The Very Best Of (Eagles album)

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The Very Best Of
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Greatest hits album by
ReleasedOctober 21, 2003
Recorded1972–2003
GenreRock
Length144:54
LabelWarner Strategic Marketing
ProducerGlyn Johns, Bill Szymczyk, Eagles, Elliot Schiner and Rob Jacobs
Eagles chronology
Selected Works: 1972–1999
(2000)
The Very Best Of
(2003)
Eagles
(2005)
The Complete Greatest Hits
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic [1]
Rolling Stone[2]

The Very Best Of (released as The Complete Greatest Hits in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand) is a two-disc compilation album by the Eagles, released in 2003.[3] This album combines all tracks that appeared on the two previously released Eagles greatest hits albums (Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) and Eagles Greatest Hits, Vol. 2), along with other singles not included on the first two compilations, album tracks, and the new track "Hole in the World".

The accompanying booklet to The Very Best Of features commentaries on all of the songs from Glenn Frey and Don Henley, as compiled by Cameron Crowe.

The Very Best Of was also released as a limited-edition three-disc set with the third disc being a bonus DVD containing the video for the new song "Hole in the World", as well as a making of the video featurette and "Backstage Pass to Farewell 1."

Artwork[edit]

The artwork for the cover, a horse skull with feathers, is by Boyd Elder. Elder also produced the skull artwork for the Eagles' 1975 album One of These Nights and their compilation album Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975).[4]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted on the Billboard 200 on November 8, 2003 at number 3, with 162,000 copies sold. It spent 62 weeks on the chart. The album was certified and awarded gold, platinum, and double platinum records by the RIAA on December 17, 2003, and on December 13, 2004, it achieved triple platinum status. The album has sold over 5 million units in the United States.[5]

As of December 2007, it has spent over 325 weeks in the Irish Album Charts, effectively not having left the chart since its release. In the UK the album (as The Complete Greatest Hits) entered the charts on November 1, 2003 at its initial number 27 peak position, the album did however re-enter the charts in June 2006 when it peaked at number 9 on the UK Albums Chart.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Take It Easy"Jackson Browne, Glenn Frey3:29
2."Witchy Woman"Don Henley, Bernie Leadon4:10
3."Peaceful Easy Feeling"Jack Tempchin4:16
4."Desperado"Henley, Frey3:33
5."Tequila Sunrise"Henley, Frey2:52
6."Doolin-Dalton"Browne, Frey, Henley, J.D. Souther3:26
7."Already Gone"Tempchin, Robb Strandlund4:13
8."Best of My Love"Henley, Frey, Souther4:35
9."James Dean"Browne, Frey, Souther, Henley3:36
10."Ol' '55"Tom Waits4:22
11."Midnight Flyer"Paul Craft3:58
12."On the Border"Henley, Leadon, Frey4:28
13."Lyin' Eyes"Henley, Frey6:21
14."One of These Nights"Henley, Frey4:51
15."Take It to the Limit"Randy Meisner, Henley, Frey4:48
16."After the Thrill Is Gone"Henley, Frey3:56
17."Hotel California"Don Felder, Henley, Frey6:30
Total length:1:13:24
Disc two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Life in the Fast Lane"Joe Walsh, Henley, Frey4:46
2."Wasted Time"Henley, Frey4:55
3."Victim of Love"Felder, Souther, Henley, Frey4:11
4."The Last Resort"Henley, Frey7:25
5."New Kid in Town"Souther, Henley, Frey5:04
6."Please Come Home for Christmas"Charles Brown, Gene Redd2:58
7."Heartache Tonight"Henley, Frey, Bob Seger, Souther4:26
8."The Sad Café"Henley, Frey, Walsh, Souther5:35
9."I Can't Tell You Why"Timothy B. Schmit, Henley, Frey4:56
10."The Long Run"Henley, Frey3:42
11."In the City"Walsh, Barry De Vorzon3:46
12."Those Shoes"Felder, Henley, Frey4:56
13."Seven Bridges Road" (Live)Steve Young3:02
14."Love Will Keep Us Alive"Pete Vale, Jim Capaldi, Paul Carrack4:00
15."Get Over It"Henley, Frey3:29
16."Hole in the World"Henley, Frey4:19
Total length:1:11:30
  • Tracks 1–5 from Hotel California (1976)
  • Track 6 was a non-album single (1978)
  • Tracks 7–12 from The Long Run (1979)
  • Track 13 from Eagles Live (1980)
  • Tracks 14 and 15 from Hell Freezes Over (1994)
  • Track 16 is a new track (2003)

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel
  • Steuart Smith – guitars (song 16 on disc two)
  • Scott Crago – drums, percussion (songs 14–16 on disc two)
  • Will Hollis – piano (songs 14–16 on disc two)
  • Jim Ed Norman – piano, string arrangements (songs 4, 13, 15 on disc one and songs 2, 4 on disc two)
  • David Sanbornalto saxophone (song 8 on disc two)
  • Al Perkins – pedal steel guitar (song 10 on disc one)

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Glyn Johns, Bill Szymczyk, Eagles, Elliot Scheiner and Rob Jacobs
  • Engineers: Allan Blazek, Michael Braunstein, Glyn Johns, Ed Mashal, Bill Szymczyk, Michael Verdick,Ken Villeneuve,
Don Wood
  • Assistant engineers: Allan Blazek, Howard Kilgour, Tom Trafalski,
  • Remastering: Ted Jensen
  • String arrangements: Jim Ed Norman

[6]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[21] 4× Platinum 280,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[22] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Italy (FIMI)[23]
sales since 2009
Gold 25,000*
Netherlands (NVPI)[24] Platinum 80,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[25] 2× Platinum 30,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[26] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[27] 3× Platinum 900,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[28] 5× Platinum 5,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[29] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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