Long Road Out of Eden
|Long Road Out of Eden|
|Studio album by the Eagles|
|Released||October 30, 2007|
|Label||Eagles Recording Company II, Lost Highway, Polydor|
|Producer||Eagles, Steuart Smith, Richard F.W. Davis, Scott Crago, Bill Szymczyk|
|the Eagles chronology|
Long Road Out of Eden is the seventh and final studio album by American rock group the Eagles, released in 2007 on Lost Highway Records. Nearly six years in production, Long Road Out of Eden is the first new studio album from the Eagles since 1979's The Long Run, and along with the four original tracks on 1994 Hell Freezes Over, and two songs in 2003 ("Hole in the World") and 2005 ("One Day at a Time"), the only original material since. It is also the band's first album since the dismissal of Don Felder in 2001, and the final album with founding member Glenn Frey before his death in 2016.
The album produced two singles on the Hot Country Songs charts: a cover of J.D. Souther's "How Long" and "Busy Being Fabulous", both of which were Top 30 hits on the country charts as well as Top 20 hits on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts. The album produced five straight hits on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts with "How Long", "Busy Being Fabulous", "No More Cloudy Days", "What Do I Do With My Heart", and "I Don't Want to Hear Anymore".
The album debuted at #1 in the U.S. and won the band two Grammy awards for "How Long" and the instrumental "I Dreamed There Was No War". The album became the band's sixth #1 album and was the highest selling album of the year. It has since sold 3.5 million copies in the U.S. alone. Being a double album with length exceeding 90 minutes, the album was certified 7x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of 3.5 million discs.
About the album
In 2006, a special edition exclusive to Wal-Mart of the DVD release, Farewell 1 Tour-Live from Melbourne, included a bonus CD with three studio versions of songs from Long Road Out of Eden: "No More Cloudy Days," "Do Something" and "Fast Company."
On August 20, 2007, the song "How Long," written by J.D. Souther – who had previously worked with the Eagles co-writing some of their biggest hits including "Best of My Love," "Victim of Love," "Heartache Tonight" and "New Kid in Town" – was released as a single to radio with an accompanying online video at Yahoo! Music and debuted on television on CMT during the Top 20 Countdown on August 23, 2007. The band performed the song as part of their live sets in the early to mid-1970s, but did not record it at the time due to J.D. Souther's desire to use it on his first solo album.
The Deluxe Collector's Edition of Long Road Out of Eden was released on November 20, 2007, featuring two bonus tracks, "Hole in the World" and "Please Come Home for Christmas." This version of the CD is wrapped in a red linen cloth, screen printed with panoramic imagery, and includes a 40-page booklet with lyrics, credits, exclusive photos and desert scenes from the making of the "How Long" video.
"No More Walks in the Wood" is a song using the words from "An Old-Fashioned Song," a 21-line poem (without choruses either in the poem or song) by John Hollander. The song is in four-part harmony with guitar chords, but mostly sung a cappella.
In a 2007 interview with CNN, band member Don Henley declared, "This is probably the last Eagles album that we'll ever make." When questioned about the possibility of a follow-up album in November 2010, band member Timothy B. Schmit said, "My first reaction would be: no way. But I said that before the last one, so you never really know. Bands are a fragile entity and you never know what's going to happen. It took a long time to do that last album, over a span of years, really, and it took a lot out of us. We took a year off at one point. I'm not sure if we're able to do that again. I wouldn't close the door on it, but I don't know." In a 2010 interview with undercover.fm, Joe Walsh said that the band might be able to make one more album before the band "wraps it up".
At the 2009 Grammy Awards, the album won Best Pop Instrumental Performance and was nominated for three more: Best Pop Vocal Album; Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals for "Waiting in the Weeds"; and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals for "Long Road Out of Eden".
"Guilty of the Crime" was previously recorded by The Bellamy Brothers on their 1997 album Over the Line. In 2009, they recorded a version with The Bacon Brothers and released it as a single, with a music video starring Shannen Doherty.
In 2009 "I Don't Want to Hear Any More" was released as the fifth single from the album. The song's writer Paul Carrack had already cut his own version, with Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit singing backing vocals, in 2007.
For the first year after the album's initial release, the album was available in North America exclusively via the band's website, or through Wal-Mart and Sam's Club retail stores. It became the first account-exclusive album to reach number 1.
|1.||"No More Walks in the Wood"||Don Henley, Steuart Smith, John Hollander||Group||2:00|
|2.||"How Long"||J. D. Souther||Frey with Henley||3:16|
|3.||"Busy Being Fabulous"||Henley, Glenn Frey||Henley||4:20|
|4.||"What Do I Do with My Heart"||Frey, Henley||Frey with Henley||3:54|
|5.||"Guilty of the Crime"||Frankie Miller, Jerry Lynn Williams||Walsh||3:43|
|6.||"I Don't Want to Hear Any More"||Paul Carrack||Schmit||4:21|
|7.||"Waiting in the Weeds"||Henley, Smith||Henley||7:46|
|8.||"No More Cloudy Days"||Frey||Frey||4:03|
|9.||"Fast Company"||Henley, Frey||Henley||4:00|
|10.||"Do Something"||Henley, Timothy B. Schmit, Smith||Schmit with Henley||5:12|
|11.||"You Are Not Alone"||Frey||Frey||2:24|
|1.||"Long Road Out of Eden"||Henley, Frey, Schmit||Henley||10:17|
|2.||"I Dreamed There Was No War"||Frey||Instrumental||1:33|
|3.||"Somebody"||Jack Tempchin, John Brannen||Frey||4:09|
|4.||"Frail Grasp on the Big Picture"||Henley, Frey||Henley||5:46|
|5.||"Last Good Time in Town"||Joe Walsh||Walsh||7:07|
|6.||"I Love to Watch a Woman Dance"||Larry John McNally||Frey||3:16|
|7.||"Business as Usual"||Henley, Smith||Henley||5:31|
|8.||"Center of the Universe"||Henley, Frey, Smith||Henley||3:42|
|9.||"It's Your World Now"||Frey, Tempchin||Frey||4:22|
|Deluxe Collector's Edition/Standard UK Edition|
|10.||"Hole in the World"||Henley, Frey||4:13|
|11.||"Please Come Home for Christmas" (not included on standard UK edition)||Charles Mose Brown, Gene C. Redd||2:58|
As listed in CD booklet.
