The first album ever to be awarded a Platinum Disc, ‘Eagles Their Greatest Hits 1971 – 1975’ was certified at 38x Multi-Platinum on August 20, 2018, making it the RIAA’s top-selling album of all time, passing Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’. ~Discogs.com

‘Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)’ is the first compilation album by the Eagles, released on February 17, 1976 by Asylum Records.  The album contains a selection of songs from the Eagles’ first four albums released in the period from the Eagles’ formation in 1971 up to 1975.

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Album Front and Back Cover


Side One and Two


The area called ‘Dead Wax’ or ‘Run-Out Groove’ of a vinyl record is the area after the last song on one side of a record ends and the label begins. Typically, there are numbers stamped in the dead wax called “matrix numbers” which were similar to a catalog number or ID number and were unique to each side. These numbers were sometimes accompanied by special inscriptions, symbols or initials added by the band or producer. On the Eagles Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 album the special inscription was:

HAPPY NEW YEAR GLYN — (on side one)

Image Source: Enter The Matrix Edwin Rosavio, by auralretentive, April 14, 2013

WITH LOVE FROM BILL — (on side two)

Image Source: Enter The Matrix Edwin Rosavio, by auralretentive, April 14, 2013

Listen to the album here.

‘Take It To The Limit’ is not included on the above album. You can listen to it here.


Album Credits
Source: Discogs
Note: El Bwyd de Valentine M.F.S. was Boyd Elder’s graphic design company



Album Artwork
Source: Rhino Insider ~ Feb. 17, 2021
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The Eagles performed at Boyd Elder’s art show as mentioned in the above article.
Source: Lonestar Music Magazine ~ Respect Boyd Elder, Valentine, Texas’ Greatest Hit ~ By Michael Corcoran ~ Feb. 10, 2016
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‘Visions’ Lyrics ~ By Don Felder / Don Henley
Boyd Elder was also known as ‘El Chingadero’.
Don Felder made reference to him in his song ‘Visions’
which was on the ‘One of These Nights’ album.



Source: Cash Box ~ Feb. 28, 1976 ~ Page 24
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Source: Billboard Global 200


Source: Billboard ~ For Week Ending March 13, 1976 ~ Page 98


Source: Billboard ~ Feb. 13, 1999 ~ Page 152
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See below for the Professional Ratings Source Reviews

Source: AllMusic
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Source: Christgau’s Record Guide
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Source: The Daily Vault
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Source: The Rolling Stone Album Guide
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Marc Eliot, who wrote ‘To The Limit, The Untold Story of the Eagles’,
also wrote an Essay ‘Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)’ – The Eagles (1976),
which was added to the Library of Congress Registry
under ‘Index of Recording Essays’ in 2016.
(See below for the essay)

Marc Eliot’s Essay ‘Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)’ – The Eagles (1976) ~ Page 1
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Marc Eliot’s Essay ‘Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)’ – The Eagles (1976) ~ Page 2
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Marc Eliot’s Essay ‘Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)’ – The Eagles (1976) ~ Page 3
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Source: UCR Classic Rock & Culture
Read the article here


Source: NME ~ Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ is no longer the best-selling album of all time in the US ~ A greatest hits record has taken the top spot in America
By Rhian Daly ~ Aug. 20, 2018
Read the article here


Source: RIAA (The Recording Industry Association of America)
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RIAA platinum status was once equivalent to selling one million albums or songs, but in 2013 the Company began incorporating streaming from YouTube, Spotify and other digital music services to determine certification.

Now 1,500 streams of an album is equivalent to an album sale. Also, 10 song downloads (equals) 1 album sale.

Source: The Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction, Colorado) Aug. 24, 2018


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