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History of the Eagles: The Story of an American Band (3 DVD)

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Product Details

  • Directors: The Eagles
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Studio: Universal Music Canada
  • Release Date: April 30 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00BSBUZPK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #477 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Product Description

• 3 Disc DVD in 5.1 Surround Sound and Stereo
• Packaged in a six-panel digipak with accompanying photo booklet.
• 4 hours of never before seen material from the past 40 years.
• Directed by Alison Ellwood, along with Producer and Academy Award-winning documentarian, Alex Gibney.

Disc One: Part One explores the creation and rise to fame in the 1970’s through their breakup in 1980.
Disc Two: Part Two details the band’s reunion in 1994 through the Hell Freezes Over tour to present day.
Bonus Disc: Exclusive concert, Eagles Live at the Capital Centre March 1977.

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A suprisingley very well done documentary which seems like its intent on selling the new Eagles. It's divided into part 1, from the beginning of the band until their split in 1980, and then part 2, which focuses on the reunion in 1994 and to the present. I sort of stopped following closely the band after the mid 90s so I was a little surprised to learn of some of the new details, the law suits, their new records and also that Stewart Smith (I have always been a fan of his playing) replaced Don Felder.

The documentary focuses a lot on Glenn Frey, Don Henley and the Eagles as its own entity. Lots of screen time and details are poured over on Frey and Henley and their origins. There is actually a disproportionate amount of time devoted to Frey and Henley and the rest of the members and skimmed over. This reasoning is explained by Frey briefly in part two. Frey and Henley get paid more than the other members because they are the ones that created the Eagles and kept the name of the band alive after the breakup in 1980.

This might be true of Henley but I am not sure I agree about Frey. Frey had very brief success in the early to mid 80's and his career fizzled out mostly due to him releasing mediocre MOR material and unimpressive records compared to Henley. It also seems a little too skimpy on Joe Walsh and his career and contribution to the Eagles. Walsh had released more records than the Eagles did in their entire lifetime by the time he joined, both under his own name as well with The James Gang and Barnstorm. One of the great mysteries of rock and roll is why did Joe Walsh join the Eagles since he was at the height of his career at that point and was able to sellout concert halls and stadiums on his own. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Walsh_discography.
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A very distorted view of the Eagles because its basically Glenn Frey,s view of the Eagles and he is a very cold person. Frey and Henley treated Felder like a hired hand and took all the credit. Hotel California was Don Felders song, he wrote all the musical parts and Henley did the lyrics as only Henley can. Don Felder was an equal partner in the Eagles so he should not have been fired just for asking for equal money. Listen to Frey stating that it was only him and Henley that had solo careers therefor they should get more money. How greedy and pathetic because Don Henley had 10 times the solo career that Glen Frey had. So by that logic, Don Henley should have got more money than Glenn Frey. Don Henley and Glenn Frey were nicknamed the "GODS" by everyone associated with the band for good reason. They had a GOD complex!
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I have been died-hard fan of the Eagles for 40 years and I thought I knew them very well until I watched the History of the Eagles. I stayed up till 3 a.m. on two nights to finish watching everything and found out that there were so much I did not know about them. I then immediately ordered another set of DVDs to send to my ex., who is also a devoted fan of the Eagles. It was him who got me listened to them in the first place in the 70s. I have been to see them performed many many many times, even once to see Glenn Frye when he was performing on his own during their time apart from each other. They were all great memorable performances.
I grew up listening to the Beatles music, they are my all time favorite British band, but the Eagles are definitely my all time favorite American band who have proven to survive the test of time. They are truly great musicians and performing artists.
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This is a very well crafted documentary about how the Eagles came to be and what happened during their amazing rise and then subsequent breakup and later rise again. It pulls no punches. As it was crafted by Don and Glen it probably is somewhat biased in their favor but as an outsider we cannot know for sure. A must buy for Eagles fans, The bonus CD of the concert in Washington is also very good if somewhat short.
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hi,
i am not a huge fan but i do acknowledge these men did give us some great music through the years! the film gave you a look at the history of the band warts and all! Henley edgy brillant, songwriter, very intense,Frey a good musician but to my mind not a very nice person,there were some stunning negative moments he had a part in.i did like Walsh a talented musician who had to overcome some personal demons,but seems the most human and humourous of the bunch.Timothy B.seems to be above all and quite personable.you hear about the fights and the firings that is all part and parcel of the life of this band.i think most should find this very entertaining.i was a but miffed that on disc 3 45 mins of a very fine concert from 1977 was included.why only 45 mins? i think the fans deserved to see the whole thing! anyway i would recommend this to anyone! best regards.
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This is a very down to earth documentary of eagles history on the first 2 DVDs and a 70s concert on the 3rd.
Frey and Henley in their own words on the video showed me how abrasive and self centered they were,
and how dismissive they were of others Eagles contributions.
The first few tracts of the concert show you the truth about contributions of early members.
I expected that there would be more concert material on these DVDs but I am not disappointed.
I am surprised Henley and Frey let this documentary be released.
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