Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles

Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles
Compilation album by Various artists
Released October 12, 1993 (1993-10-12)
Genre Country
Length 56:46
Label Giant
Producer Various
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic - [1]
Entertainment Weekly B−[2]

Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles is a tribute album to the American rock band Eagles. Released in 1993 (see 1993 in country music) on Giant Records, the album features covers of various Eagles songs, as performed by country music acts. It has been certified 3× Platinum in the United States by the RIAA.


  • Track listing 1
  • "Take It Easy" 2
  • Chart performance 3
    • Album 3.1
    • Singles 3.2
  • Personnel 4
    • Musicians 4.1
    • Technical 4.2
    • Production 4.3
  • Proceeds 5
  • References 6

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Take It Easy" (Travis Tritt) Jackson Browne, Glenn Frey James Stroud 3:32
2. "Peaceful Easy Feeling" (Little Texas) Jack Tempchin Christy DiNapoli, Doug Grau 4:19
3. "Desperado" (Clint Black) Don Henley, Frey James Stroud 3:38
4. "Heartache Tonight" (John Anderson) Henley, Frey, Bob Seger, J. D. Souther James Stroud 4:23
5. "Tequila Sunrise" (Alan Jackson) Henley, Frey Keith Stegall 2:53
6. "Take It to the Limit" (Suzy Bogguss) Randy Meisner, Henley, Frey Suzy Bogguss 4:32
7. "I Can't Tell You Why" (Vince Gill) Timothy B. Schmit, Henley, Frey Tony Brown 4:04
8. "Lyin' Eyes" (Diamond Rio) Henley, Frey Monty Powell 6:30
9. "New Kid in Town" (Trisha Yearwood) Henley, Frey, Souther Garth Fundis 5:07
10. "Saturday Night" (Billy Dean) Meisner, Henley, Frey, Bernie Leadon Lynn Peterzell, Billy Dean 3:25
11. "Already Gone" (Tanya Tucker) Tempchin, Robb Stradlund Jerry Crutchfield 5:00
12. "Best of My Love" (Brooks & Dunn) Henley, Frey, Souther Don Cook, Scott Hendricks 4:38
13. "The Sad Café" (Lorrie Morgan) Henley, Frey, Joe Walsh, Souther Richard Landis 4:45

"Take It Easy"

During the music video shoot for his rendition of "Take It Easy", Travis Tritt requested that the Long Run era lineup of the Eagles (Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Don Felder, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit) be included in it.[3]

Chart performance


Chart (1993) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 3
Canadian RPM Country Albums 1
Canadian RPM Top Albums 22


Year Single Performed by Peak positions
US Country CAN Country
1993 "Desperado" Clint Black 54 52
"I Can't Tell You Why" Vince Gill 42 26
"Tequila Sunrise" Alan Jackson 64
"Peaceful Easy Feeling" Little Texas 73
"Take It Easy" Travis Tritt 21 12
"Already Gone" Tanya Tucker 75
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Compiled from liner notes.[4]


"Take It Easy"
"Peaceful Easy Feeling"
  • Denny Dadmun-Bixby — bass guitar
  • Del Gray — drums
  • Porter Howell — acoustic guitar
  • Dwayne O'Brien — lead vocals, 6-string bass, lead guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Duane Propes — 6-string bass, lead guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Tim Rushlow — background vocals
  • Dane Bryant — keyboards
  • Dick Gay — drums
  • Dann Huff — electric guitar
  • Hayden Nicholas — electric guitar
  • Nashville String Machinestrings
  • Jeff Peterson — steel guitar
  • Jake Willemaim — bass guitar
  • Martin Young — acoustic guitar
"Heartache Tonight"
  • John Anderson — background vocals
  • Larry Byrom — acoustic guitar
  • Dann Huff — electric guitar
  • Paul Leim — drums
  • Gary Smith — keyboards
  • Glenn Worf — bass guitar
  • Curtis Wright — background vocals
  • Curtis Young — background vocals
"Tequila Sunrise"
"Take It to the Limit"
"I Can't Tell You Why"
"Lyin' Eyes"
  • Gene Johnson — mandolin, background vocals
  • Jimmy Olander — acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Brian Prout — drums
  • Marty Roe — lead vocals
  • Dan Truman — keyboards
  • Dana Williams — bass guitar, background vocals
"New Kid in Town"
  • Eddie Bayers — drums
  • Joe Chemay — background vocals
  • Garth Fundis — background vocals
  • Al Kooper — Hammond B-3 organ
  • George Marinelli — electric guitar
  • Matt Rollings — keyboards
  • Dave Pomeroy — bass guitar
  • Steuart Smith — acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Harry Stinson — background vocals
  • Billy Joe Walker, Jr. — acoustic guitar
"Saturday Night"
  • Billy Dean — background vocals
  • Dan Dugmore — steel guitar
  • Rob Hajacos — fiddle
  • John Barlow Jarvis — keyboards
  • Brent Rowan — electric guitar
  • Biff Watson — acoustic guitar
  • Lonnie Wilson — drums
  • Glenn Worf — bass guitar
"Already Gone"
  • Eddie Bayers — drums
  • Gary Burr — background vocals
  • Larry Byrom — acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Carol Chase — background vocals
  • Steve Gibson — electric guitar
  • John Barlow Jarvis — keyboards
  • Michael Rhodes — bass guitar
  • Dennis Wilson — background vocals
"Best of My Love"
  • Bruce Bouton — steel guitar
  • Mark Casstevens — acoustic guitar
  • Bill LaBounty — keyboards
  • Brent Rowan — electric guitar
  • John Wesley Ryles — background vocals
  • Dennis Wilson — background vocals
  • Lonnie Wilson — drums, percussion
  • Glenn Worf — bass guitar
"The Sad Café"
  • Michael Black — background vocals
  • Larry Byrom — acoustic guitar
  • Paul Franklin — steel guitar
  • Dann Huff — electric guitar
  • Paul Leim — drums
  • Gary Prim — keyboards
  • Dennis Wilson — background vocals
  • Glenn Worf — bass guitar
  • Curtis Young — background vocals


