The Eagles

<b>The artist:</b> The Eagles<br>
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<b>The tactic:</b> Record labels may be in trouble and Tower Records is no more. But retail behemoth Wal-Mart seems to be doing just fine. So for the Eagles’ first album in nearly 30 years, the group partnered with Wal-Mart for an exclusive release.<br>
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<b>The review:</b> Dumping a record label for one of the world’s largest corporations is certainly not a play for credibility, and big box stores such as Wal-Mart are often blamed for killing off the mom-and-pop music stores. But the backlash was surprisingly minimal. The band’s “The Long Road Out of Eden” has become one of the top-selling albums of 2007 -- not bad for a record that came out Oct. 30. Yet from now on, the Eagles will forever be associated with the house that Sam Walton built, and all -- good and bad -- that it represents.<br>
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<b>Grade:</b> C-

( Jeff Adkins / Associated Press )

The artist: The Eagles

The tactic: Record labels may be in trouble and Tower Records is no more. But retail behemoth Wal-Mart seems to be doing just fine. So for the Eagles’ first album in nearly 30 years, the group partnered with Wal-Mart for an exclusive release.

The review: Dumping a record label for one of the world’s largest corporations is certainly not a play for credibility, and big box stores such as Wal-Mart are often blamed for killing off the mom-and-pop music stores. But the backlash was surprisingly minimal. The band’s “The Long Road Out of Eden” has become one of the top-selling albums of 2007 -- not bad for a record that came out Oct. 30. Yet from now on, the Eagles will forever be associated with the house that Sam Walton built, and all -- good and bad -- that it represents.

Grade: C-

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