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After Weeds, all the other would seem insubstantial but in true Eagles tradition the material all stands up.Read more ›
I'm here to tell you it's a little bit of everything, all rolled into one. Starts off with an a cappella track reminiscent of Seven Bridges Road. How Long, which most people heard and thought was a throw back to their classic sound, were right. The song was actually written in 1972 by J.D. Souther. Other tracks are typical Don Henley ballads and one track that could fit perfectly on one of his early solo albums, with the vocal stylings and horns like we heard on "Dirty Laundry". Glen Frey's songs are also typical solo type material. All on the soft side. Mellow and laid-back, complete with smooth sax solos. Timothy B. Schmit songs (of which there are only two) are both slow, like his past offerings. "Do Something" even has early style Eagles slide-guitar on it, reminds me of Peaceful Easy Feeling. The most disappointing is Joe Walsh's contributions. Again, only two songs that he sings. He obviously plays guitar on a number of tracks, but it's barely noticeable. There is little of the distinct guitar work that used to stand out on Hotel California and The Long Run. The second disc definately Rocks a little more than the first. Don and Glen get an even split at 40% each of the tracks here. That only left 10% for Joe and Timothy respectively. Not quite as even as the Long Run album.
Over-all, I like it. There's enough good to out-weigh the bad. It is the Eagles.Read more ›
I also felt they lacked depth in their lyrics and their albums were always spotty - not consistently good throughout the album.
So I didn't expect much at all from this one.
First of all, most "reunion" albums by old farts from the 70's usually don't turn out too well. Secondly, I figured they were just getting together for a payday.
Well, I was pleasantly surprised.
The very first track is awesome. Sounds a little "Venice"-like, but that's not a bad thing.
I won't go through it song by song because it would just be my subjective opinion, and a waste of time.
The point is, I think any Eagles fan, no matter whether you are a fan of Walsh, Frey, Henley or Schmit, you will find enough really good tracks here to enjoy this album.
Now the bad news, and the reason I didn't give it 5 stars:
Guess what, the Eagles are STILL spotty. They can't make a 100% great album without a lot of "filler" tracks. I think a person could pretty easily edit this 2 cd set down to one cd and end up with one very good 4 and 1/2 to 5 star cd.
So if you're an Eagles fan, buy this set. I can't figure out why it has so many 1 and 2 star reviews. I would expect to find mostly 4 and 5 star reviews.
This version houses the twin CD set in a red cloth casing that contains the music of the original release. The booklet of photographs and lyrics has doubled in size to forty pages. The twenty two track album is here with two bonus tracks added at the end of disc two. The band's newest single: "Hole In The World" is now included, as is: "Please Come Home For Christmas" from three decades past.
As for the music, I enjoy much of what the band has presented here with the epic title selection: "Long Road Out Of Eden" being my favorite track of the bundle. Some of the material isn't to my liking, but I have had the same problem with other records by this band in the past. With a few tracks excluded from the final package, we would have a very fine single disc of Eagle's music presented here.
This isn't the greatest record by The Eagles by a long shot, but it's a good listen of finely produced rock/pop music. We are not going to hear: "Hotel California Part Two" in the near future, matter how many folks keep on shouting for it.
To sum it all up:
If you like The Eagles, you will like this newest batch of Eagles music.
As for if you need this deluxe edition, the answer is both yes and no.
YES: If you can obtain this version at a reasonable price and you do not already have the original two CD set in your music library.
NO: If you already have the original version and the "Hole In The World" single CD and DVD.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This album fell short in my eyes. Is the absence of Don Felder evident here? I think so. One or two good songs on this double album did not meet my expectations. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
I REALLY DIDN'T CARE FOR IT THAT MMCH.. IT IS NOT THE EAGLES THAT I GREW TO LOVE OVER THE YEARS.Published 7 days ago by LARRY NESBITT
It took me a while to find the vinyl version of this album but well worth the wait! This is just as good as the rest of their catalog with 20 tracks-a great deal on vinyl at a... Read morePublished 29 days ago by SSLLC
Really great harmonies--love all the songs--one of the Eagles Best!!!!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer