Ahhh, yes. The Eagles. Good times. Good times.
I came of age with Take it to the Limit, Desparado, Hotel California, Take it Easy and so many of the great Eagles’ hits of the mid to late ’70s. I adored the wonders of The Long Run album (The Greeks Don’t Want No Freaks was a sort of personal anthem back in the day) and was even mildly interested when the came back together for Hell Freezes Over.
Admittedly, it’s been a while since I had the pleasure of enjoying Don, Joe, Glen and Tim with the exception of my Ultimate Class Rock playlist on my iPod. However, help is on the way….At a June concert, Don Henley announced a new CD that will be coming out this October. Then, a few days ago, they released the single How Long.
Here it is:
How Long, The Eagles
Now, Lefsetz has some pretty harsh criticism of the fact that this song was originally done by J.D. Souther in 1972. Never the subtle one, Bob laments the fact that this is a 35 year old cover. However, The Eagles publicist, Larry Solters, vehemently disagrees with Lefsetz’s assessment. While I generally am in total alignment with ole Bob, I have to go with Larry on this one. Larry’s basic point is that this song is actually exactly what Bob has been lamenting is missing — a good, solid song PERFORMED by musicians (who are certainly proven).
You can’t talk out of both sides of your mouth, Bob. I respect what Larry says about the song being “performing” music and the lack of reliance on supped-up editing. After all, that is Lefsetz’s rally cry. Perhaps Bob just genuinely dislikes the song itself, and that’s ok, but sometimes he just might miss the mark of the intention and intelligence of an artist or group. I think he got a little carried away with the fact that the first song (of 20 scheduled for the CD) is “cover”. Forget that nobody actually knows that and the general public will only know that it’s a pretty good song from a band that’s in their fourth decade of solid music making.
Damn, those heroes fall hard.
As for my personal assessment of How Long?? Maybe I’m still in The Wilburys frame of mind, but this old, new song bears striking resemblance to that “sound”. It looks like they’re having a great time and it will fit nicely in my library — under REAL MUSIC.
BTW, here’s the website: http://www.eaglesband.com/