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The Very Best Of (Eagles album)

The Very Best Of
Greatest hits album by Eagles
Released October 21, 2003
Recorded 1972-2003
Genre Rock
Length 140:48
Label Warner Strategic Marketing
Producer Glyn Johns, Bill Szymczyk, Eagles, Elliot Schiner and Rob Jacobs
Eagles chronology
Selected Works: 1972–1999
The Very Best Of
The Complete Greatest Hits
European album cover

The Very Best Of (released as The Complete Greatest Hits in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand) is a two-disc compilation album by the Eagles, released in 2003.[1]

This album combines all tracks that appeared on the two previously released Eagles greatest hits albums (Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) & Eagles Greatest Hits, Vol. 2), along with other singles not included on the first two compilations, album tracks and the new track "Hole in the World".

The Very Best Of was also released as a limited-edition three-disc set with the third disc being a bonus DVD containing the video for the new song "Hole in the World," as well as a making of the video featurette and "Backstage Pass to Farewell 1."

The album debuted on the Billboard 200 on November 8, 2003 at number 3, with 162,000 copies sold. It spent 62 weeks on the chart. The album was certified and awarded gold, platinum, and double platinum records by the RIAA on December 17, 2003, and on December 13, 2004, it achieved triple platinum status. As of December 2007, it has spent over 325 weeks in the Irish Album Charts, effectively not having left the chart since its release. In the UK the album (as The Complete Greatest Hits) entered the charts on November 1, 2003 at its initial number 27 peak position, the album did however re-enter the charts in June 2006 when it peaked at number 9 on the UK Albums Chart.


  • Track listing 1
  • Personnel 2
  • Production 3
  • Charts 4
  • References 5

Track listing

Disc one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Take It Easy"   Jackson Browne, Glenn Frey 3:29
2. "Witchy Woman"   Don Henley, Bernie Leadon 4:10
3. "Peaceful Easy Feeling"   Jack Tempchin 4:16
4. "Desperado"   Henley, Frey 3:33
5. "Tequila Sunrise"   Henley, Frey 2:52
6. "Doolin-Dalton"   Browne, Frey, Henley, J.D. Souther 3:26
7. "Already Gone"   Tempchin, Robb Strandlund 4:13
8. "Best of My Love"   Henley, Frey, Souther 4:35
9. "James Dean"   Browne, Frey, Souther, Henley 3:36
10. "Ol' '55"   Tom Waits 4:22
11. "Midnight Flyer"   Paul Craft 3:58
12. "On the Border"   Henley, Leadon, Frey 4:28
13. "Lyin' Eyes"   Henley, Frey 6:21
14. "One of These Nights"   Henley, Frey 4:51
15. "Take It to the Limit"   Randy Meisner, Henley, Frey 4:48
16. "After the Thrill Is Gone"   Henley, Frey 3:56
17. "Hotel California"   Don Felder, Henley, Frey 6:30
Disc two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Life in the Fast Lane"   Joe Walsh, Henley, Frey 4:46
2. "Wasted Time"   Henley, Frey 4:55
3. "Victim of Love"   Felder, Souther, Henley, Frey 4:11
4. "The Last Resort"   Henley, Frey 7:25
5. "New Kid in Town"   Souther, Henley, Frey 5:04
6. "Please Come Home for Christmas"   Charlie Brown, Gene Redd 2:58
7. "Heartache Tonight"   Henley, Frey, Bob Seger, Souther 4:26
8. "The Sad Café"   Henley, Frey, Walsh, Souther 5:35
9. "I Can't Tell You Why"   Timothy B. Schmit, Henley, Frey 4:56
10. "The Long Run"   Henley, Frey 3:42
11. "In the City"   Walsh, Barry De Vorzon 3:46
12. "Those Shoes"   Felder, Henley, Frey 4:56
13. "Seven Bridges Road" (Live) Steve Young 3:02
14. "Love Will Keep Us Alive"   Pete Vale, Jim Capaldi, Paul Carrack 4:00
15. "Get Over It"   Henley, Frey 3:29
16. "Hole in the World"   Henley, Frey 4:30
  • Tracks 1-5 from Hotel California (1976)
  • Track 6 was a non-album single (1978)
  • Tracks 7-12 from The Long Run (1979)
  • Track 13 from Eagles Live (1980)
  • Tracks 14 and 15 from Hell Freezes Over (1994)
  • Track 16 is a new track (2003)


Additional personnel
  • Steuart Smith – guitars (song 16 on disc two)
  • Scott Crago – drums, percussion (songs 14–16 on disc two)
  • Willie Hollis – piano (songs 14–16 on disc two)
  • Jim Ed Norman – piano, string arrangements (songs 4, 13, 15 on disc one and songs 2, 4 on disc two)
  • David Sanbornalto saxophone (song 8 on disc two)
  • Al Perkins - pedal steel guitar (song 10 on disc one)


  • Producers: Glyn Johns, Bill Szymczyk, Eagles, Elliot Schiner and Rob Jacobs
  • Engineers: Allan Blazek, Michael Braunstein, Glyn Johns, Ed Mashal, Bill Szymczyk, Michael Verdick, Don Wood
  • Assistant engineers: Allan Blazek, Howard Kilgour
  • Remastering: Ted Jensen
  • String arrangements: Jim Ed Norman


Chart (2003) Peak
Austrian Top 75 Albums[2] 43
German Albums[3] 56
Netherlands Top 100 Albums[4] 29
Norwegian Top 40 Albums[5] 29
Swedish Top 60 Albums[6] 8
Swiss Top 100 Albums[7] 71
US Billboard 200[8] 3
Chart (2004) Peak
Australian Top 50 Albums[9] 17
Chart (2006) Peak
UK Albums Chart[10] 9
Chart (2007) Peak
New Zealand Top 50 Albums[11] 5
US Catalog Albums[8] 1


  1. ^ "Eagles - The Very Best Of (2003)".  
  2. ^ (Album)"The Complete Greatest Hits"Eagles – (ASP).  
  3. ^ "Chartverfolgung / EAGLES / Longplay". Music Line (in German).  
  4. ^ (Album)"The Complete Greatest Hits"Eagles – (ASP). Dutch Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  5. ^ (Album)"The Complete Greatest Hits"Eagles – (ASP).  
  6. ^ (Album)"The Complete Greatest Hits"Eagles – (ASP).  
  7. ^ (Album)"The Complete Greatest Hits"Eagles – (ASP).  
  8. ^ a b – Eagles"The Very Best of (2003 Bonus DVD)".  
  9. ^ (Album)"The Complete Greatest Hits"Eagles – (ASP).  
  10. ^ "Chart Archive: Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive – 24th June 2006".  
  11. ^ (Album)"The Complete Greatest Hits"Eagles – (ASP).  
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