The Very Best of the Eagles

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For the 2003 compilation, see The Very Best Of (Eagles album).
The Very Best of the Eagles
Greatest hits album by Eagles
Released July 11, 1994 (1994-07-11)[1]
Recorded 1972–1979
Genre Rock
Length 75:40
Label Elektra
Producer Glyn Johns, Bill Szymczyk
Eagles chronology
Eagles Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
(1982)
The Very Best of the Eagles
(1994)
Hell Freezes Over
(1994)

The Very Best of the Eagles is a greatest hits collection by the Eagles. Originally released in Europe, Australia and New Zealand on July 11, 1994 by Elektra Records,[1] the album was reissued in 2001 with all the same songs that were on the original release in a different sequence.

The compilation album was not released in the United States, although it was successful in other parts of the world, appearing in the top 10 of the albums charts in nine countries and becoming certified gold in seven countries and platinum in three.

Compilation and artwork[edit]

The Very Best of the Eagles is composed of seventeen songs, fifteen of which were released as singles and two songs—"Desperado" and "Doolin-Dalton"—that were album tracks from Desperado. The track listing for the original release was compiled in near chronological order, except the song "I Can't Tell You Why" which was from 1979's The Long Run but was ordered by the songs from the 1975 release One of These Nights. The 2001 reissue's track listing is more loosely compiled.

Both issues of the album feature desert-themed photography. The first release featured art direction and design by Gabrielle Raumberger. The reissue had its art direction handled by Jeri Heiden with design by Barrie Goshko, who also did photo manipulation for the release.[2][3]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

  1. "Take It Easy" (Jackson Browne, Glenn Frey) – 3:32
  2. "Witchy Woman" (Don Henley, Bernie Leadon) – 4:15
  3. "Peaceful Easy Feeling" (Jack Tempchin) – 4:21
  4. "Doolin-Dalton" (Browne, Frey, Henley, J. D. Souther) – 3:30
  5. "Desperado" (Frey, Henley) – 3:35
  6. "Tequila Sunrise" (Frey, Henley) – 2:55
  7. "Best of My Love" (Frey, Henley, Souther) – 4:36
  8. "James Dean" (Browne, Frey, Henley, Souther) – 3:40
  9. "I Can't Tell You Why" (Frey, Henley, Timothy B. Schmit) – 4:56
  10. "Lyin' Eyes" (Frey, Henley) – 6:24
  11. "Take It to the Limit" (Frey, Henley, Randy Meisner) – 4:49
  12. "One of These Nights" (Frey, Henley) – 4:53
  13. "Hotel California" (Don Felder, Frey, Henley) – 6:31
  14. "New Kid in Town" (Frey, Henley, Souther) – 5:04
  15. "Life in the Fast Lane" (Frey, Henley, Joe Walsh) – 4:47
  16. "Heartache Tonight" (Frey, Henley, Bob Seger, Souther) – 4:27
  17. "The Long Run" (Frey, Henley) – 3:42

2001 reissue[edit]

  1. "One of These Nights" (Frey, Henley) – 4:53
  2. "Take It Easy" (Browne, Frey) – 3:32
  3. "Hotel California" (Felder, Frey, Henley) – 6:31
  4. "New Kid in Town" (Frey, Henley, Souther) – 5:04
  5. "Heartache Tonight" (Frey, Henley, Seger, Souther) – 4:27
  6. "Tequila Sunrise" (Frey, Henley) – 2:55
  7. "Desperado" (Frey, Henley) – 3:35
  8. "Best of My Love" (Frey, Henley, Souther) – 4:36
  9. "Lyin' Eyes" (Frey, Henley) – 6:24
  10. "Take It to the Limit" (Frey, Henley, Meisner) – 4:49
  11. "I Can't Tell You Why" (Frey, Henley, Schmit) – 4:56
  12. "Peaceful Easy Feeling" (Tempchin) – 4:21
  13. "James Dean" (Browne, Frey, Henley, Souther) – 3:40
  14. "Doolin-Dalton" (Browne, Frey, Henley, Souther) – 3:30
  15. "Witchy Woman" (Henley, Leadon) – 4:15
  16. "The Long Run" (Frey, Henley) – 3:42
  17. "Life in the Fast Lane" (Frey, Henley, Walsh) – 4:47

