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Eagles albums ranked
The Long Run

The band’s last full LP for newly 30 years and easily their worst. While the singles aren’t bad (Timothy B. Schmidt’s ‘I Can’t Tell You Why’ stands out as the best here), the rest of the album is loaded with filler like the awful glam rock sendup ‘The Greeks Don’t Want No Freaks’ and the slow and brain melting pap of ‘Teenage Jail’. A poor end to a streak of killer records.

Best: I Can’t Tell You Why
Worst: The Greeks Don’t Want No Freaks
Long Road Out Of Eden

Released after years of touring and the termination of guitarist Don Felder, the Eagles returned with their biggest album yet, 2007’s double disc ‘Long Road Out of Eden’. While the high points are undeniably solid, the limper, Radio friendly production, the abundance of filler and some of the extended song lengths tend to bog the record down. On top of that Felder’s presence is sorely missed. Still, there’s some killer tunes here, like the low key ‘Centre of the Universe’, the mariachi tinged ‘It’s Your World Now’ and the upbeat country pop rocker ‘How Long?’ to even things out.

Best: Centre of the Universe
Worst: Guilty of the Crime
On The Border

Moving away from the country rock sounds of their previous record, ‘On the Boarder’ finds the Eagles trying to both find a new sound and not alienate their previous fans. The bluegrass rave up ‘Midnight Flyer’ and the singalong ‘Ol’ 55’ nestle in next to hard rockers like ‘Already Gone’ and ‘Good Day In Hell’. Didn’t really matter much anyway, cuz the final song on the record, the gentle ballad ‘Best of My Love’ ended up completely eclipsing everything else on the album, becoming their first no 1 single and ensuring their rise to super stardom.

Best: Is It True?
Worst: James Dean

Warm, laid back country rock and folk bless the Eagles’ first album. Spawning the classic ‘Take It Easy’ and the swampy ‘Witchy Woman’, the Eagles’ debut is a safe album that doesn’t take many risks, but excels for just that. With the charts dominated by the rising glam scene and a slew of heavy metal and Prog bands, ‘Self Titled‘’s home grown, easy going sounds stood the band out from their contemporaries and helped build the image of California as smooth, chill place to be that still exists today.

Best: Take It Easy
Worst: Chug All Night
Hotel California

It’s safe to say that you probably own a copy of ‘Hotel California’. Everyone does at this point. You might not have even heard it, but I’m sure If you dig through your old record collection or check through your CDs you’ll find it. It’s easy to see why it sold so well too. Backed up by the colossal, haunting title track and the easy going ‘New Kid in Town’, ‘Hotel California’ sees the Eagles at the height of their fame and at what many see as the peak of their craft, perfectly blending country, hard and soft rock and a little splash of Yacht to make an extremely fun, catchy and universal LP. That being said, it’s still not their best work. Funny how that’s the case

Best: Hotel California
Worst: Pretty Maids All in a Row
One Of These Nights

While ‘Debut’ had spawned three popular singles and ‘On the Boarder’ had netted them their first No 1 single, it wasn’t until ‘One Of These Nights’ that the Eagles exploded in popularity. With the disco tinted title track drumming up hype for the record and scoring the band another No 1, the album properly through the Cali rockers into superstardom with other super hits ‘Lyin’ Eyes’ and ‘Take It to the Limit’ cemented them as one of the biggest bands on the scene. Perfectly balancing their country roots, their heavier ambitions and the soft sound that made them popular all in one neat package, ‘One of These Nights’ goes from one high to the next, Like the stomping massive singalong ‘Too Many Hands’ to the country space rock instrumental ‘Journey of the Sorcerer’ to the melancholic ‘After the Thrill is Gone’. A near perfect record from start to finish.

Best: Too Many Hands
Worst: Visions

‘One of These Nights’ might have been an album that showcased everything the Eagles could do, ‘Desperado’ showcased their godlike power to make extremely good music. Throughly rooted in country, ‘Desperado’ was a commercial bomb for the band at the time, charting far lower than their debut. But the general public missed out, as it’s here that the Eagles fully peaked and released a masterpiece that isn’t even representative of their total style. The opening waltzy ‘Doolin’ Dalton’ sets the tone perfectly. A slow waltzy ballad about a gang of raiders from the old west and their similarities to a touring rock band. From there on out, the band bear their hearts (‘Desperado’), wax on their success (‘Bitter Creek’) and sing about the joys of youth and fame (‘Twenty One’) among other tales. It’s moody, but light. Slow and gentle but hard and heavy. Sad and mournful but triumphant and playful. So basically, the perfect Eagles album.

Best: Desperado
Worst: Doolin-Dalton (Reprise)
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