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Old 08-19-2010, 03:06 AM   #1
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There's a few documentaries or shows that include information about the Eagles, and I thought we could talk about them here.

I'm afraid I am going to get the thread off to a rocky start with one that I just saw on Netflix called The World's Greatest Albums: Desperado. It is awful. The commentators are all British DJs and journalists who consistently mispronounce Glenn's last name as "Fray." How can you take any rock journalist seriously who does that?!

No band interviews, of course, but there's not even interviews of their peers or people who knew them. Instead, there's just talking heads giving fifth-hand accounts about how Leadon, Meisner, Henley, and "Fray" formed the Eagles and made Desperado.... with lots of speculative "I think what they were trying to do was..." type statements.

Some of what they say is downright incorrect - for instance, they repeat the common misconception that the Eagles got started as Linda Ronstadt's touring band. In actuality, they only played together behind her once prior to the formation of the band, although each man had been in her backing band at one point over the preceding few years. Yeah, it's a little thing, but if you're going to do a "documentary" on the Eagles, do your research.

Additionally, the documentary excerpts a couple grainy videos of two songs from the Seattle and Houston 1976 bootlegs that happen to look exactly the same as the videos from those concerts I put up for download on GFO. If these guys are having to go to the internet for their clips, it tells you just how high-quality the operation is. The rest of the clips, which presumably are legitimately licensed rather than snagged from the internet, are all from the BBC 1973 and the Kirshner 1974 concerts.

It is amateurish crap. Stay away!
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Old 08-19-2010, 12:48 PM   #2
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I have that video. Picked it up for $10 at Walmart over a year ago. I agree with everything that you said about it. Glenn "Fray" drives me around the bend! Did you notice though, the 1st time that the guy with the long blond hair says Glenn's name he pronounces it correctly & then calls him "Fray" throughout the remainder of the video? Whenever I hear someone say that the Eagles were Linda's backup band I cringe.
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Old 08-19-2010, 06:39 PM   #3
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This yet again emphasises the fact that we need a proper, authorised history with contributions from the former members. Whether this would ever see the light of day given certain events however, I doubt. My husband just got a Rush documentary which covers their entire career. Even their parents are intereviewed. The Eagles it appears are not that sort of band. The books about them have also been disappointing.
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Old 08-20-2010, 08:29 AM   #4
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FP, you mention "RUSH". They are here in Wichita, Kansas TONIGHT doing the "Time Machine Tour". "Moving Pictures" in its entirety for the concert. I hope I got that right. I have never been a devoted fan of the band but do like their music...or most of it anyway.

I don't have tickets to the cert tonight.
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Mike if you see Geddy hanging around anywhere, will you send him to Indiana. I think he'd be fun to just hang with for awhile. Great sense of humor. You ought to go see them.
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Old 08-22-2010, 09:31 PM   #6
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Gosh Soda - I thought you already had that. I've had that DVD for quite some time. Can't believe I never talked to you about it. The pronounication of 'Frey' as 'Fray' is a pretty annoying, especially after he said it correctly the first time as GL said.
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Old 08-30-2010, 08:14 PM   #7
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I feel your guys pain. I just saw the documentary Eagles: Music in Review and I thought it too was terrible. A bunch of Brits with no real knowledge or insight in the band. It was annoying when these "experts" would mispronounce Bernie's last name as "Leeedon" (it's pronounced Led-on dammit!!). As usual, Henley & Frey get all the credit and scant mention is made of Bernie, Randy and Felder.

I would love just one doc, to interview all of the members (current and former) to get the real story.
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Old 08-30-2010, 08:55 PM   #8
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Well that would be awesome if all seven past and present members would share their story. Im sure it would give us some more insight about the inner workings of the band and the personalities of each member. I know I would be chomping at the bit to get my hands on it. However, Im still not sure wed get the 'real' story from anyone in the band. Not that they would intentionally lie, but quite honestly, I dont know if any of the members are capable of giving us anything other than their own recollection and perception of events that took place 30 - 40 years ago when their minds were in a chemically-induced state much of the time. Whenever there would be discrepancies or inconsistencies in their recollections, how would we know who to believe? Although, we may get bits of additional information here and there, my guess is that we already have as close as well ever get to the truth about the bands early days. However, information is even more scarce about the band since the HFO reunion thats what Im hoping to learn more about eventually.
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Leeedon? Ill-informed British music journalists claim another victim!
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Leeedon? Ill-informed British music journalists claim another victim!
"...and I laughed when the joker said Leeedon...."
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