Hell Freezes Over

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Hell Freezes Over
The Eagles Hell Freezes Over.jpg
Live album / studio album by the Eagles
ReleasedNovember 8, 1994
StudioThe Village Recorder, Los Angeles, Sounds Interchange, Toronto (Studio tracks)
Warner Burbank Studios, Burbank, California (Live tracks); mixed at A&M Studios, Los Angeles; The Hit Factory, New York City and Village Recorders, Los Angeles[1]
GenreRock
Length72:36
LabelGeffen
Producer
the Eagles chronology
The Very Best of the Eagles
(1994)
Hell Freezes Over
(1994)
Selected Works: 1972–1999
(2000)
Singles from Hell Freezes Over
  1. "Get Over It"
    Released: 1994
  2. "Love Will Keep Us Alive"
    Released: 1994
  3. "The Girl from Yesterday"
    Released: 1994
  4. "Learn To Be Still"
    Released: 1995
  5. "Hotel California [Live]"
    Released: 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[3]

Hell Freezes Over is the second live album by the Eagles, released in 1994. The album is the first to be released after the Eagles had reformed following a fourteen-year-long break up. The band's lineup was that of the Long Run era: Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Don Felder, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit. It contains four new studio tracks and eleven tracks recorded live in April 1994 for an MTV special. Two Top 40 Mainstream singles, "Get Over It" and "Love Will Keep Us Alive", were released from the album. It also features an acoustic version of "Hotel California". The four new studio recordings are the last to feature Don Felder, who was terminated from the band in 2001.

The album went to No. 1 on the Billboard album chart upon its release where it stayed for two weeks. The album has sold over 9 million copies in the United States.[4]

Hell Freezes Over was also released in video form on VHS, LaserDisc and DVD. Before the album was released, the Eagles also started a tour, which would last from 1994 to 1996 and became one of the most successful tours in music history.[5][6]

Background[edit]

The album name is in reference to a quote by Don Henley after the band's breakup in 1980; he commented that the band would play together again "when Hell freezes over".[6] Henley said in 1982 on the break-up: "I just rule out the possibility of putting the Eagles back together for a Lost Youth and Greed tour".[7] In 1993, an Eagles tribute album, Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles, was recorded by several country artists. Travis Tritt, who covered "Take It Easy" in the album, asked the band to appear in his video for the song.[8] The former Eagles band members agreed, and it would be the first time the group had appeared together in 13 years. Two months later, Frey and Henley had lunch with their management and decided to reunite.[8]

The band members performed live for the first time in April 1994 at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California for an MTV special.[8] The recording sessions produced 11 tracks for the Hell Freezes Over album, including a new arrangement of "Hotel California" that features an extended acoustic guitar and percussion opening. At the beginning of the concert, Glenn Frey joked to the audience: "For the record, we never broke up; we just took a 14-year vacation". The tour began in May 27 and the Hell Freezes Over album was released on November 8, 1994.[8] The album is the band's second live album, behind their live album in 1980.

The new song "Get Over It" became a modest hit, and another new song, "Love Will Keep Us Alive", reached No. 1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.

The DVD is one of the first music releases to feature a DTS format soundtrack in addition to a PCM stereo soundtrack. The DVD also featured the song "Seven Bridges Road" in DTS audio only. The DVD has since been re-released with an additional Dolby Digital soundtrack. The album has also been released as DTS CD in 1997.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Get Over It" dagger (Don Henley, Glenn Frey) – 3:31
  2. "Love Will Keep Us Alive"dagger (Pete Vale, Jim Capaldi, Paul Carrack) – 4:03
  3. "The Girl from Yesterday"dagger (Frey, Jack Tempchin) – 3:23
  4. "Learn to Be Still"dagger (Henley, Stan Lynch) – 4:28
  5. "Tequila Sunrise" (Henley, Frey) – 3:28
  6. "Hotel California" (Don Felder, Henley, Frey) – 7:12
  7. "Wasted Time" (Henley, Frey) – 5:19
  8. "Pretty Maids All in a Row" (Joe Walsh, Joe Vitale) – 4:26
  9. "I Can't Tell You Why" (Henley, Frey, Timothy B. Schmit) – 5:11
  10. "New York Minute" (Henley, Danny "Kootch" Kortchmar, Jai Winding) – 6:37
  11. "The Last Resort" (Henley, Frey) – 7:24
  12. "Take It Easy" (Jackson Browne, Frey) – 4:36
  13. "In the City" (Walsh, Barry De Vorzon) – 4:07
  14. "Life in the Fast Lane" (Henley, Frey, Walsh) – 6:01
  15. "Desperado" (Henley, Frey) – 4:17

dagger All new songs, which were released as studio recordings on the album, but can be seen live on the VHS and DVD versions.

DVD-only tracks[edit]

  1. "Help Me Through the Night" (Walsh) 21.44
  2. "The Heart of the Matter" (Henley, Mike Campbell, J.D. Souther)
  3. "Seven Bridges Road" (Steve Young) – DTS – A remastered version of the recording featured on Eagles Live, with a clearer separation of the five vocal parts to exploit the full potential of a 5.1 speaker set-up: Timothy B. Schmit is on the rear-right, Glenn Frey as the singer of the song's main melody on the front-right, Don Henley on the front-left and Joe Walsh on the rear-left. Don Felder is on the front-center channel.

Personnel[edit]

Compiled from Hell Freezes Over liner notes.[9]

Eagles

Additional personnel

Production

  • Eagles – production (all tracks)
  • Elliot Scheiner – production (all tracks except "Learn to Be Still")
  • Rob Jacobs – production (all tracks)
  • Stan Lynch – production ("Learn to Be Still" only)
  • Joel Stillerman – executive producer
  • Carol Donovan – program producer
  • Beth McCarthy – program director
  • Audrey Johns – program line producer
  • Rob Jacobs, Elliot Scheiner – engineers
  • Charlie Bouis, Carl Glanville, Barry Goldberg, Andy Grassi, Tom Trafalski, Tom Winslow – second engineers
  • Todd Bowie and Chris Buttleman – guitar technician
  • Ted Jensen – mastering
  • Rob Jacobs, Dave Kob, Dave Reynolds, Elliot Scheiner – mixing
  • Adam Armstrong – vocal technician
  • Ted Jensen – editing
  • Don Davis, The Eagles, Jay Oliver – horn and string arrangements
  • David Hewitt – live recording coordinator
  • John Halpern, David Skernick – photography
  • Keith Raywood – production design
  • Robin Sloane, Janet Wolsborn – art direction
  • Dwaine "The Peachin' Trucker" Wise – road manager
  • Andrew Lopez – head driver

Charts[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1994 "Get Over It" Adult Contemporary 21
1994 "Get Over It" Mainstream Rock Tracks 4
1994 "Get Over It" Billboard Hot 100 31
1994 "Get Over It" Top 40 Mainstream 26
1994 "Love Will Keep Us Alive" Adult Contemporary 1
1994 "The Girl from Yesterday" Hot Country Singles & Tracks 58
1995 "Learn to Be Still" Adult Contemporary 15
1995 "Learn to Be Still" Mainstream Rock Tracks 33
1995 "Love Will Keep Us Alive" Adult Top 40 37
1995 "Love Will Keep Us Alive" Top 40 Mainstream 27

Certifications[edit]

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