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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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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.Read more ›
"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.Read more ›
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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 morePublished on April 23 2004
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 morePublished on Nov. 21 2003 by S. Heffer
This is probably former Eagles drummer Don Henley's best solo effort, with "The End Of The Innocence" coming in a close second. Read morePublished on July 28 2003 by Docendo Discimus
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 morePublished on April 20 2003 by Stretch
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 morePublished on Oct. 9 2002 by D. Hawkins
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 morePublished on April 25 2002 by Greg McDowell
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 morePublished on Aug. 6 2001 by Themis-Athena
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 morePublished on Dec 25 2000 by Bill R. Moore