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Eagles, The - 1974 On The Border

ARTIST: Eagles, The
ALBUM: On The Border
LABEL: Asylum
SERIAL: 7E-100
YEAR: 1974
CD REISSUE: 1999, Asylum 7E-1004-2


LINEUP: Glenn Fry - vocals, guitar, slide guitar, piano * Don Henley - vocals, drums * Bernie Leadon - vocals, guitar, banjo, steel guitar * Don Felder - guitar, slide guitar * Randy Meisner - vocals, bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 Already Gone * 02 You Never Cry Like A Lover * 03 Midnight Flyer * 04 My Man * 05 On The Border * 06 James Dean * 07 Ol'55 * 08 Is It True? * 09 Good Day In Hell * 10 The Best Of My Love


I've gone on record several times in my dislike for the Eagles. Really not so much their music, although I could go the rest of my life without ever hearing anything off the 'Hotel California' and 'The Long Run' albums again, it's Glenn Frey and Don Henley whose arrogance is well documented in both print and film that bug me most. Check out Don Felder's recent bio 'Heaven And Hell: My Life in the Eagles 1974-2001' for further insight into this ruthless bunch. With that said, as a teenager I enjoyed the first three albums quite a bit, in particular 1974's 'On the Border' and to this day it's one of only two Eagles discs I own, the other being 'Desperado' which was released the year previous.

The Songs
It was recording 'Desperado' when the Eagles felt under producer Glyn Johns direction they were becoming a little too country and not enough rock 'n roll. Wanting a harder edge for the next album Bill Szymczyk was brought in to produce as well as Felder to beef up the band's sound. Szymczyk of course had previously produced James Gang and Jo Jo Gunne and some of that sound can be found here. Radio classic 'Already Gone' kicks off the album with Felder's influence felt immediately. With Frey on lead vocals, its Randy Meisner's background vocals that made the early Eagles sound what it was and he hits it out of the park on this tune. 'You Never Cry Like A Lover' finds Henley in a rare poignant mood and it's certainly of his best while 'Midnight Flyer' with Meisner on lead is similar to the stuff Poco were doing at the time. The funky title track rocks hard with a clear message to America's 'leaders' who at the time were struggling to grapple with Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal. 'James Dean' never did much for me although far better is 'Good Day In Hell' featuring some mean slide guitar from Felder and sounding very much like early REO Speedwagon who the Eagles toured with the same year. And then there's 'Best Of My Love'. Written by Henley, Fry and JD Souther, the song went to number 1 in early 1975 as it should have. A sweet, simple melody with a tremendous hook and beautiful chorus, they don't make 'em like this anymore.

In Summary
The Eagles would scale dizzying height of popularity while becoming the epitome of 70's rock star excess and although my interest waned early on, they've left an indelible mark on both rock and country music.

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#1 | jefflynnefan on March 02 2015 03:06:01
Has hell froze over? Eric is reviewing an Eagles album! I'm on record for liking the Eagles and their solo works so I'm glad to see this here. Hey Eric, there's plenty of room at the Hotel California - it's a lovely place!
#2 | gdazegod on March 02 2015 04:44:11
Two is not enough. Expect some more in the queue..
#3 | gdazegod on March 02 2015 21:07:09
Eagles - Already Gone
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#4 | Nick C on March 03 2015 21:28:58
Love Eagles, if it wasn't for them I might have ended up a soul boy or some euro electronic rock (Tangs/Kraftwerk) freak. Randy Meisner is probably my favourite bass player ever and if it wasn't for him especially the bass line on One of These Nights, coupled with hearing Geddy Lee on Caress of Steel then I probably would never have picked up the instrument myself....when he left the band lost their soul and everything post Meisner apart from the odd track can be pretty much discounted. On the Border could be my fave album, but it's a close thing for their first 5 releases.
#5 | Eric on March 04 2015 02:46:21
I'm trying to do a few reviews out of my comfort zone. I can easily write about classic Power Pop and Prog, Artier stuff, Pomp and Golden era AOR but there are some bands I just never completely understood. Case in point - I've started a Rush review and there is just a small period I like from the band and thankfully not all of its been covered on these pages. More soon and Nick- I love Kraftwerk. I have a great story when Starcastle were scheduled to open for them at an Illinois University and made the trip but it did not work out. Only in the the 70's...Grin
#6 | Nick C on March 04 2015 05:39:43
Heh! I still like a fair bit of Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream, but I was close to liking just that style of music - I see creaking shelves of Faust, Magma, Can and Ash Ra Temple....not to mention the obscure stuff I don't know about in my alternate past that was sidetracked....but I'm out there in some alternate reality digging it.
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