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'Hell Freezes Over'
In 1990, after a decade of solo projects and television/film work, the Eagles attempted to reunite in the studio; however, when Glenn Frey pulled out at the last minute, prospects again became cold. Then, three years later, Eagles manager Irving Azoff was putting together Common Thread, a country music tribute album to the band, when Travis Tritt, who was covering "Take It Easy" for the collection suggested that members of the Eagles appear in the song's video, which all of them did.
Following the success of One of These Nights and the subsequent monstrous success of their Greatest Hits album, Eagles were flying high. But both Glen Frey and Don Henley knew the next album would have to be something special, the non-compilation that would stamp the Eagles as THE band of the 70's.
'One Of These Nights'
With the success of On The Border, Eagles, in particular Glenn Frey and Don Henley, felt vindicated in their desire to go in a tougher, more rock-oriented direction. The pair bought a house in Beverly Hills with a panoramic view of the city of Los Angeles, where they wrote the majority of the songs that would make up the One Of These Nights album. Bill Scymczyk, after doing most of the work on On the Border, returned to produce his first full Eagles album, recorded in late 1974 into early 1975, at both the Record Plant in Los Angeles and Criteria Studios in Miami.
'On The Border'
Following the relative disappointment of Desperado, at least in the minds of the group itself, the Eagles once again went to London to record their third album with producer Glyn Johns. However, the sessions began with a surly attitude between Johns and the band, and after just six weeks--in which they recorded only two songs--arguments with Johns over the sound of the recordings made the sessions unworkable. Don Henley and Glenn Fey decided to end the sessions with Johns, and return to Los Angeles to record at the Record Plant with Navy veteran Bill Sczymzyk, fresh off recording guitar hero Joe Walsh's hit LP The Smoker You Drink The Player You Get, and its still in rotation hit "Rocky Mountain Way."
In 1972, the album Eagles proved highly successful, making the band one of the most successful purveyors of country rock even so early in their career. Now, in 1973, they faced the daunting task of following up that hit record, with the album Desperado coming out in April.
The original Eagles, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner, each came from diverse backgrounds before performing together for the first time as Linda Ronstadt's backing band at Disneyland in 1971. The two relatively inexperienced Eagles destined to be the group leaders were Glenn Frey, born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and Don Henley, from Linden Texas. Both say their lives were changed by seeing The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, as so many American musicians have.
On February 28, 2020, just prior to a global pandemic coming to these shores, James Taylor finally followed up 2015's Before This World. But in this century songwriting had not come easily to James; in fact, he had to lock himself away to come up with the original material featured on the 2015 album. So not surprisingly, James had found a project here for which he didn't need to apply his songwriting skills
'Before This World'
In the 11 years following October Road, James Taylor's songwriting output pretty much came to a halt. Fearing that he had lost his creative edge, he convinced his family, friends and manager to let him cut off all communication for the year of 2013 to focus on writing a new album. To accomplish this, he rented a waterfront apartment in Newport, Rhode Island, where in September of that year he began composing the new songs that would become Before This World.
James Taylor's eighteenth album, Covers, was recorded over 10 snowy days in January 2008, at a converted barn in Washington, Massachusetts. As the title suggests, it is an album of cover songs, which was perhaps inevitable since over the years James had frequently peppered his LPs with pop and R&B tunes that fit his fancy. The album was recorded primarily with his touring band, which since the recording of October Road in 2002, had added fiddle player and singer Andrea Zonn. The album was released on September 30, 2008, on the label, Hear Music.
Following the success of 1997's Hourglass, James Taylor laid low professionally for a few years. In 2001 he married current wife Kim Smedvig, with whom he subsequently had twin boys Rufus and Henry. Despite his dedication to his new domestic life, by 2002 James had assembled enough songs for a new album. To produce this album he brought in a face from his past--Russ Titelman who had co-produced (with Lenny Waronker) James's 1970s albums Gorilla and In The Pocket. The album was made in fits and starts--was recorded at various studios from 2000 through 2002. Finally, on August 13, 2002, the completed October Road was released.