Eagles - Live At The Forum '76

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Tony Plachy, May 7, 2022.

  1. Tony Plachy

    Tony Plachy Senior Member Thread Starter

    Pleasantville, NY
    This is both interesting and IMO sad. I got this album and gave it a spin yesterday :


    There are ten songs on it, the best is Randy Meisner doing "Take It To The Limit" and the worst is "Hotel California". I did some research and learned that the album was recorded from what started as a two night concert ( but grew to four nights ) were the Eagles were trying out some new songs for the upcoming album "Hotel California". The other thing I noticed was where is Don Felder in the photographs used on the album cover and liners. It turns out the he was removed because of the hatred between him and Glenn Frey and Don Henley. Here are the photos taken at the concert.

    Inglewood Forum Eagles concerts 1976 - Randy Meisner Hearts On Fire

    It is so sad to see stuff like this happen. :shake:
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  2. ssmith3046

    ssmith3046 Forum Resident

    Arizona desert
    I hope this doesn't turn into another let us bash Henley and Frey thread.
  3. PacificOceanBlue

    PacificOceanBlue Senior Member

    The Southwest
    The Eagles were “on” during those shows, one of the best live bands of their era. The frustrating thing is that they recorded three concerts, and only released 49 minutes as part of this release. Felder is omitted from the picture because of his ongoing feud with The Eagles camp, maybe it is petty, maybe it had something to do with image and likeness concerns, but either way, the reality is that he probably won’t be recognized in that manner for years to come. It does not matter, his lead guitar work is all over the recordings and that is what matters. Hopefully the band releases more from this classic era.

    Finally, I disagree that Hotel California is the weak link here, the song was new and fresh for the band, still unreleased, and they nailed it. Imagine being in the crowd hearing that soon-to-be-released classic for the first time?
  4. Jasonbraswell

    Jasonbraswell Active Member

    CB and RL cut
    The pressing sounds great
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  5. Tony Plachy

    Tony Plachy Senior Member Thread Starter

    Pleasantville, NY
    That definitely is not my intention.
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  6. Tony Plachy

    Tony Plachy Senior Member Thread Starter

    Pleasantville, NY
    I agree that the Eagles are a great live band and I consider the Henley, Frey, Meisner, Felder and Walsh line-up their best ever. I would also love to see more from this era released, although it would be nice to not have it censored. I understand that they were still working on Hotel California, but the intro and the guitar work through out the song was not as good as what made it onto the final version. OTOH, New Kid In Town came across much better.
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  7. ponkine

    ponkine Senior Member

    Villarrica, Chile
    I'd love a COMPLETE Capital Center 1977 on Blu Ray and CD
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  8. vinylontubes

    vinylontubes Forum Resident

    Katy, TX
    I'm sure it has to do with them actually getting an approval for the use of his likeness. Something Felder at this point would more than likely use to increase his royalty percentage and likely not just for this release. I could easily see Henley just thinking, "crop him out."
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  9. Swansong

    Swansong From Planet Earth

    The performances are great but I agree that it should have been at least a double album. It feels incomplete in the worst possible way. I’m glad I bought it but I’m not convinced that I’ll play it again due to the fact that it sounds like a commercial for an album that probably isn’t ever coming out.
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  10. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Certified dinosaur, who likes physical product

    Me too
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  11. Witchy Woman

    Witchy Woman Forum Resident

    Third Coast, USA
    I agree it (and the 1977 Capitol Centre live concert) is way too short. It’s odd there is no official live performance of “Life in the Fast Lane” from this line-up.
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  12. Myke

    Myke Rock Geezer

    Listening to the CD again now, deciding if I want the vinyl as well. cB's involvement makes it tempting.
  13. pool_of_tears

    pool_of_tears Searching For Simplicity

    A no-brainer.
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  14. Myke

    Myke Rock Geezer

    Glad I did bite. Flat, black slabs with absolutely no skips or pops ( Optimal ) and that trademark Bellman bottom end. Very nice.
  15. PacificOceanBlue

    PacificOceanBlue Senior Member

    The Southwest
    Very odd indeed. There are a lot of classic Eagles songs professionally recorded from the 1976 line-up that have yet to see the light of day, this LA Forum release was the perfect opportunity. With respect to the 1977 Capitol Centre concert, my understanding is that the footage is not complete. It could be complete b.s., but I thought Azoff said only footage for certain songs was captured back in the day and they released as much as they could with the History of The Eagles DVD. Not sure if I believe it, but allegedly that is the case.
  16. jconsolmagno

    jconsolmagno Forum Resident

    I got this vinyl set last year, unaware that it was issue in the Hotel California box set years ago. I liked it. Would recommend it. I do hate when they leave a side blank and i Think side 4 here is blank.

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