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
|Genre||Rock, hard rock|
|Producer||Bill Szymczyk, Glyn Johns|
|Singles from On the Border|
On the Border is the third studio album by American rock group 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 their producer Glyn Johns overemphasized their country-influenced rock sound. After recording only two songs, the band let go of Johns, relocated recording to California, and hired Bill Szymczyk. Szymczyk suggested they bring in a harder-edged guitarist to add slide guitar to the song "Good Day in Hell". They quickly thought of Bernie Leadon's old friend Don Felder, whom they had met and jammed with on a few occasions. The band was so impressed that they invited Felder to become the fifth Eagle. The only other track on this album on which he appeared was his searing lead solo on "Already Gone".  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, Glenn 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 and Don Henley, 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 Watergate scandal and fears 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.
- Don Felder - lead guitar ("Already Gone"), slide guitar ("Good Day In Hell")
- Glenn Frey - vocals, guitars, slide guitar, piano
- Don Henley - vocals, drums
- Bernie Leadon - vocals, guitars, banjo, steel guitar
- Randy Meisner - vocals, bass guitar
- Al Perkins - pedal steel guitar (on "Old 55")
- "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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