On the Border
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|On the Border|
|Studio album by Eagles|
|Released||March 22, 1974|
|Recorded||Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Olympic Studios, London, 1973-74
|Producer||Bill Szymczyk, Glyn Johns|
|Singles from On the Border|
On the Border is the third studio album by the Eagles, released in 1974. During the making of the album, the band experienced significant changes. As the band tried to lean towards a more hard rock sound, they felt that producer Glyn Johns overemphasized their country sound. After recording only two songs, the band let go of Johns and hired Bill Szymczyk. At Frey's request they brought in guitarist Don Felder to add slide guitar to the song "Good Day in Hell". The band was so impressed that they invited Felder to become the fifth Eagle. They credited him as a late arrival on the album's liner notes. The album reached #17 on the charts and sold 2 million copies. The album also released three singles, "Already Gone", "James Dean" and "Best Of My Love". The singles reached #32, #77 and #1 respectively. "Best of My Love" became the band's first of five chart toppers.
This is the first album by the Eagles to be released in Quadraphonic surround sound. It was released on Quadraphonic 8-track tape and CD-4 LP. A hidden message carved into the run out groove of vinyl LPs reads: "He who hesitates is lunch".
- "Already Gone" (Jack Tempchin, Robb Strandlund) – 4:13
- Lead vocal by Glenn Frey, lead guitar (uncredited) by Don Felder, guitar solos by Glenn Frey and Don Felder
- "You Never Cry Like a Lover" (J.D. Souther, Don Henley) – 4:02
- Lead vocal by Don Henley, lead guitar (uncredited) by Bernie Leadon
- "Midnight Flyer" (Paul Craft) – 3:59
- Lead vocal by Randy Meisner, slide guitar by Glenn Frey, banjo by Bernie Leadon
- "My Man" (Bernie Leadon) – 3:31
- Lead vocal and pedal steel guitar by Bernie Leadon
- "On the Border" (Henley, Leadon, Frey) – 4:28
- Lead vocals by Don Henley, T.N.T.S. by "Coach", claps by The Clapetts, lead guitar (uncredited) by Glenn Frey
- "James Dean" (Jackson Browne, Frey, Souther, Henley) – 3:37
- Lead vocal by Glenn Frey, lead guitar by Bernie Leadon
- "Ol' '55" (Tom Waits) – 4:22
- "Is It True?" (Randy Meisner) – 3:14
- Lead vocal by Randy Meisner, slide guitar by Glenn Frey
- "Good Day in Hell" (Henley, Frey) – 4:27
- Lead vocals by Glenn Frey, lead and slide guitar by Don Felder
- "Best of My Love" (Henley, Frey, Souther) – 4:36
- Lead vocal by Don Henley, pedal steel guitar by Bernie Leadon
Bernie Leadon's "My Man" is a tribute to Gram Parsons, who had died of a drug overdose in September 1973. Leadon and Parsons had been members of the pioneering country-rock band The Flying Burrito Brothers.
"On the Border"
This track was inspired by the infamous Watergate scandal and fears at the time of the government overstepping its bounds and infringing on people's privacy. Barely audible at the end of the song, Glenn Frey can be heard whispering "Say Goodnight, Dick," a line made famous by Dan Rowan of Rowan and Martin but in this case referring to Richard Nixon's resignation. Nixon would indeed resign five months after the release of the album.
"Good Day in Hell"
"Good Day in Hell" was written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey and is about a seductive "devil in disguise".
For the recording of the song, session guitarist Don Felder was called upon to perform the slide guitar. Although slide guitar on two other songs on the album (the bluegrass "Midnight Flyer" and the mid-tempo "Is It True") were performed by Glenn Frey, the Eagles' new producer Bill Szymczyk wanted to get a more experienced slide guitarist to record on "Good Day in Hell".
The Eagles were so pleased with Don Felder's work on the song that they decided to make him an official member of the band, making them a quintet. He also performed the dual guitar solo with Glenn Frey on another On the Border song, "Already Gone". These are the only two songs he played on on the album and he is billed as a "late arrival".
"Good Day in Hell" was released as the B-side to the "James Dean" single on August 14, 1974.
When performed live on the band's 1976-1977 tour, Joe Walsh played a regular guitar solo during the ending of the track and dueling with Felder's slide in some parts.
- Don Felder - electric guitar, slide guitar (only plays on Already Gone and Good Day In Hell)
- Glenn Frey - lead vocals, lead guitar, slide guitar, piano
- Don Henley - lead vocals, drums, guitar
- Bernie Leadon - lead vocals, lead guitar, banjo, steel guitar
- Randy Meisner - lead vocals, bass guitar
- "Already Gone"/"Is It True" - Asylum 11036; released April 19, 1974
- "James Dean"/"Good Day in Hell" - Asylum 45202; released August 14, 1974
- "Best of My Love"/"Ol' 55" - Asylum 45218; released November 5, 1974
This was the first Eagles album to chart in the UK, reaching #28.
|1974||"Already Gone"||Pop Singles||32|
|1974||"James Dean"||Pop Singles||77|
|1975||"Best Of My Love"||Pop Singles||1|
|1975||"Best Of My Love"||Adult Contemporary||1|
None of the above singles charted in the UK.
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