I should let you know that if you hate the Eagles, and I know a lot of you do, you might want to avoid this blog this week. I have 9 Eagles records to listen to. Yes that's right, 9. All of their 70's studio albums, both Greatest Hits records, and their 1980 live release. So, I guess you could call me an Eagles fan.
But, I wasn't too happy that they headlined last year's ACL Fest. I saw the Eagles back in '94 when they first reunited at Texas Stadium up in Dallas. I was really stoked to see them. My girlfriend at the time somehow got us volunteer jobs as ushers for the show. So I did my duty during Melissa Etheridge, but once the Eagles started, I bailed on my post. It was the freakin' Eagles, dude!
Well, they sucked major balls. Just boring old dudes that looked like they had no interest in being there. I was 21 at the time and it was the first time I felt like I was watching a band that were really only doing it for the money. The songs sounded like shit too. The only one that seemed like he was having a good time was Joe Walsh.
I did hear that they were great at ACL from a few different folks. Good for them, but I still think it was a bad call to get them to headline a three day festival. C'mon ACL, get me Bruce!
I know most of you that do like the Eagles would probably be fine just owning the Greatest Hits, but I think you are selling yourself short if you do that. They have some really great deep tracks that never made it on radio. If you took the big hits off this record, "Take It Easy", "Witchy Woman", and "Peaceful, Easy Feeling", you'd still have a great album. I love the tune "Nightengale" that Jackson Browne wrote. It's funny that he wasn't an Eagle himself since he wrote that and "Take It Easy". I also really dig how you can hear the Byrds influence on this album. Which is why they named their band Eagles, just in case you were interested in that little nugget.
Here's that tune "Nightengale" that I dig so much: