Day 34: Eagles, Eagles (1972)
1972, LP, Asylum
When the Eagles debuted their self-titled album back in 1972, the band flew off into popularity where they have remained high for over 45 years. Their take on the rock genre was unique for its time. When you think of American rock, the Eagles probably come to mind immediately. Their legacy is so large on the genre, showing clear signs of influence on bands such as America and Little River Band, although they (Eagles) display influences from Grateful Dead and Crosby, Stills & Nash in their early work.
Before their iconic album, Hotel California, was Desperado and their debut, self-titled album. Songs off of their debut album like “Take it Easy” and “Peaceful Easy Feeling” remain classics for the band. The Eagles were able to have a wide array of emotions within one album. They had their rock, their more peaceful and relaxing tracks, and then their sad ballads. The Eagles perfectly blended country music with rock.
When listening to the Eagles music, you don’t have to be in a particular mood. Songs like “Earlybird” and “Nightingale” are easy, fun songs to listen to, where others like “Most of Us Are Sad” and “Train Leaves Here This Morning” require a more specific mood to enjoy. Self-titled was very versatile for its time in American rock.
A fact unknown to some, Jackson Browne participated in two tracks for this album. Those were “Take It Easy” and “Nightingale”. Browne continued to collaborate with the band during recordings and live performances in future years.
What is fascinating (at least to me) is to see the growth and expansion that the band had over such a small period of time. They had six albums in seven years, producing hit songs like “Tequila Sunrise”, “Desperado”, “Heartache Tonight”, and of course, “Hotel California”.
Back to the album at hand, self-titled concludes with “Tryin’”. Although it is nowhere near their most popular song, it includes great vocals and guitar work. Finally, the song (and album) ends with a great, cinematic final strum from bass-guitarist Randy Meisner.
1. Take It Easy
2. Peaceful Easy Feeling
Always Keep Spinning!