The Eagles - Farewell 1 Tour - Live From Melbourne
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Without doubt, the Eagles are one of the all-time biggest acts in popular music since the dawn of the rock'n'roll era. The band's roots go back to their role as defining artists in the phenomenally popular Southern California rock scene of the '70s, a decade in which they delivered four consecutive #1 albums. Their momentous 2004 farewell tour filled stadiums around the world, and this 2-DVD set captures one of the most stellar events from that now-historic global sweep. Track Listings: Disc 1: Long Run, New Kid in Town, Wasted Time, Peaceful Easy Feeling, I Can't Tell You Why, One of These Nights, One Day At A Time (New Track), Lyin' Eyes, Boys of Summer, In The City, Already Gone, Tequila Sunrise, Love Will Keep Us Alive, No More Cloudy Days (New Track), Hole In the World, Take It To the Limit, Disc 2: You Belong to the City, Walk Away, Sunset Grill, Life's Been Good, Dirty Laundry, Funk #49, Heartache Tonight, Life in the Fast Lane, Hotel California, Rocky Mountain Way, All She Wants To Do Is Dance, Take It Easy, Desperado
Thirty songs, spread out over two discs and well over two and a half hours, with fine performances, great sound, and good visual direction: it's all here on Farewell 1 Tour, a documentary of the Eagles' 2004 concert in Melbourne, Australia. At one point, the veteran band seemed unlikely to even make it to the new millennium, but here they are, mostly intact, with a string of hits dating back more than three decades. The majority of them are performed here, from the earliest ("Take It Easy," "Desperado," "Peaceful Easy Feeling") through "Hotel California" and "Life in the Fast Lane" and right up to "Love Will Keep Us Alive" (from Hell Freezes Over, their most recent recording with new material on it); there are also hits from Glenn Frey, Don Henley, and Joe Walsh's solo careers, and a few new songs as well, including Walsh's "One Day at a Time" (an earnest ode to his new-found sobriety) and "Hole in the World," Frey and Henley's moving, almost gospel-tinged reaction to the events of 9/11/01. Guitarist Don Felder, who split acrimoniously with the band in 2001, isn't much missed, as replacement Steuart Smith plays the parts just as Felder did--i.e., pretty much exactly as they were recorded (indeed, pristine recreations of the studio versions of their songs has always been a hallmark of the Eagles' live shows). As for the somewhat cheeky title, well, there's always been a certain smugness to the Eagles' sense of humor, and it's no different this time, as Frey doesn't even pretend that there won't be a Farewell 2 Tour in the future. And why not? These are good songs, played beautifully by the quartet (plus supplemental musicians) to audiences that love them. Bonus material is limited to perfunctory interviews with the band. --Sam Graham
- 11-minute documentary featuring interviews and live footage
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The bonus material is confined to interviews with the band members which are interesting and they make a point in saying that all this perfection doesn't happen by accident.They work hard and rehearse a lot to get everything just right,especially the vocal harmonies.A recommended purchase and region free.
Glen Frye owned it too. In performance and looks. Song after song. Singing it with feeling. These songs are his and no one can sing them like him. People have tried and they may do good then by the end of it you think 'but they are no Glenn Frye'. Really.
Joe Walsh obviously enjoyed being back on stage. His skills are also unmatched. Again a unique voice with rifts that make people say 'WOW'. I had never heard "One day at a time" which he wrote and sang. AWESOME. (High five to you Joe)
I would like to make it clear. This is not about going down memory lane. Its about music that makes me feel good. Its about music that you play loud in the car and sing along at the top of your lungs.
This is just a great performance by all. I give it 5 stars for a great concert and 5 guys that look great doing it.
And all of their material is so listenable and original, and completely different from anything anybody else is doing, or has done.
This DVD is as good as they get. The sound is great, the staging and photography is fantastic, and, other than that, it was pretty good.