|Album type||Studio album|
|Studio(s)||Olympic Studios, London, England|
|Official release||June 1, 1972|
|Genre||Country rock, folk rock|
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Eagles (1972) is the self-titled debut studio album by the rock band the Eagles. It was recorded in February 1972 in London and was released June 1 the same year on the new "Asylum" label, who would produce every album up to The Long Run.
During the production, Producer Glyn Johns (who also produced bands like The Rolling Stones) got into frequent arguments with Don Henley and Glenn Frey over the sound of the album. Henley and Frey wanted a harder rock sound, while Johns wanted to focus on the softer, acoustic sounds of Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon. This could explain why the Eagles first two albums, Eagles and Desperado, had much more vocal work from Meisner and Leadon than other albums. More tension arose when the song "Nightingale" was recorded without Johns notice. However, even though Johns saw it unfit for release, "Nightingale" was put on the album.
Eagles was received relativley well. It debuted #102 on the Billboard 200 and rose to #22 after six weeks. The album was received generally well with critics. Some like Robert Christgau were impressed, but doubted the band's authenticity as a country group, while Bud Scoppa of Rolling Stone called it "One of the best debut albums of the year." The album went gold 2 years after its release and finally went platinum in 2001.
Side One of the album contains notable hits "Take it Easy" and "Witchy Woman" as well as "Chug All Night", "Most of Us are Sad", and "Nightingale"
Side Two contains notable hit "Peaceful Easy Feeling" as well as "Train Leaves Here This Morning", "Take the Devil", "Earlybird", and "Tryin'". Don Henley does not sing lead vocals on any Side Two songs.