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4.0 out of 5 stars Good value, decent (non remastered) sound. No bonus material., 11 April 2013
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David Pearlman "sound fanatic" (Arlington, MA) - See all my reviews
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If you're looking at this Eagles box set, presumably you already know most of what you need to know about the band, and about their albums. They started as a country-influenced band, had a few hit singles and modestly successful albums. Over the course of their first four albums, they moved increasingly towards the pop/rock middle. With their fifth album, they took on rock guitarist Joe Walsh, lost the last vestiges of country (and some of their original members) and had their biggest, most shining, moment with Hotel California, which rightfully defined a musical time and place. Hubris, infighting, drugs, and many other withering influences wrecked havoc with the now huge band in the wake of Hotel California, and the long delayed swan-song studio album of their original run, The Long Run, was disappointingly inferior given expectations and the time it took to come to fruition.

Later came the Hell Freezes Over reunion, the endless tours, and one more (decent) studio album (so far). But that part of the story isn't covered by this box.

So what do you get here? You get all the original studio albums of their 1970s Asylum tenure. You don't get the live album from that era (rather dull anyway), and you don't get the one-off Christmas single (Please Come Home for Christmas), or a stray b-side. But other than that, this is their entire released studio output of that era. There are no bonus tracks on any of these albums. The albums also have not been remastered for this release, but instead are identical to the previous remasters from more than a decade ago. They sound fine, though...

The mini sleeves are adequate, as is the enclosing box. There are no liner notes.

Ultimately, this is a good deal for someone who wants all the music, with decent sound quality, for a low price.
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121 of 126 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Eagles - A good day in hell, 27 Mar 2013
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To determine whether you are getting a good deal here or not largely depends on the current condition of your existing Eagles vinyl or CDs and whether they are in need of cheap replacement. In fulfilling such a purpose this new box set has significant merit, not least its price. Alternatively if your Eagles music collection is already in pristine condition then invest in a tax free ISA. This is another no frills Rhino "lob them altogether in a box collection". The details that go with it are the grouping of the six most popular Eagles studio albums from 1972-1979. This is not counting any non-LP tracks, either live album, Eagles Live (1980) or Hell Freezes Over (1994), or 2007s studio album "Long Road Out of Eden". As with previous and similar Rhino box sets there is no new mastering to speak of. Indeed they appear to be the same masterings by Ted Jensen at New York's Sterling Sound that were issued on CD in 1999 on the Eagles Selected works that always sounded great. These may also be the same remasters that formed part of the 2005's huge Eagles (Limited Edition Box) but frankly this reviewer is not prepared to mortgage the house to find out! The albums come packaged in generally ok vinyl-replica style wallets, held within a clamshell box and the titles included in this set are as follows:

THE EAGLES (1972) - The breezy Glyn Johns produced debut album starts off with the definitive cover of Jackson Browne's "Take it Easy" and also includes staples such as "Witchy Women" and the lovely laid back signature tune "Peaceful Easy Feeling". The Eagles are often rightly critiqued as popularisers of the cosmic Americana pioneered by Gram Parsons and Gene Clark. Yet the presence of Bernie Leadon on the album does give them a direct link to this tradition not least from his time in the Flying Burrito Brothers and the key supporting role that he played on the "Fantastic Journey of Dillard and Clark" where he co wrote the great country rock standard "Train leaves here this morning". The nice version here is not up to Clark's but is far superior to some of the filler present not least the dreadful "Chug all night" and the limp "Take the devil". Still this is an excellent career starting point

DESPERADO (1973) - This is the Western concept album that really started the Eagles ascent to the stratosphere. By the time the Old Grey Whistle Test played "Doolin Dalton" the buzz around the Eagles was huge and the flawless harmonies and vocals of Glenn Frey and Don Henley ("the Gods") really come to the forefront (and also their control freakery). This reviewer actually prefers the fragile Johnny Cash cover of "Desperado" to the original but whatever case it is a brilliant song with harmonies to die for and a great Henley lead vocal. Other standouts include the excellent Leadon composed "Bitter Creek", the equally strong Randy Meisner vehicle "Certain kind of fool" and the standout "Tequila sunrise". With "Desperado" the authenticity of the group's country underpinnings were never stronger and the album is a high water mark.

ON THE BORDER (1974) - This is a good Eagles album although it marks the growing ascendancy of Glenn Frey's push for a more rock orientated approach with Bill Szymczyk taken on production duties and guitar virtuoso Don Felder brought in as the fifth Eagle. By this time the fights and tension in the band were building, the Laurel Canyon ethos was drowning in an avalanche of white powder but superstardom beckoned. The Tom Waits cover "Ol'55" does sadly dilute the rough charm of the original but not surprisingly "Already gone" and "Best of My Love" easily demanded inclusion on the 1975 Greatest Hits album. The Gram Parson tribute "My Man" and the bluegrass flavoured "Midnight Flyer" are the only other songs that really pushes the brilliance of those compositions while "James Dean" despite its promotion never quite made the Eagles premier division.

ONE OF THESE NIGHTS (1975) - The superb title track, Meisner's soaring ballad "Take it to the Limit" and what is probably the greatest Eagles song namely the brilliant "Lyin Eyes" are the centrepieces of the album and the start of the true era of cocaine cowboys. It is the album that saw Bernie Leadon part company because of the bands directional shift towards a country tinged version of stadium rock and with him went the authentic heart of the band. Success also bred conflict and in songs like "After The Thrill Is Gone" they charted the growing disillusionment and disappointment when faced with the realisation of "what can you do when your dreams come true, but it's not quite like you'd planned?"

