Saturday, June 24, 1972

Eagles chart with debut album

First posted 3/26/2008; updated 9/16/2020.

Eagles

Eagles


Charted: June 24, 1972


Peak: 22 US, -- UK, 13 CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): 1.92 US, 0.06 UK, 3.0 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: country rock


Tracks: Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Take It Easy (6/3/72, 12 US, 12 AC, 8 CN, 49 AU)
  2. Witchy Woman (9/9/72, 9 US, 8 CN, 81 AU)
  3. Chug All Night
  4. Most of Us Are Sad
  5. Nightingale
  6. Train Leaves Here This Morning
  7. Take the Devil
  8. Early Bird
  9. Peaceful, Easy Feeling (12/30/72, 22 US, 20 AC, 35 CN)
  10. Tryin’


Total Running Time: 36:43


The Players:

  • Glenn Frey (vocals, guitar)
  • Don Henley (vocals, drums)
  • Bernie Leadon (guitar, vocals, banjo)
  • Randy Meisner (bass, vocals)

Rating:

3.681 out of 5.00 (average of 19 ratings)

About the Album:

“Balance is the key element of the Eagles’ self-titled debut album, a collection that contains elements of rock & roll, folk, and country, overlaid by vocal harmonies alternately suggestive of doo wop, the Beach Boys, and the Everly Brothers.” AMG

“If the group kicks up its heels on rockers like Chug All Night, Nightingale, and Tryin’, it is equally convincing on ballads like Most of Us Are Sad and Train Leaves Here This Morning.” AMG

“The album is also balanced among its members, who trade off on lead vocal chores and divide the songwriting such that Glenn Frey, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner all get three writing or co-writing credits. Fourth member Don Henley, with only one co-writing credit and two lead vocals, falls a little behind, while Jackson Browne, Gene Clark, and Jack Tempchin also figure in the writing credits.” AMG

“The album’s overall balance is worth keeping in mind because it produced three Top 40 hit singles…that do not reflect that balance. Take It Easy and Peaceful Easy Feeling are similar-sounding mid-tempo folk-rock tunes sung by Frey that express the same sort of laid-back philosophy, as indicated by the word ‘easy’ in both titles, while Witchy Woman, a Henley vocal and co-composition, initiates the band’s career-long examination of supernaturally evil females.” AMG

“These are the songs one remembers from Eagles, and they look forward to the eventual dominance of the band by Frey and Henley. But the complete album from which they come belongs as much to Leadon’s country-steeped playing and singing and to Meisner’s melodic rock & roll feel, which, on the release date, made it seem a more varied and consistent effort than it did later, when the singles had become overly familiar.” AMG

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Tuesday, June 6, 1972

David Bowie released Ziggy Stardust: June 6, 1972

Originally posted 6/6/12. Updated 2/22/13.

image from houstonpress.com


Release date: 6 June 1972
Tracks: (Click for codes to singles charts.) Five Years / Soul Love / Moonage Daydream / Starman (4/28/72, #65 US, #10 UK) / It Ain’t Easy / Lady Stardust / Star / Hang on to Yourself / Ziggy Stardust / Suffragette City / Rock & Roll Suicide (4/11/74, #22 UK)

Sales (in millions): 0.5 US, 0.3 UK, 7.5 world (includes US and UK)

Peak: 75 US, 5 UK

Rating:


Review: Ziggy Stardust was “constructed as a loose concept album about an androgynous alien rock star” AMG “whose mission is to offer sex and salvation to earthlings.” TL The character was inspired by British rock singer Vince Taylor, who, after a breakdown, believed he was “a cross between a god and an alien.” WK The persona allowed Bowie to to “explore and flaunt his own hunger for stardom.” JI As Bowie said, “I became Ziggy Stardust…David Bowie went totally out the window...I got hopelessly lost in the fantasy.’” TL

Ziggy Stardust

Of course, the over-the-top theatrics are part of the reason for the album’s success. This was the first time Bowie’s “vision and execution met in such a grand, sweeping fashion.” AMG He melded a “glitzy array of riffs, hooks, melodrama, and style” AMG into an “off-kilter metallic mix” AMG that, alongside his “arty, theatrical ambitions,” TL made for “the logical culmination of glam.” AMG While Bowie didn’t invent glam, his homage to idols like Marc Bolan and Iggy Pop could be credited for “setting in motion the glam rock movement that echoed from Alice Cooper to Marilyn Manson.” TL

Starman

The album’s first single, Starman, served up a heavy dose of Bowie’s “flamboyant imagery and hard-edged pop” JI via a Top of the Pops appearance in which “Bowie, vermilion-haired in a skintight jumpsuit and painted nails, camply slung a provocative arm around Mick Ronson during the guitarist’s solo.” JI Songs like that certainly “provided plenty of stage-worthy moments when Ziggy toured in the ‘70s, but years later they still thrill.” AZ Among other gems are radio favorites like the title cut and Suffragette City They “still serve as solid excursions into the future (then and now) of rock.” AZ

Suffragette City


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