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The songs on "Desperado" sometimes sounds as though they were written for two or three different albums. Bernie Leadon's "Twenty-One" is a traditional country-work out, banjos and everything. Henley's and Frey's "Out Of Control" is a hard-rocking, guitar-driven slice of seventies rock n' roll. And "Desperado" is a gentle, string-laden ballad.
But somehow the Eagles make it work, even when the banjo-picking on "Twenty-One" bleeds into Glenn Frey's opening power chords on "Out Of Control".
"Doolin-Dalton" is one of the Eagles' best songs, an acoustic ballad which should really have been used for the soundtrack of a western movie. Glenn Frey and Don Henley trade lead vocals, and Bernie Leadon plays a great harmonica, invoking just the right sense of lonesome praerie!
"Tequila Sunrise" is a classic as well, and one of the singles off the album. Glenn Frey strums the instantly recognizable rhythm guitar pattern, and Bernie Leadon plays great slide dobro fills.

"Desperado" was never released as a single, yet it is one of the Eagles' best-known songs, and one of Don Henley's best vocal performances.
Randy Meisner sings "Certain Kind Of Fool", a folkish country song which rocks pretty well, and the Eagles then cover David Blue's "Outlaw Man" with fine results.

"Saturday Night" is a charming ballad with a lovely mandolin solo, and another great lead vocal from Don Henley. Bernie Leadon then takes the lead on his own "Bitter Creek", a slow, acoustic ballad which is somehow neither country nor folk, but a little of each.

And finally the highlight of the entire album : The Eagles reprise "Doolin-Dalton" and "Desperado", adding an extra verse to both, and doing some of the greatest and most melodious vocal performances I have ever heard. Don Henley sings the lead vocals, and trades off lines with the other three Eagles in beautiful harmony.

This album is very different from the Eagles' multi-million seller "Hotel California", and a much more traditional one, but a great one none the less.
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on 14 March 2008
In terms of consistency I would say this is the best Eagles album. All the songs are great and the whole album can be listened to without having to forward past the odd filler - which IMHO can't be said for any other Eagles album.
My second favourite album would probably be One Of These Nights. Sure Hotel California is a great album (Hotel is one my all time favourite songs) but Desperado and One Of These Nights for me these definately have the edge overall. I'm also in total agreement with one of the other reviewers - the Doolin Dalton reprise at the end is magic!
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on 5 August 2002
This album is one of those that tells a story from the first to the last. Every song seamlessly integrates to the other and they're all top notch tunes. Each one sets it's own mood. I'm not sure if this was ever used as a soundtrack to a film, if it wasn't it should have been. It's a brilliant album that you'll want to play from start to finish each time. Recommended!
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on 18 December 2011
This is one of the best purchases I have ever made.

The Eagles have made fantastic albums, but this is by far and away the best one; simple, honest and moving from beginning to end.

Stand outs are: Doolin' Dalton, Desperado, Certain Kind of Fool, Twenty One, Tequila Sunrise and Saturday Night... that's most of the album I know, but they're all fantastic.

This was before The Eagles rocketed to super-stardom, so there are no studio excesses, just pure country/soft rock at its best.
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on 14 January 2013
very good cd for us old hippys it provides easy listening when traveling a long journey also my wife likes it
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on 5 March 2014
This was my introduction album to the Eagles and for me they didn't get any better, I remember playing this sat crossed legged on the floor, I tried doing that a couple of days ago & couldn't stand up afterwards - great recording to investigate!
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on 16 March 2013
Fans of Hotel California might be surprised at the country rock sounds on this earlier Eagles album. Bernie Leadon was still in the band and his bluegrass influence can be heard on a number of the songs, such as Twenty One, although there are also rock influences on Out of Control and Outlaw Man, and there's room for a very nice waltz too - Saturday Night - a recurring theme on Eagles albums with Take It To The Limit, Hollywood Waltz etc. Desperado dates from the era of concept albums, and the theme here is rock band as outlaws of the old West. As ever, the harmonies are superb, and don't forget the classic Desperado and Tequila Sunrise. Classic is an overused word but this is a classic album.
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on 23 December 2013
One of their best albums I think although The Eagles never liked the production I think it sounds fine. It's got a couple of well known ones like Tequila Sunrise and Doolin Dalton but I love Randy Meisner's lesser known 'Certain Kind Of Fool'. This was a live favourite and definitely one of their best songs.

The thing I love the most is the banjo stuff especially the Doolin Dalton instrumental which has guitar and banjo trading licks off one another.

Although The Eagles weren't stadium rock material at this point I really like this earlier stuff.
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on 12 February 2001
This album is fantastic! If you like fairly mellow concept albums with something to say, this is a must buy. If however you just like good, western country music, this is still a must buy. You won't be disappointed!
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on 1 June 2013
A classic from the Eagles - this is probably the 2nd best album - just behind Hotel California. Great production and imagery with various well known classics, but the other tracks are all good/brilliant. Alas, my CD - a very old and initial release has problems with the dynamics of the production - but its a great album. The photos help to enhance the imagery - the beards and "dirtyness" conjures up the life of the outlaws of the western era (maybe incorrectly - who knows?)
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