HOTEL CALIFORNIA (1976) - Ex James Gang guitar hero Joe Walsh joins the band and the rest is history. The ubiquitous title track describing the sunshine state as a modern day babylon dominated FM radio in the US for years, as much as "Stairway to heaven"; the Mexican flavoured "New kid in town" is very fine, while Frey also stated that "Last Resort" was Henley's greatest song. This is an album that is revered as the Eagles stone cold classic yet in truth it contains a couple of below par tracks not least Walsh's turgid "Pretty maids in a row" and the sluggish overwrought Henley composition "Victim of Love". Did "Wasted time" also need an orchestral reprise? From hereon however it was inexcusable not to know what "colitas" meant.

THE LONG RUN (1979) - A horrible album that emerged after three years of hellish bickering and rows. It contains the three worse Eagles songs "The Greeks Don't Want No Freaks." "Teenage Jail" and "The Disco Strangler". There are a couple of hits here not least the solid "Heartache tonight" and the pleasant Timothy Schdmit lead on the gentle soft rock of "I can't tell you why". The overall impression however is of a poor and over produced Don Henley solo album. It paved the way to the bands long split and the infamous July 31, 1980, concert in Long Beach, California, where Frey and Felder threatened all kinds of lurid violence on each other's person on stage on what has since become known as "Long Night at Wrong Beach".

History shows that the Eagles are one of the most popular bands of all time and of course they still tread the boards in what seems like a never ending farewell tour where they air these songs. Today however they are as much remembered for the scale and destructiveness of their creative car crash under the strains of fast living, vicious personal disagreements and contractual obligations. Nonetheless setting aside the tumultuous history and listening intently again to these albums the often levelled accusation that the Eagles represent the summit of bland, overly comfortable and faintly ridiculous middle of the road rock really doesn't stand close examination. As someone who grew up in the early seventies they were an green oasis in the most barren of deserts not least in intermittently dark pre new wave era having to endure the weekly musical "waterboarding" of Top of the Pops and wall to wall Showaddywaddy and Mud on the daytime radio (with the notable exception of Johnnie Walker). They also took you on a path back to the great originators of country rock not only Gram Parsons but also further to founders like Hank Williams for which eternal gratitude should flow. There are some very poor songs on this box set it is true but the many great ones are effortless and timeless, forming a key component of the DNA of rock history. By any standards from this heyday period they deserve the status of a classic American band and the deep respect that flows from this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Splendid Value For Money, 12 Sep 2014
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Og Oggilby "Og Oggilby" (North London) - See all my reviews
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The Eagles were always a smart band; they found a way of marrying Gram Parsons' 'Cosmic Country Music' with hard-rocking values, and cleaned up, commercially speaking. Apparently their original 'Greatest Hits' album is the best-selling album of all time (Citation Needed!). This far into the twenty-first century, music - at least in the shape of compact discs - doesn't have the value it once did. For less than the price of a double CD twenty years ago, you get all of the Eagles original recorded works (give or take the odd track), in miniature album sleeves (not reproducing the original gatefolds, sadly), in a funereal black clam shell box. Seems like good value to me; listening to the albums again after a long, long time, I was surprised to find how comparatively raw the first album was, how gutsy 'Out of Control' from 'Desperado' was, and how much of this music stands up. 'On The Border' has some little gems; for example, I wonder how much Tom Waits made from the royalties of their cover of 'Ol' 55'? 'My Man', their homage to Gram Parsons, is a really sincere tribute, and even when things got really slick on 'One Of These Nights', there's still music of great quality. 'Hotel California' is excellent, too - having heard 'New Kid In Town' on the radio so many times, I never thought I could really listen to it again, but it is such a polished gem that it sounds fresh to me. 'the Long Run' isn't so good, however, and I've docked this one star because I think the packaging could be a bit better, maybe with an annotated booklet. In the end, though, it's the music that counts, and this set is chock full of very good stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Top value, 4 Aug 2013
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The Eagles first six albums at a bargain price was not to be passed by. Featuring all of the classic hits from the period (save for 'Please Come Home For Christmas' which was a standalone single) and a heap besides you get cardboard facsimile copies of the album sleeves in a sturdy black box, the discs....and that's it. No explanatory booklet, no extras. But at this price it really isn't an issue. A great way to own the music of arguably the quintessential American band of the 70's.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brought this because it was so cheep., 24 Jun 2013
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Already owned all of the studio albums except The Long Run, so it was well worth the extra Pounds Ten to get the set
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 14 Aug 2013
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Well worth the money to anyone who likes or loves the Eagles exceptional for the price, prefer the later albums to the earlier but overall very good value.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Studio Albums by Eagles, 23 May 2013
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An excellent package "under one roof". Their first three albums were their best, however, having the rest of their albums was worth it as there were still gems to be found on them. Never underestimate an Eagles album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The First Flights of the Eagles, 26 July 2014
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Great compilation showing the evolution of the Eagles from cult status to mainstream megastardom, and the highlights along the way, including, in my opinion, the perfectly formed, and much overlooked, jewel in their crown the "On the Border" album which came when they were on the cusp of greatness but had not yet succumbed to the weight of expectation. It soars! Also a great chance for those of a certain age to back up their dog eared original vinyl!
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5.0 out of 5 stars EAGLES always GREAT., 20 Dec 2014
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I was waiting for this one for a long time. All the originals albums even with the original first cover as planned by the artists but rejected by the company. BUT no extras, no extra info . It seems the company only wanted to get our money ASAP but no photos nor liner notes. It seems Eagles were not involved in this release. Gentlemen next time think about the die hard fans, we always expect some extras.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great, 27 Jun 2014
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Good value box set of all the good stuff plus benefits from the ripped version too. Recommended for all fans
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