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

BassLarry Klein
GuitarMike Campbell
GuitarDanny Kortchmar
SynthesizerSteve Porcaro
SynthesizerDanny Kortchmar
SynthesizerMike Campbell
PercussionMike Campbell


2 You Can’t Make Love

BassPino Palladino
DrumsDon Henley
GuitarLindsey Buckingham
GuitarDanny Kortchmar
KeyboardsBenmont Tench
Background VocalsLindsey Buckingham


3 Man With A Mission

DrumsDon Henley
GuitarCharlie Sexton
GuitarDanny Kortchmar
SynthesizerDanny Kortchmar
Background VocalsBelinda Carlisle


4 You’re Not Drinking Enough

BassTim Drummond
DrumsDon Henley
GuitarDanny Kortchmar
OrganDanny Kortchmar
PianoDavid Paich
SynthesizerSteve Porcaro
Background VocalsSam Moore


5 Not Enough Love In The World

BassTim Drummond
DrumsIan Wallace
GuitarDanny Kortchmar
KeyboardsBenmont Tench
KeyboardsDon Henley
PercussionDon Henley


6 Building the Perfect Beast

GuitarDanny Kortchmar
KeyboardsAlbhy Galuten
SynthesizerDanny Kortchmar
SynthesizerDon Henley
ProgrammingMichael Boddicker
PercussionDanny Kortchmar
PercussionDon Henley
PercussionKevin McCormick
Background VocalsPatty Smyth


7 All She Wants To Do Is Dance

DrumsDon Henley
GuitarDanny Kortchmar
SynthesizerDavid Paich
ProgrammingSteve Porcaro
Background VocalsMartha Davis
Background VocalsPatty Smyth


8 A Month of Sundays

DrumsDon Henley
DrumsJim Keltner
PianoBenmont Tench
SynthesizerDavid Paich
SynthesizerRandy Newman


9 Sunset Grill

BassPino Palladino
Guitar (solo)Danny Kortchmar
PianoDavid Paich
SynthesizerBenmont Tench
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
SynthesizerDanny Kortchmar
Background VocalsPatty Smyth


10 Drivin’ With Your Eyes Closed

BassDanny Kortchmar
GuitarDanny Kortchmar
KeyboardsDanny Kortchmar
PercussionDanny Kortchmar
PercussionDon Henley
VoiceDominique Mancinelli
VoiceMarie Pascale Elfman


11 Land of the Living

BassPino Palladino
GuitarDanny Kortchmar
SynthesizerBill Cuomo
PercussionDanny Kortchmar
PercussionBill Cuomo
Background VocalsPatty Smyth

Liner Notes

Producer – Danny Kortchmar, Greg Ladanyi, Don Henley
Producer – Mike Campbell (Track 1)
Engineer – Greg Ladanyi
Engineer (Additional & Assistant) – Dan Garcia, David Schober, Duane Seykora
Engineer (Additional) – Niko Bolas
Engineer (Assistant) – Richard Bosworth
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 (Graphic Coordination) – Jeri McManus
Photography By – Herb Ritts

Phonographic Copyright (p) – The David Geffen Company
Copyright (c) – The David Geffen Company
Distributed By – CBS Records
Distributed By – CBS Disques S.A.
Mastered At – The Mastering Lab
Recorded At – Record One, Los Angeles
Recorded At – Bill Schnee Studios
Recorded At – The Villa