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Eagles: Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that many songs on Eagles: Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 deal with what one critic called "romantic uncertainties in an atmosphere soaked in intoxicants." The album embodies an epic period of both creativity and major substance abuse in Los Angeles. There's no cheerleading for the boozing, adultery, and other problematic behavior among the songs' characters, though. Their stories are overlaid with world-weariness bordering on despair, and a wistfulness for things to be better.
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What's the story?
The Eagles (Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Randy Meisner, Bernie Leadon -- and Don Felder in a later version of the lineup) converged in Los Angeles at the beginning of the 1970s and came to define the sound of an era with their loping, country-tinged rock and engaging vocals. This collection, which includes their hit singles from the period, plus \"Desperado,\" which was big for Linda Ronstadt, lacks some of their excellent later material (e.g. \"Hotel California\" and \"The Long Run\") but showcases the Frey/Henley songwriting skill on \"One of These Nights,\" \"Witchy Woman,\" \"Take It to the Limit,\" and more. Also here are a couple of Jack Tempchin songs the Eagles made famous: \"Peaceful Easy Feeling\" and \"Already Gone.\"
Is it any good?
Still charting after all these years, with sales of over 25 million to date, EAGLES: THEIR GREATEST HITS is one of the bestselling albums in history and continues to find new audiences. As an introduction to the band's work, it's hard to beat, although it leaves plenty to explore in their later work. There's not a bad track on the album, from the country-rockers to the poignant ballads, and many of them have become classics.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why this album appeals to several generations of audiences -- the music? The stories?
Have you heard versions of these songs by other artists? What do you think?
The Eagles borrowed from country to create their sound. Can you think of some contemporary country artists who have borrowed from rock for theirs?