Saturday, July 02, 2011

The 100 Greatest Bands of all time - #73 The Eagles

That cool California sound that came out of our radios in the 70s was thanks to the Eagles. Probably the most popular American recording act of that decade, they started out in 1971 as the back-up band for a Linda Rondstadt album. Drummer Don Henley, bassist Randy Meisner, and guitarists Bernie Leadon and Glenn Frey popularized a mellow country-rock sound that defined an era. Guitarist Don Felder joined up after the third album On the Border, the incredible Joe Walsh replaced Bernie Leadon in 1975, and Timothy B. Schmit replaced Randy Meisner in 1977. They recorded six platinum albums before breaking up in 1980 with 10 top ten hits and 5 number ones.

I'm standin' on a corner in Winslow, Arizona.

Already Gone. Great guitar work here.

Many fans of the BBC adaptation (both TV & radio) of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy may be unaware that the theme song "Journey of the Sorcerer" was an Eagles track. Fantastic instrumental. Sounds nothing like what you would expect from an Eagles song. For the record, I am a total Hitchhiker geek. Douglas Adams was a genius.

You can't hide your lyin' eyes.

You knew this one was coming. Fantastic guitar work from Joe Walsh and Don Felder.

I think this is my favorite Eagles song.

Another number one hit from the Eagles.

Love those harmonies. We conclude our look at the Eagles with Seven Bridges Road.

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