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Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975

Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975)
Released February 17, 1976
Recorded 1971-1975
Genre Rock, folk rock, country rock, soft rock
Length 43:08
Language English
Label Asylum
Producer Glyn Johns
Bill Szymczyk
Eagles chronology

One of These Nights
Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975)
Hotel California

Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) is a singles compilation album by the Eagles, released in 1976. As of November 2012, 29 million copies have been shipped in the domestic market, making it tied with Michael Jackson's Thriller as the best-selling album in the United States.[1][2] With an additional 13 million internationally, for a total of 42 million, it is the second-best selling album in music history, behind Thriller. The album sold the most copies of any album in the 20th Century.


Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) comprises nine best-selling singles released between 1972 and 1975, as well as "Desperado", which had never been previously released as an A-side. All single tracks but "Tequila Sunrise" charted in the top 40, with five in the top ten, and "One of These Nights" and "Best of My Love" both topping the singles chart. With such airplay success in the span of a little over four years, the band became a formidable presence on American commercial radio in the 1970s, and Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 album chart upon its release and later peaked at number 1.[3]


Chart Performance

According to the RIAA website, on February 24, 1976, the album achieved the distinction of being the first to receive the RIAA Platinum award, which was introduced in 1976, in recognition of one million shipments in the United States.[1][3] In August 1990 it was certified 12× Platinum, and on November 10, 1999, it became the all-time best-selling album in the United States when it was certified 26× Multi Platinum. In a 2001 radio interview, Randy Meisner revealed neither he nor Bernie Leadon were even notified of the record-breaking award presented to them in 1999, and "...had to call and we finally received it."[4] It was certified at 29× Multi Platinum on 30 January 2006,[5] and has sold over 42 million copies worldwide to date.[6] Michael Jackson's Thriller is the only other album certified 29× Multi Platinum. This can be compared to another popular album of the time, Led Zeppelin's Led Zeppelin IV, which was released in 1971 and is 23x Platinum. Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) is listed at #1 on the RIAA's "Top 100 Albums".[5] The album hit its peak on the charts in 1976 when it was ranked #1 on The Billboard 200.[7]

Critical Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau (B) link

As one critic on Sputnik Music website says, “the album kicks off with a true country rock classic - Take It Easy has the whole package: quality tell-tale vocals compliments of Mr. Glen Frey, a warm acoustic feel, relaxed rhythms and a beautiful solo layered upon banjo strumming from the hands of Bernie Leadon”.[8] The album was described in iTunes reviews as having an element of "sunshine and comfort", "solidly written", and "sells the fantasy of a golden lifestyle in sunny California".[9]

Release and Promotion

Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) was released on February 17, 1976 on Asylum Records label. Only 10 months later on December 8, 1976 they released their second most popular album to date, Hotel California. The Eagles released their first greatest hits album before they even released their most popular album. Because this album was a greatest hits album, there was no promotional tour. In fact, directly after releasing this album the band started their work on Hotel California.[10] The album was said on Sputnik Music to be a holdover until their next album release.[8]

Track listing

Side One
No. TitleWriter(s)Album Length
1. "Take It Easy"  Jackson Browne/Glenn FreyEagles 3:29
2. "Witchy Woman"  Don Henley/Bernie LeadonEagles 4:10
3. "Lyin' Eyes"  Henley/FreyOne of These Nights 6:21
4. "Already Gone"  Jack Tempchin/Robb StrandlundOn the Border 4:13
5. "Desperado"  Henley/FreyDesperado 3:33
Side Two
No. TitleWriter(s)Album Length
6. "One of These Nights"  Henley/FreyOne of These Nights 4:51
7. "Tequila Sunrise"  Henley/FreyDesperado 2:52
8. "Take It to the Limit"  Randy Meisner/Henley/FreyOne of These Nights 4:48
9. "Peaceful Easy Feeling"  Jack TempchinEagles 4:16
10. "Best of My Love"  Henley/Frey/J.D. SoutherOn the Border 4:35



Name Credit
Irving Azoff Direction
Allan Blazek Assistant Engineer, Engineer
Michael Braunstein Engineer
Jackson Browne Composer
Glen Christensen Art Direction, Design
Henry Diltz Lettering
Eagles Primary Artist
Boyd Elder Art Direction, Design
Don Felder Guitar, Vocals
Glenn Frey Composer, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Don Henley Composer, Drums, Vocals
Steve Hoffman Remastering
Ted Jensen Digital Remastering
Glyn Johns Engineer, Producer
Howard Kilgour Assistant Engineer
Bernie Leadon Banjo, Composer, Guitar, Pedal Steel, Vocals
Ed Mashal Engineer
Randy Meisner Bass, Composer, Vocals
Jim Ed Norman String Arrangements
J.D. Souther Composer
Robb Strandlund Composer
Bill Szymczyk Engineer, Producer
Jack Tempchin Composer
Michael Verdick Engineer
Don Wood Engineer


Charts and certifications

Chart positions

Chart (1976) Peak
Canada Top Albums (RPM)[12] 1
New Zealand (RIANZ)[13] 2
Norway (VG-lista)[14] 8
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[15] 31
UK Albums Chart (The Official Charts Company)[16] 2
US Billboard 200[17] 1


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See also


Preceded by
Desire by Bob Dylan
Billboard 200 number-one album
March 13, 1976 - April 9, 1976
April 17, 1976 - April 23, 1976
Succeeded by
Frampton Comes Alive! by Peter Frampton
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