  • Carl Gorodetzky — string contractor on "Desperado"
  • Joe Layne — string copyist on "Desperado"
  • Jim Ed Norman — string arrangements on "Desperado"


The 1994 Country Music Association (CMA) award for Album of the Year was awarded jointly to Suzy Bogguss, Tony Brown, Don Cook, Jerry Crutchfield, Billy Dean, Christy DiNapoli, Garth Fundis, Doug Grau, Scott Hendricks, Richard Landis, Lynn Peterzell, Monty Powell, Keith Stegall, and James Stroud for their contributions in producing the album.[5]

  • Executive Production: James Stroud
  • Production Assistants: Lisa Bradley, Allison Brown, Ginny Johnson, Scott Paschall, Doug Rich, Roxanne Stueve, Jane West
  • Engineers: Mike Bradley, Mike Clute, John Kelton, Tim Kish, Gary Laney (also mix assistant), Steve Lowery, Steve Marcantonio, Mike McCarthy, Lynn Peterzell (also overdub engineer), Csaba Petocz, Marty Williams
  • Assistant Engineers: Derek Bason (also assistant engineer for overdubs), Pasquale Delvillaggio, Mark Hagen (also mix assistant), Ken Hutton (also assistant engineer for overdubs), Julian King (also assistant engineer for overdubs & mix assistant), Russ Martin, Herb Tassin, John Thomas II (also mix assistant), Craig White
  • Mixing: Mike Bradley, Garth Fundis, John Guess, John Kelton, Lynn Peterzell, Marty Williams (also mix assistant)


On the back cover of the album, it states.

"A portion of the royalties from the sales of this collections will go to the Walden Woods Project, a non-profit organization founded in 1990. The purpose of the Walden Woods Project is to purchase, and thereby preserve, environmentally sensitive and historically significant forestland located near Henry David Thoreau's famed retreat at Walden Pond."

Eagles co-founder Don Henley founded the Walden Woods Project in 1990.[6]


  1. ^ "AllMusic review". Retrieved 2012-06-20. 
  2. ^ Browne, David (October 15, 1993). "Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-10-18. 
  3. ^ "Eagles biography".  
  4. ^ Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles (CD insert). Various artists. Giant Records. 1993. 24531. 
  5. ^ "Past Cma Awards Winners" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-06-20. 
  6. ^ "Home | Walden Woods". Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
Preceded by
In Pieces by Garth Brooks
Greatest Hits Volume Two by Reba McEntire
Top Country Albums number-one album
November 6, 1993 - January 15, 1994
January 29 - February 12, 1994
Succeeded by
Greatest Hits Volume Two by Reba McEntire
Kickin' It Up by John Michael Montgomery
Preceded by
In Pieces by Garth Brooks
North Country by The Rankin Family
Clay Walker by Clay Walker
RPM Country Albums number-one album
November 20 - December 3, 1993
December 11–31, 1993
February 7–27, 1994
Succeeded by
North Country by The Rankin Family
The Other Side by Charlie Major
Kickin' It Up by John Michael Montgomery
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