This week in 1974, classic rock luminaries, the Eagles released their third studio album titled, On The Border. It was the first to feature guitarist Don Felder, and delivered three hit singles, Already Gone, James Dean and Best Of My Love – which we have found a stellar live performance of to check out below!
Best Of My Love was written by Eagles’ members Don Henley, Glenn Fey and J.D. Souther. The song featured Henley on lead vocals, supported by the heavenly harmonies of his bandmates to create that inimitable Eagles sound. The song was the third single released from 1974’s On The Border and gave the classic rock kings their first Billboard number one single in 1975.
Here they are in performing the hit live at the Capitol Centre in 1977. It’s an exquisite masterclass in superb musicianship… it’s fair to say – they don't make music like this anymore! Enjoy below.
Eagles | ‘Best Of My Love’ [Capitol Centre, 1977]
Initial sessions for On The Border were produced by Glyn Johns – who had previously produced Eagles’ 1972 self-titled LP, along with many works by The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Easybeats, just to name a few – but dissolved into disagreement as the band tried to incorporate a more hard rock sound into their more country-influenced classic rock sound.
After Johns told the band "you are not a rock-and-roll band, The Who is a rock-and-roll band, and you're not that”, they decided to find a new producer and discarded all the recordings except for two usable tracks, You Never Cry Like A Lover and Best of My Love – which would give the Eagles’ their first US number one hit.
On The Border was the first album by the Eagles to be released in Quadraphonic surround sound. It was released on Quadraphonic 8-track tape and CD-4 LP. Some vinyl LPs arrived with a hidden message carved into the run-out groove reading: "He who hesitates is lunch” – have you checked yours?
Eagles’ Live From The Forum MMXVIII was filmed on 14 4K cameras and is available in a variety of audio and video formats, including Blu-ray, CD, Vinyl, and streaming, and stacked super deluxe edition. It captures definitive live performances of the band’s most iconic hits, including Hotel California, Take It Easy, Life In The Fast Lane, Desperado and Best Of My Love. Check it out, here.
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