Long Road Out of Eden

Long Road Out of Eden

by Eagles


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Just because it took them 13 years to deliver a studio sequel to their 1994 live album Hell Freezes Over, don't say it took the Eagles a long time to cash in on their reunion. They started cashing in almost immediately, driving up ticket prices into the stratosphere as they played gigs on a semi-regular basis well into the new millennium. So, why did it take them so long to record a new studio album? It could be down to the band's notoriously testy relations -- Don Felder did leave and sue the band in the interim, settling out of court in 2007 -- it could be that they were running out some contractual clause somewhere, it could be that they were waiting for the money to be right, or the music to be right. It doesn't really matter: there was no pressing need for a new album. Fans were satisfied by the oldies, and the band kept raking in the dough, so they could take their time making a new album. And did they ever take their time -- the 13-year gap between Hell Freezes Over and Long Road Out of Eden, their first album since 1979's The Long Run, was nearly as long as that between their 1980 breakup and 1994 reunion. Far from indulging in a saturation campaign for this long-awaited record, the Eagles released the double-disc Long Road Out of Eden with surgical precision, indulging in few interviews and bypassing conventional retail outlets in favor of an exclusive release with Wal-Mart, which is not only the biggest retailer in America but also where a good chunk of the band's contemporary audience -- equal parts aging classic rockers and country listeners -- shops. (The album was also available on the group's official website, eaglesband.com via musictoday.com.) It was a savvy move to release Long Road Out of Eden as a Wal-Mart exclusive, but the album is savvier still, crafted to evoke the spirit and feel of the Eagles' biggest hits. Nearly every one of their classic rock radio staples has a doppelgänger here, as the J.D. Souther-written "How Long" recalls "Take It Easy," the stiff funk of "Frail Grasp on the Big Picture" echoes back to the clenched riffs of "Life in the Fast Lane," and while perhaps these aren't exact replicas, there's no denying it's possible to hear echoes of everything from "Lyin' Eyes" and "Desperado" to "Life in the Fast Lane," and Timothy B. Schmit turns Paul Carrack's "I Don't Want to Hear Anymore" into a soft rock gem to stand alongside his own "I Can't Tell You Why." It's all calculated, all designed to hearken back to their past and keep the customer satisfied, but yet it often manages to avoid sounding crass, as the songs are usually strong and the sound is right, capturing the group's peaceful, easy harmonies and Joe Walsh's guitar growl in equal measure. The Eagles burrow so deeply into their classic sound that they sound utterly disconnected from modern times, no matter how hard Don Henley strives to say something, anything about the wretched state of the world on "Long Road Out of Eden," "Frail Grasp on the Big Picture," and "Business as Usual." These tunes are riddled with 21st century imagery, but sonically they play as companions to Henley's brooding end-of-the-'80s hit The End of the Innocence, both in their heavy-handed sobriety and deliberate pace and their big-budget production. That trio fits neatly into the second disc of Long Road Out of Eden, which generally feels stuck in the late '80s, as Walsh spends seven minutes grooving on "Last Good Time in Town" as if he were a Southwestern Jimmy Buffett with a worldbeat penchant, Glenn Frey sings Jack Tempchin and John Brannen's "Somebody" as if it were a sedated, cheerful "Smuggler's Blues," and the whole thing feels polished with outdated synthesizers. None of this is necessarily bad, however, as it's all executed well and the doggedly out-of-fashion sonics only make the songs more reminiscent of the Eagles' older records, especially if their solo work from the '80s is part of the equation. If that second disc does seem a bit like the Eagles' lost album from the Reagan years, the first disc recalls their mellow country-rock records of the '70s -- that is, if Joe Walsh had been around to sing Frankie Miller's blues-rocker "Guilty of the Crime" to balance out Henley and Frey's "Busy Being Fabulous" and "What Do I Do with My Heart," a counterpoint that serves the band well. That first disc is the stronger of the two, but the two discs do fit together well, as they wind up touching upon all of the band's different eras, from the early days to their solo hits. It's designed to please those fans who have been happy to hear the same songs over and over again, whether it's on the radio or in those pricey concerts -- listeners who want new songs that feel old, but not stale. That's precisely what Long Road Out of Eden provides, as it's an album meticulously crafted to fit within the band's legacy without tarnishing it.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/03/2009
Label: Eagles Recording Co.
UPC: 0698268450820
catalogNumber: 684508

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eagles   Primary Artist
Don Henley   Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Joe Walsh   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Michael Thompson   Trombone,Keyboards
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Scott Crago   Percussion,Drums
Glenn Frey   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Garth   Violin,Alto Saxophone
Willie Hollis   Keyboards
Greg Leisz   Pedal Steel Guitar
Timothy B. Schmit   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Greg Smith   Baritone Saxophone
Greg "Frosty" Smith   Baritone Saxophone
Steuart Smith   Guitar,Mandolin,Keyboards
Chris Mostert   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bill Armstrong   Trumpet
Richard J. Davis   Keyboards
Luis Conti   Percussion
Richard F.W. Davis   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Paul Carrack   Composer
Eagles   Audio Production
Don Henley   Composer,Horn Arrangements
Joe Walsh   Composer
Jack Tempchin   Composer
Larry John McNally   Composer
John Brannen   Composer
Irving Azoff   Management
Steve Churchyard   Engineer
Scott Crago   Producer,Audio Production
Eddie DeLena   Engineer
Glenn Frey   Composer,Orchestration
Hank Linderman   Engineer
Jim Nipar   Engineer
Timothy B. Schmit   Composer
Greg "Frosty" Smith   Horn Arrangements
Steuart Smith   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
J.D. Souther   Composer
Bill Szymczyk   Producer,Audio Production
Mike Terry   Engineer
Bobby Carlos   Guitar Techician
Richard J. Davis   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Orchestration
Frankie Miller   Composer
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
Victor Rodriguez   Guitar Techician
Mike Harlow   Engineer
John Gabrielli   Guitar Techician
Jerry Lynn Williams   Composer
Brian Hunt   Guitar Techician
Andy Ackland   Engineer
John Hollander   Composer
Jason Lader   Engineer
Richard F.W. Davis   Programming,Producer,Orchestration,Audio Production
Nick Steinhardt   Logo
Chris Bell   Engineer

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Long Road Out of Eden 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
GoldSounz More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan of everything Eagles from 1971 through '79. I just don't see any of that in this. A lot of this sounds like warmed over Henley and Frey solo crap. And I'm not suggesting that it's missing the Felder guitar or anything like that. It just sounds homogenized and safe. Making songs that sound like "Take It Easy" or "Life in the Fast Lane" never measure up to the originals and as a result sound dated. But, hey, if they were targeting the Walmart/pop Country crowd with this stuff, then they've achieved their goal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Eagles have outdone themselves. Even better than the live concert!
DarinMich More than 1 year ago
I went to their concert when they were in town in April, as a guest of my sister (who is a big fan). I've enjoyed the Eagles in the past, but never called myself a "huge" fan. I do like & appreciate many of their songs though, and was happy to go. I really enjoyed the concert, and really liked all of the new songs they did from their new CD. What harmonies, and a lot of beautiful music!! I bought the CD the next day, and it's been my latest favourite ever since. I've grown to love so many on this CD. After a couple of weeks I found I really like the "whole" CD which is very unusual for me. I'd highly recommend it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful new release by a still-great band, solid musicianship and rich harmonies. Their voices remain strong and their approach is more sweet, thoughtful and introspective - they're aging very well. There is one misfit in the collection for my tastes, but overall, a great CD and worth the investment to hear the evolution of a classic American band.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago