#315Albums is a list of 315 albums that appear on both the Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, as well as the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die book, edited by Robert Dimery. At its best, it is a representation of some of the greatest music ever released; at its worst, it is a journey through the history of music that the majority see as important, influential, and/or relevant. If nothing else, these albums are worth experiencing at least once to get a better understanding of music, which is why we are working to complete all #315Albums.

No. 021

“This debut created a new template for laid-back L.A. country rock. Behind the band’s mellow message – ‘Take It Easy’, ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’ – was a relentless drive.”

Artist: Eagles
Album: Eagles
Released: 1972
Label: Asylum
Rolling Stones Ranking: 368

This is an interesting album to me because of how much I love their later album, Hotel California. It’s clear that this self-titled debut is not as mature as Hotel, but it’s not the Eagles’ fault that I listened to that one first. This album feels a bit more poppy than I have come to expect from the Eagles. Not every song, mind, but a couple here and there that end up being the weak links of the album. The pinnacle of the album is the opening track, “Take it Easy”, followed by the second track, “Witchy Woman”, and then, finally, the closer, “Tryin'”. Much of the rest of the tracks are rather forgettable. Still, I enjoyed listening to this one as I love the Eagles – which, through my quick research, is apparently an “uncool” thing to admit – but I can definitely say that I enjoy this band’s sound more later in their tenure.

Cinefessions’ #315Albums Rating: 67%

Image and quote courtesy of Rolling Stone Magazine.