. "New Kid in Town" was a #1 hit in Billboard on February 26, 1977, and "Hotel California" on May 7, 1977. "Life in the Fast Lane" was also a huge hit, becoming a catchphrase in the process, and established Joe Walsh's position in the band with its more hard-rock sound. The striking, mournful ballad "Wasted Time" closed the first side of the record, while an instrumental reprise of it opened the second side. The album concluded with "The Last Resort", the song Frey, to this day, refers to as Don Henley's greatest work.[citation needed] In all, Hotel California is generally considered to be the band's masterpiece, and has appeared on several lists of the best albums of all time;[7] it is also easily their best-selling studio album, with well over 16 million copies sold to date in the U.S.

Glenn Frey, Don Felder and Joe Walsh during Hotel California tourDuring the final leg of the ensuing tour, Randy Meisner decided he had seen enough hotel rooms in his seven years as an Eagle and left the band for the relative quiet of Nebraska to recuperate and begin a solo career. The Eagles replaced Meisner with the man who had succeeded him in Poco, Timothy B. Schmit. 1977 saw (what was at the time) the entire Eagles lineup performing instrumental work and backing vocals for Randy Newman's album Little Criminals. However, the album credits them as individual performers rather than as the Eagles, possibly to avoid a contract dispute with the Eagles' record label.

In February 1979, the Eagles went into the studio to produce their final studio album, The Long Run. The album took two years to make, but yielded the group's fifth and last #1 single in Billboard, "Heartache Tonight" (November 10, 1979). The tour to promote the album intensified personality differences between band members, made worse on the night of November 21, 1980, when Henley was arrested for cocaine, Quaalude, and marijuana possession after a nude 16-year-old prostitute had drug-related seizures in a hotel room. Henley was subsequently charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. In addition, Glenn Frey and Don Felder had to be separated by police and fellow band members backstage at a 1980 fundraising concert for California Senator Alan Cranston. Frey claimed he confronted Felder after he heard him insult Senator Cranston under his breath.[citation needed]

[edit] Break-up
The tour ended on July 31, 1980, in Long Beach, California, when tempers boiled over into what Bill Szymczyk memorably described as "The Long Night At Wrong Beach." Frey and Felder spent the entire show describing to each other the beating each planned to administer backstage — "Only three more songs until I kick your ass, pal," Frey recalls Felder telling him near the end of the band's set. Felder recalls Frey making a similar threat to him just as they began to sing "The Best Of My Love." As soon as the show was over, mayhem broke out. Frey launched an assault on Felder, who protected himself with his guitar. Within seconds, the rest of the band had joined in. A dozen roadies then pulled apart the warring factions. [8]

It appeared to be the end of the Eagles, although the band still owed Warners a live record from the tour. Eagles Live (released in November 1980) was mixed by Frey and Henley on opposite coasts — the two decided they couldn't bear to be in the same state, let alone the same studio, and as Bill Szymczyk put it,[citation needed] the record's perfect three-part harmonies were fixed "courtesy of ...

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