Eagles: “New Kid In Town” (1976)

[Kronomyth 6.01]
New Kid Charlemagne.

I know people who love the Eagles and I know people who love Steely Dan and they’re not the same people. Maybe it’s the way the bands were marketed. Steely Dan: peddling Beat prose, poetry and soft porn. Eagles: electric urban cowboys in designer jeans. East Coast college intellectualism versus West Coast sagebrush wisdom. But the difference between their music is marginal. Take “New Kid In Town” for example: a meticulous, self-contained story that deals with the transitory nature of being at the top. Strip away some of Dan’s veneer, and you could be listening to “Razor Boy” or “Haitian Divorce.” Just a personal observation, mind you, and not the sort of thing meant to rankle Steely Dan fans. Note that the single version runs fifteen seconds shorter than the 5:04 elpee version; just enough time to squeeze in one more radio commercial.

Original 7-inch single
A1. New Kid In Town (John David Souther/Don Henley/Glenn Frey) (4:49)
B1. Victim of Love (Don Felder/John David Souther/Don Henley/Glenn Frey) (4:04)

Back-to-back hits 7-inch single reissue
A1. New Kid In Town (John David Souther/Don Henley/Glenn Frey) (4:49)
B1. Hotel California (Don Felder/Don Henley/Glenn Frey) (6:08)

The Plastic
Released on 7-inch single on December 7, 1976 in the US, Australia and Canada (Asylum, E-45373), on December 31, 1976 in the UK (Asylum, K 13069), and in 1976 in Belgium (Asylum, 13069), the Netherlands (Asylum, AS13069) and Spain (Asylum, 45-1438); reached #1 on the US charts (charted on December 18, 1976 for 15 weeks) (RIAA-certified gold record) and #20 on the UK charts. Regional versions feature picture sleeve.

  1. Re-released on back-to-back hits 7-inch single in 1977 in the US (Asylum Spun Gold, E-45085) with “Hotel California” on the flip side.
  2. Re-issued on 7-inch single in 1978 in Yugoslavia (Asylum/Suzy, ASY 13084) with picture sleeve.

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