The Eagles were already a massively successful band—One of These Nights hit #1 in the United States—when Joe Walsh replaced Bernie Leadon in 1975. He had been invited to join Humble Pie following Peter Frampton‘s departure, but Walsh turned them down and later joined the Eagles. The first album with Walsh, Hotel California, was released in December 1976 and hit #1 just like its predecessor. Three more Eagles albums featuring Walsh topped the charts: 1979’s The Long Run, 1994’s Hell Freezes Over, and 2007’s Long Road Out of Eden.
The debut Eagles album was released in June, 1972, and contained such classic songs as “Witchy Woman,” “Peaceful, Easy Feeling,” and “Take It Easy.” The band featured Glenn Frey on guitar, Don Henley on drums, Bernie Leadon on guitar, and Randy Meisner on bass. The four members shared vocal duties.
Continuing the series of musician “rookie” cards, I made some tweaks to the 1972 Topps design. The font is not an exact match, and there was more work than I’m accustomed to, but I’m happy with the result.
Perhaps down the road I will finish up with a 1974 Don Felder, 1976 Joe Walsh, and 1979 Timothy B. Schmit to mark their recording debuts with the group. But for now, the original four Eagles deserve their own post.
2016 has been a rough one so far when it comes to celebrity deaths. Lemmy, David Bowie, and now Glenn Frey have all left this terrestrial plane. I listened to the Eagles a lot during high school, but not quite so much in the past twenty years or so. Sure, there are some go-to songs there, but as a whole, I’m just not into the band like I once was.
A friend asked me last night what my three favorite Eagles songs were. I answered immediately: “James Dean,” “Ol’ 55,” and “Hotel California.” No hesitation whatsoever. Then I started thinking about an Eagles “Ultimate Mixtape.” It gets a little more difficult.
If you are not familiar with the “Ultimate Mixtape” concept, here is a quick run-down of the rules:
- Every album must be represented by one and only one song. The most difficult album for me here was On The Border, which includes my two favorite Eagles songs.
- The selected song does not have to be a single used to promote the album.
- Live albums are fine if you want to use them, but you are not required to include them if you are satisfied with your “Ultimate Mixtape” without them. Sometimes they are a great tool to sneak in a classic song when the studio version didn’t make the cut.
- “Greatest Hits”/ “Best of” albums are eligible only if they contain new songs, or new versions of old songs. That’s why neither of the first two Eagles “Greatest Hits” albums are included, but the 2003 compilation has a newly recorded song.
Everyone’s “Ultimate Mixtape” will be different, and I would love to know how yours differs from mine. Are you ready to rock? Let’s check out “JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Eagles edition”…
- “Take It Easy” (Eagles, 1972)
- “Desperado” (Desperado, 1973)
- “James Dean” (On the Border, 1974)
- “After The Thrill Is Gone” (One of These Nights, 1975)
- “Hotel California” (Hotel California, 1976)
- “Please Come Home For Christmas” (“Please Come Home for Christmas” single, 1978)
- “Heartache Tonight” (The Long Run, 1979)
- “Seven Bridges Road” (Eagles Live, 1980)
- “Wasted Time” (Hell Freezes Over, 1994)
- “Ol’ 55” (Selected Works 1972-1999, 2000)
- “Hole In The World” (The Very Best of The Eagles
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- “How Long” (Long Road Out Of Eden, 2007)
- Joe Walsh, “Life’s Been Good” (But Seriously, Folks…, 1978)
- Randy Meisner, “Hearts On Fire” (One More Song, 1980)
- Don Felder, “Heavy Metal (Takin’ A Ride)” (Heavy Metal: Music From The Motion Picture, 1981)
- Glenn Frey, “The Heat Is On” (Beverly Hills Cop: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack, 1984)
- Don Henley, “All She Wants To Do Is Dance” (Building The Perfect Beast, 1984)
- Timothy B. Schmit, “Boys Night Out” (Timothy B, 1987)
- Bernie Leadon “Backup Plan” (Mirror, 2004)
What do you think? Did I miss your favorite Eagles song or solo project on the bonus disc?
(November 6, 1948 – January 18, 2016)
A founding member of the Eagles, singer and guitarist Glenn Frey passed away today of rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia while recovering from intestinal surgery.
Reunions are cool. No, not high school reunions. Never been to one, never plan on going to one. I’m talking about musical reunions. In the 1990s, we saw the original KISS reform for MTV Unplugged in 1995 and then go on a massive tour in 1996 (I saw them twice that year). Jimmy Page and Robert Plant did a quasi-reunion, again for MTV Unplugged. And then there were the Eagles. Oh yeah, they did Unplugged too. That was back in the day when MTV was still Music Television.
Other bands reunited in the 1990s to less publicity. Guitarist C.C. DeVille came back to Poison; Motley Crue welcomed Vince Neil back to the fold after a failed (but vastly underrated) record with John Corabi.
Now 2008, and reunions are still in style. The Van Halen brothers are touring with original lead singer David Lee Roth. Yes, I know that Michael Anthony is not in the band. To be honest, I don’t really care. The surviving members of Led Zeppelin (plus the son of the deceased drummer) got back together at the end of last year for a supposed one-off show, but they are talking about a full tour beginning this fall.
And another reunion that has not yet been officially announced–but is a done deal–is Warrant. The band released an album in 2006 with former Black ‘N’ Blue lead singer Jamie St. James. It’s really a great rock album, and I highly recommend it to fans of arena rock. But it just wasn’t the same, and everybody knew it. The voice behind “Cherry Pie,” “Heaven,” “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” and “Down Boys” is back. The one and only Jani Lane has come back to the fold, and I for one could not be happier. Warrant was one of the great hair metal bands. I would not be surprised to see them on the road opening for Poison in 2008, and I will definitely be in the stands for the show.
Now bring on Guns N’ Roses…the real Guns N’ Roses…Axl, Slash, Izzy, Duff, and Steven.