The Eagles, Best of All Time 8/21/18

The Eagles have overtaken Michael Jackson‘s 1982 masterpiece Thriller for bragging rights to the best-selling album of all time, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 has now been certified 38-times Platinum, accounting for sales and streams of more than 38 million copies since its release in February of 1976.

In addition to the new benchmark, the Eagles’ followup to the classic compilation, the watershed Hotel California album, released in December 1976, is now the third best-selling album of all time, certified 26-times Platinum by the RIAA for sales and streams of more than 26 million copies. Don Henley said in a statement about the new certifications, “We are grateful for our families, our management, our crew, the people at radio and, most of all, the loyal fans who have stuck with us through the ups and downs of 46 years. It’s been quite a ride.”

Eagles/Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975, was originally released on February 17th, 1976 and went on to top the Billboard 200 album charts the following March 13th for five non-consecutive weeks.

Shortly before his 2016 death, Glenn Frey admitted the success of Eagles/Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 continued to surprise the band: [“We were just stalling ’til we could finish Hotel California, (laughter) and we sorta snuck this one out there. And people that hadn’t heard of the band, or had only heard some of our earlier hits, we kinda put ’em all on one record for everybody, and people really gravitated to it, and they started buying it right away, and they continue to buy it. Amazing.”] SOUNDCUE (:19 OC: . . . buy it. Amazing.)

The Eagles featuring classic members Don Henley, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit — along with the lateGlenn Frey’s 23-year-old son Deacon Frey, as well as country legend Vince Gill, will kick off its latest string of dates next month.

Songwriter J.D. Souther recalls co-writing the Hotel California standout “Victim Of Love” with Henley, Frey and Don Felder: [“I came in late on that one. They had the track done. That was Don Felder’s track, I think. And that was one of those — they were in Florida at Criteria (Studios) cutting the album, and it was ‘J.D., get down here (laughs), we’ve got a couple of songs that aren’t finished.’ That happened a couple of times. That happened on that album and The Long Run album. But I think at that time we finished ‘New Kid In Town’ and we wrote the lyrics to ‘Victim Of Love.'”] SOUNDCUE (:23 OC: . . . Victim Of Love)

During a recent chat with CBS This Morning, Don Henley spoke about the heady days of the Eagles’ ’70s fame: [“It was exhilarating and it was scary. Fame and success is just as scary as failure. Y’know, looking back, there are some things that I would’ve done differently and. . . But somehow we made it through all that. Beginning in 1974, we had the guidance of (manager) Irving Azoff, who played a big role in our success and in keeping the band together and then getting the band back together after we took out little hiatus, which in retrospect was a good thing. Because it gave people a chance to miss us. If we had stuck around, we might’ve gotten old to people. Y’know, they might have gotten tired of us and stuff.”] SOUNDCUE (:29 OC: . . . us and stuff)

SOURCE: Press release

  • The Eagles tour dates (subject to change):
    September 8 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena
    September 12, 14, 15 – Inglewood, CA – The Forum
    September 18 – Sacramento, CA – Golden I Center
    September 20 – San Francisco, CA – AT&T Park (with the Zac Brown Band)
    September 22 – San Diego, CA – Petco Park (with the Zac Brown Band & the Doobie Brothers)
    October 6 – Hartford, CT – XL Center
    October 9, 10 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
    October 12 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
    October 14 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
    October 15 – Chicago, IL – United Center
    October 18 – Milwaukee, WI – Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center
    October 20 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
    November 2 – Rancho Mirage, CA (Don Henley only)
    November 11 – Tacoma, WA – VetsAid 2018 at Tacoma Dome (Joe Walsh, Don Henley, James Taylor & more)

SIDE NOTES

  • The Eagles recently packaged their two multi-platinum greatest hits collections together for the first time ever, with the set now renamed, Eagles Greatest Hits 1 & 2.
  • 1982’s Eagles Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 was released on November 13th, 1982, and although it stalled on the Billboard charts at Number 52, the set has sold a whopping 11 million copies to date.

FAST FACTS

  • The Eagles‘ Hotel California was released on December 8th, 1976, and included two Number One hits featuring the group’s main songwriters and distinctive lead vocalists, with late-guitarist Glenn Frey taking the lead on “New Kid In Town,” and drummer Don Henley singing the album’s timeless title track.
  • The album’s third single, “Life In The Fast Lane,” just missed the Top Ten, peaking at Number 11 in the spring of 1977.
  • Hotel California featured the addition of former James Gang guitarist Joe Walsh, who joined shortly after co-founder Bernie Leadon‘s departure. It turned out to be the only Eagles album featuring the lineup of Henley, Frey, Walsh, guitarist Don Felder, and co-founder and co-founding bassist Randy Meisner.