Eagles Share Remastered Videos to YouTube

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Don Felder and Joe Walsh performing their famous guitar solos during “Hotel California,” on March 21, 1977, in Landover, Maryland

They’ve long been one of the most vigilant recording acts of the YouTube era. For years, fans who have proudly uploaded Eagles concert videos to YouTube, taken with their camera phones, have seen them quickly removed. In most cases, the explanation was due to a “copyright violation.” Yet, thousands of other recording acts have generally looked at their fans’ enthusiasm of sharing the footage as a form of flattery. Sure, plenty of the clips are shot from poor vantage points and the auteurs aren’t necessarily going to win any awards for cinematography. But for music fans it’s been a great way to watch their favorite acts perform live. Those of us of a certain age recall our favorite concert performances of decades long ago only in our memories, with no existing footage to refer back to.

So it was with some surprise that on Dec. 8, 2022, Eagles uploaded to their YouTube channel eight remastered videos from their archives of some of their most iconic songs. The list includes “Hotel California” from their 1977 concert in Landover, Maryland; “Take It Easy,” shot for their Hell Freezes Over live reunion album in 1994; and a promotional clip for “In the City,” shot for their 1979 album, The Long Run.

A bootlegged version of the “Hotel California” clip has been available for years. The song was released in February 1977 and was just in its fourth week on the singles chart, so it’s thus not surprising that it was performed as the opening number, and not as an encore, at their March 21 concert at the Capital Centre.

They sound and look great.

“Take It Easy,” shot before an intimate audience at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, Calif., for an MTV reunion special, is an apt choice to be remastered. The song was their first single ever released, in 1972.

Even though “In the City” wasn’t released as a single, it became a staple of rock radio and their live sets. While the promotional clip is presented in a straightforward, shot-in-the-studio manner, what’s particularly striking is watching the members, all of whom are in their early ’30s.

Watch the remastered video for “In the City”

Clips are also up for the making of “I Can’t Tell You Why,” the less well known “Hole in the World,” the J.D. Souther composition, “How Long,” a performance clip of the 2007 track, “No More Cloudy Days,” and the music video for “Busy Being Fabulous,” also from their Long Road Out of Eden album.

Related: Our exclusive interview with the producer of 1979’s The Long Run

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  1. bradwww
    #1 bradwww 15 December, 2022, 04:10

    i can see their own lawyers not getting the message and blocking these clips!

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  2. Ray
    #2 Ray 15 December, 2022, 05:28

    Two thoughts… They should NEVER have removed Don Felder from the lineup and they should release a remastered video for Randy Meisner’s ‘Take It To The Limit’.

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    • felpin
      felpin 16 December, 2022, 00:31

      The “Take It the Limit “clip is just too good. Don’t think they want Meisner showing off.

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