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In 'After Hours,' Glenn Frey's unlikely goodbye carries a hidden slyness

In 'After Hours,' Glenn Frey's unlikely goodbye carries a hidden slyness

Few who followed the Eagles through the 1970s could’ve envisioned Glenn Frey coming to roost on “After Hours,” the singer and guitarist’s slick 2012 solo album of old-school vocal pop.

Not because rockers don’t do standards, of course: Rod Stewart and Paul McCartney dug through the Great American Songbook before the former Eagle did, and Bob Dylan and Annie Lennox went there after.

Indeed, it was Frey’s old pal Linda Ronstadt who set a template for this kind of thing 30 years ago with her extended (and super-successful) collaboration with the arranger Nelson Riddle.

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