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Hotel California of Music: No Escape from The Eagles

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I love The Eagles. I have ever since I was a kid. And I followed both Don Henley and Glenn Frey into their solo careers. But one has to wonder: how many “Best of The Eagles” CDs do we really need?

I admit, I just bought the 2-CD set, The Very Best of The Eagles. The “Very” helps a purchaser decide what to buy by assuring him or her that this album is, in fact, “The Very Best,” considering there also exists The Eagles – Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 and The Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2. I own both of those as well. But the new 2-CD set does have the convenience of combining most of what is on the previous “best of” albums, along with a number of lesser known songs, as well as a couple of hits from the Hell Freezes Overalbum. If, say, one was going on a really long drive and wanted a lot of Eagles music to groove to, I would heartily recommend saving space and disc-changing time by bringing along The Very Best of The Eagles.

But here’s the thing: who is this 2-CD set for, really? Fans of The Eagles, right? Because, face it, if you don’t own any Eagles yet you probably aren’t going to buy The Very Best of The Eagles. You weren’t sitting around, just waiting for an ultimate combo of songs. And the fans who buy this–people like me–we’ve already got all the previous Eagles albums, we don’t really need this, but we’ve been reeled in again, Victim[s]s of Love [For The Eagles]. And despite it all, I’m not sorry I bought it. And I’m not the only one – The Very Best of The Eagles stands (as of this posting) at #33 on Amazon.com, with a rating of 4.5 stars. Only 4.5? I’d give it all 5.

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  • http://www,mobiusstreet.blogspot.com Hazy Dave

    One of these nights, I’ll buy my first Eagles CD, but it won’t be this one. (Most likely it’ll be their nearly perfect debut album.) Now, if they’d dug up a couple outtakes, rare b-sides, demoes or something to augment this collection of songs that have been all over the radio for the last 30 years, I’d be a lot more likely to pick it up. But, I’m not surprised that this one seems to be aimed at the WalMart demographic. Don and Glenn know where the money comes from, and it’s not from Longbranch Pennywhisle and Shiloh reissues. Oh well, at least they’re not going back and replacing Don Felder’s guitar parts. Yet.