1984 Don Henley – Building The Perfect Beast

Henley, Don 1984Building the Perfect Beast is the second solo studio album by Don Henley, the lead vocalist and drummer for the Eagles. The album was released on 19 November 1984 on the Geffen label. A commercial and critical success, it is generally regarded as the culmination of the smoother, more adult-oriented sound of Henley’s solo work.

For the album, Don Henley collaborated with members of the then line-up of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, who contributed to the writing of the songs: guitarist Mike Campbell, keyboardist Benmont Tench and drummer Stan Lynch, the last of which would later collaborate with Henley in composing the Eagles’ song “Learn to Be Still”, which was released on their live album Hell Freezes Over. The album also features contributions from Fleetwood Mac’s guitarist, Lindsey Buckingham, The Go-Go’s lead vocalist Belinda Carlisle, and features contributions from Randy Newman, Jim Keltner, Waddy Wachtel, Pino Palladino, Steve Porcaro, and Ian Wallace.

The album reached #13 on the Billboard 200 and was certified 3x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album spawned four singles which all reached the top forty on the Billboard Hot 100, including “The Boys of Summer”, which would become one of Henley’s most popular songs and win him numerous awards, including a Grammy Award and four MTV Video Music Awards.

In 1989, the album was ranked No. 73 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “The 100 Greatest Albums of the 1980s”.

Tracks

The Boys of Summer (Don Henley, Mike Campbell) 4:50
2  You Can’t Make Love (Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar) 3:33
3  Man With A Mission (Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar, John David Souther) 2:45
4  You’re Not Drinking Enough (Danny Kortchmar) 4:41
5  Not Enough Love In The World (Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar, Benmont Tench) 3:54
6  Building the Perfect Beast (Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar) 5:01
All She Wants To Do Is Dance (Danny Kortchmar) 4:30
8  A Month of Sundays (Don Henley) 4:29
Sunset Grill (Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar, Benmont Tench) 6:20
10  Drivin’ With Your Eyes Closed (Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar, Stan Lynch) 3:38
11 Land of the Living (Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar) 3:23

Musicians

1 The Boys of Summer

Bass Larry Klein
Guitar Mike Campbell
Guitar Danny Kortchmar
Synthesizer Steve Porcaro
Synthesizer Danny Kortchmar
Synthesizer Mike Campbell
Percussion Mike Campbell


2 You Can’t Make Love

Bass Pino Palladino
Drums Don Henley
Guitar Lindsey Buckingham
Guitar Danny Kortchmar
Keyboards Benmont Tench
Background Vocals Lindsey Buckingham


3 Man With A Mission

Drums Don Henley
Guitar Charlie Sexton
Guitar Danny Kortchmar
Synthesizer Danny Kortchmar
Background Vocals Belinda Carlisle


4 You’re Not Drinking Enough

Bass Tim Drummond
Drums Don Henley
Guitar Danny Kortchmar
Organ Danny Kortchmar
Piano David Paich
Synthesizer Steve Porcaro
Background Vocals Sam Moore


5 Not Enough Love In The World

Bass Tim Drummond
Drums Ian Wallace
Guitar Danny Kortchmar
Keyboards Benmont Tench
Keyboards Don Henley
Percussion Don Henley


6 Building the Perfect Beast

Guitar Danny Kortchmar
Keyboards Albhy Galuten
Synthesizer Danny Kortchmar
Synthesizer Don Henley
Programming Michael Boddicker
Percussion Danny Kortchmar
Percussion Don Henley
Percussion Kevin McCormick
Background Vocals Patty Smyth


7 All She Wants To Do Is Dance

Drums Don Henley
Guitar Danny Kortchmar
Synthesizer David Paich
Programming Steve Porcaro
Background Vocals Martha Davis
Background Vocals Patty Smyth


8 A Month of Sundays

Drums Don Henley
Drums Jim Keltner
Piano Benmont Tench
Synthesizer David Paich
Synthesizer Randy Newman


9 Sunset Grill

Bass Pino Palladino
Guitar (solo) Danny Kortchmar
Piano David Paich
Synthesizer Benmont Tench
Synthesizer Michael Boddicker
Synthesizer Danny Kortchmar
Background Vocals Patty Smyth


10 Drivin’ With Your Eyes Closed

Bass Danny Kortchmar
Guitar Danny Kortchmar
Keyboards Danny Kortchmar
Percussion Danny Kortchmar
Percussion Don Henley
Voice Dominique Mancinelli
Voice Marie Pascale Elfman


11 Land of the Living

Bass Pino Palladino
Guitar Danny Kortchmar
Synthesizer Bill Cuomo
Percussion Danny Kortchmar
Percussion Bill Cuomo
Background Vocals Patty Smyth

Liner Notes

Producer – Danny Kortchmar, Greg Ladanyi, Don Henley
Producer – Mike Campbell (Track 1)
Engineer – Greg Ladanyi
Engineer (Additional) – Niko Bolas
Engineer (Assistant) – Richard Bosworth
Engineer (Additional Assistant) – Dan Garcia, David Schober, Duane Seykora
Mastered By – Doug Sax, Mike Reese
Mixed By – Greg Ladanyi, Niko Bolas
Recorded By – Greg Ladanyi, Niko Bolas

Art Direction – Don Henley, Jeri McManus, Maren Jensen
Design – Jeri McManus
Photography – Herb Ritts

Mastered At The Mastering Lab
Recorded At Record One, Los Angeles
Recorded At Bill Schnee Studios
Recorded At The Villa
Phonographic Copyright The David Geffen Company
Copyright The David Geffen Company