The Very Best of the Eagles

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The Very Best of the Eagles
The Very Best of The Eagles album cover by The Eagles.jpg
Greatest hits album by Eagles
Released July 11, 1994 (1994-07-11)[1]
Recorded 1972–1979
Genre Rock
Length 75:40
Label Elektra
Producer Glyn Johns, Bill Szymczyk
Eagles chronology
Eagles Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
(1982)Eagles Greatest Hits, Vol. 21982
The Very Best of the Eagles
(1994)
Hell Freezes Over
(1994)Hell Freezes Over1994

The Very Best of the Eagles is the fifth compilation album by the Eagles. It was originally released in Europe, Australia and New Zealand on July 11, 1994 by Elektra Records.[1] The album was remastered and reissued in May 2001 with all the same songs that were on the original release in a different sequence.

The compilation album was not released in the United States, although it was successful in other parts of the world, appearing in the top 10 of the albums charts in nine countries and becoming certified gold in seven countries and platinum in three.

Compilation and artwork[edit]

The Very Best of the Eagles is composed of seventeen songs, fifteen of which were released as singles and two songs—"Desperado" and "Doolin-Dalton"—that were album tracks from Desperado. The 2001 reissue's track listing is more loosely compiled.

Both issues of the album feature desert-themed photography. The first release featured art direction and design by Gabrielle Raumberger. The reissue had its art direction handled by Jeri Heiden with design by Barrie Goshko, who also did photo manipulation for the release.[2][3]

Both the original and the reissue erroneously credit Glyn Johns as producer on the track “James Dean” from the “On The Border” album. It was produced by Bill Szymczyk.

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."Take It Easy"Jackson Browne, Glenn FreyEagles, 19723:32
2."Witchy Woman"Don Henley, Bernie LeadonEagles4:15
3."Peaceful Easy Feeling"Jack TempchinEagles4:21
4."Doolin-Dalton"Browne, Frey, Henley, J. D. SoutherDesperado, 19733:30
5."Desperado"Frey, HenleyDesperado3:35
6."Tequila Sunrise"Frey, HenleyDesperado2:55
7."Best of My Love"Frey, Henley, SoutherOn the Border, 19744:36
8."James Dean"Browne, Frey, Henley, SoutherOn the Border3:40
9."Lyin' Eyes"Frey, HenleyOne of These Nights, 19756:24
10."Take It to the Limit"Frey, Henley, Randy MeisnerOne of These Nights4:49
11."One of These Nights"Frey, HenleyOne of These Nights4:53
12."Hotel California"Don Felder, Frey, HenleyHotel California, 19766:31
13."New Kid in Town"Frey, Henley, SoutherHotel California5:04
14."Life in the Fast Lane"Frey, Henley, Joe WalshHotel California4:47
15."Heartache Tonight"Frey, Henley, Bob Seger, SoutherThe Long Run, 19794:27
16."The Long Run"Frey, HenleyThe Long Run3:42
17."I Can't Tell You Why"Frey, Henley, Timothy B. SchmitThe Long Run4:56

2001 reissue[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."One of These Nights"Frey, HenleyOne of These Nights4:53
2."Take It Easy"Browne, FreyEagles3:32
3."Hotel California"Felder, Frey, HenleyHotel California6:31
4."New Kid in Town"Frey, Henley, SoutherHotel California5:04
5."Heartache Tonight"Frey, Henley, Seger, SoutherThe Long Run4:27
6."Tequila Sunrise"Frey, HenleyDesperado2:55
7."Desperado"Frey, HenleyDesperado3:35
8."Best of My Love"Frey, Henley, SoutherOn the Border4:36
9."Lyin' Eyes"Frey, HenleyOne of These Nights6:24
10."Take It to the Limit"Frey, Henley, MeisnerOne of These Nights4:49
11."I Can't Tell You Why"Frey, Henley, SchmitThe Long Run4:56
12."Peaceful Easy Feeling"TempchinEagles4:21
13."James Dean"Browne, Frey, Henley, SoutherOn the Border3:40
14."Doolin-Dalton"Browne, Frey, Henley, SoutherDesperado3:30
15."Witchy Woman"Henley, LeadonEagles4:15
16."The Long Run"Frey, HenleyThe Long Run3:42
17."Life in the Fast Lane"Frey, Henley, WalshHotel California4:47

Personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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