Glenn Frey’s Solo Career Soars ‘Above The Clouds’ With A Stunning Career-Spanning Four-Disc Box Set
Above the Clouds compiles the key elements of Frey’s music both before and after the Eagles became international superstars, showcasing the broad range and wide influence of the Detroit-bred singer-songwriter in the process. The collection is a fitting way to honor a singer-songwriter whose imagination knew no bounds. A full track listing can be found below.
Fans who preorder Above the Clouds: The Collection or The Very Best of Glenn Frey digitally will instantly receive downloads of “Lyin Eyes / Take It Easy” medley and “The Heat is On.” Those who order Above the Clouds: The Collection 4 Disc Deluxe Edition will also receive downloads of “Run Boy Run” on April 13 and “I Got Love” on May 4th.
The first disc, aptly subtitled The Very Best of Glenn Frey, is chock-full of major chart hits, including the Beverly Hills Cop smash “The Heat Is On,” the gritty, slide-guitar-driven gutbucket groove of “Smuggler’s Blues,” the epic Miami Vice ballad “You Belong to the City,” the inward-looking poignancy of “Soul Searchin’,” and much more. This disc will be available as a stand-alone disc as well as part of the box set. And while Glenn clearly embraced the burgeoning video age, nabbing a vaunted 1985 MTV Music Video Award with the cinematically dramatic clip for “Smuggler’s Blues,” it’s the enduring essence of the man’s songwriting skills on display here that truly sealed his legacy as a solo artist.
Disc 2 explores Frey’s prowess beyond the charts, from the classy to the classic. Included are the broad swath of “After Hours,” his majestic take on “For Sentimental Reasons,” a harmonic nod to the Beach Boys with a spot-on cover of “Caroline, No,” and the sheer battle cry of “Route 66” among them.
The third disc highlights the early output of the duo formed by longtime friends Frey and JD Souther known as Longbranch/Pennywhistle makes its digital debut. Originally released on the Amos label in 1969, the self-titled Longbranch/Pennywhistle may have ultimately been consigned to the side bins of the acid-rock era, but songs like “Kite Woman” and “Run, Boy, Run” serve as the literal seeds of the country-rock movement Frey and the Eagles perfected to a T. Besides navigating the success of his own fine solo career (see “You’re Only Lonely”), Souther also went on to be a chief Frey collaborator on such pivotal Eagles songs as “Best of My Love,” “New Kid in Town,” and “Heartache Tonight.”
The final disc, a live DVD culled from a telling performance at the National Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, in July 1992, on the Strange Weather tour, shows Frey and his top-shelf band at the height of their powers, veering from the cool-breeze manifestos of “Long Hot Summer” and “Peaceful Easy Feeling” to the rip-roaring crackle of “Strange Weather” to the everyone-join-in vibes of “Party Town.”
Glenn Frey, both as solo artist and as a member of the Eagles, has received many accolades, including six GRAMMY Awards, numerous gold and platinum albums and performed sold-out concert tours worldwide. Frey is the founding member, vocalist and songwriter of the Eagles, one of the most influential bands in America. His solo career is acclaimed with such hits as “The Heat Is On,” “You Belong to the City,” “The One You Love,” “Smuggler’s Blues,” and “I Found Somebody.” He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 and posthumously received the Kennedy Center Honor in 2016 as a member of the Eagles.