The Eagles were well on their way to becoming the top-selling American band in pop music history in 1974 when they released “On the Border,” perhaps best known as the album that came before “Hotel California.”
But it is exactly the relative obscurity of the album — dismissed as “likable” if lacking in “purposefulness” by critic Janet Maslin in a Rolling Stone review — that appeals to guitarist Fritz Dorigo.
“In my opinion, they are the American Beatles,” Dorigo says, admitting to the influence of nostalgic romance. “It’s definitely an American sound. When I think of the Eagles, I think of my childhood. Freedom. Driving cross-country. Having a good time.”