Ask a millennial about the Eagles and you might get a scowl and a reference to the cult film The Big Lebowski. The film’s anti-hero, The Dude, famously pleads to a cab driver to change the channel on a radio playing Peaceful, Easy Feeling saying, “Man, come on. I had a rough night and I hate the f**kin’ Eagles, man!

Forty-five years after the Eagles’ eponymous debut album, Eagles, was released, today’s youth may feel their music is too hopeful, sweet or family friendly. Take It Easy isn’t an anthem for 2017…but maybe it could be? The mindfulness generation increasingly wants to unplug, relax and enjoy the ride. We think their debut album is the perfect soundtrack for an afternoon away from screens.

If you, like The Dude, can’t abide anything that might be classified as “easy listening,” don’t worry. The Eagles weren’t afraid to Take it to the Limit as they evolved from their debut into a more experimental folk-country-rock band. They learned how to rock hard and party even harder. Their most well-known hit, Hotel California, is ostensibly about the toll that Los Angeles, life on the road, fame, drugs and more had taken on the band.

“In a sentence, I’d sum it up as the end of the innocence, round one,” band member Don Henley once said about the song.

The band never quite topped that hit, despite subsequent albums, a breakup, a reunion tour, another album in 2007 and a documentary. They’ve come a long way since the ’70s and we say they deserve to Take It Easy until Hell Freezes Over, again.

Even The Dude must abide.

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