Already Gone (Eagles song)
|Single by Eagles|
|from the album On the Border|
|B-side||"Is It True"|
|Released||April 19, 1974|
|Genre||Hard rock, country rock|
|Writer(s)||Jack Tempchin, Robb Strandlund|
|Eagles singles chronology|
The song was the first single released from On the Border and peaked at No. 32 on the Billboard Hot 100. Since then, the Eagles have included it on their greatest hits albums and in their live performances. Tanya Tucker and Wilson Phillips have covered the song.
"Already Gone", which is four minutes and 13 seconds long, was written by Robb Strandlund and Jack Tempchin. In the liner notes for The Very Best Of, Glenn Frey said that Tempchin sent him a tape of the song through the mail. Tempchin had already written one of the Eagles' previous singles, "Peaceful Easy Feeling".
"Already Gone" was one of the first songs that the Eagles recorded for the album after they stopped recording in London and returned to Los Angeles, and switched their producer from Glyn Johns to Bill Szymczyk. Frey was the lead vocalist. New guitarist Don Felder played a Les Paul Special and provided the song's solo lick.
"Already Gone" is the opening track of the Eagles' album On the Border, which was released by Asylum Records on March 22, 1974. It was released as the first single from the album in April 1974. Its b-side was "Is It True".
"Already Gone" has been described as a "classic". In his book To the Limit: The Untold Story of the Eagles, Marc Eliot wrote that the song "was an out-and-out rocker ... Musically it sounded like a fuel-injected rave-up, with melodic echoes of both 'Peaceful Easy Feeling' and 'Take It Easy.'
The Eagles have included "Already Gone" in their live performances since the 1970s. It was one of their "best selections" at a 1979 Michigan show, according to one reviewer. At a 2002 concert in Washington, the song created a "frenzy," with the audience singing along. A performance was included on the 2005 Farewell 1 Tour DVD, which was filmed in Australia. In 2006, the band played the song in Manchester, and Frey delivered it "with humour and passion."
- Glenn Frey – lead vocals, lead guitar, guitar solos
- Don Henley – drums, background vocals
- Bernie Leadon – lead & rhythm guitars, background vocals
- Randy Meisner – bass, background vocals
- Don Felder – lead guitar, guitar solos
- "Already Gone"
- "Is It True"
|Canada Top Singles (RPM)||12|
|US Billboard Hot 100||32|
"Already Gone" was covered by Tanya Tucker for the 1993 cover album Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles. Rolling Stone's Kara Manning wrote that Tucker's version "transforms its male bravado into a feminist battle cry."
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