Remastered re-release of the debut full-length studio album by legendary American Rock band.
Balance is the key element of the Eagles' self-titled debut album, a collection that contains elements of Rock'n'Roll, Folk and Country, overlaid by vocal harmonies alternately suggestive of Doo-Wop, the Beach Boys, and the Everly Brothers. If the band 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.
The album's overall balance is worth keeping in mind because it produced three Top 40 hit singles that do not reflect that balance. "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 are the songs one remembers from Eagles, and they look forward to the eventual dominance of the band by Frey and Henley. 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'n'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.
The album was an immediate success for the young band, debuted on the US Billboard 200 chart at number 102 in its first week, and reaching No. 22 in its sixth week on the chart. It was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on March 20, 2001 for shipment of 1 million copies in the United States. It was ranked number 368 on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" published in 2012. The single "Take It Easy" is part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame "500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll". Also the album was included in Robert Dimery's "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die".
LP is pressed on 180 gram vinyl and replicates the original album packaging.
Asylum Records/Warner Music Group, 1972/2014 (8122796167). Made in EU.
1. Take It Easy 3:29
2. Witchy Woman 4:10
3. Chug All Night 3:13
4. Most Of Us Are Sad 3:33
5. Nightingale 4:05
6. Train Leaves Here This Morning 4:07
7. Take The Devil 4:00
8. Earlybird 3:00
9. Peaceful Easy Feeling 4:16
10. Tryin' 2:50
Total playing time: 36:43 min.