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  • Vinyl
  • Label: Asylum Records
  • ASIN: B001CJIRFI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

Editorial Reviews

1974 Asylum release; 10 tracks.

Customer Reviews

Everything on this album just clicks, what more can I say.
Mike
Despite the harder edge, it was the supple ballad, "Best Of My Love" that became the album's big hit and the band's first number one single.
P Magnum
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.
Mad Dog

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Erik North on 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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 1999
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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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 1999
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Terrence J. Reardon on November 7, 2007
Format: Audio CD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian P. Colwell on June 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Alot of music fans out there (not heavily immersed in the full catalogue of The Eagles) immediately declare "Hotel California" as the best album done by the band .... perhaps there is some truth to that; after all, I name that particular 1976 classic as my favorite album of all-time! However .... "On The Border" has a deep place within my heart as well, but for a different reason. "Hotel California" is likeable for it's brilliant versatility .... going back and forth between soft and heavy tracks, being sung by other band members (but mainly Don Henley dominates). With "On The Border", there is that same diversity evident .... but further developed, in a realm reflecting the origins/influences of this band. Plus, each band member sings a song and has a chance to shine well .... making the listener wonder who is the best when up to the microphone .... much like the Byrds and the Beatles, The Eagles are a group that can not be narrowed done to one specific 'Frontman.'

From the aggressive beginning with 'Already Gone' to the melancholy reflection of 'The Best Of My Love', "On The Border" delivers a great jam one after another. I like that an R&B reference (with the awesome title track that features fun-filled "face-offs" between all band members) and Bluegrass moment (with the fast-paced 'Midnight Flyer' delivered nicely by the high-ranged Randy Meisner). While alot of the album's theme was heavy rock (more so than the previous release, "Desperado"), there is a definite soft-rock, mellow feel .... one in which will put you in a relaxed mood and state of mind. If your a fan of any individual band members, or rather the band itself, I would highly recommend adding this album to the collection (if you don't already know about its worth and have it sitting there already).
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