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Actual Miles: Henley's Greatest Hits

Don HenleyAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)

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listen11. The Garden Of Allah 7:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (November 20, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: November 20, 1995
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000000OUU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,014 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Just as Don Henley's work with the Eagles in the 1970s chronicled a culture that was rapidly spinning out of control, his '80s output cataloged and criticized a decade of greed, cruelty, and prurient interest in the misfortune of others. But this is music, not journalism, and despite the overt seriousness of such songs as "Dirty Laundry," "All She Wants to Do Is Dance," "The Boys of Summer," and especially the somber, elegiac "The End of the Innocence," Henley's field reports were tuneful in the extreme. The two new tracks on Actual Miles--"The Garden of Allah" and "You Don't Know Me at All"--didn't quite click, but otherwise this greatest-hits package couldn't be more solid. --Daniel Durchholz

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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic hits collection April 28, 2002
By Brad
Format:Audio CD
I am a big fan of Don Henley with and without the Eagles, and while his social commentaries do get a bit tiresome at times, there is no denying the quality of the music, which is the bottom line for me. From the opening biting social commentary of "Dirty Laundry" to the closing unlisted track "Everybody Knows", most of these tracks are stellar.
"The Boys Of Summer" and "The End Of The Innocence" are two of Don's biggest and best hits that are of course included here. In fact, every top 40 Don solo song that is not a part of a duet is here. In addition, none of the three new tracks are really ballads--interesting since Don has had so many great slower hits.
I take exception to those who think "I Will Not Go Quietly" should not be here. That is a great hard-rocking track that rock radio played a lot of in the summer of 1989. To me, it helps to show the diversity that does in fact make up Don Henley's great solo music.
For sure, you can't go wrong if you are a fan of the Eagles and/or Don with this collection. While some of his hits are much better than others, this collection provides just what a greatest hits collection should provide--all the biggest hits along with some great album tracks and interesting new material. Definitely a recommended purchase.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don's most memorable songs April 1, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Don Henley is one of my favorite male singers of all time, with or without the Eagles (which, behind Fleetwood Mac, is my favorite band), and a truly great songwriter, littering his lyrics with wit and wisdom. "The Boys of Summer" is my all-time favortie song of any genre... the sound is the perfect soundtrack for driving the California coast! And "The End of the Innocence" is so true... an absolutely gorgeous masterpiece that manages to include an important message. The collection only falters in that it nearly draws exclusively from 2 albums, with "Dirty Laundry" the sole representative from his first solo effort. In my opinion, "Johnny Can't Read" should have been inluded over "I Will Not Go Quietly". The "new" songs offer little new, and pale next to the classics. So... If you are just a casual fan, this collection will probably suit you and works well as an intro to Don's amazing talent. It leaves you craving more, however. Therefore I suggest buying the 3 proper CD's, which ususally are bargain priced anyway. Can't wait for the latest Don Henley release coming next month!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite CDs July 5, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This collection, without a doubt, is one of my favorite CDs I own. It is always in my car- the CD cover has even begun to fade. I'm not exactly sure why certain songs such as "I Will Not Go Quietly" or "Not Enough Love In The World" are considered greatest hits, but I enjoy hearing them anyway. Of the three newer songs, "Garden of Allah" is far and away the best.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent... June 6, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Don Henley makes a masterpiece of his greatest hits, and even adds 3 new songs (2 of which I like a lot) to the mix. He certainly doesn't skimp on the good music in this fine collection. Starting off with "Dirty Laundry," a biting track about the press, he never lets the listener down with is fine material from 3 albums. My personal favorites from this album-"The End of the Innocence"-a fantastic track, "New York Minute"-a really haunting song about rushing through life too fast, and "Not Enough Love In The World"-Henley on a falsetto, not bad. The new songs, especially "The Garden of Allah" (a really funny track), are quite fine as well. The only thing that could have made this album better is the inclusion of "Johnny Can't Read," "Sit Down You're Rocking The Boat," and his masterpiece duet with Patti Smyth "Sometimes Love Ain't Enough." Still, this is a fine album, one of the finest greatest hits albums I've seen in a while...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate Henley collection. This one rules November 9, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Henley`s solo collection is not a mixed bag of music. Actual Miles shines quality all over. From the opening track Dirty Laundry, with a very good tabloid critique of the media society, which still holds up today, to the last track. This CD shines.But how can you possible go wrong when you move into The Boys of Summer on Track 2. You can realy feel the summer breeze shivering trough youre soul on this one. An open soundpicture with a somekind of air feel to with it. Uplifting. Track 4 It`s not enough love in this world is also a winner. It`s moody and have enough tempo upbeat to make you a happier human beeing. And the lyricks tell you things to think about too. But the real winner and my old time Henley favourite is Track 6 The End of the Innocence. The opening with the piano. It`s pure music magic. And when Henley`s voice is put in gear. This is what music should be. It`s like a short movie in a way. Just close your eyes, and listening. Anyway if you new to Henley this one gives you an earopener when it comes to pure gold quality all trough
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These really *are* the greatest hits July 9, 2005
Format:Audio CD
All but two of the recordings on this album are taken from four older albums: BUILDING THE PERFECT BEAST (4 of 13), THE END OF THE INNOCENCE (5 of 13), I CAN'T STAND STILL (1), and TOWER OF SONG (1). That is, they're the same recordings, not re-recorded or rearranged to 'get a musically superior version'.

Speaking for myself, knowing that and being able to get "Dirty Laundry" with a sampling of songs from BUILDING THE PERFECT BEAST is all I needed to know to persuade me that this album was worth pursuing. Henley's got a gift for coupling good music with clever lyrics, and he sings clearly enough that I don't have trouble following what he's saying. (Which means, of course, that the arrangements aren't drowning out the vocals with percussion, a plus.)

Four of the first five songs strike me as perfect for playing over the summer holidays in hot weather.

"Dirty Laundry" (from I CAN'T STAND STILL) Good song to listen to when the scandal-mongers have been unusually busy in the media. "I make my livin' off the evenin' news/Just give me somethin', somethin' I can use/People love it when you lose/They love dirty laundry..."

From BUILDING THE PERFECT BEAST (see): "The Boys of Summer", "All She Wants To Do Is Dance", "Not Enough Love in the World", and "Sunset Grill", of which the last is my favourite of this group. "Let's go down to the Sunset Grill/watch the workin' girls go by/Watch the basket people walk around and mumble/stare out at the auburn sky..."

From THE END OF THE INNOCENCE (see): "The End of the Innocence", "The Last Worthless Evening", "New York Minute", "I Will Not Go Quietly", and "The Heart of the Matter", the last of which is a contender for best breakup song.
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