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On The Border
was the Eagles third album, and like their first two, they started recording it in London with producer Glyn Johns. This time, the band abandoned the sessions and recorded most of the album with Bill Szymczyk. Glyn Johns thought of the Eagles as an acoustic act, and helped them create several hits with this sound, including "Witchy Woman
" and "Peaceful Easy Feeling
." The band members, especially Glenn Frey, thought they should be rocking harder, and the Eagles eventually found success with rockers like "Life In The Fast Lane
" and "Heartache Tonight
This song was one of two that was leftover from the Glyn Johns sessions and included on On The Border
, and it became the Eagles first #1 hit.
, who was a good friend of Glenn Frey, helped write this song along with Frey and Don Henley (who sang lead). Other Eagles songs Souther contributed to include "Heartache Tonight," "New Kid In Town
," "Victim Of Love" and "James Dean."
This song is often played at weddings and anywhere else one wants to demonstrate affection, but it's really a breakup song: "You see it your way, and I see it mine, and we both see it slipping away." No happy ending here, just a guy who gave it his best, but things didn't work out.
According to Don Henley, he Souther and Frey wrote some of the lyrics over libations at the Los Angeles restaurant Dan Tana's where they were regulars. There, they studied women and relationships. Henley says they were "typical, frustrated, young men" at the time.
The phrase "Best Of My Love" conveys a powerful sentiment, and the title was used in 1977 for a Disco song by The Emotions
that also hit #1 in the US, marking the fist time that 2 different songs with the same title hit the top spot.
The distinctive steel guitar on this track was played by Bernie Leadon, the band member most influenced by Country music.
On The Border came out in April, 1974, but this song was not released as a single until November and didn't hit the top spot until late September. This helped keep the Eagles on the airwaves while they prepared their next album, One Of These Nights, which came out in June, 1975.
The single was edited for radio. It was shorter with an earlier fade-out.
An unusual cover of this song was by the trumpet player Hugh Masekela, who recorded it on his 1977 album, Melody Maker.
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