Take It to the Limit (Eagles song)
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|"Take It to the Limit"|
European picture sleeve, crediting "The Eagles"
|Single by Eagles|
|from the album One of These Nights|
|B-side||"After the Thrill is Gone"|
|Released||November 15, 1975|
3:48 (single version)4:48 (album version)
|Writer(s)||Randy Meisner, Don Henley, Glenn Frey|
|Eagles singles chronology|
"Take It to the Limit" is a song by the Eagles from their fourth album One of These Nights from which it was issued as the third single on November 15, 1975. It reached #4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and was also the Eagles' greatest success to that point in the UK, going to #12 on the charts. Billboard ranked it as the No. 25 song for 1976.
The song was written by Eagles' members Randy Meisner, Don Henley and Glenn Frey. Meisner, who sang lead on it, says the song began as his solo composition. As it remained unfinished when time came for the One of These Nights album to be recorded, Henley and Frey assisted Meisner in completing it.
"Take It to the Limit" is unique in the canon of the band's singles, being the sole A-side on which Randy Meisner sang lead, as well as the first A-side Eagles single on which neither Henley nor Frey sang lead. It was also the last Eagles single to feature founding member Bernie Leadon before he was replaced by guitarist Joe Walsh. The single version of the song is 3:48 in length, almost a minute shorter than the album version. "Take It to the Limit" is one of few Eagles' tracks written in waltz time. ("Hollywood Waltz", another One of These Nights tracks, the Meisner/Henley/Frey waltz "Saturday Night" (co-written with Leadon) from the 1973 Desperado album, and "Pretty Maids All in a Row" on the 1976 album Hotel California were other notable waltzes performed by the Eagles.)
Meisner left the band after their Hotel California tour in September 1977. According to the Eagles biography, To the Limit: The Untold Story of the Eagles, the song was a source of great contention between Frey and Meisner during the tour because Frey maintained that the fans loved Meisner's hitting the high notes at the end of the song. According to Joe Walsh, Meisner enjoyed performing the song, but was not fond of being told he had to sing it. During one of Meisner's last performances as an Eagle, Frey had a physical altercation with him backstage over the performance of the song. The song was revived for the Eagles' late 1999 shows at Los Angeles' Staples Center. At those shows, as well as the Eagles' Farewell 1 Tour in 2004 and 2005 and on subsequent tours, the song was sung by Glenn Frey.
- Randy Meisner: Lead vocals, bass guitar
- Glenn Frey: 12-string acoustic guitar, backing vocals
- Don Henley: Drums, backing vocals
- Don Felder: Lead guitar
- Bernie Leadon: Electric guitar
- Jim Ed Norman: Piano
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||4|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks||4|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||16|
|Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks||6|
|UK Singles Chart||12|
Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings version
|"Take It to the Limit"|
|Single by Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings|
|from the album Take It to the Limit|
|B-side||"'Til I Gain Control Again"|
|Released||October 8, 1983|
|Producer(s)||Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||8|
|U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100||2|
|U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary Tracks||31|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||1|
"Houston (Means I'm One Day Closer to You)"
by Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers Band
|RPM Country Tracks
January 14, 1984
"You Look So Good in Love"
by George Strait
- Dave Mason covered this song.
- The song was covered by Jill Lancaster for the 1977 Christo documentary Running Fence.
- The song was covered in 1977 by Etta James.
- Cher performed the song on her first solo tour in 1979-1980 and again in 1989-1990 on the Heart of Stone Tour.
- In 1993, Suzy Bogguss recorded the song for the album Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles.
- Sarah Dougher covered it on her 1999 album Day One.
- Richard Marx would regularly cover this song in concert. One 1987 performance, which was filmed, included both Meisner and Timothy B. Schmit, marking the only time (outside of the Eagles' induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) the two former Eagles and Poco bassists shared a stage. Meisner played 12-string acoustic guitar and Schmit sang backing vocals.