Eagles Release 11/02/18

Released today (November 2nd) is Eagles: Legacy, a massive dozen disc, CD/DVD/Blu-ray set that spans the group’s career with seven studio albums, three live albums, singles, B-Sides, and two concert videos. The 15 LP version includes the vinyl debut of Millennium Concert. The CD version of the Legacy box is available for $179.98, and includes two concert videos: Hell Freezes Over (DVD) and Farewell Tour: Live From Melbourne (Blu-ray).

The vinyl version of the box sells for $349.98. It has all the music from the CD’s on 15 LP’s — but none of the videos. Both sets are housed “in slipcases and accompanied by a 54-page hardbound book that’s filled with rare and unseen photos, memorabilia, and artwork that encompasses the band’s entire career.”

A highlight of all of Jackson Browne‘s concerts is “Take It Easy” — a song primarily written by him, but finished off by his friend, the late, great Eagles leader, Glenn Frey before becoming the group’s first bonafide classic hit: [“I could have wished to have been in the Eagles many a time, but I never had the skills to be in a band like that; neither as a singer or probably as a player, y’know? They worked real hard, they made a lot of music. I think they worked like the Beatles worked: four pieces, y’know four pieces playing all the parts, singing all the parts. And they all brought incredible experience — I mean, Glenn had played with Bob Seger, Bernie had been, y’know, played with the (Flying) Burrito Brothers, Randy Meisner had played with a bunch of bands, I saw him play in L.A. — also (with) Rick Nelson, and (Don) Henley had been in a group called Shilo and they came to L.A. — and that’s how they knew him, I guess — because, they were on Jimmy Bowen’s record label. They all came from their own musical backgrounds and when they came together, they coalesced in a way that was pretty hard to top.”] SOUNDCUE (:38 OC: . . . hard to top)

Former guitarist Don Felder told us that the reason why we’re still talking about the Eagles music and career is really down to the bandmembers understanding the importance of teamwork:[“Everybody on that team pulled together. From (producer) Bill Szymczyk, and all the different writers — including Bernie (Leadon) and Randy (Meisner), and myself, and Don and Glenn — all worked as a really kind of dedicated team to make what we thought was the best record; best lyrics, best vocals, best guitar parts, and the best band possible.”] SOUNDCUE (:17 OC: . . . best band possible)

Bassist Timothy B. Schmit was the last official Eagle to join the band after the release of the 1976 blockbuster Hotel California and before the sessions for 1979’s The Long Run. Schmit told us he knew he was just the player the group needed following Randy Meisner‘s defection in late-1977: [“A really great thing that happened when Glenn first called me and then it all unfolded when I said, ‘Yes, I want to do this’ was that they asked me to join before we played one note of Eagles music together. I was the one they wanted and it seemed like a really perfect fit to me. It just did — I’m not blowin’ my own horn. But it was obviously a great thing for me, but I really knew that I was the perfect guy to go there. I knew how to do what they wanted me to do.”] SOUNDCUE (:31 OC: . . . wanted me to do)

Don Henley performs tonight (November 2nd) in Rancho Mirage, California at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa.

Joe Walsh will perform on November 11th with Don Henley, James Taylor — and special guests — at VetsAid 2018 at Tacoma, Washington’s Tacoma Dome.

The Eagles will close out the year on December 7th with special guest Jack Johnson at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium.

The tracklisting to the Eagles Legacy – CD/DVD/Blu-ray is:

Eagles (1972)
Desperado (1973)
On The Border (1974)
One Of These Nights (1975)
Hotel California (1976)
The Long Run (1979)
Eagles Live (1980)
Hell Freezes Over (1994)
Millennium Concert (2000)
Long Road Out Of Eden (2007)
Single and B-Sides (2018)
 “Take It Easy” (Single Version)
“Get You In The Mood” (Non-LP B Side)
“Outlaw Man” (Single Version)
“Best Of My Love” (Single Version)
“One Of These Nights” (Single Edit)
“Lyin’ Eyes” (Single Edit)
“Take It To The Limit” (Single Edit)
“Please Come Home For Christmas”
“Funky New Year”
“Hole In The World”

DVD:
Hell Freezes Over (1994)

Blu-ray:
Farewell Tour: Live From Melbourne 
(2005)