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Australian Top 50 Albums[4] 2
Canadian Top Albums[5] 28
New Zealand Top 50 Albums[6] 3
Swiss Top 100 Albums[7] 9
UK Albums Chart[8] 3
Chart (1995) Peak
position
Belgium (Wallonia) 100 Albums[9] 28
Chart (1996) Peak
position
Swedish Top 60 Albums[10] 7
Chart (1999) Peak
position
French Compilations[11] 15
Chart (2001) Peak
position
Belgium (Flanders) 100 Albums[12] 12
Danish Top 40 Albums[13] 10
Finnish Top 50 Albums[14] 4
German Albums[15] 20
Italian Top 20 Albums[16] 18
Netherlands Top 100 Albums[17] 9
Norwegian Top 40 Albums[18] 4
UK Albums Chart[19] 3

Certifications[edit]

Country Provider Certification
(sales thresholds)
Australia[20] ARIA 12x Platinum
(840,000 units shipped)
Finland[21] IFPI Gold
(20,000 units sold)
France[22] SNEP 2x Gold
(200,000 units sold)
Germany[23] BVMI Gold
(250,000 units shipped)
New Zealand[24] RIANZ 8x Platinum
(120,000 units shipped)
Sweden[25] IFPI Gold
(50,000 units shipped)
United Kingdom[1] BPI 2x Platinum
(600,000 units shipped)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Certified Awards Search" (ASPX). British Phonographic Industry.  Set Search by to "Artist" and search for "Eagles" to see results.
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  3. ^ The Very Best of the Eagles (CD liner). Eagles. Elektra Records. 2001. 7559-62680-2. 
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  5. ^ "100 Albums (CD's & Cassettes)" (PHP). RPM 60 (3). August 8, 1994. ISSN 0315-5994. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Eagles – The Very Best of the Eagles (Album)" (ASP). New Zealand Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Eagles – The Very Best of the Eagles (Album)" (ASP). Swiss Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Chart Archive: Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive – 30th July 1994". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Eagles – The Very Best of the Eagles (Album)" (ASP). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Eagles – The Very Best of the Eagles (Album)" (ASP). Swedish Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Les "Charts Runs" de chaque Album Classé" (PHP). InfoDisc (in French).  Find "The EAGLES" under the drop-down menu to see statistics.
  12. ^ "Eagles – The Very Best of the Eagles (2001) (Album)" (ASP). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Eagles – The Very Best of the Eagles (2001) (Album)" (ASP). Danish Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Eagles – The Very Best of the Eagles (2001) (Album)" (ASP). Finnish Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Chartverfolgung / EAGLES / Longplay". Music Line (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Eagles – The Very Best of the Eagles (Album)" (ASP). Italian Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Eagles – The Very Best of the Eagles (Album)" (ASP). Dutch Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Eagles – The Very Best of the Eagles (Album)" (ASP). Norwegian Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Chart Archive: Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive – 23rd June 2001". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  20. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2001 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Eagles Certifications: Albums". Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland (in Finnish). Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Les Certifications depuis 1973" (PHP). InfoDisc (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.  Find "EAGLES" on the drop-down menu to see certifications.
  23. ^ "Gold- /Platin-Datenbank" [Gold- /Platinum-Database]. Bundesverband Musikindustrie (in German).  Type "Eagles" under Interpret to see search results.
  24. ^ "The Official New Zealand Music Chart" (ASP). Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. 
  25. ^ "Guld & Platinum 1987–1998" (PDF). IFPI Sweden (in Swedish). p. 12. Retrieved July 5, 2011.