Eagles Desperado Limited Edition UltraDisc One-Step 45RPM Vinyl 2LP Box Set
Western-Themed 1973 Album Pioneered Country Rock and Don Henley-Glenn Frey's Decades-Spanning Songwriting Partnership: Includes "Tequila Sunrise," "Saturday Night," and the Title Track
Strictly limited to 7,500 numbered copies, pressed on dead-quiet MoFi SuperVinyl at RTI, and mastered from the original analog master tapes, Mobile Fidelity's ultra-hi-fi UltraDisc One-Step 180g 45RPM 2LP collector's edition pays tribute to the record's merit and enhances the intimate program for generations to come. Playing with reference-setting sonics that elevate an effort forever been prized by audiophiles, this spectacular version provides a clear, clean, transparent, balanced, and intimate view of an album that permanently made California-style rock a style of its own.
The premium packaging and gorgeous presentation of the UD1S Eagles pressing befit its extremely select status. Housed in a deluxe box, it features special foil-stamped jackets and faithful-to-the-original graphics that illuminate the splendor of the recording. Aurally and visually, this UD1S reissue exists as a curatorial artifact meant to be preserved, touched, and examined.
Desperado seams to speak to a universally human theme – the notion that at heart we are all drifters, always searching in life for ever-elusive goals such as stability, companionship, belonging, and satisfaction. Marrying cohesive western-themed arrangements to conceptual narrative devices, the Eagles' 1973 album also hits on a tried-and-true American principle: The West, and the freedom, promise, and danger it has represented throughout U.S. history. Ambitious yet accessible, deep but direct, Desperado remains a towering influence on country rock and a crucial piece of the Eagles' development and evolution.
By design, Desperado is a record where appearances also matter. Originally conceived as an album revolving around western motifs that involve outlaws, it saw the group dress up as cowboy exiles for a famous front cover shot taken by photographer Henry Diltz. The back cover is even more notable. A reenactment of the capture and death of the Dalton Gang, it displays the quartet as well as collaborators Jackson Browne and J.D. Souther bound on the ground.
None combine for a more memorable impact than the brilliant title track (recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, cited by Rolling Stone as one of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and sung by Henley in an unvarnished voice) or "Tequila Sunrise," a shot of courage that triggered Henley-Frey's collaborative partnership – one that endured for more than four decades.
Also not to be missed: The four- and six-string workouts kicking up dirt on "Doolin-Dalton" and waltz signatures of "Saturday Night."
Desperado would do a slow burn on its way to Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-worthy status. Its era-spanning longevity and reappraisal within critical circles seemingly mirror the agelessness of its most famous songs, which remain staples in the band's concert staples to this very day. As much as any record in the band's catalog, it demands repeat plays.
Eagles Desperado Track Listing:
3. Out Of Control
4. Tequila Sunrise
6. Certain Kind Of Fool
8. Outlaw Man
9. Saturday Night
10. Bitter Creek
11. Doolin-Dalton / Desperado
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