The pre-Hotel California years were arguably the best for The Eagles (though there were, thanks to Joe Walsh, some stellar future moments).
Their mix of country, folk, and rock had a harder, grittier edge, and helped define what would become known as the Southern California sound.
There was just enough of a country feel in the beautiful harmonies of ½Best of My Love,½ to blur the edges between the genres. ½Take It Easy½ and ½Lyin’ Eyes½ could easily have come out of the new Nashville school, as well.
The twang that characterizes the guitar intro to ½Already Gone½ and the leads in ½Witchy Woman½ and ½One of These Nights,½ also pays tribute to country’s guitar greats.
Greatest Hits 1971-1975 houses a scant ten singles, but not only does it illustrate the magic of the collaboration between Glen Frey and Don Henley, it shows the breadth of The Eagles impact on the many who would follow their lead