- Glenn Frey – guitar, keyboards, bass, vocals
- Don Henley – drums, percussion, guitar, vocals
- Timothy B. Schmit – bass and vocals
- Joe Walsh – guitar, keyboards, vocals
- Additional personnel
- Steuart Smith – guitar, keyboards, mandolin
- Scott Crago – drums and percussion
- Richard F.W. Davis – keyboards and programming
- Michael Thompson – keyboards, accordion and trombone
- Will Hollis – keyboards
- Al Garth – alto sax and violin
- Bill Armstrong – trumpet
- Chris Mostert – tenor and alto sax
- Greg Smith – baritone sax
- Greg Leisz – pedal steel
- Lenny Castro – percussion
- Luis Conti – percussion
- Orchestrations by Richard F.W. Davis and Glenn Frey
- Horns arranged by Greg Smith and Don Henley
- Produced by Eagles
- Co-Producers: Steuart Smith, Richard F.W. Davis, Scott Crago, Bill Szymczyk
- Engineering: Chris Bell, Mike Terry, Jim Nipar, Mike Harlow,
- Additional Engineering: Andy Ackland
- Mixed by Elliot Scheiner at The Doghouse, Los Angeles, California
- Digital Editing: Blade
- Recorded at The Doghouse, Los Angeles, California and Samhain Sound, Malibu, California
- Additional Studios:
- Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering, Portland, Maine
- Art Direction and Design: Jeri Heiden
- Logo: Nick Steinhardt / SMOG Design, Inc
- Photography: Olaf Heine
|Australia ARIA Chart||1||3× Platinum||210,000+|
|Austria Media Control Album Chart||2||Platinum||20,000+|
|Belgium IFPI Album Chart||8||Gold||15,000|
|Denmark IFPI Albums Chart||2||2× Platinum||60,000+|
|Finland IFPI Album Chart||6||Gold||16.000|
|France SNEP Album Chart||9|
|Germany Media Control Album Chart||2||Platinum||200,000|
|Greece IFPI Album International Chart||1||Gold||10,000|
|Hong Kong Album Chart||1|
|India Album Chart||1|
|Ireland IRMA Album Chart||4||Platinum||15,000|
|Italy FIMI Album Chart||4|
|Japan Oricon Albums Chart||7||83,132|
|Korea Hanteo Album Chart||9||2,597|
|Malaysia Album Chart||1|
|Netherlands MegaCharts Album Chart||1|
|New Zealand RIANZ Album Chart||1||2× Platinum||30,000|
|Norway IFPI Album Chart||1|
|Poland OLiS Album Chart||4||Platinum||20,000|
|Russia (RASC) Album Sales Chart||1|
|Singapore Album Chart||1|
|Spain PROMUSICAE Album Chart||13|
|Sweden GLF Album Chart||2||Platinum||40,000|
|Switzerland Media Control Album Chart||2||Gold||15,000|
|Thailand Album Chart||1|
|UK Albums Chart||1||2× Platinum||800,000+|
|U.S. Billboard 200||1||7× Platinum,||7,000,000+|
|U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums||1|
|U.S. Billboard European Top 100 Albums||1|
|Year||Song||Peak chart positions|
|US Country||US||US Main||US AC||CAN|
|2005||"No More Cloudy Days"||—||—||—||3||—|
|2008||"Busy Being Fabulous"||28||—||—||12||—|
|"What Do I Do with My Heart"||—||—||—||13||—|
|2009||"I Don't Want to Hear Any More"||—||—||—||23||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|2008||Long Road Out Of Eden||Best International Rock Album||Fonogram – Hungarian Music Awards|
|2008||"How Long"||Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals||Grammy Awards (50th)|
|2009||"I Dreamed There Was No War"||Best Pop Instrumental Performance||Grammy Awards (51st)|
|2004||"Hole In The World"||Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals||Grammy Awards (46th)|
|2008||Long Road Out Of Eden||Best International Album||BRIT Awards (28th)|
|2008||Eagles||Best International Group||BRIT Awards (28th)|
|2008||"How Long"||Wide Open Country Video of the Year||CMT Music Awards|
|2008||Eagles||Top Vocal Group||Academy of Country Music Awards|
|2009||Long Road Out Of Eden||Best Pop Vocal Album||Grammy Awards (51st)|
|2009||“Long Road Out Of Eden”||Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals||Grammy Awards (51st)|
|2009||"Waiting In The Weeds"||Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals||Grammy Awards (51st)|
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