The End of the Innocence

The End of the Innocence

by Don HenleyDon Henley


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Don Henley took some time before completing his highly anticipated third album, The End of the Innocence. Although he manages to duplicate much of the magic of his previous album, Henley has backed off of the synthesizers and expanded his musical palette. He uses background vocals to great effect, whether it's the tragic ballad "New York Minute" (with vocal group Take 6) or the angry rocker "I Will Not Go Quietly" (with Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses). His collaboration with Bruce Hornsby on the opening title track show a mature Henley singing about disillusionment over a beautiful piano riff that gives the song a timeless air of nostalgia. While he still tackles political issues and writes about small-town life in America, Henley also mixes in romantic ballads, including the closer "Heart of the Matter." In this epic song, Henley explores the emotional complexity of relationships and coming to terms with oneself during the aftermath. Throughout the album, he manages to balance being cynical yet hopeful, and his great melodies allow his poignant lyrics to penetrate. This album is highly recommended for those who like their pop music with a message.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/19/1989
Label: Geffen Records
UPC: 0720642421727
catalogNumber: 24217
Rank: 4122

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Don Henley   Primary Artist,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Take 6   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Melissa Etheridge   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Bruce Hornsby   Piano,Keyboards
Ivan Neville   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Stanley Jordan   Guitar,Drums,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Wayne Shorter   Soprano Saxophone
Valerie Carter   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Mike Campbell   Guitar,Keyboards
Jim Keltner   Percussion,Drums
Sheryl Crow   Background Vocals
Patty Smyth   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Edie Brickell   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
John Corey   Guitar,Keyboards
Charley Drayton   Background Vocals
Michael Fisher   Percussion
Bob Glaub   Bass
Larry Klein   Bass
Danny Kortchmar   Guitar,Keyboards
Stan Lynch   Percussion,Drums
Steve Madaio   Trumpet
David Paich   Piano,Strings,Keyboards
Pino Palladino   Bass
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Axl Rose   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Julia Tillman Waters   Background Vocals
J.D. Souther   Background Vocals
Carmen Twillie   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Waddy Wachtel   Guitar,Acoustic Guitar
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Charlie Drayton   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Julia Waters   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
W. Axl Roase   Vocal Harmony
Jai Winding   Keyboards,keyboard bass
Steve Jordan   Drums,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,wah wah guitar,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Don Henley   Producer
Bruce Hornsby   Producer
Mike Campbell   Producer
John Corey   Producer,Engineer,Basic Track
Marc DeSisto   Engineer
Rob Jacobs   Engineer
Danny Kortchmar   Programming,Producer,Basic Track
Greg Ladanyi   Producer,Engineer
Stan Lynch   Producer,Engineer,Basic Track
Mark McKenna   Engineer
Brian Scheuble   Engineer
Bob Vogt   Engineer
Shelly Yakus   Engineer
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
Ken Nahoum   Cover Photo
Eddie King   Engineer

Customer Reviews

The End of the Innocence 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
don henleys 1989 classic end of the innocence is one awesome true album with lots of great tunes/ also if you have a dvd player and a reciver with dts sound included get the dts cd of this cd. it will blow you away/