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Early Glenn Frey–J.D. Souther LP to be reissued

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Two years after Glenn Frey's death, fans can revisit his earliest album, "Longbranch Pennywhistle," available September 28 for the first time as a standalone CD.

The 1969 album, often cited as an early example of country rock, was named after the duo Frey started with singer-songwriter J.D. Souther. The two friends went their separate ways a year later, when Frey started the Eagles with Don Henley and Souther pursued a solo career whose highlights include the Top 10 single "You're Only Lonely" in 1979 and 1981's "Her Town Too," a hit duet with James Taylor.

Frey was 67 when he died from complications of rheumatoid arthritis on January 18, 2016.

"He was my roommate, best friend and songwriting partner in Los Angeles," said Souther, who collaborated on the Eagles hits "Best of My Love," "New Kid in Town" and "Heartache Tonight."

The 10-track "Longbranch Pennywhistle" album, which will also be reissued on vinyl, has been out of print since its record company folded in 1971. However, it was recently included in a three-CD/DVD box set commemorating Frey's career before and after the Eagles, "Above the Clouds."

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