Their Greatest Hits 1971-75
Released: February 1976
Chart Peak: #1
Weeks Charted: 133
Certified Platinum: 2/24/76
Hum 'em high -- ten poptunes from the Four Lads of I'm-okay I'm-okay are probably a must for those who've concluded they're geniuses by listening to the radio. I happen to remember that what makes On the Border a decent album isn't their "victory song" (over guess what kind of person) but the songs to, about, and by other men, and that the only other decent cut on last year's breakthrough was the one that told a hard truth about the artists. B
- Robert Christgau, Christgau's Record Guide, 1981.
These ten selections were integral to seventies rock radio. As an indictment of those times, it's nonpareil; yet, it remains slickly seductive. The sound is all over, mostly compressed, occasionally a bit harsh, though often equivalent to the LP version. B
The reason this is such a great greatest-hits album is that it includes almost all the best tracks from the Eagles' first four albums, eight Top 40 hits including the #1s "Best of My Love" and "One of These Nights," plus the favorites "Tequila Sunrise" and "Desperado." This is the essential Eagles for the period. (As of mid-1995, Their Greatest Hits [1971-1975] was the second-best-selling album of all time in the U.S., with certified sales of 22 million copies.) * * * * *
- William Ruhlmann, The All-Music Guide to Rock, 1995.
A little inconsistent during their early years, the Eagles are best served by Their Greatest Hits, 1971-75, an awesome collection of singles -- from "Take it Easy" to "One of These Nights" -- that established the Eagles as one of rock's top groups of the time. * * * * *
- Gary Graff, Musichound Rock: The Essential Album Guide, 1996.
On deservedly one of the best-selling discs of all time, every song is an ingrained part of popular culture. Hey girls, have you ever cheated on your boyfriend? Then you know "Lyin' Eyes," and if you never made out in the backseat while listening to "Take It to the Limit," then you've never made out...and you know, it's hard not to press the accelerator when "Already Gone comes on. Yeah, this '70s flashback makes you long for adventure and a time when you had no commitments. * * * * *
- Zagat Survey Music Guide - 1,000 Top Albums of All Time, 2003.
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