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Since no group did more to create the mythos of the Los Angeles cowboy troubadour, it was fitting that the Eagles designed their sophomore effort as a concept record based on the Dalton gang and the Old West. You needn’t look any farther than the cover of Desperado to know that the group was more interested in the costumed romance of outlaw culture than the actual history, but rock ’n’ roll was in search of new images and the Eagles wore the Western theme well. Desert atmosphere abounds on “Tequila Sunrise” and “Bitter Creek,” a moody ballad about love and peyote. The group loves the idea of the lone cowboy, an image that drives “Certain Kind of Fool” and “Outlaw Man,” but reaches its culmination with “Desperado,” a piano-and-string-laden ballad that would go on to become a standard and influence country songwriters like Garth Brooks. Sure, the cowboy theme was far-fetched and superficial, but it’s easy to see why the Eagles felt like a gang in 1973. The group’s four founding songwriters share equal space on Desperado, and a genuine all-for-one spirit is written into the beautiful, bittersweet harmonies of “Saturday Night.”

Customer Reviews

Singer-Song Writer🎤

"And this is where it all began" quoted from Glen Frye about the song 'Take it Easy' co-written by Glen Frye and Jackson Browne in there "Hell Freezes Over" tour... But "This is where it all began" for me with this story-telling album, Desperado.... 5 stars on all of the album. Great change for music during the "70's". Very innovating and a great risk to take at that time. Awesome risk to take. But, oh so worth it!!

Dollin' Dalton

One of the best Eagles albums. There isn't a bad song on this album.

Great album!!

But if your going to buy, just one song, off this album. Bitter creek, should be it!!


Formed: 1971 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With five number one singles, 14 Top 40 hits, and four number one albums, the Eagles were among the most successful recording artists of the 1970s. At the end of the 20th century, two of those albums — Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) and Hotel California — ranked among the ten best-selling albums ever, and the popularity of 2007's Long Road Out of Eden proved the Eagles' staying power in the new millennium. Though most of its members came from outside California, the group was closely...
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