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DaveWadding 06-09-07 03:05 PM

The Eagles - The Long Road Out of Eden - October 30th!

June 09, 2007
You Heard it Here First: October 30th for New Eagles Album
We just got back from the Henley concert. We'll type more tomorow because we're kind of zonked out after drinking mojitos in the bar while sitting next to James Gandolfini (and some other Sopranos dudes).

Anyway....Don announced at the show that the new Eagles album will be out on October 30th. Let the celebrating and bitching begin......



Decker 06-10-07 09:13 AM

Glad to hear it finally has a date. Think about it -- the first new studio album since The Long Run in 1979! Can't wait to hear how it came out (and hope that "Hole In The World" is not an indication of the direction this album is headed).

TomOpus 06-11-07 09:11 PM

I have mixed feelings about a new Eagles album.

I LOVED "The Long Run" and thought it was the perfect album to be their last as a studio release. Dark, deep and brooding with flashes euphoria and brilliance. I just feeling this new one will be nothing but disappointing.

DaveWadding 08-12-07 01:13 AM


Eagles Prepping New Studio Album, Tour
The Eagles

July 31, 2007, 10:30 AM ET

Gary Graff, Detroit
The Eagles are planning to take flight with a long-awaited new album and a tour. Guitarist Joe Walsh tells Billboard.com that the album -- the Eagles' first full-length studio set since "The Long Run" in 1979 -- is "almost out. We're just finishing vocals and mixing it. We're all finally signing off on it."

Walsh says that all of the band members -- himself, Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Timothy B. Schmit -- wrote songs for the album, which he says "go in some really, really new, different directions. It's hard to compare to anything that I hear out there now." For his songs, however, Walsh "went rock'n’roll," including one "extended" track with "a middle full of guitar statement" and another that's "full-on rock'n'roll. I didn't want us to be too ballad-y here. We need some stuff we can play live, so I made sure there was that element in the record."

Walsh says the band, which took this year off the road to hunker down on the album, plans to tour extensively in 2008.

The guitarist is hardly sitting at home, however. Though he's put the James Gang on ice until he has more time to dedicate to it, he's playing 13 solo shows in the next month, beginning tonight (July 31) in Saratoga, Calif. Walsh has recruited a band of well-credentialed young players such as Gia Ciambotti (Bruce Springsteen, Lucinda Williams) and Drew Hester (Lisa Marie Presley, Foo Fighters), who he says "are really kicking me in the pants."

"I love the energy and the attitude of a younger band, especially on stage," Walsh says. "I'm less cautious and less ... professional, I guess. I just like to rock'n'roll, and they're making me want to do it more."

Walsh adds that he's jonesing a bit to do some solo recording again but, not surprisingly, says, "I don't think I would cancel being an Eagle and resurface with a solo career. I love being in the Eagles, and we're not really done yet."

bigjim25 08-12-07 09:56 PM

TomOpus - I also loved The Long Run. It's actually has some of my favs by them - Those Shoes and In The City come to mind. Will get this for sure on release day even if I do have to go to a damn Wally World for it. ;)

derekjet 08-13-07 03:44 PM

I want to personally thanks these old farts for instituting the jacking up of prices to all rock concerts when they first reunited.

DaveWadding 08-14-07 03:54 PM


8/13/07, 5:49 pm EST

Don Henley Talks New Eagles LP

When the Eagles last got back together it was 1994, and Don Henley shared his sentiments with the world by naming their live album Hell Freezes Over. Now we’re two short months from a new Eagles album — their first studio release in twenty-eight years – only this time, Henley saw it coming. Performing at one of his West Coast solo dates in Primm, Nevada, on Saturday, the Eagles drummer delivered a powerful two-hour set on guitar, playing some obligatory hits (“Boys of Summer,” “All She Wants to Do Is Dance”) and other unexpected favorites, including an acoustic “The End of the Innocence” and mesmerizing “Hotel California.”

Backstage before the show, Henley also talked openly for the first time about the new Eagles disc (slated to hit stores in October) as they prepare for their only six performances of 2007 — two of which will take place October 18th and 20th at the premiere of the new Nokia Theater L.A. Live. “They say everything in life is a matter of timing,” Henley said. “And the time seems right for us to do this.” Henley explained that other pursuits — including raising their children and working on their solo careers — have kept the Eagles from “doing this” sooner. “I think it’s okay to go away for a while,” he explained. “We’ve had some conflict within the group, and in terms of songwriting and recording, we just didn’t feel like it up until now.”

The disc they will release in October, tentatively titled Long Road Out of Eden, has finally brought the group back to the studio. Recorded over the last few years in an undisclosed L.A. studio, Henley confirmed that the album will be distributed exclusively through Wal-Mart for the first twelve months. “People will be getting value for their money,” Henley said. The band recorded around twenty songs for the effort.

The Eagles, who have had one of the fiercest love/hate relationships in rock & roll, broke up in 1981. (One infamous conflict that led to the split came in 1980; while onstage at a concert in Long Beach, California, Glenn Frey and Don Felder allegedly spent the night threatening to kick each other’s asses backstage.) “It may never be like it was in the past,” Henley said, but he’s proud to be part of “a band who knows when to sit one out … creatively, it was our time to get back in the studio,” he added.

-- Natalie Zfat

erlong 08-14-07 04:03 PM

You guys do know that it's only gonna be available at Wal-Mart, right? (ala Garth Brooks)

DaveWadding 08-14-07 04:17 PM

Originally Posted by erlong
You guys do know that it's only gonna be available at Wal-Mart, right? (ala Garth Brooks)

Exclusively for the 1st year.

Your point?

Decker 08-14-07 04:54 PM

I'm surprised that it'll be a Wal-Mart exclusive. They must have worked out a really sweet exclusive deal. Still, seeing how those Garth Brooks albums sat on the shelves until they hit the discount bin, I wonder if they'll take a sales hit with this.

I couldn't make Don Henley's Primm show, but I've got very nice seats for the Vegas show at the Phantom theater in The Venitian on 9/15. I'll post here if he plays any new material at the show.

magman 08-15-07 04:53 AM

Can't wait. Love the Eagles.

DaveWadding 08-16-07 12:41 PM

New single is out today. It's called How Long, written by JD Souther. They used to cover this live back in the 70s before they had a catalog of material to work with. The video is supposed to be on Yahoo! at 12 midnight ET next Monday.

Also starting Monday, you can also pre-order the album at eaglesband.com and get a free download of How Long.


DaveWadding 08-19-07 02:47 AM

New single can be heard at www.eaglesband.com or www.myspace.com/eaglesmusic

nazz 08-19-07 01:44 PM

Thanks for the link, I like the new single. I think it was a good idea to dip back into the early JD Souther material. It would also have been a nice idea to have Jackson Browne and Linda Ronstadt do some guest vocal appearances on the album as a nod to history.

bigjim25 08-30-07 01:21 AM


A physical copy of the group's first studio album in 28 years will be priced at $11.88; digitally, it will cost a dollar less. Fans who pre-order "Long Road Out of Eden" through the Wal-Mart, Sam's Club or Eagles Web sites will receive an immediate download of the album's first single, "How Long."

Here is the track list for "Long Road Out of Eden":

Disc one:
"No More Walks in the Wood"
"How Long"
"Busy Being Fabulous"
"What Do I Do With My Heart"
"Guilty of the Crime"
"I Don't Want To Hear Anymore"
"Waiting in the Weeds"
"No More Cloudy Days"
"Fast Company"
"Do Something"
"You Are Not Alone"

Disc two:
"Long Road Out of Eden"
"I Dreamed There Was No War"
"Frail Grasp on the Big Picture"
"Last Good Time in Town"
"I Love To Watch a Woman Dance"
"Business As Usual"
"Center of the Universe"
"It's Your World Now"

From billboard.com - Revised Chart Policy Lands Eagles At No. 1

The Eagles' first new studio album in 28 years, "Long Road Out of Eden," takes a short route to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 after Billboard revised a significant chart policy today (Nov. 7).

In consultation with Nielsen SoundScan, Billboard will now allow exclusive album titles that are only available through one retailer to appear on The Billboard 200 and other charts, effective with this week's charts. Prior to this, proprietary titles were not eligible to appear on most Billboard charts.

Early SoundScan numbers have the Eagles taking the top perch on The Billboard 200 with 711,000 copies sold, with most sales moved by Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores. For now, the only other U.S. outlets carrying "Eden" are walmart.com, where both physical copies and downloads are sold, and the Eagles' own Web site.

"Eden" became available at the mass-market chain Oct. 30. Aside from two compilations, this is the Eagles' first album since the mostly live "Hell Freezes Over," which led The Billboard 200 for two weeks in 1994.

Britney Spears' new Jive album, "Blackout," which would have been No. 1 had the Eagles' data not been reported, will open at No. 2 with first-week sales of 290,000 copies.

"We know that some retailers will be uncomfortable with this policy, but it was inevitable that Billboard's charts would ultimately widen the parameters to reflect changes that are unfolding in music distribution," says Geoff Mayfield, Billboard's director of charts. "We would have preferred to make this decision earlier, but only became aware within the last 24 hours that Wal-Mart would be willing to share the data for this title with Nielsen SoundScan."

The revised policy initially impacts The Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums, where "Eden" will also bow at No. 1. Criteria for the remainder of Billboard's albums charts will be formulated later this week. A handful of other titles will debut this week on The Billboard 200 as a consequence of the policy revision.

Previously, titles that were not generally available at retail were not eligible to appear on The Billboard 200, but were entitled to chart on Billboard's Top Comprehensive Albums, which includes catalog titles and proprietary albums from retailers willing to report those sales.

The comprehensive chart will continue to appear on Billboard.biz, to show how catalog titles compete with the overall market. However, once parameters for the remainder of the album charts are determined, Top Comprehensive Music Videos will be discontinued, as exclusive titles will then be eligible for the Nielsen SoundScan-fed Top Music Videos.

Decker 08-30-07 01:28 AM

Wow, it's a double album! Really looking forward to it. Unfortunately, my Henley Vegas show got cancelled which really sucked since I had front-row Mezzanine seats. :(

Album cover reminds me of :
http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/...6649c010.L.jpg and http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/...ML._SS500_.jpg

Michael Allred 09-02-07 08:29 AM

The first single is all country-fied? Bah, I'll pass on that one. I like my Eagles with a rock flavor.

DaveWadding 09-02-07 01:27 PM

Originally Posted by Michael Allred
The first single is all country-fied? Bah, I'll pass on that one. I like my Eagles with a rock flavor.

Have you heard it? It reeks of Already Gone musically. So its country with a really really nice rock aftertaste. Walsh kills it on guitar (but what's new?)

B5Erik 09-02-07 01:49 PM

Nice to see that the 10 years it's taken them to get this album done have at least resulted in a double album!

Gambit 09-03-07 01:12 AM

Cool. Thanks for the info. Guess I'm have to make my way to Wal-Mart on 10/30.

Originally Posted by DaveWadding
Performing at one of his West Coast solo dates in Primm, Nevada, on Saturday, the Eagles drummer delivered a powerful two-hour set on guitar, playing some obligatory hits (“Boys of Summer,” “All She Wants to Do Is Dance”) and other unexpected favorites, including an acoustic “The End of the Innocence” and mesmerizing “Hotel California.”

Question for the Eagles aficionados out there, how well does Henley play the guitar? I never knew he played guitar, or is this something he has been doing recently?

cungar 09-04-07 02:24 PM

Originally Posted by Gambit
Cool. Thanks for the info. Guess I'm have to make my way to Wal-Mart on 10/30.

Question for the Eagles aficionados out there, how well does Henley play the guitar? I never knew he played guitar, or is this something he has been doing recently?

He strums rhythm guitar when it's needed..

DaveWadding 09-22-07 01:58 AM


That's Sunday September 30th.

zombiezilla 09-22-07 08:30 AM

Originally Posted by DaveWadding
Have you heard it? It reeks.


Oh, I've heard it, alright. I like the Eagles stuff quite well, especially with Walsh, but I really hate the new song. WAAAAAYYYYY too country-sounding. They'd progressed to a much more "rock" style when they last released new product, and I don't like this "regressive" sound.

bigjim25 10-13-07 03:24 PM

Wednesday, Nov. 7 The Eagles perform on CMAs
The Eagles to perform on CMA Awards: http://www.usatoday.com/life/music/n...5-eagles_N.htm <HR>October 12, 2007
The Billboard Q&A: The Eagles' Don Henley

Henley Delves Into 'Long Road Out Of Eden,' The Eagles' First Studio Album In 28 Years, In This Billboard Exclusive by Ray Waddell

"I've been biding time with crows and sparrows while peacocks prance and strut upon the stage," Don Henley sings on "Waiting in the Weeds," one of several powerful set pieces from the Eagles' new "Long Road out of Eden," the band's first studio album since 1979.

The line is pretty descriptive of the Eagles, Henley believes. "We're a band that knows how to bide its time ... how to wait," he says. "We've just been sort of waiting for some of this bad music to die down, for certain trends to go away, so we can get out there on the dancefloor again."

In this exclusive interview, Henley takes Billboard through the making of "Eden," due Oct. 30 exclusively via Wal-Mart stores.

It's great to see all those Henley/Frey co-written songs on the new record. Can you talk about how the songwriting and recording processes have changed?

The songwriting process hasn't really changed that much. The thing that has changed somewhat is the recording process, and that's because of technology. We've recorded a few songs here and there since the turn of the century, but we haven't done a whole album, and the changes in the technology are amazing.

Clearly, there is still a way to capture the chemistry, even with technology.

We still play instruments and sing. There are still some of the processes that remain organic, and that's the way we want it. But things like editing are a whole lot easier, and you can arrange a song on ProTools if you want to, add an extra verse or change the structure of the song. But what the computer still won't do is write lyrics for you. That still has to come by the sweat of the brow.

There is a lot of social commentary on this record, but there is also a focus on personal relationships and the human condition, as well.

We've always had love songs and we've always had social commentary. I think we've gotten a little bit better at both ends of the spectrum. In fact, I think our love songs have matured a little bit and the social commentary has matured, as well, and gotten maybe a little bolder. But, it's an Eagles album, it's all over the map, both musically and subject-wise. I guess there are more love songs on it than anything else. The last two songs on the record in particular are both messages from Glenn and I to our children.

Those are more about "big picture love" than "I love you tonight."

It's not just a boy/girl thing. We both have young children. We are both trying really hard to be good parents. That's one reason it took so long to make an album, because we are so busy trying to be good parents.

There's a question in the song "Do Something" that kind of struck me as, in many ways, central to the theme of this album: "How did we get on this road we are traveling?"

"Do Something" is an interesting song because it starts out like a love song, a boy/girl song, but then it takes on larger implications. And that line that you pointed out could pertain to a relationship between a man and a woman or it could be a statement about the country as a whole.

Is this an optimistic album?

I think it’s basically an optimistic album, with the possible exception of "Long Road Out of Eden." Of course, that's about the war, and it's also about the human condition. The point of the song is [that] we may think we are civilized, but we have a ways to go yet.

But I think the point of the whole album is summed up on the last song that Glenn wrote with Jack Tempchin, "Your World Now." The crux of the whole thing for me is those two lines: "Be part of something good, leave something good behind." For me that sums up everything, to my children, to my fans, to everybody. If there was one message to this album that I want to impart, that would be it.

There's another line that hit home for me on "Business As Usual": "I thought that I would be above it all by now, in some country garden in the shade." And yet here you are with a new record.

That's right. Here I am, just turned 60. I'm not complaining. I'm thrilled and delighted. None of us ever thought it would go on this long. But we are a determined bunch of guys. We take our time, we are not afraid of the passage of time, necessarily, and we've been sitting one out for a long time. That is kind of what "Waiting in the Weeds" implies. Again, on the surface that’s a love song, but it's also about this band. We've just been sort of waiting for some of this bad music to die down, for certain trends to go away, so that we can get out there on the dance floor again. We are a band that knows how to bide it's time, and how to wait.

"Long Road Out of Eden" has an interesting lyric: "Weaving down the American highway, through the litter and the wreckage and the cultural junk." Is that what we are doing right now?

I think so. I was originally going to write "weaving down the information highway" because I get on my computer every day and there is so much crap on the Internet, it's such a big waste of time if you aren't careful. There are wonderful things on there, too, it's such a resource of knowledge and information. But, just like television, the Internet has a lot of useless crap going on. In the end I decided that it wouldn't make a lot of sense with the rest of the song just to suddenly go over and start talking about computers and the Internet. So I changed it back to American highway just to make it broader in scope. I think with the words "cultural junk" I got my point across. I think we've cornered the market on cultural junk, pretty much.

You revisit some of those themes on "Frail Grasp on the Big Picture," where I was sorry to hear that journalism is dead and gone.

It's not completely dead and gone, of course. Obviously, there are still people out there who are trying to do a good job and trying to keep some integrity in the work. But for every one of those people, there are 20 or 30 more that are just in it for... I don't know what. Again, that is part of the cultural junk. The interesting phenomenon in this age is you turn on the news on the television or on the computer and you see all these very serious stories, like the war in Iraq, people dying and people being killed, and children being abducted and murdered. And then here comes "Entertainment Tonight" and "Access Hollywood" and "Hollywood Insider" and all this crap. Same thing when you go [online], you see [these stories] side by side, and we seem to give equal weight to both. Sometimes the trivial crap seems to get more weight and more coverage than the important stuff.

The coverage of this war has been, for the most part, nonexistent, except what the military wants us to hear and what the White House wants us to hear and see. That's what's appalling to me. I don't really want to hear any more about Britney Spears, I don't really want to see the train wreck.

It's just a continuation of stuff that I've been harping on for a long time now, the dumbing down of our culture and the dumbing down of reporting, and the abbreviation of everything because people's attention spans are so short. Everything is edited and chopped and shortened, from music videos to news pieces. And there's no time or place for in-depth analysis of anything, or reasonable discussion, reasoned dialogue. It's just people yelling at one another. Everything is about confrontation and controversy and sensationalism. There are no quiet voices. The quiet voices of reason get drowned out and stomped on.

In "Long Road Out of Eden" we tried to touch on all that stuff. It's hard, even in 10 minutes, but I really like it. I think that song is a good piece of work. I like some of the instruments we came up with on there, I like the last verse, the one you quoted. This album’s not perfect. If I were king, I would have done a couple things differently. I might have left a couple of songs off and perhaps made it a single album. But we vote by committee.

There is a commentary on consumerism here, so it’s not a stretch to go from that to talk about the Eagles’ Wal-Mart exclusive. Is there any kind of problem in reconciling the art and the commerce of this?

I certainly had some trepidation about it, but the business has changed so drastically. Wal-Mart is not a perfect company, but as I have said many times in print, they can't possibly be any worse than a major record label. My daddy was a small businessman and he was not a fan of big box retailers or chains or franchises. But this is just the world we live in and there aren’t many places where 60-year-old men, no matter how good their record is, can get this kind of promotion and widespread retail coverage. We are artists, but we are also businessmen and we try to live in the real world.

Some of my environmentalist friends are a little upset because we made this deal with Wal-mMart, but on the other hand I now have the direct line to the CEO of Wal-Mart. I also have a direct line and exchange e-mails on a regular basis with the two whiz-kids they have hired to make the company greener. They have a pretty elaborate and impressive plan laid out.

You really can't change things from the outside. We are certainly making our feelings known about what we believe as far as ecological stewardship and some of the practices of big business that are undesirable and wasteful, and I think Wal-Mart is making an effort.

Let me hasten to add, I am not thrilled with everything Wal-Mart has done, both in terms of doing business with us and on the environmental front and on the matter of some of their employee practices. But you could pick out just about any big company and say the same thing. We wanted to try something new. Everyone has been screaming let's have a new paradigm in the record industry; let's figure out a way to do this ourselves. Let's figure out a way to leave the big dinosaur record companies behind that have been robbing from us -- and the consumer -- for the last 60-80 years. Ever since the record business became big business, the labels have been suspect. We just thought we would try something different. Some people have praised us for it and some people have damned us for it, but that's the way it goes.

When it comes to this new album, are you at the point where you can rise above being a critic and just enjoy it?

Not yet. We just finished it [about] three weeks ago, so I don't have enough distance from it yet. Frankly, I don't want to hear it right now, because I know every little glitch, every little thing I think is flawed about it, I’ll hear. We are going to start rehearsing some of these tunes in October, so I am just trying to basically stay away from it until rehearsal starts so I won't be burned out. We've been living with these songs for a long time.

You guys have been playing together since 1994, why a new album now?

We were never a band that was able to record and write and tour at the same. When you go on tour at this age there is a lot of recovery time involved. Plus, as I've said before, we all have young children, our priorities are different. Not that this album and our music isn't important, but my kids are more important to me than anything, and that's where I put most of my energy these days.

There are some people who seem to think that this is some sort of comeback or we've been away, but, if I might say so, we've been breaking box office records all over the world since '94 and we've been touring quite a bit. It just took us a while to get on a roll again, to get into writing mode and learning how to work with each other again in a studio.

This is still very much a band effort. There is co-writing and there is a lot of intermingling of vocals, a lot of harmonies. At the end of the day, we agonized for two or three years how we were going to make an album that was going to be modern and cool and cutting edge, and finally we said "To hell with it, we are just going to be the Eagles. We are just going to do what we do."

And that comes back around to what we said before about waiting for your time to come again. We wanted to wait until some of the latest trends and fads died down, and you have to sort of wait for people to miss you. It's kind of like that joke in that old country song, "How can I miss you when you won't go away." We've always been good at getting out of the public eye and being gone for a while. You sit around today and you watch these kids who are exposing themselves -- in every sense of the word -- to death, it's ridiculous. We all value our private lives and our families and our charity work, and all the other things that we do, because those things inform our music. You won't see us at most of the award shows.

You've got an awards show coming up, the CMA awards. I've heard people say that if the Eagles were to come out today they would be a country band, but I've always looked at you as a rock band.

I think we are both. A country band wouldn't do "Long Road Out of Eden" and a rock band wouldn't "How Long" or "Do Something," so I don't think we can be put in a box. I think we defy all those labels. We are an American band and what we do is informed and influenced by just about every form of American music you can think of. There is rhythm and blues in there, there is folk, there's rock, there's country. It's all in there, which is one of the reasons I think we have a lasting appeal.

We are pretty excited about doing the CMA's. I did them once before with my friend Trisha Yearwood, I sang with her a few years back. We don't normally do award shows, but we are making an exception because we are honored and so thrilled to have been accepted by country radio. That's kind of a hard club to get into.
<HR>The Billboard Q&A: The Eagles' Glenn Frey
In this exclusive interview, Glenn Frey takes Billboard through the making of "Long Road Out of Eden," the Eagles' first studio album since 1979. "Eden" is due Oct. 30, exclusively via Wal-Mart stores.

Tell me about the songwriting and recording processes for "Long Road Out of Eden."

We've been working on this album kind of piecemeal up until the last 21 months, but prior to that what was happening on my end was, if I heard a song or I started writing a song that I thought was right for the Eagles, then I would hang onto it and kind of set it aside and say "I think this could go on our record". Through the course of the late 90s and the early part of [this] century, that was what we did.

There were times when we would work for a little while, but we could never really get everybody together to work for any long periods of time mainly because we all live in different places and we all have families. So, it became a little more difficult to parcel our time to work on the record, but in the last 21 months obviously we found a lot of time. Don [Henley] made a lot of sacrifices by coming to L.A. often to work on the record, coming from Dallas.

Don and I had a couple of very productive songwriting periods over the last couple of years. During those times we wrote "Busy Being Fabulous," "Fast Company," [and] we had started on "Long Road Out of Eden" way back in 2001. It was such a long song when we cut the track and tried to imagine verses and bridges and instrumental and all of that stuff, and I honestly didn't know that that song would ever get completed. Then Don just had a burst of inspiration and he told me one day "I think I've got the lyrics for 'Long Road'". And I said, "really?" It was a pretty long piece of material to begin with, but he did a great job finishing that song.

Other songs that we wrote together, [such as] "Frail Grasp on the Big Picture" and a couple of other tunes, in some cases we would have a chorus and some chords, and we would cut the track before we would finish the song if we thought we could come out with some good structure, and we just worked on it here and there when we could. As the record really started to take shape and when we finally got ourselves eight to 10 songs that were close to finished, then there was another big rush of material. That seems like it happens almost every time at the end of a record. You start to get your creative juices flowing and other songs show up, other ideas show up.

Don has a studio in Malibu and I have a studio in L.A. I would work on things on my own with other band members at my studio and Don would work on things on his own with other band members at his studio, and then we would MP3 our work back and forth to each other. When it came time to do background vocals we would do those and it turned out to be a very effective way for us to finish this project.

Obviously you guys still have the chemistry.

Yes, we do. I guess a lot of it was finding and making the time to really hunker down and get this done. Another reason why we ended up doing work in separate studios and e-mailing it back and forth to each other is because, unlike the old days, we have families and commitments with our careers and other interests. You can't have four guys in the Eagles show up for a trumpet overdub. It just doesn't make sense to make everybody come down for a day we are doing percussion on a song.

So we get everybody in the studio for tracking most of the time, although on some occasions I've just kind of tracked with [co-producer] Scott Crago on drums or Don would track with him and [guitiarist/co-producer] Steuart [Smith] and we would build up from there.

What were your goals starting out on this record?

I really had three main objectives for this record. The first objective, which sort of got us over the hump, was to understand we were making a record for our fans and our fans first and foremost love to hear us sing together. I believe with that as the important component, we were able to transcend worrying about whether we needed to make a modern record, a country record, a rock and roll record, a Henley solo album, a Frey solo album. All of that all fell under the umbrella of the Eagles singing and as long as we were singing and we liked the songs, then the material was right for us.

Number two, it was important that we got Henley/Frey material so that everybody, including us, knew that we didn't just work by ourselves, that there was enough collaboration to create at least half a dozen Henley/Frey songs, so we accomplished that.

The third objective was to make sure that we had Timothy Schmit and Joe Walsh represented. We worked hard to do that and I'm very happy that we got two songs for Timothy to sing and we got two songs for Joe to sing and were able to use Joe's guitar talents in the right places and showcase them. So those were the three objectives I had and I felt by the time we finished the record we had met all those.

Disc 1 kind of re-introduces the band and then Disc 2 has these massive powerhouse cuts that really take you on a journey. When you sit down and hear the whole thing at once, you really get that effect that it's a cohesive work.

Thank you for being an astute listener. I spent two days sequencing the record, and like you said I wanted to reintroduce everyone to the Eagles right away. Therefore, we put some of what I would call typical or classic Eagle's material right out of the box. And then slowly as the album plays along, we sort of get into some of the meatier lyrics. I felt that was the way we wanted to go. I didn't think you could come right out and have "Long Road Out of Eden" and "Frail Grasp" be the first songs on the record.

You guys have toured and played a lot in the last 12-13 years, did that make it easier when it came time to put this thing together?

We've been able to keep our band together and our name out there by touring and doing a few shows, sometimes more, sometimes less since the summer of 2001, but it's not like making a record. Once we rehearse and we know all the Eagles songs and everybody's parts are worked out, we are pretty much up and running. Although the physical aspect of touring can be a little taxing, it's not at all like making a record. Making a record is a much more involved, intimate, give-and-take proposition. We knew each other pretty well before 2001, so I can't say that one has much to do with the other.

Talk about the lead off single, "How Long."

The story with "How Long" is my kids were watching YouTube one night about seven months ago and they said, "Dad, come here. You've got to look at yourself." [YouTube] took it down shortly after I watched it, but they were streaming this show called "Pop Gala," a television special we did in 1974 in Holland. I guess we did about eight or nine songs on this show and one of them was "How Long." My kids were laughing at how long my hair was, and there we were playing this J.D. Souther song. And my wife said "you should do this song Glenn, this is classic Eagles" and I said, "You know, you're right." I think we learned it but we didn't record it back in '74 because J.D. Souther wanted to use it on his first solo album, if I'm not mistaken. So it just sort of sat there, but it was rediscovered and I thought "I really think we should cut this, this would fit in nicely with some of the other stuff we have on the album." So we did.

