Eagles (album)

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Studio album by Eagles
Released June 1, 1972
Recorded February 1972
Studio Olympic Studios, London
Length 37:19
Label Asylum
Producer Glyn Johns
Eagles chronology
Singles from Eagles
  1. "Take It Easy"
    Released: May 1, 1972
  2. "Witchy Woman"
    Released: August 1, 1972
  3. "Peaceful Easy Feeling"
    Released: December 1, 1972

Eagles is the debut studio album by the rock band of the same name, released in 1972. The album was recorded at London's Olympic Studios with producer Glyn Johns. The album was an immediate success for the young band reaching #22 on the charts and going platinum. The album also released three Top 40 singles with "Take it Easy", "Witchy Woman" and "Peaceful Easy Feeling". The three singles reached #12, #9 and #22 respectively. The album played a major role in popularizing the southern California country rock sound. In 2003, the album was ranked number 374 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[citation needed] The single "Take It Easy" is part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame "500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll".[citation needed] This album was slated for Quadraphonic release and even given a Quadraphonic catalog number but it was never released in that format. In the documentary History of the Eagles, Glenn Frey revealed that the band were all on peyote when the pictures for the album cover were shot in Joshua Tree National Park.[2][3]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau B[5]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[6]

Robert Christgau felt that the band wrote good songs, but he was unsure about the authenticity of their country roots so what they produced was "suave and synthetic--brilliant, but false."[5] Bud Scoppa of Rolling Stone on the other hand felt that they had "distinguished" country-rock backgrounds, and that after Jackson Browne's debut album, it was the best debut of 1972.[6]


Allmusic's William Ruhlmann, in his retrospective review, sums up the album as balanced in terms of songwriting, however noting that the three hit singles were sung by Frey and Henley who would later go on to dominate the band.[7] Rolling Stone listed it as number 374 on their "500 Greatest Albums" with the comment that the album "created a new template for laid-back L.A. country-rock style".[8] It was included in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[9]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Take It Easy"   Jackson Browne, Glenn Frey Frey 3:34
2. "Witchy Woman"   Don Henley, Bernie Leadon Henley 4:10
3. "Chug All Night"   Frey Frey 3:18
4. "Most of Us Are Sad"   Frey Randy Meisner 3:38
5. "Nightingale"   Browne Henley 4:08
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Train Leaves Here This Morning"   Gene Clark, Leadon Leadon 4:13
2. "Take the Devil"   Meisner Meisner 4:04
3. "Earlybird"   Leadon, Meisner Leadon 3:03
4. "Peaceful Easy Feeling"   Jack Tempchin Frey 4:20
5. "Tryin'"   Meisner Meisner 2:54





  • "Take It Easy/Get You in the Mood" - Asylum 11005; released May 1, 1972
  • "Witchy Woman/Early Bird" - Asylum 11008; released August 1, 1972
  • "Peaceful Easy Feeling/Tryin'" - Asylum 11013; released December 1, 1972


Year Chart Position
1972 Billboard Pop Albums 22
Year Single Chart Position
1972 "Take It Easy" Billboard Pop Singles 12
1972 "Witchy Woman" Billboard Pop Singles 9
1973 "Peaceful Easy Feeling" Billboard Pop Singles 22


  1. ^ "Eagles - AllMusic". allmusic. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ The Eagles' Greatest Hit Grantland, August 14, 2013.
  3. ^ History of the Eagles around 45 minutes in.
  4. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Eagles". Allmusic. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "The Eagles: Desperado". Robert Christgau.com. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (2004). Eagles. Simon and Schuster. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  7. ^ William Ruhlmann (2011). "Eagles - Eagles | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved September 13, 2011. by Frey and Henley. 
  8. ^ "500 Greatest Albums: The Eagles - The Eagles | Rolling Stone Music | Lists". rollingstone.com. 2009. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  9. ^ "1001 Albums You Must Hear - 2008 Edition". rocklistmusic.co.uk. 2011. Retrieved September 13, 2011. Eagles 
  10. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Eagles-Eagles/release/1615902

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