The Eagles are among some pretty serious company. Being one the top five biggest-selling artists of all time—alongside Elvis and The Beatles—surely doesn’t hurt a band’s stature. With a history that stems back to its defining role in the country-rock flavored Southern California scene of the early ’70s, it scored four successive #1 albums.
There has been renewed interest in the band since its reunion tour a few years back, and with the exception of Don Felder, the original members are still intact. Although the band’s larger-than-life status and inaccessible ticket prices may be off-putting to some, its mastery of the classic pop-rock song is indisputable. With 30 songs, two discs and over two and a half hours worth of concert footage, this DVD is a treat for fans. The show documented here takes place in Melbourne Australia, in 2004.
The majority of hits are all here—from the early “Take It Easy” and “Desperado,” up through “Hotel California, “The Long Run”” and “Life in the Fast Lane.” There is also the inclusion of “Love Will Keep Us Alive” from the band’s most-recent offering with new material, HELL FREEZES OVER. As a special bonus there are songs from the solo careers of core members Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh—like “Boys Of Summer,” “Sunset Grill,” “Dirty Laundry” and “Rocky Mountain Way,” plus a few new songs, including Walsh’s “One Day at a Time” and “Hole in the World,” written by Frey and Henley in response to the events of 9/11.
The DVD’s quality is exceptional. The fine performances look vivid and clear, and sound fantastic in DTS 5.1 Surround Sound. Also included in this package are interviews with the band, and a deluxe foil-stamped digipack to house the discs.
+ Jim Kaz