The Eagles‘ 1970’s studio albums will be reissued via Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (MFSL) through its “UltraDisc One-Step” format. Just released is the band’s 1972 debut, Eagles, with its 1973 follow-up Desperado, dropping on September 17th, with both sets limited to 7,500 copies. There’s been no release date announced for the remainder of the MFSL Eagles releases.
Rolling Stone reported, “Eagles and Desperado are packaged in deluxe box sets with foil-stamped jackets and original artwork. The UltraDisc One-Step format skips the standard three-step lacquer process — using only one — resulting in higher sound quality.”
The Eagles’ catalogue curator, Richard F.W. Davis, said in a statement: “These records are classic for a reason, and they deserve to be presented in the best possible formats. The MoFi process, with its purist high-fidelity approach to committing the original tapes to disc, represents a way of going beyond the standard vinyl to bring a truer experience to the listener.”
The Eagles’ co-founding guitarist Bernie Leadon recalled collaborating with Don Henley on “Witchy Woman,” which peaked at Number Nine and was one of the highlights of the Eagles’ 1972 self-titled debut: “I don’t know, it’s sorta Chinese (sounding). And then Henley put that tom-tom beat to it. I conceived all the sections of ‘Witchy Woman’ as a guitar instrumental — and then Henley wrote the words to it.”
When we last talked to the late-Glenn Frey — well over 40 years after the release of the Eagles’ self-titled debut — he told us that he still had a bad taste in his mouth from recording with famed Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Who engineer-producer Glyn Johns: “I would say this; what disappoints me about the first two Eagles albums is that we didn’t get to spend more time on ’em — and that was Glyn Johns’ responsibility. Actually, I think he was a little burned out from workin’ with the Stones and waiting and waiting and waiting for Keith (Richards) to figure something out and not doing much. So, when he got us in the studio, he was pretty much a school marm. Y’know, we made the first Eagles record in two-and-a-half weeks, y’know, for 17-five.”