I've heard people say if the Eagles were to come out today they would be a country band, I don't know if I agree with that 100%, but certainly country radio has embraced this single.

I do not pretend to understand all that goes into that kind of thinking. Here is what I know: I never thought we were a country act. If you go back to the days of -- and these are mostly songs that I sang -- "Lyin' Eyes," "Peaceful, Easy Feeling," maybe even "New Kid in Town," I think in the 70s those would not have garnered any significant country airplay.

What I hear now on country radio, and I listen to it off and on, are what I would call pop songs with country lead singers. They become country songs because of the way they are sung. Again, I don't pretend to know what the format is and what the criteria is for country radio right now. I just know that we have a lot of fans and a lot of credibility in that genre. There is only steel guitar on one song on our [new] record, there is only fiddle on one song and it is kind of a Mexican-sounding song. We are just the Eagles and we make these records and we wrote these songs and we put them out and people are allowed to pick up on what they like or what appeals to them.

Would you care to comment on the Wal-Mart exclusive and the business side of things?

I am in the business of selling records and I want to be in a place where we have the opportunity to sell the most records. It's also nice that Wal-Mart pays us a very lucrative royalty; a royalty that no record company could come close to matching. But that's because we are not a loss leader at Wal-Mart. If the Eagles put out a record at Warner or any other major record label, part of the reason they can't pay up is we've got to pay for all of the bad acts they sign and release.

When you play "Long Road Out of Eden" how do you feel it stands up to your body of work with the Eagles?

I think it's going to stand up, I think it's going to be right up there, if you want to know the truth. If you look back on our previous albums of the '70s, those albums are four or five songs deep, and you can just about name them off of each album. You can name the three smash hit singles and then one or two album cuts that were essential to the record.

This record is like 15 songs deep and the other thing that I am really heartened by is that the quality of the recording is so much better now. I think the production level is far superior.

It seems you guys never took the easy way out; you could have phoned it in, to be quite honest, and this album never shows that.

We always felt that the amount of effort you put into anything would somehow show up in the work and I certainly hope it has.

"I just turned 60... I'm thrilled and delighted. None of us ever thought it would go on this long. But we are a determined bunch of guys. We take our time, we are not afraid of the passage of time"
-- Don Henley

salamander2 10-24-07 12:33 PM

Where is Don Felder?

aintnosin 10-24-07 12:43 PM

Originally Posted by salamander2
Where is Don Felder?

He was fired from the band in 2001.

cungar 10-24-07 01:04 PM

Originally Posted by salamander2
Where is Don Felder?

His absence took a lot away from the last time I saw them. Even though they had an amazing guitarist, he just seemed like a hired studio hack who was there to wow the crowd. Felder was an average guitarist but he was a long time member and is sorely missed.

whotony 10-29-07 11:53 PM

Originally Posted by derekjet
I want to personally thanks these old farts for instituting the jacking up of prices to all rock concerts when they first reunited.

agreed, and now they up the ante', apparently getting a boatload of dough to be exclusive to walmart for a year.

DaveWadding 10-30-07 12:50 AM

Originally Posted by aintnosin
He was fired from the band in 2001.

Yeah it kinda sucks. When he joined the band is when they really really got interesting to me. The 2 songs he contributed to on On the Border are scorchers (Already Gone and Good Day in Hell) and it just got better for them from there.

Decker 10-30-07 09:40 AM

Well, it's finally here. I can't believe I'm finally picking up the album that I expected to get shortly after Hell Freezes Over came out in the mid-90's. Will be stopping by Wal-Mart (shudder) on my way home today. Looking forward to listening to it tonight.

Rolling Stone Review (3 1/2 out of 5 stars)

Long Road Out of Eden," the ten-minute centerpiece of this two-CD, twenty-song album, epitomizes everything that is familiar, surprising, overstretched and, in many ways, right about the entire set. The song echoes the title hit of 1976's Hotel California, the Eagles' defining monument to mirage, money and no escape. But this time the desert is overseas and oil is the new champagne. When drummer Don Henley sings, "Now we're driving dazed and drunk" in a grainy, plaintive voice, it is an entire nation at the wheel, "bloated with entitlement, loaded on propaganda."
That is brassy censure from a band that, in the Seventies, embodied Hollywood vainglory, shining its klieg-light guitars and vocals on the low roads through high living with an often wicked insight that only comes from knowing each mile intimately. But there is a potent restraint to "Long Road Out of Eden," in the bleak, hollow mix of acoustic guitar and electric piano in the verses and the overcast sigh of the harmonies. There is empathy, too, for the soldier on night patrol, with dirty work to do and everything to lose. "I'm not counting on tomorrow/And I can't tell wrong from right," Henley sings. "But I'd give anything to be there in your arms tonight." That's not self-interest -- just the purest need.

The resemblance in title between this album and the Eagles' last studio record, 1979's The Long Run, is no coincidence. Henley and singer-guitarist Glenn Frey, the band's surviving founders, have always written and sung about asphalt and distance —: getting as far from responsibility as possible, crawling home, bruised and maybe wiser, when the fun runs out. And making Long Road Out of Eden was a protracted haul in itself. Henley, Frey, guitarist Joe Walsh and singer-bassist Timothy B. Schmit reportedly worked on the album for six years, and the Topanga-country gallop "How Long" goes back much further. Written by veteran compadre J.D. Souther, it is a previously unrecorded relic of the group's early-Seventies live sets.

But the Eagles' original studio albums were all models of clenched-gleam detail, and Long Road suffers from sprawl. "Center of the Universe" makes the most of its bare bones -- the circular-staircase effect of the guitars -- and "Waiting in the Weeds" lets the lyrics carry the impatience ("I heard some wise man say that every dog will have his day/He never mentioned that these dog days get so long"). But Schmit's sweetly sung spotlights are Eighties-ballad sugar. Walsh's "Last Good Time in Town" is a wry cantina-swing sequel to "Life in the Fast Lane" -- staying home apparently is the new going out -- and he cuts through the salsa-lounge grooming with James Gang-era guitar. Seven minutes, though, is a long time to sing about doing fuck-all.

Henley and Frey still find easy pickings in bad behavior. In "Fast Company," Frey affects a Prince-like falsetto over a chilled-funk stroll, playing an old-timer who can't even remember the action he used to get. "Busy Being Fabulous" is classic Eagles saloon-band shine about an errant filly, except this one is a mom who can't tell the difference between raising kids and being one. And Henley may be having a grim laugh at the Eagles' own expense in the materialist rant "Business as Usual": "A barrel of monkeys, a band of renown/But business as usual is breakin' me down."

Nothing, of course, is business as usual in the music industry, and the Eagles, now running their own label, have chosen Wal-Mart as the album's exclusive retailer. There is an inevitable contradiction in buying a record that attacks corporate greed and blind consumerism in songs like "Do Something" and "Frail Grasp of the Big Picture" from a superchain with a bleak record on employee rights and health care. But Long Road Out of Eden is available direct at Eaglesband.com for $11.88, a bargain even with the misfires -- and worth it for the title song alone.


cungar 10-30-07 10:59 AM

Not a bad album but those Timothy Schmidt icky sweet love songs stop the album in it's tracks. Does this guy know how to write anything but dull love songs? I never thought he fit in with the band, especially when they toughened up their sound and started rocking out a bit more.

ringside 10-30-07 11:55 AM

Didn't realize this was out. I will be picking it up today.

atlantamoi 10-30-07 02:56 PM

Originally Posted by cungar
Not a bad album but those Timothy Schmidt icky sweet love songs stop the album in it's tracks. Does this guy know how to write anything but dull love songs? I never thought he fit in with the band, especially when they toughened up their sound and started rocking out a bit more.

I was stunned by how wimpy so many of the songs are, especially on CD 1. This music sounds like it could have come out one year past "The Long Run" and would have fit in with so much of that scary Top 40 soft rock from 1981.

I'll have to give it more listens to see if I change my mind, but I still can't believe they'd release material like this in 2007.

SexualPudding 10-30-07 03:12 PM

I also consider Timothy B. Schmit's material to be shit for the most part, although I must admit, "I Can't Tell You Why" is one of my favorite Eagles songs.

zombiezilla 10-30-07 07:10 PM

Well, I'm not too impressed by the new stuff I've heard (four tracks so far). It sounds like throwaways/filler from the early records...no fire at all. Especially the crappy single. No one I've asked has liked it, yet I hear it on every rock station, regardless of genre (classic, oldies, new rock, alternative [!] )

movieking 10-30-07 07:20 PM

I really like the double CD. It's not great throughout, but it does have its moments.

As for Felder, he's written a book that reveals a lot of dirt on the Eagles. I think that it is blocked from release in North America for now, but it will be released in the UK soon.

Celtic Bob 10-31-07 02:04 AM

Never had it at my local Wal Mart.
Many Joe Walsh songs?

wm lopez 10-31-07 11:29 PM

These rock legends are old and you can't expect them to put out music as good as they did 30 years ago. Give em a break.

whotony 10-31-07 11:42 PM

Originally Posted by movieking

As for Felder, he's written a book that reveals a lot of dirt on the Eagles. I think that it is blocked from release in North America for now, but it will be released in the UK soon.

how do you figure that?

how would it be blocked and how would you know that?

atlantamoi 11-01-07 06:19 AM

Originally Posted by wm lopez
These rock legends are old and you can't expect them to put out music as good as they did 30 years ago. Give em a break.

Why give them a break? Plenty of older artists have made worthy albums. Uh, let's see... Johnny Cash. Springsteen. John Fogerty. Robert Plant's new material. The list goes on.

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