A Musical Farewell To The Eagles…
This is a great shot of the band, from the last album they released. While they continue to tour with the late Glenn Frey’s son and Vince Gill, “Long Road Out Of Eden” is their recording swan song…
I wanted to look at some of the last music they recorded…it all started when I saw them in concert and was reminded of their rich musical history.
I saw the band in 2013 as they performed their great “History Of The Eagles” tour, and am so glad to have had the chance to see Glenn one last time, and like all fans, was moved by the band’s tribute to Glenn at the 2016 Grammy Awards.
The Grammy’s Farewell To Glenn Frey!
The Eagles performed their first big hit, “Take It Easy”, on the 2016 Grammy Awards show in honor of Frey, with the song’s co-writer, Jackson Browne, taking the lead. Original Eagle Bernie Leadon performed as well.
Surprisingly, there isn’t an official Grammy release of this performance, all I could find is one recorded off the screen by a fan:
The Eagles Farewell – 28 Years In The Making…
“Long Road Out of Eden” was the seventh and final studio album by The Eagles, released in 2007, and the first new complete studio album from the band since 1979’s “The Long Run”.
“Hell Freezes Over” had four new songs along with the live tour material from the late 90’s, and there was the post-9/11 song “Hole In The World”, which Don Henley explained this way:
“I sat down at the piano in my home studio and started putting some chords with the phrase ‘hole in the world,'” he said. “Months went by, but I didn’t show it to anybody. Then, other things started happening that gave additional meanings to ‘Hole in the World,’ particularly after the [Iraqi] war started. The fighting was supposedly over in May, and yet one or two or three of our boys were – and still are – getting killed every day, which means somebody’s daddy is not coming home. So that’s another ‘hole’ — a huge hole in somebody’s life – a child, a wife, a mother, a father, a brother, a sister.”
Then, fans got a big surprise with a massive double album in 2007…
“Long Road Out Of Eden” was a huge hit, and produced two singles on the Hot Country Songs charts as well as five straight hits on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts. Let’s look at the highlights of “Long Road Out Of Eden!”
“No More Walks in the Wood” is the first song, a beautiful ode to nature, with perfect Eagles harmonies…then, it’s right into the album’s first hit single, the raucous “How Long”:
“How Long,” was written by the band’s good friend J.D. Souther – who had previously worked with the Eagles co-writing some of their biggest hits including “Best of My Love,” “Victim of Love,” “Heartache Tonight” and “New Kid in Town”. The band performed the song as part of their live sets in the early to mid-1970s, but did not put it on an Eagles album because J.D. Souther wanted it on his first solo album!
Busy Being Fabulous:
Next up is another hit single, Don’s voice crisp and clear….here is an audio only version of the song:
The ballad “What Do I Do with My Heart” is next, then Joe Walsh shows up with “Guilty of the Crime”, followed by “I Don’t Want to Hear Any More”…
The Gorgeous “Waiting In The Weeds!”
The next song is one of Don Henley’s best. No music video was made for this song, so a fan did a beautiful job of taking Eagles imagery and putting it to this gorgeous song…which the band wisely let play out over seven minutes….
“No More Cloudy Days” and “Fast Company” are next, then a beautiful and political call to action followed – “Do Something”!
Don Henley told Billboard magazine in 2007 that “‘Do Something’ is an interesting song because it starts out like a love song, a boy/girl song, but then it takes on larger implications. And that line (“How did we get on this road we are traveling?”) could pertain to a relationship between a man and a woman or it could be a statement about the country as a whole.”
Glenn Frey ends side one with his song “You Are Not Alone”…
Side two begins with the band’s scathing indictment of our country’s role in the Middle East with the album’s title track: “Long Road Out of Eden”…
Here are some of the lyrics to this ten minute song:
Back home i was so certain
The path was very clear
But now i have to wonder: “what are we doing here?”
I’m not counting on tomorrow
And i can’t tell wrong from right
But i’d give anything to be there in your arms tonight
Weaving down the american highway
Through the litter and the wreckage and the cultural junk
Bloated with entitlement, loaded on propaganda
And now we’re driving dazed and drunk
Been down the road to damascus,
The road to mandalay
Met the ghost of caesar on the appian way
He said, “it’s hard to stop this bingeing, once you get a taste.”
“but the road to empire is a bloody stupid waste.”
Behold the bitten apple – the power of the tools
But all the knowledge in the world is of no use to fools
And it’s a long road out of eden….
What immediately followed is “I Dreamed There Was No War”, written by Glenn Frey, and the instrumental won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance:
“Somebody” and “Frail Grasp on the Big Picture” were next, followed by one of my favorite Joe Walsh songs, “Last Good Time in Town”…
“I Love to Watch a Woman Dance”, “Business as Usual” and “Center of the Universe” follow before the album ends with the prescient “It’s Your World Now” …
At the time of the album’s release, there was a bit of controversy since the band made an exclusive deal with Wal-Mart to sell it…but the double album was only $10, which was an amazing value for fans!
The album debuted at #1 in the U.S. and won the band two Grammy awards for “How Long” and the instrumental “I Dreamed There Was No War”. The album became the band’s sixth #1 album and was the highest selling album of the year!
It was a “long road” indeed for the band, who began in the 70’s and were still going strong…here is a look at how the band got started:
The band created so much great music – this was one of my favorites:
“On The Border” introduced Don Felder to fans, and had the band’s first #1 song, “Best Of My Love.” See more here:
For lucky fans, the “History Of The Eagles” concert tour was the last chance to see them together live:
You can see my review of the concert here – including clips from the show:
Let me know what your favorite song was on “Long Road Out Of Eden!”