Selected Works 1972-1999

Performers Eagles

Elektra | December 3, 2013 | Compact Disc

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The relative sonic neglect suffered by the Eagles' catalog was the fault of the band's consistent success -- with the original albums and hits collections still selling year after year, why bother to upgrade? Finally, however, longtime Eagles producer Bill Szymczyk remastered their albums in 1999, and the band put together a box set. Including most of their hits (the exception is "Seven Bridges Road") and lots of album tracks, the four-CD set regroups the Eagles' material into three categories: "The Early Days," which consists of 13 tracks from their first four albums; "The Ballads"; and "The Fast Lane," i.e., rhythm songs. The fourth disc is drawn from their millennium concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. While their early albums balanced the contributions of their members, "The Early Days" is dominated by Glenn Frey and Don Henley; that means a few worthy efforts are missing, but the selection is generally good. "The Ballads" is a straightforward collection of popular slow songs. Along with their more uptempo hits, "The Fast Lane" contains what little unreleased material there is, but anyone hoping for greatness is going to be disappointed. The Eagles have gone out of their way in "The Millennium Concert" to perform songs out of their usual repertoire, including several solo hits and both sides of their 1978 seasonal single, "Please Come Home for Christmas" and "Funky New Year." Much of this is minor or atypical material, but at least the unusually animated band members were trying (though it sounds like there was plenty of studio overdubbing). The overall result is a nearly four-hour collection that is something of a hodgepodge. There are enough rarities to bait the hook for hardcore Eagles fans, but not really satisfy them, and casual fans will probably be better off with the two single-disc hits collections. [Selected Works was reissued in a four-CD box set in 2014.] ~ William Ruhlmann

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: December 3, 2013

Number of Discs: 4

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Label Name: Elektra

UPC: 081227962395

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Selected Works 1972-1999

Performers Eagles

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: December 3, 2013

Number of Discs: 4

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Label Name: Elektra

UPC: 081227962395


Title Track Time
1.Take it Easy --
2.Hollywood Waltz --
3.Already Gone --
4.Doolin' Dalton --
5.Midnight Flyer --
6.Tequila Sunrise --
7.Witchy Woman --
8.Train Leaves Here This Morning --
9.Outlaw Man --
10.Peaceful Easy Feeling --
11.James Dean --
12.Saturday Night --
13.On the Border --
1.Wasted Time Reprise --
2.Wasted Time --
3.I Can't Tell You Why --
4.Lyin' Eyes --
5.Pretty Maids All in a Row --
6.Desperado --
7.Try and Love Again --
8.The Best of My Love --
9.New Kid in Town --
10.Love Will Keep Us Alive --
11.Sad Café --
12.Take it to the Limit --
13.After the Thrill is Gone --
1.One of These Nights (Intro) --
2.One of These Nights --
3.Disco Strangler --
4.Heartache Tonight --
5.Hotel California --
6.Born to Boogie [Out-take] --
7.In the City --
8.Get Over it --
9.King of Hollywood --
10.Too Many Hands --
11.Life in the Fast Lane --
12.Long Run --
13.Long Run Leftovers --
14.Last Resort --
15.Random Victims, Pt. 3 --
1.Hotel California --
2.Victim of Love --
3.Peaceful Easy Feeling --
4.Please Come Home for Christmas --
5.Ol' 55 --
6.Take it to the Limit --
7.Those Shoes --
8.Funky New Year --
9.Dirty Laundry --
10.Funk 49 --
11.All She Wants to Do is Dance --
12.Best of My Love --

Editorial Notes

The relative sonic neglect suffered by the Eagles' catalog was the fault of the band's consistent success -- with the original albums and hits collections still selling year after year, why bother to upgrade? Finally, however, longtime Eagles producer Bill Szymczyk remastered their albums in 1999, and the band put together a box set. Including most of their hits (the exception is "Seven Bridges Road") and lots of album tracks, the four-CD set regroups the Eagles' material into three categories: "The Early Days," which consists of 13 tracks from their first four albums; "The Ballads"; and "The Fast Lane," i.e., rhythm songs. The fourth disc is drawn from their millennium concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. While their early albums balanced the contributions of their members, "The Early Days" is dominated by Glenn Frey and Don Henley; that means a few worthy efforts are missing, but the selection is generally good. "The Ballads" is a straightforward collection of popular slow songs. Along with their more uptempo hits, "The Fast Lane" contains what little unreleased material there is, but anyone hoping for greatness is going to be disappointed. The Eagles have gone out of their way in "The Millennium Concert" to perform songs out of their usual repertoire, including several solo hits and both sides of their 1978 seasonal single, "Please Come Home for Christmas" and "Funky New Year." Much of this is minor or atypical material, but at least the unusually animated band members were trying (though it sounds like there was plenty of studio overdubbing). The overall result is a nearly four-hour collection that is something of a hodgepodge. There are enough rarities to bait the hook for hardcore Eagles fans, but not really satisfy them, and casual fans will probably be better off with the two single-disc hits collections. [Selected Works was reissued in a four-CD box set in 2014.] ~ William Ruhlmann