Eagles – Eagles (1972) (@256)
07 Feb 2008
(Review from allmusic, wikipedia)
After their tenure with Linda Ronstadt and with her encouragement; Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner then decided to form their own band. In September 1971, they signed with manager David Geffen, agreeing to record for his soon-to-be-launched label, Asylum Records; soon after, they adopted the name The Eagles as a nod to The Byrds (Leadon had been in Dillard & Clark with former Byrds singer Gene Clark and in The Flying Burrito Brothers with former Byrds Gram Parsons, Chris Hillman and Michael Clarke).
Balance is the key element of the Eagles’ self-titled debut album, a collection that contains elements of rock & roll, folk, and country, overlaid by vocal harmonies alternately suggestive of doo wop, Beach Boys and Everly Brothers. If the group kicks up its heels on rockers like “Chug All Night”, “Nightingale” and “Tryin’”, it is equally convincing on ballads like “Most of Us Are Sad” and “Train Leaves Here This Morning”.
The album is also balanced among its members, who trade off on lead vocal chores and divide the songwriting such that Glenn Frey, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner all get three writing or co-writing credits. Fourth member Don Henley, with only one co-writing credit and two lead vocals, falls a little behind, while Jackson Browne, Gene Clark, and Jack Tempchin also figure in the writing credits.
“Take It Easy” and “Peaceful Easy Feeling” are similar-sounding mid-tempo folk-rock tunes sung by Frey that express the same sort of laid-back philosophy, as indicated by the word “easy” in both titles, while “Witchy Woman”, a Henley vocal and co-composition, initiates the band’s career-long examination of supernaturally evil females.
These three songs became huge hits but the complete album from which they come belongs as much to Leadon’s country-steeped playing and singing and to Meisner’s melodic rock & roll feel, which, on the release date, made it seem a more varied and consistent effort than it did later, when the singles had become overly familiar.
* Glenn Frey – lead guitars, keyboards, lead vocals
* Don Henley – drums, guitar, lead vocals
* Bernie Leadon – lead guitar, banjo, lead vocals
* Randy Meisner – bass guitar, lead vocals
01. Take It Easy – 3:34
02. Witchy Woman – 4:14
03. Chug All Night – 3:18
04. Most of Us Are Sad – 3:38
05. Nightingale – 4:08
06. Train Leaves Here This Morning – 4:13
07. Take the Devil – 4:04
08. Earlybird – 3:03
09. Peaceful Easy Feeling – 4:20
10. Tryin’ – 2:54
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