The End of the Innocence (album)

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The End of the Innocence
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 27, 1989 (1989-06-27)
Recorded1987–1989 at A&M Studios (Hollywood, CA) and The Complex (Los Angeles, CA).
Genre
Length53:11
Label Geffen
24217-2
Producer Don Henley
Mike Campbell
John Corey
Bruce Hornsby
Danny Kortchmar
Stan Lynch
Don Henley chronology
Building the Perfect Beast
(1984)
The End of the Innocence
(1989)
Actual Miles: Henley's Greatest Hits
(1995)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [1]
Robert Christgau C+ [2]

The End of the Innocence is the third solo studio album by Don Henley, the lead vocalist and drummer for the Eagles. The album was released in 1989, on Geffen Records, and would be his last release on that label. It was also his last solo album of the 1980s and it would be eleven years before he released another solo album, 2000's Inside Job .

Don Henley American singer, lyricist, producer and drummer

Donald Hugh Henley is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer and founding member of the Eagles. He was the drummer and co-lead vocalist for the Eagles from 1971 to 1980, when the band broke up, and from 1994 to 2016, when they reunited. Following a year-long break due to Eagles founder Glenn Frey's death, Henley reformed the band in summer 2017 for the Classic West and Classic East rock festivals, hiring Vince Gill and Deacon Frey to replace Glenn. Henley has been the only constant member of the band since its formation. Henley sang the lead vocals on Eagles hits such as "Witchy Woman", "Desperado", "Best of My Love", "One of These Nights", "Hotel California", "Life in the Fast Lane", "The Long Run" and "Get Over It".

Eagles (band) American country rock band

The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971. The founding members were Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner. With five number-one singles, six Grammy Awards, five American Music Awards, and six number-one albums, the Eagles were one of the most successful musical acts of the 1970s. At the end of the 20th century, two of their albums, Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) and Hotel California, were ranked among the 20 best-selling albums in the United States according to the Recording Industry Association of America. By 2006, both albums were among the top three best-selling albums in the United States. Hotel California is ranked 37th in Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" and the band was ranked number 75 on the magazine's 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

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Contents

The album is his best selling album, selling over 6 million copies in the United States alone, peaking at #8. The album featured three Top 40 singles "The End of the Innocence", "The Heart of the Matter", and "The Last Worthless Evening". Those singles reached #8, #21, and #21 respectively. The album also featured "New York Minute" which reached #48 on the charts and was recorded by Henley and the Eagles for their live album Hell Freezes Over in 1994. Henley won another Grammy and an MTV Video Music Award for the title track. In 2003, the album was ranked at number 389 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

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The End of the Innocence (song) 1989 single by Don Henley

"The End of the Innocence" is the lead single and title track from Don Henley's third solo studio album of the same name, released in 1989. Henley co-wrote and co-produced the song with Bruce Hornsby, who also performed piano; both artists perform the song live in their respective concerts. Henley's version peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming his fifth solo top ten hit on the chart. "The End of the Innocence" also became his fourth number-one single on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and peaked at number two on the Hot Adult Contemporary chart. The song features Wayne Shorter on saxophone.

The Heart of the Matter (song) 1989 single by Don Henley

"The Heart of the Matter" is a song recorded by American rock singer Don Henley from his third solo studio album, The End of the Innocence (1989). Written by Henley, Mike Campbell, and J. D. Souther and produced by Henley, Campbell, and Danny Kortchmar, the song was released as the album's third single, reaching No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 2 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks in early 1990.

The song "I Will Not Go Quietly" features Guns N' Roses vocalist Axl Rose in the background, who at the time was also a member of the same label.

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Critical reception

Rolling Stone magazine wrote of the album at the time, "Returning to the theme of "Desperado," the former Eagle hitched some of his finest melodies (especially on the gentle title track) to sharply focused lyrical studies of men in troubled transition – from youth to adulthood, innocence to responsibility." [3]

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<i>Desperado</i> (Eagles album) Eagles album

Desperado is the second studio album by the American band the Eagles. It was recorded at Island Studios in London, England and released in 1973. The songs on Desperado are based on the themes of the Old West. The band members are featured on the album's cover dressed like an outlaw gang; Desperado remains the only Eagles album where the band members appear on the front cover.

