One of These Nights is the fourth studio album by the Eagles, released in 1975. The record's title song became the group's second No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, in July of that year. The album yielded three Top 10 singles, "One of These Nights", "Lyin' Eyes", and "Take It to the Limit". Those singles reached No. 1, No. 2, and No. 4 respectively. The album became the band's first to top the charts. It sold 4 million copies and was nominated for Album of the Year. "Lyin' Eyes" was also nominated for Record of the Year. One of These Nights is the last Eagles album to feature guitarist Bernie Leadon; who was later replaced by Joe Walsh. Leadon left the band after the One Of These Nights tour. The seventh track, "Visions", is the only Eagles song on which lead guitarist Don Felder sang the lead vocals. The album was the band's commercial breakthrough album, transforming them into international superstars and establishing them as America's number one band. The band went on a worldwide tour to promote the album.
Many of the songs were written while Frey and Henley were sharing a house in Beverly Hills, including "One of These Nights", "Lyin' Eyes", "Take It To The Limit" and "After The Thrill Is Gone". Henley joked in an interview with Cameron Crowe that it was their "satanic country-rock period" because "it was a dark time, both politically and musically", and said: "Well, how can we write something with that flavor, with that kind of beat, and still have the dangerous guitars?” We wanted to capture the spirit of the times. So, perched up there on top of that hill, almost all night, every night, we had a big, phantasmagorical scene which included songwriting and, uh — research. Lots of research." Frey however said that "One Of These Nights was the most fluid and "painless" album we ever made."
The album is the first of the four consecutive No. 1 albums by the Eagles.
"Journey of the Sorcerer" was used as the theme music for Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxyradio series produced by the BBC in 1978 and 1979. Adams said he had wanted something that sounded "sci-fi" while at the same time suggestive of a traveller, so this banjo-based instrumental struck him as ideal. "Journey of the Sorcerer" was used subsequently for the television series in 1981 (albeit re-recorded), the sequel radio series produced by Above the Title Productions for the BBC in 2003 and 2004, and (re-recorded once again) for the film produced by Disney/Touchstone in 2005. The original version from One of These Nights was used for all original transmissions of all five radio series. The TV adaptation of the series, and also an additional version released on LP record, used an arrangement by Tim Souster, the CD releases of the radio series transmitted in 2004 and 2005 used another version arranged by Philip Pope, and the 2005 film used a version by Joby Talbot.
“I Wish You Peace” was written by Bernie Leadon and his then-girlfriend Patti Davis, daughter of Republican then-Governor of CaliforniaRonald Reagan. Nancy Reagan had already disowned Patti during this period, ostensibly due to her choice of living together with Leadon as an "unmarried couple". Don Henley would years later disparage this song as an Eagles release, describing it as “smarmy cocktail music and certainly not something the Eagles are proud of”.