Album: Lives of Outlaw Men: Live Pop Gala 1973 & California Jam 1974
Release date: January 13, 2017
With the death of Glenn Frey last year, the future of the Eagles remains cloudy at best. But fans can look back this next year rather than look forward with the release of a single album featuring live performances from the early 70's- many with contributions from Jackson Browne.
Shortly before the worldwide release of Desperado in April 1973 the Eagles, while touring Europe, performed at the Sporthal de Vliegermolen in Voorburg, Holland on 10th March. Recorded for a Dutch TV broadcast, the band played a rip-roaring set for 50+ minutes, including a storming 11 minute version of the classic, debut album cut "Witchy Woman." Don Henley and Glenn Frey wanted the band to break away from the country rock style and move more towards a harder-edged sound, and turned to Bill Szymczyk to produce. Requiring a rawer guitar sound, the band brought in Don Felder, a guitarist who had jammed backstage with them in 1972 when they opened for Yes in Boston. The Eagles played at the California Jam festival in Ontario, California on 6th April 1974. Attracting more than 300,000 fans and billed as "the Woodstock of the West Coast". Portions of the show were telecast on ABC television in the United States, exposing the Eagles to a much wider audience.
Felder missed the show when he was called away to attend the birth of his son, but Jackson Browne filled in for him on piano and acoustic guitar. The group played a short 20 minute set at the festival and these tracks are also included on this project.