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On the Border

EaglesAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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With five number one singles, fourteen Top 40 hits, and four number one albums, the Eagles were among the most successful recording artists of the 1970s. At the end of the 20th century, two of those albums -- Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) and Hotel California -- ranked among the ten best-selling albums ever, and the popularity of 2007's Long Road Out of Eden proved the Eagles' ... Read more in Amazon's Eagles Store

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1974
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002GXO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,106 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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On their third album, the Eagles finally produced a No. 1 hit with "The Best of My Love," but most of On the Border is marked by tough rockers, not sweet ballads. "Already Gone" is a brusque kiss-off and "Midnight Flyer" a bluegrass kicker, while "James Dean" recalls the '50s rebel icon, and the title track reflects on paranoia and creeping Big Brotherism. The Eagles also cover a Tom Waits tune, "Ol' 55," and pay tribute to alt-country godfather Gram Parsons on "My Man." The album title is prophetic in the sense that the band that made this record (bolstered by the addition of guitarist Don Felder) was on the verge of greatness, but not quite there yet. --Daniel Durchholz

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Certified Multi-Platinum (2 times) by the RIAA. (3/01)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ON THE BORDER--and going across it... August 17, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The Eagles' third studio album, the 1974 release ON THE BORDER, was meant in many ways to rectify the unjustified commercial failure of DESPERADO, and give this band a harder edge than before. To this end, they ousted Glyn Johns as their producer after just two tracks were recorded, bought in Bill Szymczyk to replace him, and added Don Felder on lead guitar.
But ON THE BORDER is the best of both worlds--yes, the band gained a harder edge but it also retained some of the more country elements of before. "Midnight Flyer" is an impressive bluegrass-style breakdown with Bernie Leadon zipping away on banjo; and Leadon's "My Man", a tribute to the departed Gram Parsons, features his handy steel guitar work. A lot of great cuts are to be had here. Ironically, one of the two songs Glyn Johns produced, "The Best Of My Love", would become the group's first #1 hit in early 1975; and in yet another ironic twist, they would hit #1 with this single just two weeks after their former employer Linda Ronstadt got her #1 single "You're No Good."
I admit to being a very devout Eagles/Linda Ronstadt fan, being as I am from the Los Angeles area. But they remain the standard by which many rock and country acts are measured. And as long as there are faux "boy bands" like 'N Sync and the Backstreet Boys, there will always be a need for the Eagles.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every song is great July 23, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I didn't realize until the other day that "Ol' 55" is a Tom Waits composition. Every song on here is different, and every song is great. "You Never Cry Like A Lover" - can't understand why this one isn't played more - tender and intense! "Good Day In Hell" flat out smokes. The harmonies are flawless (as usual) and the instrumentation is superb. Add this one to your collection for sure.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album February 4, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Besides Hotel California, this is the Eagles best album. This is an album rich in both rock and country. From the hard rocking On the Border and James Dean, to the countryish sounds of the Bernie Leadon sung My Man and Ol' 55, this is one terrific album. Only Good Day in Hell is a throwaway. Another standout song is the Randy Meisner sung Is it True.
This album was made during the Leadon-Meisner years of the band. Frey, Henley, and Walsh get all the notoriety in the Eagles, but Meisner was the nerve center of the band with his bass and quality vocals, both as a lead and as a harmonizer (listen to his harmonies on Ol' 55). The Eagles are a better band with Meisner as opposed to Tim Schmitt, as On the Border will proves.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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In March of 1974, The Eagles released their third album On the Border.
From the opening rocker Already Gone, you could tell that the band had become a rock band. Not a country rock band but a plain good ol' rock and roll band.
The addition of third guitarist Don Felder in late 1973 gave the band a bigger, more raw, more urgent sound, particularly on the hardest rock tracks, the opening "Already Gone" which had great Felder solos and was the world's real intro to Felder, the rocking "Good Day In Hell" which had killer slide work from Felder (in fact, this very track was the first song Felder recorded with The Eagles) and "James Dean".
Like its predecessor Desperado, On The Border sounds like songs from different albums but the Eagles manages to pull it off.
Unlike its predecessors, the album was mainly produced by Bill Szymczyk (whom worked with The James Gang and J. Geils Band among others) taking over for Glyn Johns whom the band canned after recording the ballads "You Never Cry Like a Lover" and the closing "Best of My Love".
The album may have gone more rocking but there were a few more country numbers like the modern bluegrass sounds of 'Midnight Flyer" and the traditional country rock ballad "My Man" (Bernie's ode to Gram Parsons and his best song for the band) on the same album as the hard rock of the opening Already Gone, the funky title cut and the power chords of James Dean and Good Day in Hell.
This album gave the Eagles their first Gold album the year of release and the band's first #1 single Best Of My Love, a country-tinged ballad.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Junior Year Slump Either January 30, 2003
By Mad Dog
Format:Audio CD
Have you ever locked onto a band during their first album, only to be let down by the second and later discs? I remember the early evolution of the Eagles oh so clearly. The first LP caught my ear and the concept of the second moved the band to a new dimension. But this, the third album, was the big buzz for me. Sure, one album later the band was selling much bigger, but this disc was it - the crystalline moment, for the Eagles. Radio jumped on Best of My Love and James Dean while I was in the groove on Already Gone, Midnite Flyer, Good Day In Hell and Ol' 55. The addition of Don Felder catalyzed the band towards a more hard edged, harder rock sound. The Eagles never made it to the land of hard rock, but it sure looked like this album was going to take them there. Next time your boss or your woman or man pisses you off, crank up the volume and play Already Gone. It's pure auralgasmic bliss and reality be damned!
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5.0 out of 5 stars it is a classic!
great playing and singing.. the remastering is kind of subtle but it makes a big difference. I had this album back in the 70's and the music still sounds fresh... Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. Phelps
5.0 out of 5 stars A taste of the harmony that the eagles had.
IF you listen once you are hooked for ever. they harmonize so well together. you will be hooked from the first cd forever.
Published 2 months ago by john pfeiffer
5.0 out of 5 stars Best band ever
The Eagles are the best band of all time - and I love hearing their earlier work - the music is timeless
Published 4 months ago by Kimberly Goebel
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great group
Many fantastic songs, high quality music - that's the Eagles in a nutshell. These are now oldies, but they're still some of the best music of the era. Read more
Published 5 months ago by P. Vandenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars On The Border by the Eagles marks their road to Rockin'
On The Border contains some great stuff including the life-changing 'Already Gone' (I have even quit a job because this song gave me the strength to) co-written by Glenn Frey's... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Denise
4.0 out of 5 stars Eagles Rock
In the documentary, "History Of The Eagles," band members repeatedly griped that their first two albums, produced by Brit Glyn Johns, were being held back from the band's desire to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tim Brough
5.0 out of 5 stars A great road trip CD
We have enjoyed this album for decades & decades. It is a classic recording and a work of art. Enjoy!
Published 9 months ago by Molly Bee
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great early efforts
A good solid album thats loaded with hit material. This album offers a good cross-section of the Eagle's sound before Joe Walsh and will remain a classic that you can pull out and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ken Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best, but the demarcation point in the change of style.
The last of the country rock styled albums that begun with their first LP, there are glimpses of the later work. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Stuart Hendin
5.0 out of 5 stars A good effort after Desperado.
The real pity is that a lot of the Eagles' efforts were good but only a few were considered good enough for recognition on radio. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Allen S. Rymer
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