Desperado

Desperado

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If Don Henley was the sole member of the Eagles underrepresented on their debut album, Eagles, with only two lead vocals and one co-songwriting credit, he made up for it on their follow-up, the "concept" album Desperado. The concept had to do with Old West outlaws, but it had no specific narrative. On Eagles, the group…  See more details below

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If Don Henley was the sole member of the Eagles underrepresented on their debut album, Eagles, with only two lead vocals and one co-songwriting credit, he made up for it on their follow-up, the "concept" album Desperado. The concept had to do with Old West outlaws, but it had no specific narrative. On Eagles, the group had already begun to marry itself to a Southwest sound and lyrical references, from the Indian-style introduction of "Witchy Woman" to the Winslow, AZ, address in "Take It Easy." All of this became more overt on Desperado, and it may be that Henley, who hailed from Northeast Texas, had the greatest affinity for the subject matter. In any case, he had co-writing credits on eight of the 11 selections and sang such key tracks as "Doolin-Dalton" and the title song. What would become recognizable as Henley's lyrical touch was apparent on those songs, which bore a serious, world-weary tone. Henley had begun co-writing with Glenn Frey, and they contributed the album's strongest material, which included the first single, "Tequila Sunrise," and "Desperado" (strangely never released as a single). But where Eagles seemed deliberately to balance the band's many musical styles and the talents of the band's members, Desperado, despite its overarching theme, often seemed a collection of disparate tracks -- "Out of Control" was a raucous rocker, while "Desperado" was a painfully slow ballad backed by strings -- with other bandmembers' contributions tacked on rather than integrated. Randy Meisner was down to two co-writing credits and one lead vocal ("Certain Kind of Fool"), while Bernie Leadon's two songs, "Twenty-One" and "Bitter Creek," seemed to come from a different record entirely. The result was an album that was simultaneously more ambitious and serious-minded than its predecessor and also slighter and less consistent.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0075596062725
catalogNumber:
5068
Rank:
253

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eagles   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Don Henley   Drums,Vocals
Randy Meisner   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Don Felder   Guitar
Glenn Frey   Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Bernie Leadon   Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals

Technical Credits

David Blue   Composer
Jackson Browne   Composer
Don Henley   Composer
Randy Meisner   Composer
Gary Burden   Art Direction
Glenn Frey   Composer
Glyn Johns   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Bernie Leadon   Composer
Jim Ed Norman   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
J.D. Souther   Composer
Bill Szymczyk   Producer,Engineer

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Desperado 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
great concept album when you take it slow and easy. Put it on and let it play through. It will put you in a great mood.