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  • Audio CD (20 Mar. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B000026E3G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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DON HENLEY Building The Perfect Beast (1985 UK 11-track CD album originally released in 1984 album including additional track A Month Of Sundays picture sleeve GFLD19267)

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This is one of the CD's that I simply couldn't live without (I know - I want my MTV and stuff, but every time I lend it to someone to listen to I worry about getting it back)
I am tempted to go thru it track by track but that would bore everyone.... let's just say on this CD Don Henley was really paying attention. The songs on it are not only tight and well produced, but appear to have had meaning to him during their composition.
One of the most spectacular tracks is "Sunset Grill" which took me most time to get into, probably because of it's complexity and complete disregard of convention for musical 'standards' - this track leaves me in awe now everytime I hear it. (By the way, if you're lucky you might hear this on the Eagles world tour concert)
Quite apart from being a great tune, "The Boys f Summer" rates as one of my all-time best videos and I wish I could buy it somewhere as a video, I've looked (anyone know where I can get it?) It's the one where it's black and white but DEFINITELY not grey allover) This piece of music has got to be known as an anthem.
One of the tracks which surprised me in content and meaning is "A Month of Sundays" - I had no idea pop-stars were aware of the real world like this.
The rest of the CD is only excellent.
If you are a Don Henley fan or an Eagles fan - this is a 'must have' CD. If you can only afford one Henley CD - make it this one.
If you can afford others - then stick "The End of the Innocence" in your basket too. It's in the same superb vein and almost as good.
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The progression which transformed the Eagles between their country-ish debut album and the final stunning "The Long Run" continued after the band split, so that, separately, the former band members have produced a body of work which far surpasses that of the Eagles as a band.

Though best known for the iconic "Boys of Summer", "Building the Perfect Beast" is a superb and consistent album, far better than "I Can't Stand Still". The album continues the rocky, gritty feel of its predecessor, and stand-out tracks include "A Month of Sundays", "Driving with Your Eyes Closed" and - a personal favourite - "Sunset Grill". Great stuff, an effortless five-stars, and a must-own album for rock fans. Yet the best was STILL to come....
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This is probably former Eagles drummer Don Henley's best solo effort, with "The End Of The Innocence" coming in a close second.
Perhaps a bit too much synth for my taste, but that's a minor complaint, and "Building The Perfect Beast" does feature some of Henley's best songs, such as the MTV hit "The Boys Of Summer", "You Can't Make Love", "Not Enough Love In The World", "You're Not Drinking Enough" and "All She Wants To Do Is Dance".
Henley's voice is strong (he was always The Eagles' greatest singer), and with the exception of a few minor tracks, the songs are of high quality, both lyrically and melodically.
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Songwriting is no trifle matter to Don Henley. And although in the early 1970s the magic duo of Henley/Frey churned out hits with enough speed to allow for the production of four albums in four years, followed by an all-time best-selling Greatest Hits (Vol. 1) album even before the release of the Eagles' classic "Hotel California," he started to take things considerably slower in his post-Eagles solo career. The two years he took to follow up 1982's "I Can't Stand Still" with "Building the Perfect Beast" were actually the shortest time between any two of his solo albums; in part due to the fact that, as Henley explained, his collaboration with Danny "Kootch" Kortchmar worked along lines different from those he had established with Glenn Frey in the Eagles. These were no longer two guys sitting down together in a room with a guitar and a drum kit: For Don Henley's second solo release, bowing to the musical developments of the 1980s, they relied heavily on synthesized sounds (Henley's tour promoting the album even featured an elaborate light show, something that would have been inconceivable for any of the Eagles' tours). And while making most of the songs on the album easily "listenable" and producing several top-selling singles ("All She Wants to Do Is Dance," "Sunset Grill," "Boys of Summer" and "Not Enough Love in the World"), that choice of instrumentation also seemed to render "Building the Perfect Beast" the most easily dateable of all of Henley's solo releases.
Lyrically, however, Henley had lost nothing of his bite; the album's very name is indicative of that fact. "We're the ones who can kill the things we don't eat," he warned in the title track, musically the edgiest song on the album (synthesizers or not) - "we have met the enemy, and he is us ...
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Songwriting is no trifle matter to Don Henley. And although in the early 1970s the magic duo of Henley/Frey churned out hits with enough speed to allow for the production of four albums in four years, followed by an all-time best-selling Greatest Hits (Vol. 1) album even before the release of the Eagles' classic "Hotel California," he started to take things considerably slower in his post-Eagles solo career. The two years he took to follow up 1982's "I Can't Stand Still" with "Building the Perfect Beast" were actually the shortest time between any two of his solo albums; in part due to the fact that, as Henley explained, his collaboration with Danny "Kootch" Kortchmar worked along lines different from those he had established with Glenn Frey in the Eagles. These were no longer two guys sitting down together in a room with a guitar and a drum kit: For Don Henley's second solo release, bowing to the musical developments of the 1980s, they relied heavily on synthesized sounds (Henley's tour promoting the album even featured an elaborate light show, something that would have been inconceivable for any of the Eagles' tours). And while making most of the songs on the album easily "listenable" and producing several top-selling singles ("All She Wants to Do Is Dance," "Sunset Grill," "Boys of Summer" and "Not Enough Love in the World"), that choice of instrumentation also seemed to render "Building the Perfect Beast" the most easily dateable of all of Henley's solo releases.
Lyrically, however, Henley had lost nothing of his bite; the album's very name is indicative of that fact. "We're the ones who can kill the things we don't eat," he warned in the title track, musically the edgiest song on the album (synthesizers or not) - "we have met the enemy, and he is us ...
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