Eagles ~ Flashback to the 70's

April 17, 2018


Desperado is the second studio album by the American band the Eagles 

It was recorded at Island Studios in London, England

and released on April 17th in 1973 

The songs on Desperado are based on the themes of the Old West

The band members are featured on the album's cover

dressed like an outlaw gang

Desperado remains the only Eagles album

where the band members appear on the front cover

Desperado was recorded at the Island Studios in London

which took four weeks at a cost of £30,000

The producer Glyn Johns 

wanted to produce the album quickly and economically

each track was therefore limited to four or five takes

requests to record more were refused

Don Henley would later state that his greatest regret

was that he did not sing as well as he could on the title track Desperado

and would have liked to redo the song

According to producer Glyn Johns 

he and Leadon tried to come up with a few musical links

in an attempt to tie up the story for an outlaw concept in the albumthe

The concept itself dissipated

The band was very happy with the finished result

after Johns had played the album back to them as an entity for the first time

they carried him on their shoulders out of the control room



  • Glenn Frey – acoustic and electric guitars, vocals; keyboards, harmonica

  • Don Henley – drums, vocals; acoustic guitar

  • Bernie Leadon – electric and acoustic guitars, vocals; banjo, mandolin, dobro

  • Randy Meisner – bass guitar, vocals


  • Glyn Johns – producer, engineer

  • Howard Kilgour – assistant engineer

  • Barry Diament – mastering

  • Ted Jensen – remastering

  • Jim Ed Norman – string arrangements

  • Gary Burden – art direction, design

  • Henry Diltz – lettering, photography


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