Tuesday, 31 July 2018

The Eagles - Eagles (1972)


 

Released June 1972

Recorded in London

This was The Eagles' debut album, from 1972. It was a pleasant, perfectly easy on the air mix of country and rock with some folky airs floating around. High quality vocals from different members was also a notable thing about the band, who went on to be huge, million selling artists. Ironically for such a slice of Americana, it was apart from "Nightingale", recorded in London.

TRACK LISTING

1. Take It Easy
2. Witchy Woman
3. Chug all Night
4. Most Of Us Are Sad
5. Nightingale
6. Train Leaves Here This Morning
7. Take The Devil
8. Earlybird
9. Tryin'
10. Peaceful Easy Feeling

Jackson Browne's piece of upbeat, country rock perfection that is "Take It Easy" opens the album, with its "well I'm runnin' down the road, tryin' to loosen my load, I got seven women on my mind..." first verse, while "Witchy Woman" has a killer heavy rock riff and a general bluesy rock feel. It is a powerful cut. that showed the band were not all about "Take It Easy" style AOR. Folk/country rock was de rigeur in 1972, and this album fitted in well with the genre. Stuff like this was very much the sound of America in 1972, while the UK was in the grip of glam rock, The US music scene was nothing like that. One look at the charts all the time showed that to be the case.

"Chug All Night" is another pounding rocker, sounding a little like some of Elton's John's rocking material from the period (which possibly helps to explain why Elton did so well in the US). It has a mysterious, funky little bass and quiet vocal part that is sort of endearing. "Most Of Us Are Sad" is a tender rock ballad and "Nightingale" gets back to riffy, lively melodic rocking. Incidentally, the sound on this remastered version is excellent, taken from "The Complete Studio Recordings" box set.

"Train Leaves Here This Morning" is a beautiful country ballad with a gorgeous bass line. "Take The Devil" is a big, chunky, electric riff-dominated rock song with some excellent sleepy guitar in the middle. "Earlybird" is a guitar-picking country rocker with distinct airs in its harmonious vocals of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. "Tryin'" has another fiery guitar riff and energetic guitar abounds throughout the track. On the whole, this album is more rock than country.

"Peaceful Easy Feeling" is pretty much what everyone recognises as classic Eagles - twangy, melodic guitar, steady country beat, perfectly pitched slightly mournful vocals and a general feeling of being in a sparsely populated Mid-Western roadhouse at the end of a hot afternoon, with just the barmaid and a few local guys for company.

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