Desperado is the second studio album by the American band the Eagles.
It was recorded at Island Studios in London, England and released in 1973.
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.
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, though: ˝Tequila Sunrise˝ and ˝Outlaw Man˝.
Those two singles 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 September 23, 1974, and double platinum on March 20, 2001.
Desperado was the last Asylum Records album to be distributed in North America by Atlantic Records (catalog no. SD 5068), prior to Asylum’s mid-1973 merger with Elektra Records by Asylum’s, Elektra’s and Atlantic’s parent company, Warner Communications.
Glenn Frey –guitars, piano, electric piano, harmonica, vocals
Don Henley –drums, acoustic guitar, vocals
Bernie Leadon –guitars, mandolin, banjo, dobro, vocals
Randy Meisner –bass guitar, vocals