The Very Best of the Eagles

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For the 2003 compilation, see The Very Best Of (Eagles album).
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)
The Very Best of the Eagles
(1994)
Hell Freezes Over
(1994)

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]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "Take It Easy"   Jackson Browne, Glenn Frey Eagles, 1972 3:32
2. "Witchy Woman"   Don Henley, Bernie Leadon Eagles 4:15
3. "Peaceful Easy Feeling"   Jack Tempchin Eagles 4:21
4. "Doolin-Dalton"   Browne, Frey, Henley, J. D. Souther Desperado, 1973 3:30
5. "Desperado"   Frey, Henley Desperado 3:35
6. "Tequila Sunrise"   Frey, Henley Desperado 2:55
7. "Best of My Love"   Frey, Henley, Souther On the Border, 1974 4:36
8. "James Dean"   Browne, Frey, Henley, Souther On the Border 3:40
9. "Lyin' Eyes"   Frey, Henley One of These Nights, 1975 6:24
10. "Take It to the Limit"   Frey, Henley, Randy Meisner One of These Nights 4:49
11. "One of These Nights"   Frey, Henley One of These Nights 4:53
12. "Hotel California"   Don Felder, Frey, Henley Hotel California, 1976 6:31
13. "New Kid in Town"   Frey, Henley, Souther Hotel California 5:04
14. "Life in the Fast Lane"   Frey, Henley, Joe Walsh Hotel California 4:47
15. "Heartache Tonight"   Frey, Henley, Bob Seger, Souther The Long Run, 1979 4:27
16. "The Long Run"   Frey, Henley The Long Run 3:42
17. "I Can't Tell You Why"   Frey, Henley, Timothy B. Schmit The Long Run 4:56

2001 reissue[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "One of These Nights"   Frey, Henley One of These Nights 4:53
2. "Take It Easy"   Browne, Frey Eagles 3:32
3. "Hotel California"   Felder, Frey, Henley Hotel California 6:31
4. "New Kid in Town"   Frey, Henley, Souther Hotel California 5:04
5. "Heartache Tonight"   Frey, Henley, Seger, Souther The Long Run 4:27
6. "Tequila Sunrise"   Frey, Henley Desperado 2:55
7. "Desperado"   Frey, Henley Desperado 3:35
8. "Best of My Love"   Frey, Henley, Souther On the Border 4:36
9. "Lyin' Eyes"   Frey, Henley One of These Nights 6:24
10. "Take It to the Limit"   Frey, Henley, Meisner One of These Nights 4:49
11. "I Can't Tell You Why"   Frey, Henley, Schmit The Long Run 4:56
12. "Peaceful Easy Feeling"   Tempchin Eagles 4:21
13. "James Dean"   Browne, Frey, Henley, Souther On the Border 3:40
14. "Doolin-Dalton"   Browne, Frey, Henley, Souther Desperado 3:30
15. "Witchy Woman"   Henley, Leadon Eagles 4:15
16. "The Long Run"   Frey, Henley The Long Run 3:42
17. "Life in the Fast Lane"   Frey, Henley, Walsh Hotel California 4:47

Personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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