The Eagles’ original vinyl Asylum Records catalog, including each of their albums between 1972 and 1980, will be released as the Eagles Box, a limited-edition, nine-disc set including the debut of their “Please Come Home For Christmas/Funky New Year” single on CD.
The Eagles Box will showcase each of their first seven albums, from 1972’s self-titled debut to the band’s 1980 two-disc Eagles Live. Each disc will be packaged in a CD replica of the original vinyl album (including original album cover art and original posters) and will be enclosed in a retro, gatefold jacket. The track listings duplicate the original albums. A limited edition of 20,000 numbered units of the Eagles Box will be available in the U.S. beginning March 15, 2005, for a suggested retail price of $129.98 ($116.99 at Amazon).
The Eagles continue their “Farewell I” tour this March and April.
The Eagles evolved from a highly personal, touchingly sincere Western-rock band ("country-rock" is a misnomer) to a collection of jaded superstars. This evolution played against the band's strengths and shined harsh light on their weaknesses. Ask any filmmaker: lighting is everything.
From the Eagles' original position as a pleasant, unimposing, and lightweight outfit, they could slip in truths without seeming heavy, contrived or pretentious. They had charm. By the time of their highly publicized recruitment of guitar hero Joe Walsh, the Eagles could no longer creep up on anyone.
The Eagles went from overachieving upstarts to defending champions. This is a familiar transformation in sports: the underdog rises through the pack and becomes champ. Every other team gets particularly geared up to play the champions - every team sends its best pitcher against them, even on three days rest. Beating the champs gives a struggling team hope.
The defending champion mentality affects the champs as well: they feel the pressure of heightened expectations. They don't play to win, they play not to lose. The joy of playing gets lost somewhere. The team may bring in high-priced hired hands to shore up perceived weaknesses, but they also may forget how they got to the top in the first place.