Building the Perfect Beast

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All Music Guide - Vik Iyengar
After experimenting with synthesizers and a pop sound on his solo debut, Don Henley hits the mark on his sophomore release, Building the Perfect Beast. This album established Henley as an artist in his own right after many successful years with the Eagles, as it spawned numerous hits. While the songs seem crafted for pop radio, it's hard to fault him for choosing arrangements that would get his messages to the masses. Unlike most pop in the 1980s, however, Henley had deep intellectual themes layered beneath the synthesizer sounds and crisp production. In the opening song "Boys of Summer," he talks about trying to recapture the past while knowing that things will never be ...
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All Music Guide - Vik Iyengar
After experimenting with synthesizers and a pop sound on his solo debut, Don Henley hits the mark on his sophomore release, Building the Perfect Beast. This album established Henley as an artist in his own right after many successful years with the Eagles, as it spawned numerous hits. While the songs seem crafted for pop radio, it's hard to fault him for choosing arrangements that would get his messages to the masses. Unlike most pop in the 1980s, however, Henley had deep intellectual themes layered beneath the synthesizer sounds and crisp production. In the opening song "Boys of Summer," he talks about trying to recapture the past while knowing that things will never be the same. Henley has a gift for writing about the heart and soul of America and for mixing his love for the country and small-town life "Sunset Grill" with cynicism about government "All She Wants to Do Is Dance" and modernization "Month of Sundays". Although the politics and the sound of the album make the decade of release easy to place, Henley's earnest delivery and universal messages give many of the tracks a timeless feel, which is no small feat. This is Henley's most consistent album, and it is the place to start for those wanting to sample his solo work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 720642402627
  • Catalog Number: 24026
  • Sales rank: 1,929

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Don Henley Primary Artist, Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Chant, Vocal Harmony
Lindsey Buckingham Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Belinda Carlisle Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Randy Newman Synthesizer
Charlie Sexton Guitar
Mike Campbell Synthesizer, Guitar, Percussion
Martha Davis Vocals, Chant, Vocal Harmony
Jim Keltner Drums
Carla Olson Vocals, Chant
Patty Smyth Vocals, Chant, Vocal Harmony
Albhy Galuten Synthesizer, Synclavier
Benmont Tench Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Michael Boddicker Synthesizer, Emulator
Bill Cuomo Synthesizer, Percussion
Tim Drummond Bass
Marie Pascale Elfman Vocals, Ensemble
Jerry Hey Horn, Alto Horn
Larry Klein Bass
Danny Kortchmar Organ, Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Synthesizer Guitar, Chant, Omnichord
Dominique Mancinelli Vocals, Ensemble
Kevin McCormick Drums, African Drums, African Drums
Samuel Moore Vocals
Michael O'Donahue Vocals, Chant
David Paich Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Pino Palladino Bass
Steve Porcaro Synthesizer
J.D. Souther Vocals, Chant
Richard Wachtel Vocals, Chant
Ian Wallace Drums
Sam Moore Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Don Henley Producer, Contributor, Art Direction, Synthesizer Arrangements
Randy Newman Synthesizer Arrangements
Mike Campbell Producer
Patty Smyth Contributor
Benmont Tench Synthesizer Arrangements
Michael Boddicker Programming, Synthesizer Arrangements
Niko Bolas Engineer
Bill Cuomo Programming, Percussion Programming
Marie Pascale Elfman Contributor
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements
Maren Jensen Art Direction
Tom Knox Engineer
Danny Kortchmar Producer, Contributor, Synthesizer Arrangements, Percussion Arrangement
Greg Ladanyi Producer, Engineer
Dominique Mancinelli Contributor
David Paich Synthesizer Arrangements
Steve Porcaro Programming
Mike Reese Mastering
Doug Sax Mastering
Allen Sides Engineer
Richard Bosworth Engineer
Jeri McManus Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    henleys got the beat

    3rd albums are usally make or break for artists henleys album is in fact a beast easily his best body of work although the follow up album the end of the innocent contained better songs it was not as complete as this from the opening track the catchy boys of summer to the disco of all she wants to do is dance if henley was black and born in the 1950's you could imagine him leading leading a gospel church choir not bad at all considering that he is really a drummer who could sing a bit he's definetlys got the beat

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