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The Long Run
The Eagles The Long Run.jpg
Studio album by the Eagles
Released September 24, 1979
Recorded March 1978 – September 1979
Studio
Genre Rock
Length 42:50
Label Asylum
Producer Bill Szymczyk
the Eagles chronology
Hotel California
(1976)Hotel California1976
The Long Run
(1979)
Eagles Live
(1980)Eagles Live1980
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 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 to feature Timothy B. Schmit, who had replaced founding member Randy Meisner. This was the band's final studio album for Asylum Records.

Three singles were released from the album, "Heartache Tonight", "The Long Run", and "I Can't Tell You Why". "Heartache Tonight" reached No. 1 on the singles chart and won a Grammy Award. The album was certified 7× Platinum by the RIAA and has sold more than eight million copies in the US.

Background

The album was originally intended to be a double album, however the band could not come up with enough songs and the idea was therefore scrapped. The recording was protracted; they started recording in 1977, and the album took 18 months to record in 5 different studios, with the album finally released in September 1979.[5][6] According to Don Henley, the members of the band were "completely burned out" and "physically, emotionally, spiritually and creatively exhausted" from a long tour when they started recording the album, and they had few songs.[7] However, they managed to put together ten songs for the album, with contribution from their friends J.D. Souther and Bob Seger who co-wrote with Frey and Henley on "Heartache Tonight".[5]

According to Henley, the title track was in part a response to press articles that said they were "passé" as disco was then dominant and punk emerging, which inspired lines such as "Who is gonna make it/ We'll find out in the long run". He said that the inspiration for the lyrics was also "irony", as they wrote about longevity and posterity while the group "was breaking apart, imploding under the pressure of trying to deliver a worthy follow-up to Hotel California".[7]

Timothy B. Schmit, who replaced Randy Meisner in the band, brought an unfinished song to the band, "I Can't Tell You Why", that was loosely on his experience. Henley and Frey liked the song and they finished the song together.[8] Joe Walsh also contributed a song on the record – "In the City", which was first recorded by Walsh for the movie soundtrack for The Warriors.[9] The tune for "The Disco Strangler" was written by Don Felder using a four-on-the-floor disco beat as the basis for the composition, with concept and lyrics from Henley. The song was intended as an antidote to disco as the band dislike disco that was then popular.[10] The song "The Sad Cafe" was inspired by the club Troubadour where Eagles once played and Dan Tana's restaurant that they frequented, while "The Greeks Don't Want No Freaks" was written as a homage to Sixties "frat rock" such as the song "96 Tears" by ? and the Mysterians.[7]

The album was produced by Bill Szymczyk, although the Eagles were listed as co-producers.[11]

Album pressing

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" (may be a reference to the producer of the album Bill Szymczyk)[11]

Critical reception

Reviewing the album retrospectively in AllMusic, critic William Ruhlmann wrote that the album was a "major disappointment, even though it sold several million copies and threw off three hit singles," adding that the album "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?"[12]

Accolades

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1980 "Heartache Tonight" Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal[13] Won

Commercial performance

When released in September 1979, The Long Run debuted at number two on Billboard's Pop Albums chart and a week later hit number one. It was their last number one album of the 1970s, and stood for eight weeks in the number one slot. The Long Run was first certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on February 1, 1980, and reached 7× Platinum status on March 20, 2001.[14] It has sold more than eight million copies in the US.[15]

The album generated three Top 10 singles, "Heartache Tonight", the album's title cut, and "I Can't Tell You Why". Those singles reached No. 1, No. 8 and No. 8 respectively.[5] The band also won a Grammy Award for "Heartache Tonight".[16]

Track listing

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

Personnel

Eagles

Additional personnel

Production

  • The Eagles – producers
  • Bill Szymczyk – producer
  • Ed Mashal – engineer
  • Bill Szymczyk – engineer
  • David Crowther – assistant engineer
  • Mark Curry – assistant engineer
  • Phil Jamtaas – assistant engineer
  • Bob Stringer – assistant engineer
  • Bob Winder – assistant engineer
  • Ted Jensen – mixing, remastering
  • John Kosh – art direction, design
  • Jim Shea – photography

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[34] 2× Gold 242,400[35]
Japan (Oricon Charts) 247,000[23]
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[36] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[37] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[14] 7× Platinum 8,000,000[15]

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

References

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  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "The Eagles: The Long Run". Robert Christgau.com. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (2004). Eagles. Simon and Schuster. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ Starr, Red. "Albums". Smash Hits (November 1–14, 1979): 29. 
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  6. ^ DeRiso, Nick (November 7, 2015). "35 Years Ago: The Eagles Limp Away With the Patched-Together ‘Live’". Ultimate Classic Rock. 
  7. ^ a b c Browne, David (June 10, 2016). "Eagles' Complete Discography: Don Henley Looks Back". Rolling Stone. 
  8. ^ "Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles". Song Facts. 
  9. ^ "Joe Walsh: In the City". AllMusic. 
  10. ^ Felder, Don (May 9, 2008). Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001). John Wiley & Sons. p. 199. ISBN 978-0470289068. 
  11. ^ a b Big Jay Sorensen (November 22, 2014). "This Week In History: The Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road,’ The Eagles’ ‘The Long Run’ & Bon Jovi’s ‘New Jersey’". WCBS-FM. 
  12. ^ "The Long Run - Eagles - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. 
  13. ^ "Past Winners Search". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
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  15. ^ a b "Eagles: Biography". Rolling Stone. 
  16. ^ "WINNERS: 22nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1979)". The Recording Academy. 
  17. ^ a b c Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  18. ^ "Item Display – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Library and Archives Canada. March 31, 2004. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
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  22. ^ a b "Hit Parade Italia – Gli album più venduti del 1979" (in Italian). hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  23. ^ a b Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9. 
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