Take It Easy - JABA’s Twanginman reviews The Eagles "Complete Greatest Hits"

There can be few people in the western world and beyond who haven’t heard of The Eagles (even my mother-in-law has one of their cd’s) and few bands who have so effectively and successfully repackaged their product over and over again; from just six albums over a seven year period, the lads have already released five or six ‘Best Of’ and ‘Live’ packages, securing themselves a place in the top 10 all time best selling albums in the process. Of course, now we have the DVD revolution and what better excuse to release the same old stuff all over again, starting with the ‘Farewell 1 Tour’ (and no prizes for guessing there are more of those tours to come). Still, a good song is a good song and there are 33 of them here, a double cd at a single price, beautifully packaged in a slip case with a 46 page book with Don Henley and Glenn Frey discussing, in some detail, each song with associated anecdotes. Read more ...

For the completist who already has everything, there’s just one new track here, ‘Hole In The World’, recorded during the aftermath of 9/11; its a classic Eagles song, the big chorus and the big ooohs but with a deadly serious comment on the current crisis we have (unwillingly) been pitched into. We also have some less than essential non-album tracks but pretty much everything else you’ll have heard before, from the evocative “its a girl, my Lord, in a flat bed Ford, slowin’ down to take a look at me” of ‘Take It Easy’ (and boy did Jackson Browne as co-writer strike it rich there) thro’ to Joe Walsh’s opening staccato guitar riff of ‘Life In The Fast Lane’. Arguably, The Eagles took the early country rock movement from the likes of Gram Parsons and Poco, added a little rock ‘n roll for flavour and turned it into a multi-million dollar business, complete with all the excesses and tantrums that tends to brings in the music business, but hey, they’ve survived it and Don Henley, at least, has gone on to produce further all time classics under his own name. Treat yourself to a copy.

Posted: Fri - November 11, 2005 at 01:01 PM