History of The Eagles DVD Giveaway

Staff | June 20th, 2013

HOTE_HiResThe Eagles are a fantastic subject for a film; after all, not only are they one of the most influential bands of the past 40 years, but their story has more drama than a week’s worth of General Hospital. The three-hour documentary History of the Eagles premiered on Showtime earlier this year and received several positive reviews (here’s one from American Songwriter).

Our friends at Capitol Records have hooked us up with a copy of the three-disc set–which includes both parts of the documentary as well as concert footage taken from a 1977 stop in D.C. during the Hotel California tour–to give to an Engine 145 reader. To enter the contest, leave a comment mentioning your favorite Eagles song below before Monday, June 24, at 9 a.m. Eastern. A winner will be notified by email, so be sure to use a valid address.



  1. Jeff Miller
    June 20, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Hard to pick one-
    I love Take It to the Limit, Life in the Fast Lane & I Can’t Tell You Why, but I guess my favorite is still Hotel California. Perfectly executed solos and the lyrics hang together so well. It is a what a song should be- lyrics/music working together to make a wonderfully unified piece.

  2. Leeann Ward
    June 20, 2013 at 9:28 am

    I think my favorite is “Lyin’ Eyes.”

  3. Jack Williams
    June 20, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Well, I think I have to go with Take it Easy, although I think I prefer the Jackson Browne version by just a little bit. One of those songs that I’ve heard a million times, but still enjoy. A couple of other songs I put in that category are Tempted by Squeeze and Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits.

  4. bll
    June 20, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Tequila Sunrise is still my favourite, with Desperado being a rather close second.

  5. rick rouse
    June 20, 2013 at 9:37 am

    One of These Nights and Desporado.

  6. Harriett Watkins
    June 20, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Peaceful Easy Feeling closely followed by I Can’t Tell you Why

  7. bob
    June 20, 2013 at 9:58 am

    My favorite band. I’ll go with “Hotel California” for the line “You can check out any time you want, but you can never leave”, edging out Lyin’ Eyes.

  8. Bob Moffat
    June 20, 2013 at 10:07 am

    I think I can lay claim to be the first Eagles fan in Scotland or Edinburgh at least! In 1972 the only information we gathered on bands was from a UK National weekly music paper titled “Melody Maker”. I was a huge Burritos & Gram Parsons fan and the only detail I knew abut the Eagles was that they were an offshoot from the Burritos and had just released a single “Take It Easy”. Knowing that the large multiples would not stock or order the single, I went into Bruces, a small independent, just off Princes Street, owned by Bruce Findlay, later Simple Minds manager. I was the first person to enquire/order the single & when I first played the disc I wasn’t disappointed – a superb record – which I would take to Hogmanay/New Year parties and introduce party goers to the Eagles & Country music. (They all thought was I was mad!). That clang/jang guitar intro & lovely harmonies still send shivers down my spine and spin me right back to memories of the early 1970’s when, as Merle Haggard sang “I Wish Things Were Simple Again”

  9. Michael A.
    June 20, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    I’ve heard it so many times over the years at parties, on the radio, etc., but my favorite is still “Hotel California”. I saw Don Felder perform it with Crosby, Stills & Nash at a benefit a few months ago and it was phenomenal.

  10. Arlene
    June 20, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    “Desperado” is my favorite Eagles song but in truth, I prefer Linda Ronstadt’s version.

  11. nm
    June 20, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    “Seven Bridges Road” is a pretty good song. Steve Young did it better, for my tastes, but at certain moments, the harmonies at the beginning of the Eagles’ version can get me.

  12. Luckyoldsun
    June 20, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    I’ll go with Desperado–and the early cover by Johnny Rodriguez, not the later skillful but soulless one by Clint Black. And I like the Eagles’ original of “Lyin’ Eyes”, in all its cheatin’ honky tonk glory.

  13. Rick
    June 20, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    “James Dean”! If that song doesn’t make you want to get up and dance, it’s time to check your pulse! (lol)

  14. Russ Morris
    June 20, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    Try and love again. Hotel California.

