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Eagles

Eagles

1972

Eagles

Album Summary

Eagles is the debut studio album by American rock band the Eagles. The album was recorded at London's Olympic Studios with producer Glyn Johns and released in 1972. The album was an immediate success for the young band, reaching No. 22 on the charts and going platinum. Three singles were released from the album, each reaching the Top 40: "Take It Easy" (number 12), "Witchy Woman" (number 9), and "Peaceful Easy Feeling" (number 22). The band, starting with this album, played a major role in popularizing the country rock sound.The album was ranked number 368 in the 2012 edition of Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and at number 207 in the 2020 reboot of the list. The single "Take It Easy" is part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame "500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll".

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Rating

3.29

Votes

6004

Genres

  • Country
  • Rock
  • Folk
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Fri Dec 25 2020
4

I had a rough night and I hate the fuckin' Eagles, man.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
2

Come on, man. I had a rough night and I hate the fuckin' Eagles, man!

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Wed May 26 2021
1

To quote "The Dude", "I hate the fucking Eagles man"

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Fri Jan 15 2021
1

Come on man, I hate the fuckin Eagles!

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Thu Jan 28 2021
1

I hate the fuckin eagles man

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Thu Feb 18 2021
1

I thought saying the Eagles suck was a joke because of the Big Lebowski. I stand corrected. 90% of these songs sound like they were written and performed by Dirk Diggler. 1.5 because I still half like take it easy.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
1

The dude wasn’t always right, but he sure was right about how terrible the Eagles are.

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Mon Aug 09 2021
2

I cannot abide The Eagles for some reason and I'm not sure if I can fully articulate it but here goes. It's weird cause I generally like the solo material of the individual members, but when they work together they all seem to hold each other in check in such a way that the music just sounds like a compromise. Rather than push each other to new heights they all seem to collectively agree to play it safe instead. Their massive success has often baffled me. But I guess it makes sense that in the country where Subway is the largest fast food chain and Bud Light is the most popular beer, that people would actually prefer the absolutely mediocre sounds of The Eagles.

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Tue Sep 28 2021
1

Before I even start playing this, I need to state that the only Eagles songs I have liked are Hotel California, and their Tom Waits cover (though I still prefer the original). I will try to be open minded though! Immediately it contains the line 'Come on baby/Don't say maybe.' which is up there with rhyming moon and June, or orange and orange. It's then followed by an atmospheric stomper called Witchy Woman, completely undermining any atmosphere the music brings up - reminds me of that Kanye song where he just says 'Scoopity Poop' but at least he was trying to be annoying. By Chug All Night I'm starting to wonder if this is deliberately a joke? Either way it's terrible. Most of Us Are Sad is a marked improvement. It sounds like Neil Young phoning it in. Still, straight back to disappointment with Nightingale afterwards. Wanted to give up, but like before, a slightly better song, Train Leaves This Morning keeps me from giving up. Is it good though? Or just good in contrast to the effluent I have already crawled through? Peaceful Easy Feeling is nice enough. An album of more like this would be a 2 or 3 star album. As it stands though it's not enough though. I came in indifferent to The Eagles. This experience has made me dislike them in 40 minutes. Definitely not one of the 1001 Greatest Albums of All Time, in the same way Mrs Brown's Boys is not one of the 1001 Greatest Comedies of All Time, despite its popularity. Indeed, it's popularity doesn't suggest quality, rather that it makes sense that there are enough people to keep Trump, Al Qaeda and Simon Cowell in powerful positions.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
1

i'm with the dude. i fucking hate the eagles.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
4

I’ve never been a big fan of the Eagles, but this surprised me and it’s starting to occur to me by participating in this 1001 albums exercise that I’m quite partial to country and country influenced music. This is a solid and polished debut album with some great rockers and nice nods to Crosby, Stills and Nash as well as bands like the Little River Band who liberally borrowed the Eagles’ sound for their own work.

