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Eagles – Desperado (2014 Reissue on 180g Vinyl)

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Released on 17 April 1973, Desperado is the second studio album by the Eagles. The album was recorded at the Island Studios in London, which took four weeks at a cost of £30,000. Producer Glyn Johns wanted to produce the album quickly and economically, each track was therefore limited to four or five takes, and requests to record more were refused. The band was very happy with the finished result; after Johns had played the album back to them as an entity for the first time, they carried him on their shoulders out of the control room.

The songs on Desperado are based on the themes of the Old West. The band members are featured on the album’s cover dressed like an outlaw gang; Desperado remains the only Eagles album where the band members appear on the front cover.

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Eagles – Desperado (2014 Reissue on 180g Vinyl)

Although the title track is one of the Eagles’ signature songs, it was never released as a single. The song Desperado was ranked No. 494 on Rolling Stone’s 2004 list of ‘The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time’. The album did yield two singles, Tequila Sunrise and Outlaw Man, which reached No. 64 and No. 59 respectively. The album reached No. 41 on the Billboard album chart and was certified gold by the RIAA on 23 September 1974, and double platinum on 20 March 2001.

Track Listing

Side One

  1. Doolin-Dalton
  2. Twenty-One
  3. Out of Control
  4. Tequila Sunrise
  5. Desperado

Side Two

  1. Certain Kind of Fool
  2. Doolin-Dalton (Instrumental)
  3. Outlaw Man
  4. Saturday Night
  5. Bitter Creek
  6. Doolin-Dalton/Desperado (Reprise)