On their first four albums, the Eagles were at pains to demonstrate that they were a group of at least near-equals, each getting a share of the songwriting credits and lead vocals. But this compilation drawn from those albums, comprising the group's nine Top 40 hits plus "Desperado," demonstrates that this evenhandedness did not extend to singles -- as far as those go, the Eagles belong to Glenn Frey and Don Henley. The tunes are melodic, and the arrangements -- full of strummed acoustic guitars over a rock rhythm section often playing a shuffle beat, topped by tenor-dominated harmonies -- are immediately engaging. There is also a lyrical consistency to the songs, which often concern romantic uncertainties in an atmosphere soaked in intoxicants. The narrators of the songs usually seem exhausted, if not satiated, and the loping rhythms are appropriate to these impressions. All of which means that, unlike the albums from which they come, these songs make up a collection consistent in mood and identity, which may help explain why Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) works so much better than the band's previous discs and practically makes them redundant. No wonder it was such a big hit out of the box, topping the charts and becoming the first album ever certified platinum. Still, there must be more to it, since the album wasn't just a big hit, but one of the biggest ever, becoming one of the very few discs to cross the threshold of 20 million copies and competing for the title of best-selling album of all time. There may be no explaining that, really, except to note that this was the pervasive music of the first half of the 1970s, and somehow it never went away.
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Performance CreditsEagles Primary Artist
Don Henley Drums,Vocals
Randy Meisner Bass,Vocals
Don Felder Guitar,Vocals
Glenn Frey Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Bernie Leadon Banjo,Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Vocals
Technical CreditsJackson Browne Composer
Don Henley Composer
Randy Meisner Composer
Jack Tempchin Composer
Irving Azoff Direction
Allan Blazek Engineer
Michael Braunstein Engineer
Glenn Frey Composer
Glyn Johns Producer,Engineer
Bernie Leadon Composer
Ed Mashal Engineer
Jim Ed Norman String Arrangements
Robb Strandlund Composer
Bill Szymczyk Producer,Engineer
Michael Verdick Engineer
Don Wood Engineer
Glen Christensen Art Direction
Boyd Elder Art Direction
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
It's hard not to like The Eagles; they span so many styles, they have a perfect harmony and their songs are all fantastic. That being said, this album compiles the best of the best, and there is not one imperfect performance on it. This focuses on the band's early, country years as opposed to their straight-rock ventures of the Joe Walsh era. The only excuse you may have for not buying this is that you have all the material on the origional albums, but if you don't you have no reason not to buy this fantastic collection.
Never tire of this album. I can't say that of many. This is the best.
I have listened to this 8-track, album, cassette tape,& CD more than any other recorded music in my life...and I plan to keep on listening to it! The best band in America!
I love the Eagles (although I have never liked Hotel California) and this cd gives you everything you could want in early Eagles. EVERY song is good. And if you are an Eagles fan, EVERY song will be familiar. My personal favorite is Desperado but all are excellent.
I have listened to this CD many times and it just seems to get better each time around. The music is so familiar and the harmonies are out-of-this-world! It is worth EVERY penny...trust me. My favorite songs on this one are "One Of These Nights", "Witchy Woman", "Desperado", and "Best Of My Love". There's a reason why it is the best selling album of all time!
Randy Meisner's "Take it to the Limit" (and his lead vocal) is the best song here.