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When I look at the cover of the new Glenn Frey album of out-of-focus retro lights, it brings back memories of my own "after hours" in the nightclubs of my past. That is exactly the mood one of the founding fathers of the Eagles wants to project with this uncharacteristic pre-Elvis musical journey.

Frey has exchanged his "Just another tequila sunrise" vocals to an age-appropriate single-malt sunset of classic love songs. Yes, it's been done before by ex-rockers such as Rod Stewart and Paul McCartney, but never with such authentic cocktail-lounge-relevant song selections and arrangements.

There's jazzy piano with strings, stand-up bass, muted horns, and sweeping snares, all complimenting Frey's unexpectedly perfect crooning. Two of the best numbers are covers of Nat King Cole's "For Sentimental Reasons" and a jump-jive version of "Route 66." Frey sounds like a youthful Tony Bennett on "The Good Life" and "I Wanna Be Around." He sings Brian Wilson's "Caroline No" better than the original. And here’s a sentence I never thought I'd type: Do yourself a favor and listen to Glenn Frey sing "The Shadow of Your Smile."

  • Album: After Hours
  • Artist: Glenn Frey
  • Label: Universal Music
  • Songs: (1) For Sentimental Reasons (2) My Buddy (3) The Good Life (4) Route 66 (5) The Shadow of Your Smile (6) Here's to Life (7) It's Too Soon to Know (8) Caroline No (9) The Look of Love (10) I'm Getting Old Before My Time (11) Worried Mind (12) I Wanna Be Around
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airtahoe June 15, 2012 @ 1:17 p.m.

A succinctly composed review... Perhaps also worth noting: Glenn Frey's good pal/collaborator Jack Tempchin (a longtime North County S.D. resident), co-wrote the only original tune on the release, the lovely title track, "After Hours". Tempchin also solely composed the Eagles' "Peaceful Easy Feeling", released 40 years ago as a single on December 1, 1972. Learn more about Midnight Jack at PeacefulEasyFeeling.com

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Alan Segal June 16, 2012 @ 4:11 p.m.

Thanks for the feedback. I didn't know Tempchin was a local. The reason I bought my first Eagles album all those years ago was because I loved "Peaceful Easy Feeling", and still do. Nice picture also.

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wonderfullife June 15, 2012 @ 11:13 p.m.

I totally agree with your review. I absolutely love this CD. I'm also a big Frey/Tempchin fan and so agree with the comment made as well.

Glenn's vocals on this CD are simply amazing. I've always liked a good many of these songs (some I'd never heard before), and I've always liked Glenn's voice. So for me, this was a match made in heaven. Wow.

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