One of These Nights

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One of These Nights
The Eagles - One of These Nights.jpg
Studio album by Eagles
Released June 10, 1975
Recorded Mac Emmerman's Criteria Studios, Miami, FL and
Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles, CA, 1974-1975
Genre
Length 43:15
Label Asylum
Producer Bill Szymczyk
Eagles chronology
On the Border
(1974)
One of These Nights
(1975)
Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975)
(1976)
Singles from One of These Nights
  1. "One of These Nights"
    Released: May 19, 1975
  2. "Lyin' Eyes"
    Released: September 7, 1975
  3. "Take it to the Limit"
    Released: November 15, 1975
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau C+[4]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[5]

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.

Background[edit]

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."[6]

The album is the first of the four consecutive No. 1 albums by the Eagles.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "One of These Nights" (Don Henley, Glenn Frey) – 4:51
    • Lead vocals by Don Henley, lead guitar by Don Felder
  2. "Too Many Hands" (Randy Meisner, Don Felder) – 4:43
    • Lead vocal by Randy Meisner, lead guitar by Don Felder, ending dual guitar solos by Don Felder and Glenn Frey, tablas by Don Henley
  3. "Hollywood Waltz" (Bernie Leadon, Tom Leadon, Henley, Frey) – 4:04
    • Lead vocal by Don Henley, mandolin and pedal steel guitar by Bernie Leadon, harmonium by Glenn Frey, synthesizer by Albhy Galuten
  4. "Journey of the Sorcerer" (B. Leadon) – 6:40
    • Instrumental; banjo by Bernie Leadon, fiddles by David Bromberg, string by the Royal Martian Orchestra, recorded "in root"

Side two[edit]

  1. "Lyin' Eyes" (Henley, Frey) – 6:22
    • Lead vocal and acoustic guitar by Glenn Frey, lead guitar by Bernie Leadon, piano by Jim Ed Norman
  2. "Take It to the Limit" (Meisner, Henley, Frey) – 4:49
    • Lead vocal by Randy Meisner, lead guitar by Don Felder, piano by Jim Ed Norman
  3. "Visions" (Felder, Henley) – 3:58
    • Lead vocal by Don Felder and lead guitar by Don Felder and Glenn Frey
  4. "After the Thrill Is Gone" (Henley, Frey) – 3:56
    • Lead vocals by Glenn Frey and Don Henley, lead guitar by Don Felder, pedal steel guitar by Bernie Leadon
  5. "I Wish You Peace" (Patti Davis, B. Leadon) – 3:45
    • Lead vocal and lead guitar by Bernie Leadon

Track information[edit]

"Journey of the Sorcerer"[edit]

"Journey of the Sorcerer" was used as the theme music for Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio 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.[7] "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"[edit]

“I Wish You Peace” was written by Bernie Leadon and his then-girlfriend Patti Davis, daughter of Republican then-Governor of California Ronald Reagan. Nancy Reagan had already disowned Patti during this period, ostensibly due to her choice of living together with Leadon as an "unmarried couple".[8] 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”.[9]

Album pressing[edit]

Original vinyl record pressings of One of These Nights (Elektra/Asylum catalog no. 7E-1039) had the following text engraved in the run-out grooves of each album side:

  1. Side one: "Don't worry --"
  2. Side two: "-- Nothing will be O.K.!"

The Eagles and their producer Bill Szymczyk would continue the trend of including such "hidden messages" in the run-out grooves on several subsequent albums.

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel

Production[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "One of These Nights"/"Visions" - Asylum 45257; released May 19, 1975
  • "Lyin' Eyes"/"Too Many Hands" - Asylum 45279; released September 7, 1975
  • "Take It to the Limit"/"After the Thrill Is Gone" - Asylum 45293; released November 15, 1975

Charts and certifications[edit]

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards

Year Winner Category
1975 "Lyin' Eyes" Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocal

Grammy Award Nominations

Year Nominee Category
1975 "Lyin' Eyes" Record of the Year
1975 One of These Nights Album of the Year

This is the second album by the Eagles to have a Quadraphonic surround sound pressing. It was released on Quadraphonic 8-track tape and CD-4 LP.

References[edit]

  1. ^ William Ruhlmann. "One of These Nights". AllMusic. 
  2. ^ Stephen Holden (14 August 1975). "Eagles One Of These Nights Album Review". Rolling Stone. 
  3. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "One of These Nights". Allmusic. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "The Eagles: One of These Nights". Robert Christgau.com. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  5. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (2004). Eagles. Simon and Schuster. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ Cameron Crowe (August 2003). "Conversations With Don Henley and Glenn Frey". The Uncool. 
  7. ^ Adams, Douglas (1985). The Original Hitchhiker Radio Scripts. New York: Harmony. p. 32. ISBN 0517559501. 
  8. ^ Kelley. Pg. 209. ISBN 0-671-64646-X
  9. ^ Kelley. Pg. 219.
  10. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 4033a." RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
  11. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Top 100 Longplay". GfK Entertainment.
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Eagles – One of These Nights" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  13. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Eagles – One of These Nights". Hung Medien.
  14. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Eagles – One of These Nights". Hung Medien.
  15. ^ "Eagles | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart
  16. ^ "Eagles / Awards". Allmusic. 
  17. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Eagles – One of These Nights". Music Canada. 
  18. ^ "British album certifications – Eagles – One of These Nights". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter One of These Nights in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
  19. ^ "American album certifications – Eagles – One of These Nights". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
Sources
  • Kelley, Kitty. Nancy Reagan: The Unauthorized Biography. Simon & Schuster, New York, 1991. ISBN 0-671-64646-X

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