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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000000OPC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,185 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Henley--arguably the most talented member of the Eagles--had toyed with playful pop hooks on his I Can't Stand Still solo bow in 1982. Two years later he got down to business on this brainy, politics-themed sophomore disc, which indicted his native Hollywood as venomously as "Hotel California" once did. Surfaces were still somewhat glossy--there's no denying the foot-tapping elan of "Boys of Summer or "All She Wants to Do Is Dance." But the vitriol roiling just beneath those surfaces was deep, intellectual stuff. Henley, as he continued to prove with the more eloquent The End of the Innocence a few years later, is someone his fans can neither underestimate nor predict. Can we say the same of Glenn Frey or Randy Meisner? --Tom Lanham

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Every song is good, if not great on this album, plus Henley's lyrics always make his recordings worth a listen.
Mike S
There are so many good songs on this album - they fit together to form a cohesive whole while at the same time each stands on its own individually.
S. Heffer
"Boys of Summer".. "Sunset Grille".. "All She Wants To Do Is Dance"..Are well connived political juxtapositions..
billy c bowden

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on March 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The Eagles are obviously considered a classic band. That said, Don Henley is the brightest, most original member of that band as a solo artist. He has only released three studio cds since 1982, and all of them are excellent recordings. His latest, Otherwise, is due in about a month, and I, like other fans, have waited 11 long years for this. Building the Perfect Beast (BTPB), is, I think, his best recording to date. Why? Well, aside from the hits "Boys of Summer", "All She Wants To Do Is Dance", "Not Enough Love In The World", "Driving With Your Eyes Closed" and "Sunset Grill" it has great album tracks like "Man With A Mission", "A Month of Sundays", "Land Of The Living", "Building The Perfect Beast" and "You're Not Drinking Enough." All the eleven tracks come together to form a classic cd. The recording quality and choice of instruments is excellent. It still sounds fresh 16 years later. The lyrics and music work together to form a more cohesive cd than 1982's I Can't Stand Still. While 1989's The End of the Innocence is probably more mature and refined than BTPB, BTPB has more edge to it, and possibly a fresher sound overall. I think any rock collector should not only have The Eagles, but should also have all three Henley (soon to be four) cds. However, if you only have money for one, Building the Perfect Beast is the one to own.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on December 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Of the ex-Eagles doing solo material, I so far have only gotten Don Henley's second solo album, Building The Perfect Beast. He gets a lot of help from guitarist Danny Kortchmar in music, songwriting, and keyboards. This is a nice exercise in light rock that still has hallmarks of the mellow California sound popularized by his ex-bandmates the Eagles, J.D. Souther, Karla Bonoff, and Linda Ronstadt. Even though Glenn Frey had more notable hits than him, Don Henley's reputation is more intact, as Frey meandered into poppy soundtrack music that alienated his old crowd.
"The Boys Of Summer" having been covered recently by DJ Sammy and AFI, makes me appreciate the original all the more. I mean an oontsa-oontsa remix or a punk cover clearly can never capture the wistful pain of trying to forget a lost time on the beach.
Another variation on the wealth not being able to buy love is told on the leisurely "You Can't Make Love" featuring Lindsey Buckingham on guitar and harmonies and the HeartbreakersEBenmont Tench on keyboards. There's an added dimension to the theme, that one can make a promise and walk down an aisle, and "make a life for her that fits like a glove" but--you get the idea.
The rocking "Man With A MissionEwith a 50's rock-and-roll sound, of someone out to have a rowdy partying time, such as running a few red lights, starting some fist fights, drinking a few beers. I was surprised this didn't make it on the Fast Times At Ridgemont High soundtrack, because thematically, this would fit. Charlie Sexton helps on guitar, as does Belinda Carlisle on harmonies.
"You're Not Drinking Enough" has a trace of the country rock that popularized the Eagles. The idea here is trying to forget a woman and if "you still wanna hold her/you must not be drinkin' enough.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Themis-Athena on August 6, 2001
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Songwriting is no trifle matter to Don Henley. And although in the early 1970s the magic duo of Henley/Frey churned out hits with enough speed to allow for the production of four albums in four years, followed by an all-time best-selling Greatest Hits (Vol. 1) album even before the release of the Eagles' classic "Hotel California," he started to take things considerably slower in his post-Eagles solo career. The two years he took to follow up 1982's "I Can't Stand Still" with "Building the Perfect Beast" were actually the shortest time between any two of his solo albums; in part due to the fact that, as Henley explained, his collaboration with Danny "Kootch" Kortchmar worked along lines different from those he had established with Glenn Frey in the Eagles. These were not two guys sitting down together in a room with a guitar and a drum kit any longer: For Don Henley's second solo release, bowing to the musical developments of the 1980s, they relied heavily on synthesized sounds (Henley's tour promoting the album even featured an elaborate light show, something that would have been inconceivable for any of the Eagles' tours). And while making most of the songs on the album easily "listenable" and producing several top-selling singles ("All She Wants to Do Is Dance," "Sunset Grill," "Boys of Summer" and "Not Enough Love in the World"), that choice of instrumentation also seemed to render "Building the Perfect Beast" the most easily dateable of all of Henley's solo releases.

Lyrically, however, Henley had lost nothing of his bite; the album's very name is indicative of that fact. "We're the ones who can kill the things we don't eat," he warned in the title track, musically the edgiest song on the album (synthesizers or not) - "we have met the enemy, and he is us ...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stretch on April 20, 2003
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While his follow-up album, "The end of the innocence" was a mammoth success, selling 6 million copies, Arguably "Building the perfect beast" is the better album. Don Henley would soon delve into a more Adult Contemporary sound, This album captures him at his best, before that phase.
Don Henley recruited an all-star cast of guests to play on "Building the perfect Beast". Among them are from Tom Petty's band: guitarist Mike Campbell, keyboardist Ben Tench, and drummer Stan Lynch. Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham plays guitar on a few tracks, and The Go-Go's Belinda Carlisle does some back-up vocals. Don Henley was quite prolific at the time to pull in all these names [either that or he had a deep Wallet ;) ]
A few fans have slagged the sound of this album, saying "it sounds so 80's". That was the decade I was born in! I'm personally a junkie for the 80's, I love Synthesizers, go ahead, Chastise all you want! But I digress.
The big hits here were "Boys of Summer", "All she wants to do is Dance" and "Sunset grill". You've probably heard them all once or twice, so I won't waste time commenting, to sum it up, those songs are amazing, but the lesser known tracks are equally strong.
Opener "Boys of Summer" is forever etched in my head, growing up around that time I used to only recognize the chorus and thought the song was about Baseball-Bys of Summer, NOT the case, it's actually much deeper, telling the story of an acquaintance Don lost touch with. The music is amazing, words can't describe. This is probably the best song of Don's entire solo career.
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