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 the Eagles. 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. Three singles were released from the album, each reaching the Top 40: "Take it Easy" (#12), "Witchy Woman" (#9), and "Peaceful Easy Feeling" (#22). The album played a major role in popularizing the southern California country rock sound.[citation needed] In 2012, the album was ranked number 368 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[1] The single "Take It Easy" is part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame "500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll".[2] 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.[3][4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[5]
Robert Christgau B[6]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[7]

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."[6] 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.[7]

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.[8] Rolling Stone listed it as number 368 on their "500 Greatest Albums" with the comment that the album "created a new template for laid-back L.A. country-rock style".[1] 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

Charts and certifications[edit]


  1. ^ a b "500 Greatest Albums: The Eagles - The Eagles | Rolling Stone Music | Lists". Rolling Stone. 2012. Retrieved January 22, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Experience The Music: One Hit Wonders and The Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll". Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved January 22, 2016. 
  3. ^ The Eagles' Greatest Hit Grantland, August 14, 2013.
  4. ^ History of the Eagles around 45 minutes in.
  5. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Eagles". Allmusic. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "The Eagles: Desperado". Robert Christgau.com. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (2004). Eagles. Simon and Schuster. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  8. ^ William Ruhlmann (2011). "Eagles - Eagles | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved September 13, 2011. by Frey and Henley. 
  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
  11. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 4170." RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
  12. ^ "Eagles / Awards". Allmusic. 
  13. ^ "British album certifications – Eagles – One of These Nights". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter One of These Nights in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  14. ^ "American album certifications – Eagles – One of These Nights". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH