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Building The Perfect Beast

Don Henley Audio CD
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1. The Boys Of Summer
2. You Can't Make Love
3. Man With A Mission
4. You're Not Drinking Enough
5. Not Enough Love In The World
6. Building The Perfect Beast
7. All She Wants To Do Is Dance
8. A Month Of Sundays
9. Sunset Grill
10. Drivin' With Your Eyes Closed
11. Land Of The Living

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Henley--arguably the most talented member of the Eagles--had toyed with playful pop hooks on his I Can't Stand Still solo bow in 1982. Two years later he got down to business on this brainy, politics-themed sophomore disc, which indicted his native Hollywood as venomously as "Hotel California" once did. Surfaces were still somewhat glossy--there's no denying the foot-tapping elan of "Boys of Summer or "All She Wants to Do Is Dance". But the vitriol rolling just beneath those surfaces was deep, intellectual stuff. Henley, as he continued to prove with the more eloquent The End of the Innocence a few years later, is someone his fans can neither underestimate nor predict. Can we say the same of Glenn Frey or Randy Meisner? --Tom Lanham

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5.0 out of 5 stars Henley's best solo album altogether. June 20 2004
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This is easily the best of Don Henley's three solo albums of the 80's. 1982's I CAN'T STAND STILL was still too experimental and not melodic enough, and 1989's END OF THE INNOCENCE, although it had a few great songs, was veering too close to adult contemporary for my liking. This was the perfect middle ground, combining Don's trademark Eagles' classic rock sound with mid 80's synth rock.
1. Boys of Summer -- Everybody has heard this tough yet pretty mid tempo pop/rocker about lost innocence and the past. Plenty of synths and rhythm guitar make it sound like a California coast soundtrack (also supported by its black and white video).
2. You Can't Make Love -- Melodic semi ballad which, although it's heavy in synths, sounds like it could've been a classic 70's hit.
3. Man With A Mission -- An interesting mix of an oldies rocker with an 80's sound. Rowdy yet fun (semi autobiographical?) rocking tune about looking for a woman, meanwhile "running a few red lights, starting a few fistfights," etc. If someone in 1958 performed 80's hard rock, it would probably sound like this.
4. You're Not Drinking Enough -- Country inspired melodic ballad about drowning your sorrows after a breakup with a girl.
5. Not Enough Love in the World -- Another melodic, mid tempo pretty ballad with rhythm guitar. Though it was a minor hit, it's more or less forgotten today, sadly.
6. The syhtn heavy rocking title track isn't one of the better ones, but interesting nonetheless. Deals with technology and corporations taking over.
7. All She Wants to Do is Dance -- Hard edged uptempo hit, also sounding inbetween 70's classic rock and 80's pop/rock. Sounds like it's about a girl he knows who "wants to party.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love and Hate,Perfect Country Cousins... April 28 2004
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though don henley is,to put it politely, a very prickly pear...hes smart...hes out there..but his talent cant be denied...and the music(the net result of his angst) more than makes up for whatever character flaws he might possess..apparently a control freak....and something of an intellectual bully....henley is/was a transplanted east texas boy to the gold coast of southern california( who voluntarily checked himself into the hotel california)....and henley struggled,like all aspiring artists do early in their careers...likely melding his character...as to artist vs. the record companies...the eternal struggle of art vs.enterprise...henley claims the labels taught him how to hate, not to trust...but he apparently got even.. hired david geffen because he thought,"we know hes an SOB..a shark in a suit... but,he's our SOB"....the net result of all this manuevering was....great music....big ideas...big money...rock star status.....more independence....leading henley to(have enough money)to write about relevant topics,and themes, rather than the formulaic piffle much eagles music represents....without a doubt,henley is the best mind,best talent to evolve out of the eagles..not a bad drummer either...and this album is worth its weight....boys of summer...sunset grille...all she wants to do is dance....bang up hits...self explanatory...brilliant themes...brilliant structure...from a keen mind....yet, possibly at times, a conflicted soul..environmentalist/gazillionaire..???.doesnt matter in the end...this is a kicking collection of tunes...as timely as a jackson browne faire...though i might not care to know henley personally...you cant help but admire and respect the music...im not sure who the perfect beast really is..??? henley or the music..or both....??? Read more ›
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Of the ex-Eagles doing solo material, I so far have only gotten Don Henley's second solo album, Building The Perfect Beast. He gets a lot of help from guitarist Danny Kortchmar in music, songwriting, and keyboards. This is a nice exercise in light rock that still has hallmarks of the mellow California sound popularized by his ex-bandmates the Eagles, J.D. Souther, Karla Bonoff, and Linda Ronstadt. Even though Glenn Frey had more notable hits than him, Don Henley's reputation is more intact, as Frey meandered into poppy soundtrack music that alienated his old crowd.
"The Boys Of Summer" having been covered recently by DJ Sammy and AFI, makes me appreciate the original all the more. I mean an oontsa-oontsa remix or a punk cover clearly can never capture the wistful pain of trying to forget a lost time on the beach.
Another variation on the wealth not being able to buy love is told on the leisurely "You Can't Make Love" featuring Lindsey Buckingham on guitar and harmonies and the Heartbreakers�EBenmont Tench on keyboards. There's an added dimension to the theme, that one can make a promise and walk down an aisle, and "make a life for her that fits like a glove" but--you get the idea.
The rocking "Man With A Mission�Ewith a 50's rock-and-roll sound, of someone out to have a rowdy partying time, such as running a few red lights, starting some fist fights, drinking a few beers. I was surprised this didn't make it on the Fast Times At Ridgemont High soundtrack, because thematically, this would fit. Charlie Sexton helps on guitar, as does Belinda Carlisle on harmonies.
"You're Not Drinking Enough" has a trace of the country rock that popularized the Eagles. The idea here is trying to forget a woman and if "you still wanna hold her/you must not be drinkin' enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best solo DH yet!
Those people giving this a "so-so" rating on here must not know what they're talking about. This is the BEST post-Eagles Henley album there is. Read more
Published on April 23 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Don Henley Album - One of the Best Albums of the 1980s
One day during the summer of 1985, on one of my occasional jaunts to the local strip mall to buy records, I obtained two albums by former Eagles members - "The... Read more
Published on Nov. 21 2003 by S. Heffer
4.0 out of 5 stars Don Henley's best
This is probably former Eagles drummer Don Henley's best solo effort, with "The End Of The Innocence" coming in a close second. Read more
Published on July 28 2003 by Docendo Discimus
5.0 out of 5 stars The crown jewel in Henley's catalog.
While his follow-up album, "The end of the innocence" was a mammoth success, selling 6 million copies, Arguably "Building the perfect beast" is the better... Read more
Published on April 20 2003 by Stretch
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Dated Musically, But Still A Lyrical Powerhouse!
Ah, the sound of those synthesized drums that were EVERYWHERE in 1984. If Orwell had his book to write over again, he'd warn us about the shelf life of those babies. Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2002 by D. Hawkins
4.0 out of 5 stars A Snapshot of The Reagen Wasteland...
Although several songs here haven't aged well, the majority of this album allows us to remember the days of conspicuos consumption and moral bankruptcy that defined the 1980's. Read more
Published on April 25 2002 by Greg McDowell
5.0 out of 5 stars Much more than just another '80s record.
Songwriting is no trifle matter to Don Henley. And although in the early 1970s the magic duo of Henley/Frey churned out hits with enough speed to allow for the production of four... Read more
Published on Aug. 6 2001 by Themis-Athena
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Album
Another excellent album from Don Henley. As usual with his albums, the quality of the songs is uniformly high, the only one I don't like is the closing track, Land of the Living. Read more
Published on Dec 25 2000 by Bill R. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best album of the 80s, hands down
I'm a huge Eagles fan and this is the best solo effort by any of them. I had Henley's greatest hits and loved all of the tracks, so I decided to pick up this album. I was thrilled. Read more
Published on Oct. 5 2000 by FujiSaki93
5.0 out of 5 stars Henley Soars
With Building The Perfect Beast, Don Henley released an album that was his most bitingly critical and cynical album to date. Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2000 by P Magnum
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