Friday, September 1, 2017

"Take It Easy"--Travis Tritt

    Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles was released in 1993 as a benefit for Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. Walden Pond is famous for being the place in which Henry David Thoreau wrote his famous work, Waldon; or Life in the Woods. Preserving Waldon Pond has been a longtime project for Eagles' drummer and environmentalist Don Henley.
     The album featured country artists covering songs of the Eagles. The eagles are right up there with Jimmy Buffett in terms of my favorite artists and at the time of the release, refugee fan of their kind of music were migrating to country in order to escape the mess rap, pop, and dance had made of mainstream music. Common Thread was one of the first Cd I ever bought. It enjoyed heavy rotation right up until I switched to MP3 a few years ago.
    Many fans have criticized some of the country artists for butchering the originals. Fair enough. Such criticism comes with the territory of cover songs. There are a few on the CD I am not too fond of, either. None compare to the originals, either. But there are some good efforts. I could have easily chosen three or four, but I went with Travis Tritt's cover of “Take It Easy.” It appears to be among the most favored covers. As with the song I chose yesterday, the original band plays backup.
     Not everyone was happy with Common Thread, but the Cd compelled the Eagles to tour again in 1994 after a fourteen year hiatus. The Eagles' new found success lead to about a dozen farewell tours since then, so there is that.
        Godspeed, Glenn Frey.  

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