This double disc collection offers up ample evidence of their commercial genius.
Chris Jones 2006-05-26
The Eagles are often reviled as the paragons of white powder-fuelled, egotistical, arrogant West Coast rock, but that's only half the story. Sure, they were the most cynical, money-obsessed part of David Geffen's empire, but they were also musicians of the highest calibre. They took elements of soft country-rock, pin-sharp harmonies and the singer/songwriter as modern day 'outlaw' myth, and sold millions of records.
This double disc collection, replete with commentaries on the songs by individual band members, offers up ample evidence of their commercial genius. From their smooth mixing of cowboy chic with the songs of JD Souther and Jackson Browne ("Take It Easy", "The Best Of My Love" etc.) to the high octane, twin axe depictions of a self-obsessed showbiz world ("Life In The Fast Lane", "Hotel California") Don Henley, Glenn Frey et al have proven themselves to be utter pros at delivering the hook-laden goods.