Eagles Live

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Eagles Live
The album cover has a trunk for Eagles' touring gear on it
Live album by Eagles
Released November 7, 1980 (1980-11-07)
Recorded October 20, 1976 – July 31, 1980
Genre Rock
Length 77:10
Label Asylum
Producer Bill Szymczyk
Eagles chronology
The Long Run
(1979)The Long Run1979
Eagles Live
(1980)
Eagles Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
(1982)Eagles Greatest Hits, Vol. 21982
Singles from Eagles Live
  1. "Seven Bridges Road"
    Released: December 15, 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau C−[2]

Eagles Live is the first live album by the American rock band Eagles, a two-LP set released on November 7, 1980. The Eagles was already breaking up after an argument between bandmates Glenn Frey and Don Felder on July 31, 1980, however, the band owed Elektra/Asylum Records one more album, and they fulfilled that obligation with a release of performances from the Hotel California and The Long Run tours.

Eagles Live was mixed by Frey and Don Henley on opposite coasts in Los Angeles and Miami, respectively, and as producer Bill Szymczyk put it, the record's harmony and instrument fixes were made "courtesy of Federal Express." The 1983 Rolling Stone Record Guide said it is "perhaps the most heavily overdubbed [live album] in history." "Seven Bridges Road," a Steve Young cover, was released as a single and became a top-40 hit.

Background[edit]

The album provides a balanced document of the band's musical history, recorded in two phases. Five of the tracks were recorded in October 1976, during three performances at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The other 10 tracks were recorded in July 1980, from three shows at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and one at the Long Beach Arena in California. The band had different line-ups in 1976 and 1980 as Timothy B. Schmit only joined later replacing the original bassist Randy Meisner.[3] Five lead singers are featured in the 14 vocal songs on the album (excluding the brief musical interlude of "Doolin Dalton (Reprise II))": Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Meisner, and his replacement Schmit. Songs from each Eagles studio album except one (On the Border) are included, as well as two Walsh solo tracks and one cover song: the acoustic harmony-laden "Seven Bridges Road."

However, by July 1980, the band was already in the process of breaking up. During a concert in Long Beach, California that served as a fund-raiser for then-Senator Alan Cranston's campaign, bandmates Glenn Frey and Don Felder nearly came to blows backstage. Frey then refused to join the band to record overdubs or even speak to his former bandmates, the recording was therefore done piecemeal. Frey was in Los Angeles while the rest of the band were in Miami with Don Henley overseeing the post-production sessions, and tapes were sent back and forth between the two locations so that the album may be completed.[4][3] The producer Bill Szymczyk said: "I had my assistant in Los Angeles with Glenn, and I had the rest of the band fly to Miami. We were fixing three-part harmonies courtesy of Federal Express."[5] Five different lawyers were thanked in the liner notes.[3]

The Eagles also rejected a $2 million offer from the label to record two new songs for the album. The only previously unreleased song in the album is a version of "Seven Bridges Road".[3] The song was a showcase for the band's close harmony singing, as the first and last verses feature a cappella vocals from all five members of the 1980 lineup including Don Felder, the only member of the band not to have a solo vocal on the album.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Hotel California" (July 29, 1980, Santa Monica) Don Henley 6:55
2. "Heartache Tonight" (July 27, 1980, Santa Monica)
Glenn Frey 4:35
3. "I Can't Tell You Why" (July 28, 1980, Santa Monica)
Timothy B. Schmit 5:24
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "The Long Run" (July 27, 1980, Santa Monica)
  • Henley
  • Frey
Henley 5:35
2. "New Kid in Town" (October 22, 1976, The Forum)
  • Henley
  • Frey
  • Souther
Frey 5:45
3. "Life's Been Good" (July 29, 1980, Santa Monica) Joe Walsh Joe Walsh 9:38
Side three
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Seven Bridges Road" (July 28, 1980, Santa Monica) Steve Young Henley, Frey, Walsh, Schmit, Don Felder 3:54
2. "Wasted Time" (October 22, 1976, The Forum)
  • Henley
  • Frey
Henley 5:40
3. "Take It to the Limit" (October 20, 1976, The Forum)
Randy Meisner 5:20
4. "Doolin-Dalton (Reprise II)" (October 21, 1976, The Forum)
instrumental 0:44
5. "Desperado" (October 21, 1976, The Forum)
  • Henley
  • Frey
Henley 4:04
Side four
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Saturday Night" (July 28, 1980, Santa Monica)
Henley 3:55
2. "All Night Long" (July 27, 1980, Santa Monica) Walsh Walsh 5:40
3. "Life in the Fast Lane" (July 31, 1980, Long Beach)
  • Henley
  • Frey
  • Walsh
Henley 5:10
4. "Take It Easy" (July 27, 1980, Santa Monica) Frey 5:20


