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The End of the Innocence

Don HenleyAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 19, 1989)
  • Original Release Date: June 27, 1989
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000000ORB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,262 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
By D. Mok
Format:Audio CD
Don Henley's The End of the Innocence capped off the '80s on a perfect note. With Bruce Hornsby's classy piano sounding like the last, gentle strains of an uneasy age, lead track "The End of the Innocence" features one of the best lyrics ever written on disillusionment...and hope in the face of disillusionment. Henley sounds like he was put on earth to make this majestic song come alive, his singing the best he's ever done, a high croon filled with longing and sadness.
And the rest of the album holds up: "The Heart of the Matter" is a quiet, extraordinary exploration of lost love, moving beyond words; "I Will Not Go Quietly" rips into hard-rock mode; "The Last Worthless Evening" is a brewing ballad with suppressed feelings of desire; and "New York Minute"'s ringing guitars make for a perfect accompaniment to Henley's mournful but hypnotic voice.
This album belongs on every list as one of the best of the 1980s.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Henley's Best Solo Work - An All-Star Collaboration December 29, 2004
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Following the breakup of the Eagles, Don Henley would embark on what would slowly become a very successful solo career. In the 1980s, Henley would release three albums. His first effort was 1982's "I Can't Stand Still". This effort would produce a classic tune called "Dirty Laundry" in which Henley poked fun at the "pretty faces" doing the TV news. Two+ years later - in 1984, a more successful follow-up "Building the Perfect Beast" would produce three more singles "All She Wants To Do is Dance", "Sunset Grill", and "The Boys of Summer". "The Boys of Summer" was a mega-hit for Henley that was boosted by an award winning music video. Following "Building the Perfect Beast", Henley would take nearly 5 years to make his next effort. The 5 year effort made by Henley would not disappoint - his 1989 effort entitled "The End of the Innocence" would become his most successful solo effort to date. Each of Don Henley's solo albums would be more successful from both a commercial sales and criticial acclaim standpoint. "The End of the Innocence" marked the peak of Don Henley's solo career and broke him out of the mold of the Eagles and put him on his own two feet.

There are three factors that make "The End of the Innocence" a great album. First, from a songwriting standpoint - Henley and Company do some of his best work. Second, from a production standpoint. Danny Kortchmar was brought in as the a co-producer with Henley for 7 of the 10 songs. Kortchmar had collaborated with Henley on his two previous albums as a songwriter. Kortchmar continues to collaborate with Henley on several tunes, but now moves into the role as the main co-producer. Kortchmar's previous work with Henley makes him a natural fit as he is able to get the most out of Don Henley's talents.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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"Remember when the days were long and rolled beneath a deep blue sky" ... remember Paradise Lost and the Last Resort? At the end of the 1980s, his awareness of society and what's wrong with it more acute than ever, on his third solo album Don Henley took up the theme of the closing song of the Eagles' classic "Hotel California" even more forcefully than on his two prior releases. Now, however, it was not just "somebody" any longer who "laid the mountains low while the town got high." Now the enemy had a face; he was "the tired old man that we elected king;" that cowboy whose name was Jingo, and who "heard that there was trouble, so in a blaze of glory he rode out of the west - nobody was ever certain what it was that he was sayin' but they loved it when he told them they were better than the rest." ("Little Tin God.")

By the time he published "The End of the Innocence," Don Henley's name was as firmly established as that of a successful solo artist as it had previously come to be known as one of the driving forces behind the Eagles' almost decade-long success. Commercially his most successful album and critically his most acclaimed, his third solo release garnered a Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocalist (for the title track) and produced several more hit singles besides "The End of the Innocence:" "The Heart of the Matter," "New York Minute," "How Bad Do You Want It?" and "Last Worthless Evening.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album of the 80s June 1, 2004
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Why do I say that? It's because it encapsulates the decade better than any other did both musically and lyrically. The 80s were, indeed, the end of the innocence for many, many of us. In my case I got married, had kids, got divorced and changed careers at least 4 or 5 times. The music fits every niche and cranny, from the metal edge of "I will not go quietly" to the satire of religion in "Little Tin God" and the failed materialism of "Gimme what you got." All summed up in the overture of the brilliant title cut and ending with the heartbreaking "Heart of the matter." To me there simply is no argument to make. This is the best album of the 80s.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth adding to your collection
I've been a fan of Don Henley's work with the Eagles and some of his solo work afterwards. His wonderful voice provides a great showcase for his insightful lyrics--worth adding to... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Dee H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Henley's best
Some of his greatest hits and some heavy unknown tunes are here. Highly recommended to anyone who loves thought-provoking classic rock and roll.
Published 2 months ago by mon
5.0 out of 5 stars A+ for this one
Some of these songs I haven't heard in a long while, and they still sound great. You've got about 6 great songs here, 3 good songs, and 1 OK song. Read more
Published 3 months ago by M.D. Stanford
4.0 out of 5 stars DTS SACD 5.1
It is a shame that this surround disc is curently out of print. If you like this album then grab a used copy if you can (click the plus sign next to audio CD in the product listing... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Deep Thought
5.0 out of 5 stars Different from the Eagles
Don Henley has been successful as a solo. His music has a lot of variety, and, though he doesn't have a great voice, it is good, and it suits his music. Read more
Published 6 months ago by bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Don Henley!
What can I say? I LOVE Don Henley. He has a voice that can sing me to sleep any night! Heart of the Matter is an awesome song, good reason to own this album!
Published 9 months ago by herbmom
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value. Great music
Great value Hard copy CD and MP3s in my Amazon cloud player. Great deal. Great music. No problems with the CD or MP3s.
Published 10 months ago by Gregory N. Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Takes me back to my younger years. I love him then and he still is great. You won't regret this buy.
Published 10 months ago by kfran
2.0 out of 5 stars One song skips alot
Really like the Don Henley, this album the most. Only problem is that one song skips a lot. Other then that a great album.
Published 11 months ago by RROBSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Don Henley - End of Innocence
I love this CD. It is one of my all time favorites. I ordered this one because I have misplaced the first 2! (same CD as this one) Can't or should I say wouldn't live without it. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Spunk
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