The songs on this "best of" compilation cover the Eagles' early years (pre Hotel California) and they pack a wallop. From the spooky, Native American-influenced Witchy Woman to the mournful folk-rock gem Desperado, the collection is almost a primer on how to write a country-rock song. Whether it's the opening guitars driving the beat of Take It Easy or the lilting melody of Best Of My Love, the Eagles' tight harmonies, smooth lead vocals and masterful musicianship enable Their Greatest Hits to play like a jukebox in country-rock heaven.
The songs are also stylistically diverse: The Grammy-winning Lyin' Eyes is pure Eagles pop; One Of These Nights, with its slippery bass line, is a Steely Dan-like rock-jazz track; Tequila Sunrise has a steel guitar and Latin beat subtle enough to lull any hangover. The songs' themes range from anger to bliss, with longing in the forefront and an outlaw sensibility in the shadows. Not too traditional to turn off rock and folk fans, and not so slick that country aficionados would bolt, the Eagles' repertoire is solid, memorable and expertly produced. Lyrically ("...don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy...") and musically, these are songs that have become a vital part of the musical lexicon.