The 1969 self-titled pre-Eagles album by Glenn Frey and J.D. Souther’s duo, Longbranch/Pennywhistle, will be officially reissued for the first time as a standalone CD and on 180-gram black vinyl. The album, which was included earlier this year on the acclaimed Glenn Frey box set Above The Clouds: The Collection, was originally produced by Tom Thacker and featured such iconic musicians as famed guitarists James Burton and Ry Cooder, pedal-steel maestro Buddy Emmons, “Wrecking Crew” pianist Larry Knechtel, Derek & The Dominos drummer Jim Gordon, bassist Joe Osborn, and fiddle player Doug Kershaw.
J.D. Souther said in the statement announcing the album’s re-release, “Glenn Frey was my roommate, best friend, and first songwriting partner in Los Angeles. We knew we were onto something original, as are most young musicians, including our soon-to-be friends and collaborators Jackson Browne and Don Henley; but quite honestly, we were just trying to do our best work in a very competitive environment. If in doing that we evolved a new architecture of some sort, fine, but remember we were all listening carefully to each other and to the giants before and among us. We listened to Miles (Davis), Hank Williams, Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell, (John) Coletrane, Bach, Cole Porter, Tim Hardin, Bob Dylan, James Taylor, and Carole King to name a few. We always said that if you want to make great music you should listen to great music. This album was our freshman project.”
Although J.D. Souther had a hand in creating such Eagles classics as “Best Of My Love,” “Victim Of Love,” “Heartache Tonight,” and “New Kid in Town” — he revealed that he actually was in the band very briefly prior to their first album: “I was in the band for a day, actually. David Geffen convinced me and (laughs) probably with more difficulty, convinced Glenn (Frey) and Don (Henley) to try having me in the band. He thought: ‘Two songwriters, good — three songwriters, better!’ We rehearsed and we did one show, one afternoon at the Troubadour for David Geffen and Elliot Roberts and our team. And I just remember, I remember looking sort of down the line and seeing three of us with acoustic guitars and just thinking, ‘This is triple redundancy, here.’ So, I bowed out of it and I think they were more relieved than I was, I think.”
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