Reviewing retrospectively for AllMusic, critic Vik Iyengar has written of the album, "Henley took some time before completing his highly anticipated third album, The End of the Innocence. Although he manages to duplicate much of the magic of his previous album, Henley has backed off of the synthesizers and expanded his musical palette." they also add that "Throughout the album, he manages to balance being cynical yet hopeful, and his great melodies allow his poignant lyrics to penetrate. This album is highly recommended for those who like their pop music with a message." [4]

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Track listing

No.TitleLength
1."The End of the Innocence" (Henley, Bruce Hornsby)5:16
2."How Bad Do You Want It?" (Henley, Danny Kortchmar, Stan Lynch)3:47
3."I Will Not Go Quietly" (Henley, Kortchmar)5:43
4."The Last Worthless Evening" (John Corey, Henley, Lynch)6:03
5."New York Minute" (Henley, Kortchmar, Jai Winding)6:37
6."Shangri-La" (Henley, Steve Jordan, Kortchmar)4:55
7."Little Tin God" (Henley, Kortchmar, J.D. Souther)4:42
8."Gimme What You Got" (Corey, Henley, Lynch)6:10
9."If Dirt Were Dollars" (Henley, Kortchmar, Souther)4:34
10."The Heart of the Matter" (Mike Campbell, Henley, Souther)5:24

Personnel

Drum kit collection of drums and other percussion instruments

A drum kit — also called a drum set, trap set, or simply drums — is a collection of drums and other percussion instruments, typically cymbals, which are set up on stands to be played by a single player, with drumsticks held in both hands, and the feet operating pedals that control the hi-hat cymbal and the beater for the bass drum. A drum kit consists of a mix of drums and idiophones – most significantly cymbals, but can also include the woodblock and cowbell. In the 2000s, some kits also include electronic instruments. Also, both hybrid and entirely electronic kits are used.

Bruce Hornsby American singer, pianist, and songwriter

Bruce Randall Hornsby is an American singer and pianist. He draws frequently from classical, jazz, bluegrass, folk, Motown, gospel, rock, blues, and jam band musical traditions.

Keyboard bass

Keyboard bass is the use of a low-pitched keyboard or pedal keyboard to substitute for the bass guitar or double bass in music.

Production

Charts

Chart (1989)Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA) [5] 40
Canadian Albums ( RPM ) [6] 8
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100) [7] 60
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) [8] 87
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ) [9] 37
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista) [10] 15
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan) [11] 11
UK Albums (OCC) [12] 17
US Billboard 200 [13] 8

Singles

YearSingleChartPosition
1989"I Will Not Go Quietly"Mainstream Rock Tracks2
1989"If Dirt Were Dollars"Mainstream Rock Tracks8
1989"The End of the Innocence"Adult Contemporary2
1989"The End of the Innocence"Mainstream Rock Tracks1
1989"The End of the Innocence"The Billboard Hot 1008
1989"The Last Worthless Evening"Adult Contemporary5
1989"The Last Worthless Evening"Mainstream Rock Tracks4
1989"The Last Worthless Evening"The Billboard Hot 10021
1990"How Bad Do You Want It?"Mainstream Rock Tracks8
1990"How Bad Do You Want It?"The Billboard Hot 10048
1990"New York Minute"Adult Contemporary5
1990"New York Minute"Mainstream Rock Tracks24
1990"New York Minute"The Billboard Hot 10048
1990"The Heart of the Matter"Adult Contemporary3
1990"The Heart of the Matter"Mainstream Rock Tracks2
1990"The Heart of the Matter"The Billboard Hot 10021

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada) [14] 2× Platinum200,000^
United Kingdom (BPI) [15] Gold100,000^
United States (RIAA) [16] 6× Platinum6,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Awards

Grammy Awards

YearWinnerCategory
1989The End of the Innocence Best Male Rock Vocal Performance

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