The Eagles Great Hits [1971-1975] Album Review
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During early 1977 I was in Florida on vacation and I heard the Eagles song "Life In The Fast Lane " for the very first time. The song floored me ! Having that interesting driving beat, guitars solos and great vocals this song is one that I can listen to over and over again and still get that same "flooring me" effect as it did the first time I heard it. I was hooked-I became an Eagles fan.
So I went to the local record store in search of an Eagles album, although I always enjoy listening to deeps cuts on some records I was looking for something different. On February 17 1976 the Eagles released their first compilation album titled; Their Greatest Hits [ 1971-1975 ], and this was the album I got that day.
Some personal highlights of this record include;
From side one;
Track 1; Take It Easy; Written by Jackson Browne and Glen Frey, this light rock has a semi lite country rock good feel to it. Easy listening all the way around here.
Track 2; Witchy Woman; Having that haunted feel to it, Witchy Woman has no equal in the history of rock music.
Track 3; Lyin' Eyes; A great guitar rock beat makes this song playable still today on any current rock or oldies station.
Track 5; Desperado; Released in 1973 when there really wasn't a lot of rock ballads out there. Written by Glenn Frey and Don Henley and never released as a single, it is on Rolling Stones 500 greatest songs of all time, checking in at number 494.
On side two;
Track 1; One Of These Nights; To me this easy listening song reminds me of a warm summer evening, driving your car with the windows open and the air condition on. Great vocals and very well placed guitar work make this an enjoyable song that reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1975.
Track 2; Tequila Sunrise; Oh boy-just another Tequila Sunrise, released in 1973, showing great vocals and a wonderful arrangement. Another gem.
Track 3; Take It To The Limit; Sung by bass player Randy Meisner, this love lost ballad reached #4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
Track 4; Peaceful Easy Feeling; With Glenn Frey on lead vocals, this song has its place in Amercania music history. A good one to hum along too.
Track 5; The Best Of My Love; Reaching #1 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1975, this ballad shows the Eagles excellent ability to mesh vocals and guitar work into a love song that even a guy can like !
The Eagles; Their Greatest Hits [ 1971-1975 ] was the #1 album on the U.S. Billboard Hot 200 Albums for 5 weeks in 1976, and was on that chart for a total of 138 weeks. If your looking for an Eagles record for your collection, then I suggest you start with this one. After all--over 300 million copies have already been sold !
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