Take It Easy

"Take It Easy"
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Single by Eagles
from the album Eagles
B-side"Get You in the Mood"
ReleasedMay 1, 1972
Format7"
RecordedFebruary 1972
StudioOlympic Sound Studios, London
GenreCountry rock[1]
Length3:30
LabelAsylum
Songwriter(s)Jackson Browne, Glenn Frey
Producer(s)Glyn Johns
Eagles singles chronology
"Take It Easy"
(1972)
"Witchy Woman"
(1972)
"Take It Easy"
Single by Jackson Browne
from the album For Everyman
B-side"Ready or Not"
Released1973
Format7"
Recorded1973
GenreCountry rock
Length3:39
LabelAsylum
Songwriter(s)Jackson Browne, Glenn Frey
Producer(s)Glyn Johns
Jackson Browne singles chronology
"Redneck Friend"
(1973)
"Take It Easy"
(1973)
"Walking Slow"
(1974)

"Take It Easy" is a song by the American rock band Eagles, written by Jackson Browne and Eagles band member Glenn Frey, who also provides lead vocals. It was the band's first single, released on May 1, 1972. It peaked at No. 12 on the July 22, 1972, Billboard Hot 100 chart.[2][3] It also was the opening track on the band's debut album Eagles and it has become one of their signature songs, included on all of their live and compilation albums. It is listed as one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

Jackson Browne later recorded the song as the lead track on his second album, For Everyman (1973), and released it as a single as well, although it did not chart.[4] Travis Tritt also covered the song for the 1993 Eagles' tribute album Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles; the video for Tritt's version is notable for the appearance of all five members of the Eagles together again for the first time in 13 years after their break-up, and it led to the reunion of the band a few months later.[5]

  1. ^ Horn, David; Shepherd, John, eds. (2012). Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World. 8 – Genres: North America. Continuum. p. 174. ISBN 978-1-4411-6078-2.
  2. ^ Billboard magazine. "Take It Easy" Chart History Accessed July 29, 2012.
  3. ^ Allmusic.com. Eagles Awards Accessed July 29, 2012.
  4. ^ Paris, Russ. The Jackson Browne Fans Page, Complete Discography Archived 2012-02-25 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Thompson, Gayle (May 27, 2015). "21 Years Ago: The Eagles Reunite for Hell Freezes Over Tour". The Boot.

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