Eagles Live

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Eagles Live
The album cover has a trunk for Eagles' touring gear on it
Live album by Eagles
Released November 7, 1980 (1980-11-07)
Recorded October 20, 1976 – July 31, 1980
Genre Rock
Length 77:10
Label Asylum
Producer Bill Szymczyk
Eagles chronology
The Long Run
(1979)
Eagles Live
(1980)
Eagles Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
(1982)
Singles from Eagles Live
  1. "Seven Bridges Road"
    Released: December 15, 1980 (1980-12-15)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
Robert Christgau C−[1]

Eagles Live is the first live album by the American rock band Eagles, a two-LP set released on November 7, 1980. The Eagles unofficially disbanded on July 31, 1980 after their concert at Long Beach. However, the band still owed Elektra/Asylum a live record from the tour. Eagles Live was mixed by Glenn Frey and Don Henley on opposite coasts—the two decided they could not stand to be in the same state, let alone the same studio, and as Bill Szymczyk put it, the record's perfect three-part harmonies were fixed "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" was released as a single and would become a top-40 hit. The song was a showcase for the band's close harmony singing; the first and last verses feature all five Eagles singing in five-part harmony.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "Hotel California" (Felder, Henley, Frey) – 6:55
  2. "Heartache Tonight" (Henley, Frey, Bob Seger, Souther)– 4:35
    • Recorded July 27, 1980, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
  3. "I Can't Tell You Why" (Schmit, Henley, Frey) – 5:24
    • Recorded July 28, 1980, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
Side two
  1. "The Long Run" (Henley, Frey) – 5:35
    • Recorded July 27, 1980, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
  2. "New Kid in Town" (Henley, Frey, J. D. Souther) – 5:45
  3. "Life's Been Good" (Walsh) – 9:38
    • Recorded July 29, 1980, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
Side three
  1. "Seven Bridges Road" (Steve Young) – 3:54
    • Recorded July 28, 1980, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
  2. "Wasted Time" (Henley, Frey) – 5:40
    • Recorded October 22, 1976, The Forum, L.A.
  3. "Take It to the Limit" (Henley, Frey, Meisner) – 5:20
    • Recorded October 20, 1976, The Forum, L.A.
  4. "Doolin-Dalton (Reprise II)" (Henley, Frey, Jim Ed Norman) – 0:44
    • Recorded October 21, 1976, The Forum, L.A.
  5. "Desperado" (Henley, Frey) – 4:04
    • Recorded October 21, 1976, The Forum, L.A.
Side four
  1. "Saturday Night" (Meisner, Henley, Frey, Bernie Leadon) – 3:55
    • Recorded July 28, 1980, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
  2. "All Night Long" (Walsh) – 5:40
    • Recorded July 27, 1980, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
  3. "Life in the Fast Lane" (Henley, Frey, Walsh) – 5:10
    • Recorded July 31, 1980, Long Beach Arena
  4. "Take It Easy" (Jackson Browne, Frey) – 5:20
    • Recorded July 27, 1980, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

Vinyl record notes[edit]

  • The record labels were custom, showing a birds' nest filled with eggs and hand grenades.
  • Original pressings of this double-album had text engraved in the carry-out grooves on each side, as had been the band's tradition since their 1975 album One of These Nights:
    1. Side 1: Is it illegal to yell "movie!" in a firehouse?
    2. Side 2: "Hello, Federal?...Ship it!"
    3. Side 3: Not Tonight, Thanks...
    4. Side 4: ...Ive gotta rest up for my monster"
  • The carry-out groove of the fourth side did not fade to silence as was customary for the vast majority of records. Instead, the crowd noise continued, even 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.

Personnel[edit]

Eagles
Additional musicians
Technical personnel

Charts and certifications[edit]

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[13] Gold 50,000^
France (SNEP)[14] Gold 100,000*
Japan (Oricon Charts) 105,000[5]
United Kingdom (BPI)[15] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[16] 7× Platinum 3,500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Eagles Live". Robert Christgau. 
  2. ^ a b c Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  3. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 34, No. 8" (PHP). RPM. January 31, 1981. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ "dutchcharts.nl Eagles – Live" (ASP). Hung Medien (in Dutch). MegaCharts. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9. 
  6. ^ "charts.org.nz Eagles – Eagles Live" (ASP). Hung Medien. Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  7. ^ "norwegiancharts.com Eagles – Live" (ASP). Hung Medien. VG-lista. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  8. ^ "swedishcharts.com Eagles – Live" (ASP) (in Swedish). Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Eagles > Artists > Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  10. ^ "allmusic ((( Eagles Live > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Album Search: Eagles – Eagles Live" (ASP) (in German). Media Control. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Billboard.BIZ: Top Pop Albums of 1981". billboard.biz. Archived from the original on 2013-01-15. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  13. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Eagles – Live". Music Canada. Retrieved June 27, 2012. 
  14. ^ "French album certifications – Eagles – Live" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved June 27, 2012.  Select EAGLES and click OK
  15. ^ "British album certifications – Eagles – Live". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved June 27, 2012.  Enter Live in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  16. ^ "American album certifications – Eagles – Live". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved June 27, 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH