Above The Clouds - The Very Best Of Glenn Frey

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Er selbst wäre in diesem Jahr 70 geworden, doch sein Songwriting hat ihn schon vor Jahrzehnten unsterblich gemacht: Am 11. Mai erscheinen gleich zwei Best-Of-Formate, die erstmals sämtliche Solo-Karrierehighlights von Eagles-Mitbegründer Glenn Frey vereinen.

Parallel zum Greatest Hits-Album "Above The Clouds: The Very Best Of Glenn Frey", das neben 14 Songs und einem Live-Medley mit neuen Linernotes von Ian McCann daher kommt, erscheint auch das exklusive und streng limitierte 4-Disc-Box-Set "Above The Clouds: The Collection", das 3 CDs und eine Live-DVD beinhaltet. Abgerundet mit einem 20-seitigen Booklet, ist gerade die zusätzliche DVD als besonderes Highlight zu erwähnen - der rare Live-Mitschnitt aus dem Jahr 1992 zählt ohne Frage zu den bewegendsten Momenten in der knapp 50 Jahre umspannenden Karriere des US-Amerikaners.

Ganz besonders hervorzuheben ist aber die 3. CD dieses Sets. Auf dem "Waschzettel" der Plattenfirma wohl aus Unkenntnis überhaupt nicht erwähnt und doch die eigentliche Sensation, enthält diese Disc das komplette Album der Band "Longbranch Pennywhistle". Eigentlich ein Duo, bestehend aus Glenn Frey und seinem Kumpel John David Souther, veröffentlichten die beiden 1971, also noch vor dem Start der Eagles, eine LP unter dem Namen Longbranch Pennywhistle. Diese LP war bisher nie offiziell auf CD erschienen, es kursiert hin und wieder ein Bootleg davon im Internet. Die LP ist heute eine gesuchte Rarität und endlich gibt es die 10 Songs auf auf CD!


The first disc, aptly subtitled The Very Best of Glenn Frey, is chock-full of major chart hits, including the Beverly Hills Copsmash “The Heat Is On,” the gritty, slide-guitar-driven gutbucket groove of “Smuggler’s Blues,” the epic Miami Viceballad “You Belong to the City,” the inward-looking poignancy of “Soul Searchin’,” and much more. This disc will be available as a stand-alone disc as well as part of the box set. And while Glenn clearly embraced the burgeoning video age, nabbing a vaunted 1985 MTV Music Video Award with the cinematically dramatic clip for “Smuggler’s Blues,” it’s the enduring essence of the man’s songwriting skills on display here that truly sealed his legacy as a solo artist.

Disc 2 explores Frey’s prowess beyond the charts, from the classy to the classic. Included are the broad swath of “After Hours,” his majestic take on “For Sentimental Reasons,” a harmonic nod to the Beach Boys with a spot-on cover of “Caroline, No,” and the sheer battle cry of “Route 66” among them.

The third disc highlights the early output of the duo formed by longtime friends Frey and JD Souther known asLongbranch/Pennywhistle makes its digital debut. Originally released on the Amos label in 1970, the self-titled Longbranch/Pennywhistle may have ultimately been consigned to the side bins of the acid-rock era, but songs like “Kite Woman” and “Run, Boy, Run” serve as the literal seeds of the country-rock movement Frey and the Eagles perfected to a T. Besides navigating the success of his own fine solo career (see “You’re Only Lonely”), Souther also went on to be a chief Frey collaborator on such pivotal Eagles songs as “Best of My Love,” “New Kid in Town,” and “Heartache Tonight.”

The final disc, a live DVD culled from a telling performance at the National Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, on September 15, 1992, on the Strange Weather tour, shows Frey and his top-shelf band at the height of their powers, veering from the cool-breeze manifestos of “Long Hot Summer” and “Peaceful Easy Feeling” to the rip-roaring crackle of “Strange Weather” to the everyone-join-in vibes of “Party Town.”

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Above The Clouds - The Very Best Of Glenn Frey
FREY, GLENN
Above The Clouds - The Very Best Of Glenn Frey
CD
GEF CD 718
€ 16.90



1. The Heat Is On (From "Beverly Hills Cop" Soundtrack)
2. Call On Me (Theme From "South Of Sunset")
3. Part Of Me, Part Of You
4. You Belong To The City
5. Smuggler's Blues
6. Sexy Girl
7. The Allnighter
8. Soul Searchin'
9. Same Girl
10. The One You Love
11. Strange Weather
12. I've Got Mine
13. River Of Dreams
14. Love In The 21st Century
15. Medley: Lyin' Eyes / Take It Easy (Live)