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These songs sum up a time-the early '70s-and a place-southern California-better than just about anything could. Take It Easy; Witchy Woman; Already Gone; One of These Nights; Take It to the Limit; Peaceful, Easy Feeling; Desperado; Best of My Love and more.

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The pre-Hotel California years were arguably the best for The Eagles (though there were, thanks to Joe Walsh, some stellar future moments). Their mix of country, folk, and rock had a harder, grittier edge, and helped define what would become known as the Southern California sound. There was just enough of a country feel in the beautiful harmonies of "Best of My Love," to blur the edges between the genres. "Take It Easy" and "Lyin' Eyes" could easily have come out of the new Nashville school, as well. The twang that characterizes the guitar intro to "Already Gone" and the leads in "Witchy Woman" and "One of These Nights," also pays tribute to country's guitar greats. Greatest Hits 1971-1975 houses a scant ten singles, but not only does it illustrate the magic of the collaboration between Glen Frey and Don Henley, it shows the breadth of The Eagles impact on the many who would follow their lead. --Steve Gdula

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listen  6. One Of These Nights 4:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Tequila Sunrise 2:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1976
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Asylum
  • ASIN: B000002GVS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (522 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #906 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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67 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Brian O'Marra on January 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Having read David Fuller's review, I couldn't agree more...buy the gold disc! Worth every penny!
This album has, as of November 1999, become the biggest seller of all time: 26 million copies worth. Thriller is in second place at 25 million. And it's easy to see why. This perfectly captures the Eagles early years of country rock, before the Eagles turned all out rockers with Joe Walsh and Hotel California.
In fact, the ten selections are well sequenced flowing nicely together. Henley's vocals are judiciously split four per side. Each album is evenly represented on both sides of the LP.
The gold disc boasts superior sound, remastered directly from the two track stereo tapes. Curious is the fact that the track times are two seconds longer on each track. Compression on the orginal LP and CD perhaps? The jacket depicts the 3-D effect on the eagles skull, and features all the orginal graphics, including the LP labels.
One reviewer wished this CD could have been expanded. A couple of interesting facts: One, there were two singles from Desperado, Tequila Sunrise is on this, but Desperado was not a single. I'm glad it is on this. It is a track deserving of being on a greatest hits. However, the other single was Outlaw Man! Interesting!
Second, On The Border had three singles. Two of them are on this, but James Dean is not.
Lastly, we have a missing B-Side. The flip side to Take It Easy is a song penned by Henley-Frey called Get You In The Mood. To my knowledge, it is not on any Eagles album. I do not have much information on this 3:52 obscurity.
What we need is a comprehensive Eagles singles anthology. Let's hope we will get that, I mean the 30th anniversary is coming shortly. That's a hint!
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69 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Parks on April 23, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Having sold well over 14 million copies to date, this is now the biggest selling record of all time. Not bad for a band of talented but unknown musicians who were originally gathered together by a record producer to be Linda Ronstadt's back-up band.
Personally, I'm not a big fan of the "Greatest Hits" album concept, because they tend to be superficial selections of what got radio play, and often don't represent the artist's best work. Never has that been less true than it is here, though. This is a great greatest hits package because it also is representive of the best work the Eagles did between 1971 and 1975.
The Eagles recorded a total of only six studio albums before disbanding to pursue solo projects after the release of 1979's THE LONG RUN. This album draws from what is commonly noted as being the pre-Joe Walsh era--the first four albums, including THE EAGLES, DESPERADO, ON THE BORDER, and ONE OF THESE NIGHTS.
Originally, banjo/mandolin player and founding member Bernie Leadon was crucial to the band's sound. However, with the addition of Don Felder on guitar, the band moved toward a more mainstream California rock sound.
All of the songs on this collection are strong, particularly TAKE IT EASY, LYIN' EYES, DESPERADO, and the rare Eagles song from this period that doesn't feature lead vocals by either Don Henley or Glen Frey, the bassist Randy Meisner sung TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT.
I've had this album in one format or another since I was 12 years old, and I keep coming back to it for whatever you listen to music for.
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34 of 43 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 8, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The Eagles 1976's release Their Greatest Hits 1971-75 has recently become the biggest selling album of all-time topping Michael Jackson's Thriller. The album has moved a staggering 26 million copies and the fact that people are still consistently buying it 24 years after its release is a testament to the timeless nature of the songs. The songs are mostly in the country-rock vein from the wistful "Peaceful Easy Feeling" to the two-timing tale "Lyin' Eyes" to the supple number one hit "Best Of My Love". There are some harder number like the evil & dark sounding "One Of These Nights" and the smoldering "Witchy Woman". The band's success can be tied into the fact that Glenn Frey & Don Henley are extraordinary songwriters, the band are perfectionists in the studio, so their songs are painstakingly produced, Bernie Leadon, Randy Meisner and later Don Felder all are excellent musicians and they make picture perfect harmonies. An essential album.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Fan on November 2, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This was a must have album in the 1970's, but it has since been superceded by their "The Very Best of" 2 CD set. This CD is simply a song for song re-issue of the vinyl album, so it only contains 10 songs from their early days. Which would be fine if this were a budget release, but it is not. The songs on here are great, but I think you would get a better value from buying "The Very Best of The Eagles" collection. It spans their entire career and includes 33 songs on 2 CDs.

I know they want to keep selling this CD since it is the biggest selling album of all time, but they need to cut the price or at least throw in a few bonus tracks.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dave Hilton on April 13, 2001
Format: Audio CD
By far, if you're a classic rock buff, this album is essential for your collection. In this greatest hits collection, there are only ten tracks to listen to, but these classics NEVER wear out on you. This collection also defines the early Eagles' creativity and diversity in their music. It really demonstrates that Glenn Frey and Don Henley are probably two of the best songwriters in classic rock history.
The album has classic rockers such as "Take It Easy" (an excellent song to drive and cruise to) and "Already Gone". Wonderful relaxing classics consist of "Peaceful, Easy Feeling", "Best Of My Love", and "Tequila Sunrise". The songs are so soothing, they almost take you to another place where one can relax and watch a sunset (or "sunrise") while sipping a strong drink. "Take It To The Limit" is a beautiful collaboration of the bands vocal talents and songwriting. The song that strikes me the most on this album, though, is "Desperado". Almost EVERY time I listen to this song, I get tears in my eyes. The song moves me with such original lyrics, absolutely incredible singing by Don, and flawless production. I have even found that you can slow dance very well with this song.
Throughout the album, you will notice that most of the songs have a country sound to them. Others use powerful orchestration, like "Desperado". However, this album epitomizes classic rock at its early beginnings. Buy this CD if you have any interest in classic rock.
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