Eagles – Earlybird (Live At BBC Theatre London) (1973)

FrontCover1Probably one of the most successful bands of the 1970s and the most successful of the West Coast genre were, without question, The Eagles. Formed in 1971, they quickly grabbed the audience‘s attention and made a very fast climb to the top. They took their Country/Folk/Hard Rock hybrid out of the clubs and small venues straight to the stadiums, and they made a considerable impression on the Rock World – and they led the way for numerous acts to follow in their footsteps.

Tonight it’s a concert recorded for the BBC’s Sight And Sound Series with BBC Radio 1 and BBC TV – this is the Radio 1 portion. It all went down on March 20, 1973 – roughly a month before the release of their 2nd album Desperado, while still promoting their self-titled debut album, which boasted three top-40 singles and was a huge seller.


Like the Jackson Browne concert from last night, the Eagles concert tonight captures the band fresh, still getting a handle on their success and approaching their performances with the edge that only comes from playing something an audience hasn’t heard live before.

The Eagles were a hugely influential band, and dominated the Pop Music scene in the U.S. for much of the 70s. And while there were other genres evolving and growing, it was this brand of Rock that captured the mainstream as well as the FM audience in the U.S. – and for the first time in a long time, they were all on the same page.


Glenn Frey (guitar, vocals)
Don Henley (drums, vocals)
Randy Meisner (bass, vocals)
Bernie Leadon (guitar, banjo, vocals)


01. Train Leaves Here This Morning (Clark/Leadon) 4.09
02. Saturday Night (Meisner/Henley/Frey/Leadon) 3.46
03. Peaceful Easy Feeling (Tempchin) 4.36
04. Certain Kind Of Fool (Meisner/Henley/Frey) 3.46
05. Earlybird (Leadon/Meisner) 5.18
06. Witchy Woman (Henley/Leadon) 5.40
07. Take It Easy (Browne/Frey) 5.47
08. Out Of Control (Henley/Frey/Nixon) 3.08



Glen Frey:
(November 6, 1948 – January 18, 2016)


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