Friday, October 5, 2012

"I Can't Tell You Why" by Eagles

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  0071
Date:  02/23/1980
Debut:  60
Peak:  8
Weeks:  16
Genre:  Rock, Soft Rock



Pop Bits:  For a band whose album "Greatest Hits (1971-1975)" fights back and forth with Michael Jackson's "Thriller" for the title of all-time best selling album in the US, the Eagles prime period did not last that long nor did they did not have an extensive catalog - 8 years, 6 studio album. But they cemented a major music legacy that still sells albums and gets radio airplay today. Their album "The Long Run" was their final studio album before they went on a 14-years "hiatus" (they practically broke up on stage at an infamous concert in 1980). This song was the last single released from the album and their last Top 10 hit. They would reunite in 1994 with a successful album and tour, but it would never be the same as their prime 70s days.

ReduxReview:  Never was an Eagles fan and no intentions on being one. I've never had a connection with their music at all. I'm very familiar with all their hits and also the "Hotel California" album, but that Southern California country-rock was a flavor I just could not develop a taste for. I don't consider their music bad in anyway, it's just that I don't really care for it. I actually prefer when they did solo stuff after the breakup. Each one (especially Don Henley) offered up some quality tunes that, for the most part, weren't Eagle-ish at all. This song was one of their better offerings and it featured the vocals of their newest member.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Here's a good "All About Eve" story in rock. Randy Meisner was originally in the group Poco. He left that group and was replace by Timothy B. Schmit. Meisner went on to be a co-founder of the Eagles and when he left that band in 1977, guess who replace him?  Yup - Timothy B. Schmit. Unfortunately, Schmit joined them for "The Long Run" and it would another 14 years before they recorded again.

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