Listening in Depth to The Eagles – Desperado

Presenting another entry in our extensive Listening in Depth series. This is the second-best sounding Eagles record of all time, no doubt thanks to the engineering of our man Glyn Johns. Of course, the best sound on an Eagles record is found on the first album. For whatever reason, that record was left off the TAS Super Disc list, even though we feel that both musically and sonically it beats this one by a bit.




Side One


This wonderful song is a great test track for side one. Typical pressings of this album tend to be dark and lack extension up top. When you have no real top end, space, detail and resolution suffer greatly. You need to be able to appreciate each of the stringed instruments being played — guitar, banjo, dobro — and the top end needs to be extended and correct for you to be able to do that.

When the vocals on this track sound natural with lots of breathy texture, and the cymbal crashes ring cleanly, you know you’ve got a good copy on your hands.


A fairly tough track to get right. This song can sound great, but on a lower resolution copy it will often sound a bit smeared. When the top end is correct, the clarity and detail usually fall right into place.

Out of Control
Tequila Sunrise

Side Two

Certain Kind of Fool
Outlaw Man
Saturday Night

This song has some very sweet vocal harmonies that are reminiscent of CSNY. You’ll need a transparent copy to allow you to pick out the individual voices — when you’re able to, this track can be magical.

Bitter Creek
Doolin-Dalton/Desperado (Reprise)