7 November 1980
| November 7, 1980 (1980-11-07)|
October 20, 1976 – July 31, 1980
Eagles Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
Eagles albums, Rock music albums
Eagles Live is the first live album by the American rock band Eagles, a two-LP set released on November 7, 1980.
The Eagles effectively disbanded on July 31, 1980, after a concert in Long Beach, California that served as a fund-raiser for then-Senator Alan Cranston's campaign, and where bandmates Glenn Frey and Don Felder nearly came to blows backstage. However, the band owed Elektra/Asylum Records one more album and fulfilled that obligation with a release of performances from the Hotel California and The Long Run tours. The Eagles rejected a $2 million offer from the label to record two new songs for the album.
Eagles Live was mixed by Frey and Don Henley on opposite coasts in Los Angeles and Miami, respectively, and as producer Bill Szymczyk put it, the record's harmony and instrument fixes were made "courtesy of Federal Express." The 1983 Rolling Stone Record Guide said it is "perhaps the most heavily overdubbed [live album] in history." "Seven Bridges Road," a Steve Young cover, was released as a single and became a top-40 hit. The song was a showcase for the band's close harmony singing, as the first and last verses feature vocals from all five members.
The album provides a balanced document of the band's musical history, recorded in two phases. Five of the tracks were recorded in October 1976, during three performances at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The other 10 tracks were recorded in July 1980, from three shows in Santa Monica, California and one in Long Beach. Not including the brief musical interlude of "Doolin Dalton (Reprise II)," of the 14 vocal songs on the album, five lead singers are featured: Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, original bassist Randy Meisner, and his replacement Timothy B. Schmit. Songs from each Eagles studio album except one (On the Border) are included, as well as two Walsh solo tracks and one cover song: the acoustic harmony-laden "Seven Bridges Road."LP notes
The album cover is the image of a band-equipment storage chest used during a concert tour. It includes two elements hinting at the Eagles' breakup (which was not officially announced until May 1982): The number 86 on both sides and "MIA" written on air-freight stickers on the back.
The record labels were custom, showing a bird's nest filled with eggs and hand grenades.
Original pressings of this double-album had text engraved in the run-out grooves on each side, as had been the band's tradition since their 1975 album One of These Nights:
The run-out groove of the fourth side did not fade to silence as was customary. Instead, the crowd noise continued into the final-loop groove. Thus, for those listening on manual turntables, the applause would not end until the listener removed the stylus from the disc.
Don Felder – guitars, vocals
Glenn Frey – guitars, keyboards, vocals
Don Henley – drums, percussion, vocals
Randy Meisner – bass guitar, vocals (1976 shows)
Timothy B. Schmit – bass guitar, vocals (1980 shows)
Joe Walsh – guitars, keyboards, vocals
Jage Jackson – rhythm guitar, percussion
Phil Kenzie – saxophone
Vince Melamed – electric piano
The Monstertones – backing vocals
J. D. Souther – vocals, acoustic guitar
Joe Vitale – piano, organ, drums, percussion
Bill Szymczyk – production
Ted Jensen – mastering engineer
- Side 1: Is it illegal to yell "Movie!" in a firehouse?
- Side 2: "Hello, Federal? ... Ship it!"
- Side 3: Not Tonight, thanks ...
- Side 4: ... I've gotta rest up for my monster
1Hotel California7:01Eagles Live Wikipedia
3I Can't Tell You Why5:18