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Tue Aug 03 2021
4

Take It Easy, Witchy Woman is hard to beat in terms of a 1-2 punch. I mean the Eagles have a way of creating a laid back groove with ease. Yea these harmonies are where its at. Early Bird is real weird but i like the banjo.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
4

This album is warm and a little rustic with some pure pop moments that you really can't beat. The vocal harmonies are sublime, as you expect them to be coming from the Eagles. No, this isn't the Eagles' best album, by a long shot. It's an excellent first album, though, and shows plenty of sparks of the sound the band would continue to develop over the decade. It's also nice to hear Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon's contributions prominently featured. It's like the Eagles you remember, but kind of a different band as well, with more of a country sound. There are three top tier classic songs on this album that pretty much everyone knows who has heard of the Eagles "(Take it Easy," "Witchy Woman," and "Peaceful Easy Feeling"). They're all still crisp and fresh as the day they were made and they pretty much lift the whole album to the next level. There are a couple of other interesting little gems on here like "Train Leaves Here This Morning" and "Take the Devil," but most of the other songs just pale in comparison to those three big singles. This is obviously a band still getting its bearings and trying to figure out what they want to be. It's a solid listen though. Fave Songs: Take It Easy, Peaceful Easy Feeling, Witchy Woman, Train Leaves Here This Morning, Take the Devil

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

This is a great band, but this is not a great album. Honestly, this was a time when albums launched "hit records." That song was "Take It Easy" on this album. There are 2 other notable songs -- "Peaceful Easy Feeling" and "Witchy Woman." Why is the best Eagles Album their "Best" or "Greatest Hits?" Well, because their albums are just ok.

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Sun Mar 21 2021
3

A band that I never really connected with, probably driven by my intense dislike of Hotel California. That said, this was better than expected but just not my jam

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Sat Mar 26 2022
3

Il s'agit là d'un album plus que correct de la part des pionniers de l'hôtellerie rock. Sans surprise, l'accueil des clients est parfaitement maîtrisé, les locaux très bien entretenus, le linge est lavé, rangé, etc... Seul petit hic, les prises électriques sont assez mal réparties dans les chambres. Globalement satisfaisant : 3/5.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
2

Sounds like this album would be wearing cargo shorts and a tucked in golf polo while at home Depot and complaining about zoomers Real big fan of guitar solos /s What's the deal with everyone singing about 'brown skin' sounds a little rough tbh

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Wed Jul 14 2021
1

Really boring. Really shows how Eagles is a dadrock band that only nostalgic dads like. It wasn't bad, just incredibly cookiecutter which gives it a low score on this list.

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Sat Sep 25 2021
1

In the words of The Dude: I hate the fuckin' Eagles man!

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Sun Apr 18 2021
5

Top tier!!! Smooth, easygoing, comfortable, twangy, nostalgic, and absolutely classic.

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Mon Aug 30 2021
5

Great way to stick the landing for the week. These are songs from when I was alive. Every damn song was great. 6 out of 5 stars

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Tue Jan 19 2021
3

I kind of nothing this album. I don't love it. I don't hate it. It just is. The hits a good, but the b-sides are kind of boring. This album pales in comparison to Hotel California.

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Sat Mar 26 2022
3

Un excellent album de hotellerie rock, les Eagles en mettent absolument partout: ici les serviettes sont parfaitement pliées, là-bas la litterie laisse entrevoir une douce odeur de lessive. Un album à mettre entre toutes les mains.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

After listening to this record, I vomited my lunch into the face of a premature baby. It's Friday and I often swing by the maternity ward on my lunch hour. I had just polished off a handsome meal consisting of seaweed, carrots and horseradish, swilled down with a jug of piping hot strawberry lemonade. I'd seen eleven babies already and my heart was feeling so full. The twelfth baby was next up, I approached slowly, not to startle it. It looked so small, more so than the previous eleven babies. There was something different about this baby, it had tubes hanging out of it. I took one look at its face and gulped. Then the vomited poured put of my face like an overflowing sewage pipe. It completely covered that baby. God knows if it survived, I barely did.

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Fri May 14 2021
2

Soft rock is just not my thing. Especially when it’s written by men. For some reason

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Thu Feb 18 2021
2

Man, I fucking hate the Eagles. Even their hits have worn on me. "Take the Devil" caught my attention. But, the lyrics on this song, as well as the others, are bad. I was really surprised at how much the lyrics let me down.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

Kind of meh- this sound feels quite generic to me. Also, The Dude said he hates The Eagles and he has pretty good taste

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Thu Feb 11 2021
2

Take It Easy is a tune, but Jackson Browne's version's miles better. I'm with The Dude when it comes to The Eagles.

