The Long Run (Eagles album)

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The Long Run
Studio album by Eagles
Released September 24, 1979
Recorded March 1978 - September 1979
at Bayshore Recording Studios, Coconut Grove, FL,
One Step Up Recording Studio, Los Angeles, CA
Love 'n' Comfort Recording Studio, Los Angeles, CA
Britannia Recording Studio, Los Angeles, CA and
Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Genre Rock
Length 42:50
Label Asylum
Producer Bill Szymczyk
Eagles chronology
Hotel California
(1976)
The Long Run
(1979)
Eagles Live
(1980)
Singles from The Long Run
  1. "Heartache Tonight"
    Released: September 18, 1979
  2. "The Long Run"
    Released: November 27, 1979
  3. "I Can't Tell You Why"
    Released: February 4, 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C+[2]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[3]
Smash Hits 4/10[4]

The Long Run is the sixth studio album by the American rock group the Eagles, it was released in 1979, on Asylum in the United States and in the United Kingdom. This was the first Eagles album not to feature their founding member, Randy Meisner who was replaced by Timothy B. Schmit. This was also the last studio album until 2007's Long Road Out of Eden, the final studio album for Asylum Records, and it was also the last studio album to include their guitarist, Don Felder.

The album was originally intended to be a double LP album to be released in 1978 but was instead released as a single LP.[citation needed] Some of the tracks that were left off the album would be cobbled together to compose the cut "Long Run Leftovers" which appeared on the band's 2000 box set Selected Works: 1972-1999.[citation needed] Some of the bits in "Long Run Leftovers" were resurrected by Joe Walsh on "Rivers (of the Hidden Funk)" from 1981's There Goes the Neighborhood and "Told You So" on 1983's You Bought It, You Name It.[citation needed]

Also, the band recorded a Christmas single during these sessions, the first of which was a cover of "Please Come Home For Christmas" by Charles Brown (released as a single in November 1978). The song's B-side was a Don Henley and Glenn Frey original called "Funky New Year"—the band's song about the pitfalls of celebrating New Year's Day.[5]

The Long Run took almost two years to complete and saw the Eagles move in a more hard rock direction that they started going in with its predecessor, 1976's Hotel California.[citation needed]

When released in September 1979, The Long Run debuted at #2 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart and a week later hit #1 dethroning Led Zeppelin's In Through the Out Door. It was their last #1 album of the 1970s, and reigned for eight weeks in the #1 slot. "The Long Run" has sold more than seven million copies to date in the US alone (it was certified Gold and Platinum in early 1980 by the R.I.A.A.).[citation needed]

The album generated three Top 10 singles, the chart-topping rocker "Heartache Tonight", the album's title cut, and the ballad "I Can't Tell You Why". Those singles reached #1, #8, and #8 respectively. The band also won a Grammy Award for "Heartache Tonight". Also featured on the record was "In the City", a song first recorded by their guitarist Joe Walsh for the movie soundtrack for The Warriors. "The Sad Cafe" (about the band's experiences at The Troubadour in Los Angeles) and "Those Shoes" also received substantial radio airplay.[citation needed]

Critical reception[edit]

Reviewing the album in AllMusic, critic William Ruhlmann wrote of the album "the Eagles' follow-up to the massively successful, critically acclaimed Hotel California was a major disappointment, even though it sold several million copies and threw off three hit singles." and they added that "Amazingly, The Long Run reportedly was planned as a double album before being truncated to a single disc. If these were the keepers, what could the rejects have sounded like?"[6]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "The Long Run"   Don Henley, Glenn Frey Don Henley 3:42
2. "I Can't Tell You Why"   Timothy B. Schmit, Henley, Frey Timothy B. Schmit 4:56
3. "In the City"   Joe Walsh, Barry De Vorzon Joe Walsh 3:46
4. "The Disco Strangler"   Don Felder, Henley, Frey Henley 2:46
5. "King of Hollywood"   Henley, Frey Henley, Frey 6:27
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
6. "Heartache Tonight"   Henley, Frey, Bob Seger, J.D. Souther Frey 4:27
7. "Those Shoes"   Felder, Henley, Frey Henley 4:57
8. "Teenage Jail"   Henley, Frey, Souther Frey, Henley 3:44
9. "The Greeks Don't Want No Freaks"   Henley, Frey Henley 2:21
10. "The Sad Café"   Henley, Frey, Walsh, Souther Henley 5:35

Album pressing[edit]

The original vinyl record pressings of The Long Run (Elektra/Asylum catalog no. 5E-508) had text engraved in the run-out groove of each side, continuing an in-joke trend the band had started with their 1975 album One of These Nights:

  1. Side one: "Never let your monster lay down"
  2. Side two: "From the Polack who sailed north"

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel

Production[edit]

  • Producer: Bill Szymczyk, The Eagles
  • Engineers: Ed Mashal, Bill Szymczyk
  • Assistant engineers: David Crowther, Mark Curry, Bob Stringer, Bob Winder
  • Mastering and remastering: Ted Jensen
  • Art direction: Kosh
  • Design: Kosh
  • Photography: Jim Shea

Singles[edit]

  • "Heartache Tonight"/"Teenage Jail" – Asylum 46545; released September 18, 1979
  • "The Long Run"/"Disco Strangler" – Asylum 46569; released November 27, 1979
  • "I Can't Tell You Why"/"The Greeks Don't Want No Freaks" – Asylum 46608; released February 4, 1980

Accolades[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
1980 "Heartache Tonight" Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal[7] Won

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
France (SNEP)[25] 2× Gold 242,400[26]
Japan (Oricon Charts) 247,000[14]
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[27] Gold 25,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[28] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[29] 7× Platinum 7,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  22. ^ "年間アルバムヒットチャート 1979年(昭和54年)" [Japanese Year-End Albums Chart 1979] (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
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