  15. John
    June 21, 2013 at 8:12 am

    “Autumn leaves have got you thinkin/
    About the first time that you fell.”
    That lyric gets me every time.
    After the thrill is gone.

  16. Henry
    June 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    “Ol’ 55″ (a cover, of course) is still my favorite, though “Take It Easy” and “Hollywood Waltz” come in a pretty close second. I used to open every set I played with “Take It Easy,” and would play many of the songs on those first four albums; still do. The Eagles died after the One of These Nights album–their last great album–when Bernie and Randy left and their music lost its soul; no wonder they sang about being trapped in hell on the title track of their mega-seller, Hotel California.

  17. Barry Mazor
    June 22, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Personally, I’ll resist till the end of time I have the use of the word “cover” to mean any performance of a song written or performed by somebody else. Those are called “songs.”

    “Cover” was invented to have a useful, specific meaning as, a deliberate attempt to ride on or even hijack a small label record’s climb (often an R&B or country record’s) by a larger one,often by a pop star, crowding out the original from the charts–covering its ground..(Pat Boone’s “Tutti Frutti.” Guy Mitchell’s “Singin’ the Blues”) The Eagles had no previous Tom Waitssemi-hit of “Ol 55″ to crow , hurt and limit–and I think it’s one of their better efforts, too, btw . Waits got a payday out of it, not a single stopped in its tracks..

  18. Luckyoldsun
    June 22, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    I accept your delineation of the origins of the term, but for quite some time, a “cover,” has signified simply a new version by a different artist of a generally well-known song.

    The number of major artists who have released albums of such material titled “Covers” (James Taylor, Norah Jones, The Mavericks) or “Under the Covers” (Ha ha!) (Dwight Yoakam, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gretchen Wilson) suggests that you may be spitting into the wind on this one.

  19. Jonathan Pappalardo
    June 22, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    My favorite song of all time is “Lyin’ Eyes.” I’m a huge fan of theirs.

  20. NT
    June 22, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    “Seven Bridges Road” and “Take It Easy” – Great Stuff

  21. BRUCE
    June 22, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    “Seven Bridges” for group harmony and “Take it to the Limit” so Randy’s exquisite voice.

  22. Barry Mazor
    June 22, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    My remarks themselves made it clear, I believe, that I’m obviously well aware how the word’s used these days, and for awhile now. And I think its unfortunate. No matter which way the spit blows.

  23. Michal Hromcik
    June 23, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    My vote goes to HOW LONG / as recorded in 2007. Great song showing each of the great voices taking a lead plus the unbeatable harmony vocals plus excellent songwriting, instrumental and production perfection you would expect from the gang. And it’s the example these guys still can tear it up nowadays. For sure the stuff from Hotel California album is full of timeless gems and I love them all but HOW LONG shows Eagles aged to perfection and belonging to the best of today’s country rock! Keep up the great work guys!

  24. Henry
    June 24, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Thanks, Barry; appreciate your words about this; I’ll be thinking about this every time I write now.

  25. Barry Mazor
    June 24, 2013 at 10:25 am

    What it comes down to, Henry, is that I want people to understand what it means when somebody refers to, a 1950s cover record, that it’s understood to mean something more than just “x recorded a version, too”..Maybe it will never be sued that way again, since practices change, but we’ve had cases in just the past year or too where people were fooled into downloading versions of hits NOT available for download with substitute, even misleading copy versions–which would be very like “cover” downloads meant to drain bucks off of a hit with basically inferior competing entries. We have a term for that if the original meaning of “cover version” were still alive understood.

    I don’t actually imagine people will suddenly stop calling “performing an existing song” a cover. That only came into fashion when the goofy idea that all really talented people “should” be writing their own songs took hold–so if they sing or play any song they didn’t write it’s a “cover.” Which also tends to denigrate being a performer who doesn’t write.

  26. Luckyoldsun
    June 24, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    No denigration implied.

    Seems that artists who DO write–and are well celebrated for it, like the aforementioned James Taylor, Norah Jones and Dwight Yoakam–have proudly employed the term “cover” for their change-of-pace projects covering–um, singing–songs previously done by other artists.

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