Don Felder, most famous for being the rocking guitar player, along with Joe Walsh, in the Eagles, is back with his first solo album in 30 years, the first since 1983. After a hard falling out with the Eagles and a divorce, Felder began crafting songs to describe where he was at in his life. The album mixes classic Felder/Eagles sounding tunes such as “Fall from the Grace of Love” and “Road to Forever” with more modern sounding contemporary songs like “Wash Away” and “I Believe in You.” Road To Forever is a worthy addition to anyone’s “Solo Eagles” collection.
The music by David Felder (b. 1953) and Andrew Rindfleisch (b. 1963) on this disc couldn't be more different in concept or atmosphere. What these artful composers share is an abiding curiosity for aural imagery--how color both of instrumental and electronic persuasion melds with programmatic ideas to produce compelling, challenging and forceful narratives. Felder and Rindfleisch have spent their careers delving into the unknown while retaining connections with the near and distant pasts. The influences in the scores performed here are numerous, with nods to jazz and myriad 20th-century techniques. But most important is the way each piece inhabits a distinctive sonic world through novel performing forces that open up the expressive potential of the topics at hand. In revealing the salient qualities in each score, the music making of the Slee Sinfonietta tells us much about the complementary creativity of Felder and Rindfleisch even as it renders the pairing of these composers something on the order of ideal.
"Airborne" is the first solo album by former Eagles guitarist Don Felder recorded during the period that the band was broken up. It was his only solo album until 2012's Road to Forever. It featured Carlos Vega, Joe Vitale, Russ Kunkel, Tris Imboden, Timothy B. Schmit (who had also been in the Eagles), Jeff Lorber, Paulinho Da Costa, Joe Lala, Kenny Loggins, Dave Mason and Albhy Galuten.
This is the second album by the Crusaders' saxophonist Wilton Felder, released in 1980 on MCA Records and produced by the Crusaders. Most notable guest artist is Bobby Womack who sings the great title track, while the other musicians include Dean Parks, Arthur Adams, Roland Bautista, Joe Sample, Abraham Laboriel, Ndugu Chancler, Ricky Lawson and Paulinho Da Costa.