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Sun May 09 2021
2

Holy shit, one track in and it's already so american. Mainly I just think it's boring. It seems competently made, it's just got nothing unique to it, even when it seems that between tracks they try different styles

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Wed Jul 14 2021
2

As a rule, I don't drink during the work week. I feel like this album probably sounds like a 10/10 if you're half way thru a solid six pack of generic watery american beer.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
2

I've had a hard day and i f'n hate the eagls, man!

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Thu Sep 30 2021
2

Previously I only knew "Hotel California", and thought the Eagles were okay. Now I know I just like Hotel California. Uninteresting country rock.

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Tue Feb 01 2022
2

Imagine listening to an Eagles album and it doesn’t even have Hotel California

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Sat Apr 30 2022
2

Sorry America, I just found this one a bit boring

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Fri May 20 2022
2

The Eagles are one of those bands that by all rights I really should love -- truly talented musicians, songwriters, performers, and incredible vocal harmonies, rock/country-rock stuff, oftentime fun and upbeat tempos and also ballad-style stuff -- yet...I just don't. Not sure what's missing from them for me. Sure, I like grit and edge in rock quite a bit, but there are plenty of bands without a whole lot of grit and edge that I adore. I think it might have something to do with why I also admire but don't always love CSN. It's almost like the vocal harmonies are too perfect, I don't know. That's kind of a ridiculous thing for me to say because the Eagles and CSN recorded way, way before autotune and other tech things could perfect anyone's singing. But that's the paradox: I can absolutely admire their talents and abilities, but just don't really care much for the music. C'est la vie.

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Sun Jul 10 2022
2

Sounds like they are doing covers of better bands songs. No heart, negative soul.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
1

The Dude abides

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Sat Mar 26 2022
1

Nah man, I'm not doing this shite a second time. I gave them a chance last time you gave me this album. Fool me once...

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Mon May 02 2022
1

Man, come on. I had a rough night and I hate the fuckin' Eagles, man!

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Fri Jul 22 2022
1

These guys need to watch out. A wayward Darwin Nunez shot could kill them at any point.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
1

primera impresión me re cago durmiendo estos chabones si hacian un tema sin usar la palabra woman: ⚰️ me faltan 4 temas sigo sosteniendo que es un somnifero bueno listo lo mas aburrido que escuché en mi vida literalmente it was so bad i wanna give you a 0

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Tue Aug 09 2022
1

On cible vraient les camionneurs du sud ouest des États-Unis ici. Pour ceux qui ne font pas ce métier et qui n’habitent pas ce coin de pays, c’est un album de country très beige. Une chance qu’il y a Witchy Woman qui ressort et qui va un peu ailleurs.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
1

I became familiar with "Take it Easy" and "Peaceful Easy Feeling" when I was just little, and certainly not allowed to pick the radio station. These songs were just ubiquitous so I thought that's what music sounds like. Taking a critical ear to the this album, now, I hear how very deeply twangy it is. That doesn't instantly disqualify it, I do love me some CCR. But past Take It Easy, which I can't really judge, and Witchy Woman with now strikes me as deeply weird, Chug All Night is terrible, just terrible, and it goes pretty much downhill from there. This is drivel. Oh mercy, I just got to Earlybird; I was thinking 2 stars because of the hits but man this is dreadful. What a shame. These guys are all so talented, but the whole is so much less than the sum of the parts. Oof. Makes me wonder what other 70's culture that I swallowed whole without question I should be reexamining?

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Thu Mar 11 2021
5

Classic after classic.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

The harmonies! "Chug All Night"... underappreciated bop. "Train Leaves Here This Morning"... crushing. Some of the Eagles' most popular hits live on this album. That album cover though!

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

A nice mellow album, good for the morning or an afternoon drag

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Fri Feb 26 2021
5

good one

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

Ahora entiendo sus grandes vendas. Lq guitarra es majestuosa.

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Sat May 29 2021
5

Fantastic album. Heard it many times

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Fri Jun 25 2021
5

Great album! Had a few tracks I had never heard, and none disappointed.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
5

Love the Eagles, such a great debut album. The hits are great, but even the deep cuts are super enjoyable.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
5

5/5 - Who is Don Henley?

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Sat Sep 11 2021
5

🙂 Peaceful Easy Feeling 🙂

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Fri Nov 05 2021
5

4th November 2021 Listened on the living room speaker while working, then went to Cox and ailis's for dinner. Amazing stuff, song crafting.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
5

Great sound.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

STELLAR album. So many classics, a blending of acoustic and electric that rivals any, and thematically tied to boot. A rare 5 on an album I'd never heard all the way through.

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Sat Jan 08 2022
5

Classics

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Sat Jan 08 2022
5

Reminds me of My Grandfather who listened to Eagles and was very late to the Fandom of the Eagles.

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

Folky, banjo is quite prominent Also bluesy, but strongly rock "Most of Us are Sad" is a surprisingly beautiful ballad "Nightingale" has an interesting passage with diminished passing chords "Train Leaves Here This Morning" has also interesting harmonies "Earlybird" has a very memorable and weird intro

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

Fantastic album

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Fri Feb 04 2022
5

i deffo like it more than hotel california, which i didn't expect it's like more country-y but in a good way? idk i just rly enjoY!!

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Thu Feb 10 2022
5

Действительно хороший альбом

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Tue Apr 05 2022
5

There are a handful of debut albums that just blow me away. This is most certainly one of them. It's easy to understand why Eagles are one of the most popular rock bands of all time.

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Tue Apr 26 2022
5

Absolutely perfect classic rock album. The vibes are impeccable. Perfect for sipping your morning coffee, driving to work, or just trying to take it easy. 😎

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Thu Apr 28 2022
5

Old rock & roll. Vinilo.

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Mon May 23 2022
5

A really great album, particularly for a debut. A nice easy country rock listen. Some nice guitar work on the last song that shows what eventually is to come for the Eagles

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Thu May 26 2022
5

Glyn Johns was hot as a pistol in 1972. He'd worked with bands like The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who and Led Zeppelin, and David Geffen wanted Johns to work his magic on a new band he'd just signed to his new record label, Asylum. Johns was flat out unimpressed when he first saw the Eagles perform. At the time, Bernie Leadon was the band's de facto leader, having been a member of Flying Burrito Brothers. But Glenn Frey's alpha dog personality fought Bernie's influence, so the Eagles weren't sure what the hell kind of band they were at the time, and Johns clearly heard that. But he also heard the magic the band's four voices had when they harmonized. He knew then that the band had something, and he could take all of the promises of the Byrds and the aforementioned Flying Burrito Brothers and solidify the Eagles as the premier country-rock band. That magic is all over this record. Yes, you've heard the three hits ad nauseum. But listened as a part of the album, they all flow together with the vision Johns heard in those gorgeous harmonies. Each band member gets to sing lead on at least 2 songs here. To my ears, the MVP of the album is Randy Meisner, who was always the secret sauce, but never sought publicity and was happy to strum his base while hitting those insane high notes. Randy didn't have the outgoing personality of Frey or Don Henley. Like Leadon, he was content simply being in a band. But the three songs Randy takes lead vocals on here are the best of the non-hits. His song "Tryin" gets my vote for best track on the album. "Tryin" should have been a single, but a follow-up album beckoned. This record got a particular rave review in Rolling Stone when it was released. Reviewer Bud Scoppa called it one of the "best first albums of the year. And I could be persuaded to remove the word 'first' from that statement". That wasn't good enough for Henley and Frey. Glyn Johns would soon be out of the picture. Leadon would quit the band after four albums, followed by Meisner an album later. It was always going to be the Henley/Frey show. It's hard to argue with the success they had, especially in terms of cranking out the hits. But Glyn Johns was correct. The Eagles were at their best when they'd blend those voices into soaring harmonies.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
5

California Classic.

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Mon Jun 13 2022
5

Good Eagles

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Wed Jun 22 2022
5

What’s not to like

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Wed Jun 22 2022
5

Taking it easy listening to this one

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Sat Aug 06 2022
5

cool

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

Classic

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

I mostly prefer their studio versions, but they're the Eagles!

