Eagles ‎– On The Border

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"On the Border" is the third studio album by the Eagles, released in 1974. During the making of the album, the band experienced significant changes. As the band tried to lean towards a more hard rock sound, they felt that producer Glyn Johns overemphasized their country sound. After recording only two songs, the band let go of Johns and hired Bill Szymczyk. At Frey's request they brought in guitarist Don Felder to add slide guitar to the song "Good Day in Hell". The band was so impressed that they invited Felder to become the fifth Eagle. They credited him as a late arrival on the album's liner notes. The album reached #17 on the charts and sold 2 million copies. The album also released three singles, "Already Gone", "James Dean" and "Best Of My Love". The singles reached #32, #77 and #1 respectively. "Best of My Love" became the band's first of five chart toppers.

This is 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.

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7E-1004 Eagles On The Border(LP, Album, San) Asylum Records 7E-1004 US 1974 Sell This Version
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CH 430 Eagles On The Border = En La Frontera(Cass, Album) Asylum Records CH 430 Spain 1974 Sell This Version
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TC-SYL 9016 Eagles On The Border(Cass, Album, Non) Asylum Records TC-SYL 9016 UK 1974 Sell This Version
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AS 43005 (73-1004), AS 43005 B, 7E-1004 Eagles On The Border(LP, Album) Asylum Records, Asylum Records, Asylum Records AS 43005 (73-1004), AS 43005 B, 7E-1004 Netherlands 1974 Sell This Version
AUC 4503, 7E 1004 Eagles On The Border(LP, Album) Asylum Records, Asylum Records AUC 4503, 7E 1004 South Africa 1974 Sell This Version
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7E-1004 Eagles On The Border(LP, Album, CTH) Asylum Records 7E-1004 US 1974 Sell This Version
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7E-1004 Eagles On The Border(LP, Album, Promo) Asylum Records 7E-1004 US 1974 Sell This Version
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SYL 9016 Eagles On The Border(LP, Album, Tex) Asylum Records SYL 9016 UK 1974 Sell This Version
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AS 43 005 Eagles On The Border(LP, Album, RE) Asylum Records AS 43 005 Europe 1976 Sell This Version
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7E-1004 Eagles On The Border(LP, Album, RE, SP) Asylum Records 7E-1004 US 1983 Sell This Version
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E2 1004, 740878T Eagles On The Border(CD, Club, Rei) Asylum Records E2 1004, 740878T Canada 1996 Sell This Version
AMCY-3007 Eagles On The Border(CD, Album, RE) Asylum Records AMCY-3007 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
7559-60595-2 Eagles On The Border(CD, Album, RE) Asylum Records 7559-60595-2 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
7E-1004-2 , 243005 Eagles On The Border(CD, Album, RE, RM) Asylum Records, Asylum Records 7E-1004-2 , 243005 US 1999 Sell This Version
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7559-60595-2 Eagles On The Border(CD, Album, RE, RM) Asylum Records 7559-60595-2 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
7559-60595-2 Eagles On The Border(CD, Album, RM) Asylum Records 7559-60595-2 UK & Europe 2000 Sell This Version
WPCR-11934 Eagles On The Border(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Asylum Records WPCR-11934 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
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7E-1005 Eagles On The Border(LP, Album, 180) Asylum Records 7E-1005 UK 2007 Sell This Version
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none Eagles On The Border(10xFile, FLAC, Album, RE, 24b) Rhino Records (2), Elektra none 2013
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streetmouse

streetmouse

February 8, 2019
referencing On The Border, LP, Album, San, 7E-1004

It’s no surprise that many thought that the Eagles were just another country-rock band as the 70’s came into view, though by the time On The Border was released, the world was faced with an entirely new concept, with a band who were destined to take the world by storm, as the album resonated with listeners on an entirely different level.

To that end, and perhaps in the spirit of outrunning their past personae, most of the numbers found on this outing are in some way related to escape, or the failures that besiege us all, necessitating a light-footed hightailing outa Dodge. The Eagles have always been about California, a place many had escaped to during the psychedelic 60’s, and the ethos the west coast emphasized, personified, along with the intense camaraderie that was still legendary from San Diego to Sacramento and beyond.

On The Border was dismissed by many when it hit the streets, with critics asking what could possibly need three guitarists, and that with three gunslingers, despite playing well, there were simply too many intrusive guitar parts and solos, smacking of the gratuitous. Others claimed that somewhere in the middle of the songs, the arrangements lost track of each other, and in essence, were ill-defined. Yet I heard more on this record, I heard a new way of presenting this easy going country rock, that at times could step out and blister floorboards, as if the Eagles were turning a musical corner, knowing that if you weren’t on board then, you soon would be in the future.

Perhaps On The Border did lack purposefulness, but this was a new decade, songs didn’t need to fold back on each other, the album was filled with emancipation and energetic high spirits, elegant harmonies and substantial arrangements. Certainly the Eagles were not like Neil Young, the Eagles were expanding their sound, channeling their music to a more mainstream market, yet that in no way relegated it to a lesser status, it’s just that the band, like Fleetwood Mac, found a key that turned heads, causing listeners to take notice with catchy hooks, storytelling lyrics and great considered songwriting. The Eagles were showing the world, and this album was as successful overseas as it was in the States, that music was all about the fun it evoked, rather than being belabored with boring extended jams and guitar hero solos. If anything, the Eagles where showing that they were a band who created dynamic albums, filled with songs that were more than worthy of standing as singles in their own right.

Without a doubt, many fans passed this album by on its release, only to rediscover it by walking the cat backwards, shamefully shuffling their feet over what they’d missed.

*** The Fun Facts: There are some very clever and pointed aspects to the album. The song “Good Day In Hell” was a tribute to both Gram Parsons and Danny Whitten, regarding the music business and the perils of the lifestyle that business creates. “On The Border” referenced the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon, and the government overstepping its bounds, infringing on the privacy rights of its individual citizens. The phrase “Say Goodnight Dick” can nearly be heard, a line made famous by Dan Rowan (of Rowan & Martin, and the show Laugh In) referencing Richard Nixon’s fall from grace. The liner notes credit a mysterious T.N.T.S. for the vocal tracks. This in fact wasn’t a person, but stood for the gin, Tanqueray n’ Tonic, a drink that was favored during the sessions. A Gram Parsons reference turns up again on the number “My Man,” as Gram died of a drug overdose in ’73, and had been an artist who pioneered the country-rock sound, though achieved little success, yet inspired many.

Review by Jenell Kesler
Nick_C

Nick_C

December 23, 2017
referencing On The Border, LP, Album, 7E-1004
Does anyone know what the inside of the gate fold cover shows?
leegrace1

leegrace1

September 6, 2017
referencing On The Border, LP, tex, SYL 9016

Quite good album; not a huge Eagles fan but was free. Sound quality generally good but sleeve in poor condition.