Eagles’ First Six Albums To Get Limited Collectors’ Edition Vinyl Release

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– Eagles
play MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sept. 27, 2019.

Just in time for the resumption of their world tour at Madison Square Garden on Aug. 22, the Eagles will begin the release of their first six albums in a vinyl format touted as the “best-sounding vinyl LPs in the world” by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (MoFi), which will press a limited edition of 7,500 copies utilizing its UltraDisc One-Step process.

Starting with Eagles and Desperado, the band’s first two platinum-selling recordings, the discs will be pressed at RTI (Record Technology, Inc.) from the original master analog recordings and reissued through Rhino Entertainment, Warner Music Group’s catalog label. 
The pressings will be on 180g MoFi SuperVinyl, described as “the most exacting-to-specification vinyl compound ever devised,” an ultra-hi-fi UltraDisc One-Step 180g 45RPM 2LP collector’s edition. 
“These records are classic for a reason, and they deserve to be presented in the best possible formats,” said Eagles catalogue curator, Richard F.W. Davis. “The MoFi process, with its purist high-fidelity approach to committing the original tapes to disc, represents a way of going beyond the standard vinyl to bring a truer experience to the listener.”
Featuring premium packaging and  presentation, Eagles is available now, with Desperado following on Sept. 15. The packaging, including deluxe boxes, will feature special foil-stamped jackets and faithful-to-the-original graphics. “Playing with reference-setting sonics that elevates an effort forever prized by audiophiles, these spectacular reissues provide a clear, clean, transparent, balanced, and intimate view of the albums that permanently made California-style rock of the 1970s a genre of its own,” Mobile Fidelity says in its announcement. 
Of particular interest to audiophiles, the process, developed by NEOTECH and RTI, is extraordinarily expensive and extremely painstaking to produce. MoFi SuperVinyl’s special proprietary compound allows for the creation of cleaner grooves that are indistinguishable from the original lacquer and provides the closest approximation of what the label’s engineers hear in the mastering lab. Instead of utilizing the industry-standard, three-step, lacquer process, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab’s UltraDisc One-Step uses only one step, bypassing two processes of generational loss, while providing the ultimate in sound quality.  
“We are extremely proud that Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab has been chosen to work with the Eagles and Rhino Entertainment to produce the definitive versions of these six albums from one of the world’s most iconic bands,” said Josh Bizar, vice president, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab. 
“Our team has developed technological advances that allow our engineers to get more from the original master tapes, delivering the finest sonic presentations possible to music lovers and audiophiles. While everyone who loves music knows these songs backwards and forwards, listening to these new remasters on our One-Step 45RPM SuperVinyl format will be like hearing these albums for the first time.”
The limited, collectors edition will be numbered and mark a first for the company, which in the past has pressed ultra high fidelity single albums, rather than a series of them, including  Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde, Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue, Donald Fagen’s The Nightfly, Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, Dire Straits’ Brothers In Arms, Santana’s Abraxas, Harry Nilsson’s Nilsson Schmilsson, Paul Simon’s Still Crazy After All These Years, and Carole King’s Tapestry, among others.
The limited, numbered-edition copies of the reissued LPs of Eagles and Desperado are available for pre-order at MoFi and MusicDirect websites.  
The Eagles, of course, are one of the best-selling artists of all time with more than 150 million records sold over the course of the band’s career, including Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975, the all-time top selling album with more than 38 million copies sold.
The band, founded by Don Henley and the late Glenn Frey in 1971, has scored six No. 1  albums and topped the singles charts five times. They have won six Grammy Awards, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 in their first year of eligibility, and received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2016.
They are also a touring force, averaging 20,913 tickets sold per show and gross of $4,031,468. Eagles have grossed more than $1 billion in ticket sales in the 2000s alone, according to Pollstar Boxoffice tallies. 
The Eagles’ latest arena tour, which will see the band perform Hotel California in its entirety with an orchestra, relaunches with two dates at Madison Square Garden next week:
“Hotel California” 2021 Tour: 
Sunday, August 22             New York, NY           Madison Square Garden
Tuesday, August 24            New York, NY           Madison Square Garden
Friday, August 27                 Boston, MA               TD Garden
Friday, August 28               Boston, MA               TD Garden
Tuesday, August 31           Washington, D.C.    Capital One Arena
Wed., September 1             Washington, D.C.    Capital One Arena
Thu, Sep 16, 2021               Denver, CO               Ball Arena
Sat, Sep 18, 2021               Denver, CO               Ball Arena
Tue, Sep 21, 2021               Dallas, TX                  American Airlines Center
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Sat, Oct 16, 2021                Los Angeles, CA      Forum
Tue, Oct 19, 2021               Los Angeles, CA      Forum
Fri, Oct 22, 2021                  San Francisco, CA   Chase Center
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