Sunday, March 07, 2010

Number 358 - Eagles


Number 358

Eagles

"Peaceful Easy Feeling"

(1972)
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................Genre: Rock...............
Hare Ra Aotearoa
This was the last view I saw of my country as I left to live in a new one. The last rays of sunlight were pointing to my destination. And so it sings ... "And I found out a long time ago, What a woman can do to your soul, Aw, but she can't take you anyway, You don't already know how to go"
A peacful easy feeling must be like a Sunday morning lying in late listening to some poor sucker mowing his lawns at 9.00am .. or is it just his escape? "And I got a peaceful, easy feeling, And I know you won't let me down, Cause I'm already standing on the ground" [mowing]
Or is the "feeling" finding the thing that you have been searching since you can remember? "I get this feeling, I may know you, As a lover and a friend, But this voice keeps .. Whispering in my other ear, Tells me, I may never see you again"
But faith is forever lasting, it's forever rightous ... like the first time you ever felt, well, just like you saw something for the first time as a kid that you must have "I like the way, Your sparkling earrings lay, Against your skin, so brown, And I wanna sleep with you, In the desert tonight ... With a billion stars all around"
I love this song as many millions did too. We are a select few really. We don't ask for much but what we do .... it's all we want beyond words can say.
Where the eagles soar
Balance is the key element of the Eagles' self-titled debut album, a collection that contains elements of rock & roll, folk, and country, overlaid by vocal harmonies alternately suggestive of doo wop, the Beach Boys, and the Everly Brothers. If the group kicks up its heels on rockers like "Chug All Night," "Nightingale," and "Tryin'," it is equally convincing on ballads like "Most of Us Are Sad" and "Train Leaves Here This Morning." The album is also balanced among its members, who trade off on lead vocal chores and divide the songwriting such that Glenn Frey, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner all get three writing or co-writing credits. (Fourth member Don Henley, with only one co-writing credit and two lead vocals, falls a little behind, while Jackson Browne, Gene Clark, and Jack Tempchin also figure in the writing credits.) The album's overall balance is worth keeping in mind because it produced three Top 40 hit singles (all of which turned up on the massively popular Eagles: Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975) that do not reflect that balance. "Take It Easy" and "Peaceful Easy Feeling" are similar-sounding mid-tempo folk-rock tunes sung by Frey that express the same sort of laid-back philosophy, as indicated by the word "easy" in both titles, while "Witchy Woman," a Henley vocal and co-composition, initiates the band's career-long examination of supernaturally evil females. These are the songs one remembers from Eagles, and they look forward to the eventual dominance of the band by Frey and Henley. But the complete album from which they come belongs as much to Leadon's country-steeped playing and singing and to Meisner's melodic rock & roll feel, which, on the release date, made it seem a more varied and consistent effort than it did later, when the singles had become overly familiar. ~ [William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide]
For the Beach Boys see #368, #517, #560, #576, #641, #714
For Everly Brothers see #467
Peaceful Easy Feeling AKA: The Dude
That rug really tied the room together
In the 1998 film The Big Lebowski, this song plays when Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski is in a cab after Malibu's police chief orders him out of town. Being very worn out and not liking the Eagles, The Dude angers the cab driver after requesting him to change the station. After The Dude complains some more, the cab driver pulls over and forces him out of the cab.
Also noted: "It got to the part where the Dude says, 'I hate the fuckin' Eagles, man!' Klein stands up and says, 'That's it, you can have the song!' That was beautiful"
I hate the $^&$@ Eagles!
The Big Lebowski [1998]
Other trivia: The last few verses were written in the parking lot of Der Wienerschnitzel at the corner of First and Washington in San Diego.
When Double Trouble first heard word that Stevie Ray Vaughan had been killed, Chris Layton opened the door to Vaughan's hotel room only to find the bed made and the radio playing Peaceful Easy Feeling which contains the lyrics, "I may never see you again." ~ [Source: Wikipedia]
Memorable quotes from The Big Lebowski: Here
For m0re Eagles see #509
For Stevie Ray Vaughan see #592
For Double Trouble see #899
What does Rolling Stone have to say?
The Eagles' debut created a new template for laid-back L.A. country-rock style. Behind the band's mellow message -- "Take It Easy," "Peaceful Easy Feeling" -- was a relentless drive. "Everybody had to look good, sing good, play good and write good," Glenn Frey told Cameron Crowe in these pages. ~ Total album sales: 1,924,000 ~ Peak chart position: 22.
Now the album is here, and it's awfully good. Turns out that the Eagles are four veterans of the Los Angeles countrified rock & roll school, and they display to best advantage their distinguished backgrounds: Poco, Rick Nelson's Stone Canyon Band, the Flying Burrito Bros., Dillard & Clark, and a couple of Linda Ronstadt's always impressive bands, to name the most notable. There's another Jackson Browne song, "Nightingale," on the album, and it's just about as good as "Take It Easy." So is "Peaceful Easy Feeling," a haunting love song by unknown Jack Tempchin (who, so we hear, will eventually have his own album) distinguished by a strikingly cinematic lyric: "I like the way your sparkling earrings lay/Against your skin so brown./I'd like to sleep with you in the desert tonight/With a million stars all around ..." The song has a warmly intense Glen Frey vocal, and the Eagles' clear harmonies glide around its edges. Even the guitar bridge is a thing of beauty–the guitars of Frey and Bernie Leadon sound as softly luminous as the singing. ~ [Source: Rolling Stone]
For Linda Ronstadt see #665
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Rolling Stone magazine deemed their '358th song of all Time' was "Nowhere to Run" by Martha and the Vandellas. Martha and the Vandellas has not appeared in The Definitive 1000 of All Time.
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number (Peaceful? Not!) and the Album ranked at 374
This song has a Definitive 1000 rating of 80.5 out of 108
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