Entertainment Weekly - 12/1/95, pp.72-73
"...arrives at a moment when it's useful to remember that, along with Bruce Springsteen, Henley is one of just two '70s superstars who've managed to maintain a career as a great singles artist for grown-ups." - Rating: B+
Q - 2/96, p.1084 Stars
- Excellent - "...provide[s] the soundtrack to the Hollywood dream while simultaneously flaying that dream alive..."
Personnel: Don Henley (vocals); George Gruel, Danny Kortchmar, Roger Linn, Steve Lukather, Steve Porcaro, Jeff Porcaro, Timothy B. Schmit, Joe Walsh, Mike Campbell, Larry Klein, Martha Davis, David Paich, Patty Smyth, Tim Drummond, Ben Tench, Ian Wallace, Mike Boddicker, Pino Palladino, Michael Fisher, Bruce Hornsby, Wayne Shorter, Jai Winding, John Corey, Bob Glaub, Stan Lynch, Steve Madaio, Take 6, W. Axl Rose, Waddy Wachtel, Carmen Twillie, Julia Waters, Maxine Waters, Vinnie Colaiuta, Sheryl Crow, Neil Stubenhaus, Frank Simes.
Producers include: Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar, Greg Ladanyi, Mike Campbell, Bruce Hornsby.
Engineers include: Greg Ladanyi, Niko Bolas, Shelly Yakus.
Recorded between 1982 and 1995.
ACTUAL MILES: HENLEY'S GREATEST HITS features 10 of his solo hits, plus two new recordings "The Garden Of Allah" and "You Don't Know Me".
Personnel: Jai Winding (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Greg Ladanyi; Niko Bolas; Rob Jacobs; Shelly Yakus.
Liner Note Author: Don Henley.
Photographer: Frank Ockenfels.
Unknown Contributor Roles: David Paich; Frank Simes; Julia Tillman Waters; George Gruel; Jai Winding; Jeff Porcaro; Joe Walsh ; Julia Waters; Larry Klein; Martha Davis ; Maxine Willard Waters; Michael Boddicker; Michael Fisher; Neil Stubenhaus; Patty Smyth; Pino Palladino; Rob Jacobs; Roger Linn; Stan Lynch ; Steve Lukather; Steve Madaio; Steve Porcaro; Take 6; Axl Rose; Tim Drummond; Timothy B. Schmit; Waddy Wachtel; Wayne Shorter; Benmont Tench; Sheryl Crow; Ian Wallace; Bob Glaub; Carmen Twillie ; Vinnie Colaiuta.
Every one of once-and-future Eagles vocalist Don Henley's solo hits, plus two new tunes and an overlooked cover version of an old Leonard Cohen songs are included on ACTUAL MILES.
One could question the validity of a greatest hits collection that draws from only three solo albums, but with the rampant success of the Eagles' recent reunion, Henley saw fit to compile this retrospective personally. He could have done much worse. The songs still stand up over time, and the thematic sequencing of ACTUAL MILES serves the selection well. The collection also features a pair of previously unrecorded tracks with "The Garden Of Allah" being the more interesting of the two. ACTUAL MILES serves as a decent primer to anyone who wants to hear Henley's hits but wishes to eschew his actual albums.