The Eagles

According to Hotel California, Barney Hoskyns’ engrossing history of Los Angeles country-rock, older California heads like David Crosby and Gram Parsons disliked the Eagles when the quartet started out in the early 1970s. They were too packaged, they thought, performing with a professionalism that bordered on sterile. Yet it’s the Eagles dogged adherence to consistency that saved them from devolving into adult-contemporary blah (Crosby), as well as death (Parsons). Four decades later and the Eagles still churn out meaningful country-rock. Compare 2007’s Long Road Out of Eden to the group’s masterful 1973 debut, and you won’t hear much difference quality-wise. My only quibble is this: why not ask founding member Bernie Leadon to rejoin the fray? He’s the one who taught the Eagles those fabulous harmonies. JUSTIN F. FARRAR

Thu., May 13, 8 p.m., 2010

 
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