The Eagles finally receive their due with this 4-CD set, which includes 52 songs and an ENTIRE disc of unreleased live tracks featuring everything from hits like Hotel California and Peaceful Easy Feeling to surprises like Funk 49 and Please Come Home for Christmas ! Also here, of course, are their studio-perfect smashes like Take It Easy; Already Gone; Witchy Woman; James Dean; Lyin' Eyes; Desperado; New Kid in Town; Take It to the Limit; One of These Nights; Heartache Tonight; Life in the Fast Lane , and The Long Run , and a 40-page booklet. Recommended!
It's tough to forecast which bands are built for the long run. The Eagles emerged as part of a genre (country rock) that proved to be a passing fancy. And with two talented frontmen sharing the spotlight, how could artistic differences be fended off for long? But, of course, Don Henley
, Glenn Frey
, and the boys had a juggernaut on their hands, generating a dozen top 10 hits in their initial eight-year spurt. Selected Works: 1972-1999
gathers all the highlights from the group in all of its '70s and early '80s glory on three discs, dubbed "The Early Years," "The Ballads," and "The Fast Lane." The handsome box is fleshed out with a live disc from New Year's Eve 1999. With striking packaging, extensive liner notes, and a surplus of vintage photos, Selected Works
is a suitable retrospective on a band that defined the California sound and took it easy, and, in the process, took it to the limit. --Steven Stolder