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Building the Perfect Beast

Don Henley

Initial release : 1985

Geffen 25939

Includes one song, The Boys of Summer, that refers to a Deadhead Sticker.

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  • The Boys of Summer (Campbell/Henley)
  • You Can't Make Love (Henley/Kortchmar)
  • Man With a Mission (Henley/Kortchmar/Souther)
  • You're Not Drinking Enough (Kortchmar)
  • Not Enough Love in the World (Henley/Kortchmar/Tench)
  • Building the Perfect Beast (Henley/Kortchmar)
  • All She Wants to Do Is Dance (Kortchmar)
  • A Month of Sundays (Henley)
  • Sunset Grill (Henley/Kortchmar/Tench)
  • Drivin' With Your Eyes Closed (Henley/Kortchmar/Lynch)
  • Land of the Living (Henley/Kortchmar)

Musicians include;

  • Don Henley - percussion, drums, keyboards, synthesizer, vocals
  • Lindsey Buckingham - guitar, vocals
  • Belinda Carlisle - vocals
  • Mike Campbell - synthesizer, guitar, percussion
  • Bill Cuomo - synthesizer, percussion
  • Tim Drummond - bass
  • Jim Keltner - drums
  • Larry Klein - bass
  • Danny Kortchmar - organ, synthesizer, bass, guitar, percussion
  • Randy Newman - synthesizer
  • David Paich - synthesizer, piano
  • Pino Palladino - bass
  • Steve Porcaro - synthesizer
  • Charlie Sexton - guitar
  • Patty Smyth - vocals
  • J.D. Souther - vocals
  • Benmont Tench - synthesizer, piano

  • Producer - Greg Ladanyi, Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar, Mike Campbell
  • Engineer - Greg Ladanyi, Tom Knox, Richard Bosworth, Niko Bolas, Allen Sides
  • Mixing - Greg Ladanyi, Niko Bolas
  • Assistant Engineer - David Schober, Duane Seykora, Mark Ettel, Dan Garcia
  • Mastering - Mike Reese, Doug Sax
  • Art Direction - Don Henley, Maren Jensen, Jeri McManus
  • Photography - Herb Ritts

The Boys Of Summer includes the verse;

Out on the road today
I saw a DEADHEAD sticker on a Cadillac
A little voice Inside my head said
"Don't look back. You can never look back"
I thought I knew what love was
What did I know?
Those days are gone forever
I should just let them go but-