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Rock Hall Anniversary: The Eagles’ On The Border

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The Eagles’ third album On The Border, indicated significant changes within the band. Released in March 1974, it was the album where the initially four-member band added a fifth member, and new producer would be at the helm, and the band began leaning more into a harder rock sound. The album will also bring the band their first chart-topper.

On the Border marked the debut of guitarist Don Felder into the Eagles, who was initially brought in to play slide guitar on the track “Good Day in Hell”, yet would be so impressive that he was invited to join the band. The album was also their last with producer Glyn Johns, producer of the band’s first two albums. The Eagles’ desire to go to a harder sound, came in conflict with Johns’ emphasis in producing a more country rock sound out of the band. He left the production after two songs, and Bill Szymczyk was brought in to produce the remainder of the album. He would also go on to produce the Eagles’ next three studio albums.

Some of the key tracks on the albums include a cover of Tom Waits’ “Ol’ ‘55”, “James Dean”, “You Never Cry Like a Lover”, and the Gram Parsons tribute “My Man”. On The Border reached number 17 on the charts, and sold over two million copies. The breakout single “Best of My Love” became the Eagles’ first number one single. The stage was set for the higher plateau of success, the band would obtain as the 1970’s roared on.


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