LP notes
  • The album cover is the image of a band-equipment storage chest used during a concert tour. It includes two elements hinting at the Eagles' breakup (which was not officially announced until May 1982[4]): The number 86 on both sides and "MIA" written on air-freight stickers on the back.
  • The record labels were custom, showing a bird's nest filled with eggs and hand grenades.
  • Original pressings of this double-album had text engraved in the run-out grooves on each side, as had been the band's tradition since their 1975 album One of These Nights:
    1. Side 1: Is it illegal to yell "Movie!" in a firehouse?
    2. Side 2: "Hello, Federal? ... Ship it!"
    3. Side 3: Not Tonight, thanks ...
    4. Side 4: ... I've gotta rest up for my monster
  • The run-out groove of the fourth side did not fade to silence as was customary. Instead, the crowd noise continued into the final-loop groove. Thus, for those listening on manual turntables, the applause would not end until the listener removed the stylus from the disc.

Personnel[edit]

Eagles

Additional musicians

  • Jage Jackson – rhythm guitar, percussion
  • Phil Kenzie – saxophone
  • Vince Melamed – electric piano
  • The Monstertones – backing vocals
  • J. D. Souther – vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Joe Vitale – piano, organ, drums, percussion

Production

Charts and certifications[edit]

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[17] Gold 50,000^
France (SNEP)[18] Gold 100,000*
Japan (Oricon Charts) 105,000[9]
United Kingdom (BPI)[19] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[20] 7× Platinum 3,500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eagles Live at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Eagles Live". Robert Christgau. 
  3. ^ a b c d DeRiso, Nick (November 7, 2015). "35 Years Ago: The Eagles Limp Away With the Patched-Together ‘Live’". Ultimate Classic Rock. 
  4. ^ a b Hilburn, Robert. "The Eagles - A Long Run is Over". 
  5. ^ Giles, Jeff (September 24, 2015). "36 Years Ago: The Eagles Grind to a Halt with ‘The Long Run’". Ultimate Classic Rock. 
  6. ^ a b c Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  7. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 34, No. 8" (PHP). RPM. January 31, 1981. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  8. ^ "dutchcharts.nl Eagles – Live" (ASP). Hung Medien (in Dutch). MegaCharts. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9. 
  10. ^ "charts.org.nz Eagles – Eagles Live" (ASP). Hung Medien. Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  11. ^ "norwegiancharts.com Eagles – Live" (ASP). Hung Medien. VG-lista. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  12. ^ "swedishcharts.com Eagles – Live" (ASP) (in Swedish). Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Eagles > Artists > Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  14. ^ "allmusic ((( Eagles Live > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Album Search: Eagles – Eagles Live" (ASP) (in German). Media Control. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Albums". Billboard: YE-8. December 26, 1981. 
  17. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Eagles – Live". Music Canada. Retrieved June 27, 2012. 
  18. ^ "French album certifications – Eagles – Live" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved June 27, 2012.  Select EAGLES and click OK
  19. ^ "British album certifications – Eagles – Live". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved June 27, 2012.  Enter Live in the search field and then press Enter.
  20. ^ "American album certifications – Eagles – Live". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved June 27, 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH