February 17, 1976 – Eagles Their Greatest Hits (1971 – 1975) album is released.
1 – “Take It Easy”
2- “Witchy Woman”
3 – “Lyin’ Eyes”
4 – “Already Gone”
5 – “Desperado”
1 – “One of These Nights”
2 – “Tequila Sunrise”
3 – “Take It to the Limit”
4 – “Peaceful Easy Feeling”
5 – “Best of My Love”
OK, raise your hand if you have this album!
One could argue the early 1970’s belonged to the Eagles. Their first album Eagles was released in June of 1972 and from then would become a household name. They had forged a sound that captured the times and hearts of the American people. They didn’t do too shabby with the rest of the world either!
Their Greatest Hits (1971 – 1975) drew from their first 4 studio albums: Eagles, Desperado, On The Border, and One of These Nights. It comprises nine singles released between 1972 and 1975, plus the album track “Desperado”. All of these singles except “Tequila Sunrise” charted in the top 40, with five in the top ten, and “One of These Nights” and “Best of My Love” both topping the singles chart. Interestingly the band wasn’t too happy with the release of the compilation album. Band manager, Irving Azoff, said: “We decided it was time to put out the first greatest-hits because we had enough hits.” Don Felder in turn said the band had no say in the release of the album. The band felt it was a ploy by the record label to sell more product without incurring additional production costs.
Whoever was right, the album sold…..and sold…….and sold! When it was released on February 17, 1976 the album debuted at number 4 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. The following week in went to number 1 where it stayed for five weeks. By the end of 1976 the album was still ranked at number 4 on the chart. Obviously the album was a success but it didn’t stop there. The album continued to sell both at home and abroad, even to this day. It would eventually be certified by the RIAA as the best selling album of the 20th Century in the United States. As of 2011, the album has sold over 42 million copies worldwide.
At the time of the album release the band consisted of Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, Randy Meisner, and Don Felder.
So what is your favorite track off of the album? Personally my favorite cut “One of These Nights” but being a bass player, I’m probably biased!
Be sure to check us out at our next gig! We play all of these hits plus a few more.