Wednesday 11pm: Feature LP: Eagles Live (1980)

Eagles Live is the first live album by the American rock band Eagles, a two-LP set released on November 7, 1980. The Eagles was already breaking up after an argument between bandmates Glenn Frey and Don Felder on July 31, 1980, however, the band owed Elektra/Asylum Records one more album, and they fulfilled that obligation with a release of performances from the Hotel California and The Long Run tours.

Eagles Live was mixed by Frey and Don Henley on opposite coasts in Los Angeles and Miami, respectively, and as producer Bill Szymczyk put it, the record’s harmony and instrument fixes were made “courtesy of Federal Express.” The 1983 Rolling Stone Record Guide said it is “perhaps the most heavily overdubbed [live album] in history.” “Seven Bridges Road,” a Steve Young cover, was released as a single and became a top-40 hit.

1. “Hotel California” (July 29, 1980, Santa Monica) 6:55
2. “Heartache Tonight” (July 27, 1980, Santa Monica) 4:35
3. “I Can’t Tell You Why” (July 28, 1980, Santa Monica) 5:24

1. “The Long Run” (July 27, 1980, Santa Monica) 5:35
2. “New Kid in Town” (October 22, 1976, The Forum) 5:45
3. “Life’s Been Good” (July 29, 1980, Santa Monica) 9:38

1. “Seven Bridges Road” (July 28, 1980, Santa Monica) 3:54
2. “Wasted Time” (October 22, 1976, The Forum) 5:40
3. “Take It to the Limit” (October 20, 1976, The Forum) 5:20
4. “Doolin-Dalton (Reprise II)” (October 21, 1976, The Forum) 0:44
5. “Desperado” (October 21, 1976, The Forum) 4:04

1. “Saturday Night” (July 28, 1980, Santa Monica) 3:55
2. “All Night Long” (July 27, 1980, Santa Monica) 5:40
3. “Life in the Fast Lane” (July 31, 1980, Long Beach) 5:10
4. “Take It Easy” (July 27, 1980, Santa Monica) 5:20

 

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