History of the Eagles

This 3-disc set is the Holy Grail for hardcore Eagles fans as it tells the band's story from inception to nearly present day, through lots of great vintage and recent interviews with band members and studio, concert and candid footage from throughout the band's history.

Much of the commentary comes necessarily from the band's two mainstay members, Glenn Frey and Don Henley, and the film begins with a look at the pair's pre-Eagles bands including Felicity and Shiloh for Henley and the Mushrooms and Longbranch/Pennywhistle (with John David Souther) for Frey.

The film then explains how the original line-up of Henley, Frey, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner came together before going on to chronicle all the line-up changes and the situations that caused them, and band members don't pull any punches when explaining why they didn't (or still don't) get along with one another.

The first portion of the documentary ends with the group's disbanding in 1980; the second half of the show dissects all of the infighting and personal problems band members went through and eventually overcame long enough to reunite for the Hell Freezes Over tour and the Long Road Out of Eden album.

In all, History of the Eagles is an appropriately lengthy presentation but it is so well edited and full of such stimulating clips that it ends up seeming to be a fast view.

The third disc presents concert footage; the eight songs were filmed in 1977 when the band was touring behind Hotel California and includes takes on "New Kid in Town," "Take it to the Limit," "Rocky Mountain Way" and "Best of My Love" and is all previously-unreleased.



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