Desperado (Eagles album)

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Studio album by Eagles
Released April 17, 1973 (1973-04-17)[1]
Recorded 1973
Studio Island Studios, London, England[2]
Length 35:40[1]
Label Asylum
Producer Glyn Johns[2]
Eagles chronology
On the Border
(1974)On the Border1974
Singles from Desperado
  1. "Tequila Sunrise"
    Released: April 17, 1973
  2. "Outlaw Man"
    Released: August 6, 1973
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau C[4]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[5]

Desperado is the second studio album by the American band Eagles. It was recorded at Island Studios in London, England and released in 1973. Desperado is a concept album, based on the themes of the Old West. Originally, Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Jackson Browne, and J. D. Souther were working on a series of songs about anti-heroes, but ran out of ideas after writing "Doolin' Dalton" and "James Dean". The latter was shelved and they instead began to write songs from the themes established in "Doolin' Dalton". [6]

The band members are featured on the album's cover dressed like an outlaw gang; Desperado remains the only Eagles album where the band members appear on the front cover.

Although the title track is one of the Eagles' signature songs, it was never released as a single. The song "Desperado" was ranked #494 on Rolling Stone's 2004 list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". The album did yield two singles, though: "Tequila Sunrise" and "Outlaw Man". Those two singles reached #64 and #59 respectively. The album reached #41 on the charts and sold 2 million copies.

Desperado was the last Asylum Records album to be distributed in North America by Atlantic Records (catalog no. SD 5068), prior to Asylum's mid-1973 merger with Elektra Records by Asylum's, Elektra's and Atlantic's parent company, Warner Communications.

Critical reception

AllMusic editor William Ruhlmann praised that Henley had more involvement with the album, but wrote that it "was simultaneously more ambitious and serious-minded than its predecessor and also slighter and less consistent."[7]

Track listing

Side one
  1. "Doolin-Dalton" (Glenn Frey, J. D. Souther, Don Henley, Jackson Browne) – 3:26
    • Lead vocals by Don Henley and Glenn Frey, harmonica by Glenn Frey
  2. "Twenty-One" (Bernie Leadon) – 2:11
  3. "Out of Control" (Henley, Frey, Tom Nixon) – 3:04
  4. "Tequila Sunrise" (Henley, Frey) – 2:52
    • Lead vocals and acoustic guitar by Glenn Frey, lead guitar and mandolin by Bernie Leadon
  5. "Desperado" (Henley, Frey) – 3:36
    • Lead vocals by Don Henley, piano by Glenn Frey
Side two
  1. "Certain Kind of Fool" (Randy Meisner, Henley, Frey) – 3:02
    • Lead vocals by Randy Meisner, acoustic guitar and mandolin by Bernie Leadon, lead guitar by Glenn Frey
  2. "Doolin-Dalton (Instrumental)" (Frey, Souther, Henley, Browne) – 0:48
    • Banjo by Bernie Leadon
  3. "Outlaw Man" (David Blue) – 3:34
    • Lead vocals, Lead Guitar and Electric Piano by Glenn Frey, Acoustic guitar by Bernie Leadon
  4. "Saturday Night" (Meisner, Henley, Frey, Leadon) – 3:20
    • Lead vocals Don Henley, acoustic guitar by Don Henley and Glenn Frey, second lead vocal by Randy Meisner, mandolin by Bernie Leadon
  5. "Bitter Creek" (Leadon) – 5:00
    • Lead vocals by Bernie Leadon
  6. "Doolin-Dalton/Desperado (Reprise)" (Frey, Souther, Henley, Browne) – 4:50
    • Lead vocals by Don Henley, banjo and Dobro by Bernie Leadon




Chart (1973) Peak
US Billboard 200[8] 41
Canada RPM 100 Albums[9] 35
UK (The Official Charts Company)[10] 39
New Zealand (Top 50 Albums)[11] 40
  • "Tequila Sunrise"/"Twenty-One" - released April 17, 1973
  • "Outlaw Man"/"Certain Kind of Fool" - released August 6, 1973
Year Single Chart Position
1973 "Outlaw Man" Billboard Pop Singles 59
1973 "Tequila Sunrise" Billboard Pop Singles 64


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