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

Old rock & roll. Vinilo.

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Sat Sep 17 2022
5

Day 2 An outstanding album. Few minutes into listening to it, I already knew it was going to be a great experience. I love everything about it. It was my first and definitely not last Eagles album that I listened to. Favorite song - hard to choose but it's probably Most of Us Are Sad

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

I used to listen to The Eagles quite a lot - but usually to all of their tracks mixed together, so I didn't know these tracks are from their debut. And you wouldn't hear it without knowing - the tracks are amazingly polished and mature for a debut effort. However, they don't completely come together in a organic way. The styles of the different songwriters are still a bit too distinct. As a whole, it's still a very good album and The Eagles' success was well-deserved. That said, I almost took a star off because of the jarring, abysmal Earlybird. No idea how that made its way through production. But the rest is good enough to look past that mistake. The two biggest highlights of the album are the two Henley songs for me - Witchy Woman (a longtime favorite of mine) and Nightingale.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
5

Oh boy... here we go... My perspective of The Eagles has largely been based on negative opinions from music fans. Maybe it was their omnipresent hold on the psyche of the culture and their admittedly surprising accolades and achievements and the cantankerous nature of the band members towards themselves and later musicians who would attempt to interpolate their sounds with theirs; to make a long story short, The Eagles aren't seen as cool. So, in coming across this album, I was expecting something of a farce; a confirmation of the preconceived notions of blandness and overratedness. I was wrong. This album is great. Sure some of the foreign yet familiar songs threatens to make the album teeter towards the emergent dad rock that'll come but, thankfully, that doesn't happen and what I came across was an album that wore its aesthetic and influences on its sleeve (the Dillard & Clark cover was a pleasant surprise) and pinpointed its intentions for future success. Cosmic country posers or not, The Eagles couldn't be denied on their first go around. Put down all preconceptions and give this a try.

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Tue Oct 25 2022
5

Love the blue grass feeling, this is right on for my idea of an easier classic rock

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Sun Dec 04 2022
5

Great debut album by the Eagles, really liked the sound here which I felt was more raw and actually more blues-rock esque than their later albums. Reminded me a bit more of CCR

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Sun Dec 04 2022
5

Amazing sound and an amazing album. I absolutely adore the easy listening and the production that makes it just that. Each track is layered perfectly, with each component clearly heard. The melodies are catchy and great harmonies from the from the group. A perfect run time as well, the perfect length.

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Tue Jan 10 2023
5

The sound of country rock in the early 70s. A trip back to a mythical time of faded denim, carefree beautiful women and endless warm nights by swimming pools partying. The three and four part harmonies are where the real magic is found, and Don Henley's voice is incomparable.

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Tue Jan 24 2023
5

A classic album

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Thu Oct 08 2020
4

7

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Wed Sep 30 2020
4

Super chill to work to

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Tue Sep 15 2020
4

Pretty good solid album. I had heard a few songs before but it was nice to hear the whole thing.

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Wed Jan 06 2021
4

Classic

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Fri Oct 09 2020
4

Solid classic rock

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Mon Nov 16 2020
4

Good easy listen, enjoyed it

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Tue Nov 03 2020
4

Listened to this before so no surprises. Eagles are a good relaxing band. Almost country but not.

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Sat Feb 27 2021
4

I always hate when an album peaks at the first song. This one did but that's not to say there aren't a lot of great track. Cool instrumental parts. Simple guitar for some of them. But definitely a solid debut album.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

good album the eagles are good this is fresh and calm

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Incredible start of this album with Take It Easy and Witchy Woman! A really solid album all the way through.

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Tue Mar 02 2021
4

cool

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Take it easy and Tryin' went to my personal playlist 10/10

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

Great album my mom used to listen to this one when I was growing up. Also I just really like folk rock

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Very good debut from The Eagles. I hadn’t heard all of the songs except the first 2. Better than I expected and more of a country sound.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Klassiker. Teilweise sehr interessante Akkordfolgen und Kompositionen, vor allem mit dem Einsatz des Banjos.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

A good album, but not my favorite Eagles album.

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Fri May 14 2021
4

Soft rock can be just as fun as hard rock.

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