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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining, almost definitive., 26 April 2013
This review is from: History Of The Eagles [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
Pros - Lots and lots of footage of performances, behind the scenes stuff, and personal recollection of what it was like to be in a world dominating rock band. The magic comes across well, and it's easy to see what allowed the Eagles to have an album that outsold even Thriller. It's interesting to see how the various members have worn. Bernie Leadon is virtually unrecognisable, Randy Meisner looks so much older, but Don Felder seems to be fitter than ever and could pass for David Soul's younger brother. Don Henley, looks the dignified elder statesman of rock. But Glen Frey has the aspect of a retired boxer. Through it all the music shines, a magnificent shimmering thing, strongly evoking the endless Californian Summer that we all wish we'd lived.

Cons - Glen Frey. No one ever elected him leader, yet he assumes that position, and is on screen far too much, self aggrandising and basically claiming credit, whether it's due or not. He comes across as bullying and having an ego the size of his bank balance. There's also a distasteful glee concerning how much money was made, and an ironic comment from Frey to the effect that Don Felder - who was fired from the band - should not have been so concerned with how much money Frey was making. Apparently regardless as to whether it was money made from Feldler's contribution. The sense of greed and desire to control all is palpable.

In summary, this is history airbrushed, but still a must for anyone who grew up listening to and loved the music of the Eagles. Most areas of the band's long and at times tortuous story are touched upon, with some being explored in more depth than others. Everyone gets their say, including Bernie Leadon, Randy Meisner and Don Felder, the members who either walked away or were fired.
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Initial post: 26 Apr 2013 10:33:45 BDT
J. Medany says:
Saw part one at Sundance yesterday followed by a Q & A with the current Eagles. I get what you are saying about how Frey comes over - but having seen the film and the Q&A I'd say Henley is very much the front man / leader of the Eagles - and I think that comes over in the documentary too, just Frey is more upfront - certainly over the Fedler situation. They all have egos - sure, and the whole Fedler situation is a bit of a mess, but as they all said them selves including Fedler and Leadon they were all Alpha's and just being in a band tends to require a fairly major ego.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Apr 2013 16:47:35 BDT
A. Webb says:
Henley, it seemed to me, always remained dignified, and is obviously deserving of major credit as the most evocative singer in the band and its premier lyricist. I accept what you say about egos, indeed enormous self belief is a requirement. It just seemed to me that Frey was more interested in pushing the others around and being in charge, than he was in the music. How many great tunes, I wondered, were never made because one of the others in the band was intimidated or simply ignored. Are the Eagles stronger or weaker without the man who wrote Hotel California?

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Apr 2013 17:53:45 BDT
a load of pompous old nonsense,just enjoy the music !

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2013 09:21:13 BDT
A. Webb says:
You are Glen Frey, I claim my five pounds. ;-)

Posted on 27 Apr 2013 12:22:11 BDT
Michael Ryan says:
What a load of old tosh, they are a band, a pretty damn good one at that. They've all got ego's, some bigger than other's. As Mr K Murphy says, a load of pompous old nonsense, just enjoy the music. Just one point, I've not seen Joe Walsh's name mentioned at all anywhere, I think he had bit to say, musically if nothing else.

Mike Ryan

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2013 17:23:53 BDT
I agree ...well said

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Apr 2013 09:12:28 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Apr 2013 09:14:46 BDT
A. Webb says:
Joe Walsh is, quite rightly, all over the DVD. Performances, interviews, etc. As for your tosh comment, I'm not getting how you think it's fine for the writer of the Eagles best-selling, best known and arguably greatest hit to be treated like crap. Enjoy the music, yes of course, but also respect its creators.

Posted on 28 Apr 2013 11:21:58 BDT
D. Milne says:
"Just enjoy the music"? Isn't that a strange thing to say in a DVD listing? If you only care about the music then surely all you need is the greatest hits CD? People buying the DVD will be buying it precisely for the personal stories.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Apr 2013 12:26:54 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Apr 2013 12:27:49 BDT
Just check out the solo stuff HENLEY V FREY - Henley wins hands down, building the perfect beast - no mention of Steve Nicks then? The 1977 concert is only on the 3 DVD set and not on the Blue Ray version? Don't forget Joe Walsh career pre Eagles with the superb Barnstorm & James Gang. I mean Pretty Maids In The Row & In The City ugh!

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Apr 2013 15:00:14 BDT
L. Denham says:
I think you will find there was not one writer but 3 . Felder , Henley and Frey co- wrote the song. As for treated like crap unless you were there you wont know what happened but if they could not get along together and continue to work then if I had to pick 2 from 3 to stay in the band then its Henley and Frey every time.
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