Taped a considerable distance from the stage, the music is still fairly clear with only minor detail getting lost in the mix. The sound is slightly boomy and Don Henley’s floor tom occasionally distorts but really, no big deal. The crowd is behaving themselves making it easier to hear what’s going on including Glenn Frey’s comments between songs.
The Eagles open with “Hotel California”. Henley seems to strain a bit with a few of the higher melodies but his voice seems fine for the rest of the show. They include a few Joe Walsh songs throughout the night with “Walk Away”, “Turn To Stone”, and “Rocky Mountain Way”. “Turn To Stone” contains a nice jam in the middle featuring Joe and Don Felder on guitars and “Rocky Mountain Way” featuring Walsh’s signature talk box guitar. These seem to be the only parts of the show that contain any improvising. Including these tunes helped to bring a much needed edge to their live show and Joe really brings character to the band. He changes the lyrics of “Rocky Mountain Way” to “Spent the last year, Toronto Canada Way” and “bases are loaded, Montreal’s at bat”. This must have been before Toronto had a baseball team.
For so many lead vocalists in the band, Glenn Frey is really the only one who addresses the crowd. He even references a hockey game to the crowds delight after “Take It To The Limit”. Also featured tonight from the new LP, Hotel California, are “Victim Of Love”, “New Kid In Town”, and “Life In The Fast Lane” in addition to the opening title track and this new material really brings out Joe Walsh’s influence on the band. The Eagles were definitely kicking it up a notch at this point in their career and this would ensure them a slot in rock and roll history.
There are a few minor problems where the tape is garbled near the end of “Take It To The Limit” and during the middle of “One Of These Nights”. They only last a few seconds and aren’t too disruptive.
Other than the show being incomplete and pressed on CDR, the title is pretty decent. The Eagles give a very steady and precise performance and the recording is certainly listenable. I think fans of the band would enjoy this one.