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5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling read..., 21 May 2008
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This review is from: Heaven And Hell: My Life In The Eagles, 1974-2001 (Hardcover)
The other reviewers here have comprehensively reviewed the book - to which I can add very little.

However, I would point out that despite Joe Walsh having more star quality than Felder, the real lead guitarist of the Eagles was Don Felder. Just watch the DVD of the Farewell 1 tour, you'll see that the session guitarist (Steuart Smith) plays around 80% of the solos, whilst Walsh merely strums rhythm guitar. On the video for the recent hit 'How Long' Joe Walsh mimes to the solo played on the record by Smith. Sad and pathetic - and speaks volumes...

I would agree that the Eagles are nothing without Henley & Frey. However, as another reviewer pointed out, their songwriting contributions would have been remunerated via royalty payments. If this was a band, then as far as performers' earnings go, its only fair that the money be divided 5 equal ways.

An example is the new guitarist Smith. He is not a member of the band and is offically a sideman - with obviously less remuneration than the four members of the Eagles. Obviously the Eagles have sufficient stature to make it worthwhile for him to stick with that job, . However at the time Felder joined, he was drafted in as a full fledged member (and indeed left a job as a sideman to join the Eagles).

He obviously had a valid and legally defensible point - and this is obviously reflected in the the fact that Henley and Frey paid him a handsome settlement figure...

As a guitarist, Felder is in the league of Steve Lukather of Toto, but despite the sheer melodic content of his playing, remains inexplicably undersung, even in Guitar magazines...I've never understood that...
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