Hell Freezes Over

Hell Freezes Over is the second live album by the Eagles, released in 1994. The album is the first to be released after the Eagles had reformed following a fourteen-year-long break up. The band's lineup was that of the Long Run era: Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Don Felder, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit. It contains four new studio tracks and eleven tracks recorded live in April 1994 for an MTV special. Two Top 40 Mainstream singles, "Get Over It" and "Love Will Keep Us Alive", were released from the album. It also features an acoustic version of "Hotel California". The four new studio recordings are the last to feature Don Felder, who was terminated from the band in 2001.

The album went to No. 1 on the Billboard album chart upon its release where it stayed for two weeks. The album has sold over 9 million copies in the United States.[4]

Hell Freezes Over was also released in video form on VHS, LaserDisc and DVD. Before the album was released, the Eagles also started a tour, which would last from 1994 to 1996 and became one of the most successful tours in music history.[5][6]

Hell Freezes Over
The Eagles Hell Freezes Over
Live album / studio album by
ReleasedNovember 8, 1994
StudioThe Village Recorder, Los Angeles, Sounds Interchange, Toronto (Studio tracks)
Warner Burbank Studios, Burbank, California (Live tracks); mixed at A&M Studios, Los Angeles; The Hit Factory, New York City and Village Recorders, Los Angeles[1]
GenreRock
Length72:36
LabelGeffen
Producer
the Eagles chronology
The Very Best of the Eagles
(1994)
Hell Freezes Over
(1994)
Selected Works: 1972–1999
(2000)
Singles from Hell Freezes Over
  1. "Get Over It"
    Released: 1994
  2. "Love Will Keep Us Alive"
    Released: 1994
  3. "The Girl from Yesterday"
    Released: 1994
  4. "Learn To Be Still"
    Released: 1995
  5. "Hotel California [Live]"
    Released: 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[3]

Background

The album name is in reference to a quote by Don Henley after the band's breakup in 1980; he commented that the band would play together again "when Hell freezes over".[6] Henley said in 1982 on the break-up: "I just rule out the possibility of putting the Eagles back together for a Lost Youth and Greed tour".[7] In 1993, an Eagles tribute album, Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles, was recorded by several country artists. Travis Tritt, who covered "Take It Easy" in the album, asked the band to appear in his video for the song.[8] The former Eagles band members agreed, and it would be the first time the group had appeared together in 13 years. Two months later, Frey and Henley had lunch with their management and decided to reunite.[8]

The band members performed live for the first time in April 1994 at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California for an MTV special.[8] The recording sessions produced 11 tracks for the Hell Freezes Over album, including a new arrangement of "Hotel California" that features an extended acoustic guitar and percussion opening. At the beginning of the concert, Glenn Frey joked to the audience: "For the record, we never broke up; we just took a 14-year vacation". The tour began in May 27 and the Hell Freezes Over album was released on November 8, 1994.[8] The album is the band's second live album, behind their live album in 1980.

The new song "Get Over It" became a modest hit, and another new song, "Love Will Keep Us Alive", reached No. 1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.

The DVD is one of the first music releases to feature a DTS format soundtrack in addition to a PCM stereo soundtrack. The DVD also featured the song "Seven Bridges Road" in DTS audio only. The DVD has since been re-released with an additional Dolby Digital soundtrack. The album has also been released as DTS CD in 1997.

Track listing

  1. "Get Over It" dagger (Don Henley, Glenn Frey) – 3:31
  2. "Love Will Keep Us Alive"dagger (Pete Vale, Jim Capaldi, Paul Carrack) – 4:03
  3. "The Girl from Yesterday"dagger (Frey, Jack Tempchin) – 3:23
  4. "Learn to Be Still"dagger (Henley, Stan Lynch) – 4:28
  5. "Tequila Sunrise" (Henley, Frey) – 3:28
  6. "Hotel California" (Don Felder, Henley, Frey) – 7:12
  7. "Wasted Time" (Henley, Frey) – 5:19
  8. "Pretty Maids All in a Row" (Joe Walsh, Joe Vitale) – 4:26
  9. "I Can't Tell You Why" (Henley, Frey, Timothy B. Schmit) – 5:11
  10. "New York Minute" (Henley, Danny "Kootch" Kortchmar, Jai Winding) – 6:37
  11. "The Last Resort" (Henley, Frey) – 7:24
  12. "Take It Easy" (Jackson Browne, Frey) – 4:36
  13. "In the City" (Walsh, Barry De Vorzon) – 4:07
  14. "Life in the Fast Lane" (Henley, Frey, Walsh) – 6:01
  15. "Desperado" (Henley, Frey) – 4:17

dagger All new songs, which were released as studio recordings on the album, but can be seen live on the VHS and DVD versions.

DVD-only tracks

  1. "Help Me Through the Night" (Walsh) 21.44
  2. "The Heart of the Matter" (Henley, Mike Campbell, J.D. Souther)
  3. "Seven Bridges Road" (Steve Young) – DTS – A remastered version of the recording featured on Eagles Live, with a clearer separation of the five vocal parts to exploit the full potential of a 5.1 speaker set-up: Timothy B. Schmit is on the rear-right, Glenn Frey as the singer of the song's main melody on the front-right, Don Henley on the front-left and Joe Walsh on the rear-left. Don Felder is on the front-center channel.

Personnel

Compiled from Hell Freezes Over liner notes.[9]

Eagles

Additional personnel

Production

  • Eagles – production (all tracks)
  • Elliot Scheiner – production (all tracks except "Learn to Be Still")
  • Rob Jacobs – production (all tracks)
  • Stan Lynch – production ("Learn to Be Still" only)
  • Joel Stillerman – executive producer
  • Carol Donovan – program producer
  • Beth McCarthy – program director
  • Audrey Johns – program line producer
  • Rob Jacobs, Elliot Scheiner – engineers
  • Charlie Bouis, Carl Glanville, Barry Goldberg, Andy Grassi, Tom Trafalski, Tom Winslow – second engineers
  • Todd Bowie and Chris Buttleman – guitar technician
  • Ted Jensen – mastering
  • Rob Jacobs, Dave Kob, Dave Reynolds, Elliot Scheiner – mixing
  • Adam Armstrong – vocal technician
  • Ted Jensen – editing
  • Don Davis, The Eagles, Jay Oliver – horn and string arrangements
  • David Hewitt – live recording coordinator
  • John Halpern, David Skernick – photography
  • Keith Raywood – production design
  • Robin Sloane, Janet Wolsborn – art direction
  • Dwaine "The Peachin' Trucker" Wise – road manager
  • Andrew Lopez – head driver

Charts

Weekly charts

Chart (1994) Peak position
Australian Top 50 Albums[10] 23
French Top Albums[11] 41
German Albums Chart[12] 29
Japanese Albums Chart[13] 6
Netherlands Top 100 Albums[14] 10
Swedish Top 60 Albums[15] 9
Swiss Top 100 Albums[16] 26
US Billboard 200[17] 1
Chart (1995) Peak
position
Austrian Top 75 Albums[18] 24
New Zealand Top 50 Albums[19] 13
Norwegian Top 40 Albums[20] 3
Chart (1996) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[21] 18
Chart (1997) Peak
position
US Catalog Albums[17] 6
Chart (2001) Peak
position
Finnish Top 40 Albums[22] 16

Decade-end charts

Chart (1990–1999) Position
U.S. Billboard 200[23] 37

Video/DVD

Chart (2002) Peak
position
Japanese DVDs Chart[24] 151
Chart (2003) Peak
position
Netherlands Top 30 Music DVDs[25] 3
Swedish Top 20 DVDs[26] 1
Chart (2004) Peak
position
New Zealand Top 10 Music DVDs[27] 1
Norwegian Top 10 DVDs[28] 1
Portuguese Top 30 Music DVDs[29] 3

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1994 "Get Over It" Adult Contemporary 21
1994 "Get Over It" Mainstream Rock Tracks 4
1994 "Get Over It" Billboard Hot 100 31
1994 "Get Over It" Top 40 Mainstream 26
1994 "Love Will Keep Us Alive" Adult Contemporary 1
1994 "The Girl from Yesterday" Hot Country Singles & Tracks 58
1995 "Learn to Be Still" Adult Contemporary 15
1995 "Learn to Be Still" Mainstream Rock Tracks 33
1995 "Love Will Keep Us Alive" Adult Top 40 37
1995 "Love Will Keep Us Alive" Top 40 Mainstream 27

Certifications

Album

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[30] 7× Platinum 700,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[31] Gold 286,000[32]
Norway (IFPI Norway)[33] Platinum 50,000*
Sweden (GLF)[34] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[35] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[36] 9× Platinum 9,000,000[4]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Video/DVD

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[37] Platinum 8,000^
Australia (ARIA)[38] 20× Platinum 300,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[39] Platinum 10,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[40] 2× Platinum 80,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[41] 9× Platinum 45,000^
Sweden (GLF)[42] Gold 10,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[43] 2× Platinum 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[44] 8× Platinum 800,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

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"The Heart of the Matter" is a song recorded by American rock singer Don Henley from his third solo studio album, The End of the Innocence (1989). Written by Henley, Mike Campbell, and J. D. Souther and produced by Henley, Campbell, and Danny Kortchmar, the song was released as the album's third single, reaching No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 2 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks in early 1990.

The shorter radio edit version omits the "I'm learning to live without you now, but I miss you baby" lyric and skips directly to "I've been trying to get down to the heart of the matter".

In 1994 Henley, along with the Eagles, played an acoustic version of the song at their reunion concert; the performance was omitted from the Hell Freezes Over live album, but was included in the concert DVD.

The song was covered by American soul singer India.Arie in 2006 on her third studio album, Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship. Her version of the song is used in the second episode of Brothers & Sisters, entitled "An Act of Will", and in the theatrical trailer for the 2008 film adaptation of Sex and the City. It is also played briefly in a scene of the film.

The song has often been speculated to have been influenced by the 1948 Graham Greene novel of same name. In 2010, best-selling author Emily Giffin released preview copies of her novel, also titled 'Heart Of The Matter', which many sources believe to be loosely based on the song's core lyrics.

Stage and television actress Megan Hilty recorded a cover on her 2013 debut solo album It Happens All the Time.

Canadian singer Nikki Yanofsky recorded a live acoustic cover for her 2010 DVD "Live in Montreal."

Todd Bowie

Todd Bowie is an American rock guitarist and technician who has played and toured with various bands during the 1990s and 2000s.

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