Monday, November 12, 2007

The Eagles have landed . . . at Wal-Mart?!

The Eagles band and Wal-Mart in "Strategic Marketing Partnership." According to the release, the company's sustainability agenda (PDF doc) -- was an important reason for the band's decision.

And over at Starbuck's other baby boomer icons, like Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Annie Lennox, have exclusive deals with the world's largest coffee corp, where CDs are sold at stores and online. The independent music stores are unhappy about this, and I don't blame them, but that's life in the world as we know it. Will REM be next?

I bought Long Road Out of Eden yesterday at the big Wal, and listening to it now, and happy to say, it's great. As I write this, Track 10 is playing, and there are ten more to go. I don't have to open shop at Greyhound this morning, so I have time to blog and catch you up on things.

Track 10 is called "Do Something" ... a song with a message. "Don't wait to long, even if it's wrong, you gotta do something. It's not over, no it's never too late."

Track 11, "You Are Not Alone" ....

The thing that makes The Eagles great is catchy tunes, wise lyrics, distinctive vocals and harmonies.

End of disc 1.

Disc 2 starts off with the title track: "Long Road out of Eden." I think this may be the music I listen to while I finish my blook. I wonder if Starbuck's would be interested in an exclusive one year deal for Carbondale After Blog.

Of course, many pundits questioned the Eagles-Wal-Mart exclusive one year deal, when it was announced. But it's turned out to work pretty well, the album is #1 in the U.S. and other countries. And it also turns out the other music stores have found a way to get around the exclusive: buy them at Wal-Mart for $11.88 and sell them for $18.99, reports Rolling Stone.

Reviews of The Eagles first studio album in 25 years have been good, although not everyone's a fan of this group in these hip-hoppy, flip-floppy, times. The review by Chris Jones at gets it.

And, if you like The Eagles, you should get it, too.

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