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The Eagles MTV Unplugged Second / Alternate Night
Venue: Warner Bros. Studios, Burbank, CA
Date: April 28, 1994
Taper: Unknown by me
Source: To these ears, raw soundboard and pre-mixed. No overdubs, fixes, diginoise or pops!!
Transfer: CD-R from trade > EAC > FLAC Level 8
Sound Quality: A+ The most pristine recording I believe that's in my collection. Almost too crisp at times with unparalleled channel separation. One can literally hear the pick hitting the guitar strings.
The songs are in fact from the alternate or second night as it's called from their historic comeback performance on MTV (or Empty-V as I call it...).
I implore those of you who haven't heard this to please listen at least once to this concert in headphones. Am I the only relic on the planet who still owns a pair and uses them? Some of the finest times that I can remember in my youth were spent studying all The Beatles albums while donning a pair of 'cans' to borrow the recording industry vernacular. For this particular gem you can clearly hear the boys tuning up, checking mics, and even turning to one another for support. Their insecurities on the one hand are understandable yet the other side of me screams "You guys are The Eagles for heaven's sake"!!! I believe that right after they lay down the first couple of tunes someone eerily says "we're back" in an attempt to lay to rest those same uncertainties about being able to start up the machine again (to quote Neil Peart
Some of the highlights for me are:
o Right before 'The Best Of My Love' an enthusiastic fan screams "Hey Joe, how ya doin"??? To which a startled Walsh quips back "I'm freaking out man"!
o Towards the end of the show, I apologize for forgetting what track, a drunk female creates some commotion causing Glenn to chide that "he remembers his first beer, too". A wonderful line that I admit to have stolen and used a time or two in similar situations.
o The Great Don Henley (and neighbor to my parents who live in Dallas) flubbing the lyrics to 'Get Over It'. To hear his deadpan response post-song of "well I fucked that up, but let's move along" is also worth the download of this set. It's chronicled for all to hear - Don Henley messed up!
o Favorite test of speaker separation? 'Life In The Fast Lane'. I present to you Joe Walsh in your left ear and Don Felder in your right. Stunning...
So let's get going and have some fun with this. To quote Glenn Fry again right before 'Peaceful Easy Feeling': Check one, two. Check one, two...
Thanks for reading my rambling thoughts and please have fun listening (in headphones, remember?). And as always don't convert to MP3 or sell. That's not cool nor is it right.
1. Peaceful Easy Feeling
2. Best of My Love
3. Tequila Sunrise
4. Help Me Thru The Night
5. The Heart Of The Matter
6. Love Will Keep Us Alive
7. Learn To Be Still
8. Hotel California
9. Strings Soundcheck
10. Wasted Time
11. Wasted Time Reprise
12. Lover's Moon
13. Pretty Maids All In A Row
14. I Can't Tell You Why
15. The Girl From Yesterday
16. New York Minute
17. The Last Resort
19. Take It Easy
20. One Of These Nights
21. In The City
22. Heartache Tonight
23. Life In The Fast Lane
24. Get Over It
The Great Don Henley - vocals, percussion
Glenn Fry - vocals, guitar, keyboards
Joe Walsh - vocals, guitar
Don Felder - guitar
Timothy B. Schmidt - vocals, bass
And a marvelous supporting band that never gets enough credit!