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  • Audio CD (Jan. 29 1985)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000000OPC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
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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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Japanese only paper sleeve/SHM-CD pressing. Universal. 2011.

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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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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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 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 timely as a jackson browne faire...though i might not care to know henley cant help but admire and respect the 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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