One of These Nights (5/31/75) #1 US, #23 UK, #20 AC
Lyin’ Eyes (9/13/75) #2 US, #23 UK, #3 AC, #8 CW
Take It to the Limit (12/20/75) #4 US, #12 UK, #4 AC
Notes: If you’re looking for a larger compilation, the 2003 2-CD set The Very Best of includes all of these songs as well as the 10 cuts that comprised Greatest Hits Vol. 2 and another 13 tracks. Of course, that seems a little silly for a band that only released six albums in the first place!
Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975
This album wasn’t just the “first album ever certified platinum” (Ruhlmann); it has, in recent years, surpassed Michael Jackson’s Thriller as the all-time best-selling album, according to the Record Industry Association of America. “There may be no explaining that, really, except to note that this was the pervasive music of the first half of the 1970s, and somehow it never went away.” WR
“On their first four albums, the Eagles were at pains to demonstrate that they were a group of at least near-equals, each getting a share of the songwriting credits and lead vocals. But this compilation drawn from those albums, comprising the group's nine Top 40 hits plus Desperado, demonstrates that this evenhandedness did not extend to singles — as far as those go, the Eagles belong to Glenn Frey and Don Henley. The tunes are melodic, and the arrangements — full of strummed acoustic guitars over a rock rhythm section often playing a shuffle beat, topped by tenor-dominated harmonies — are immediately engaging. There is also a lyrical consistency to the songs, which often concern romantic uncertainties in an atmosphere soaked in intoxicants. The narrators of the songs usually seem exhausted, if not satiated, and the loping rhythms are appropriate to these impressions. All of which means that, unlike the albums from which they come, these songs make up a collection consistent in mood and identity, which may help explain why Eagles: Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 works so much better than the band's previous discs and practically makes them redundant.” WR