The Long Run (Eagles album)

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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
Genre Rock
Length 42:50
Label Asylum
Producer Bill Szymczyk
the Eagles chronology
Hotel California
The Long Run
Eagles Live
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 to feature Timothy B. Schmit, who had replaced founding member Randy Meisner. This was the band's final studio album for Asylum Records.

When released in September 1979, The Long Run debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart and a week later hit No. 1. It was their last No. 1 album of the 1970s, and stood for eight weeks in the No. 1 slot. The Long Run was first certified Platinum by the RIAA on February 1, 1980, and reached 7× Platinum status on March 20, 2001.[5] It has sold more than eight million copies in the US.[6]

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. 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.

Critical reception[edit]

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?"[7]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "The Long Run"   Don Henley, Glenn Frey Henley 3:42
2. "I Can't Tell You Why"   Timothy B. Schmit, Henley, Frey Schmit 4:56
3. "In the City"   Joe Walsh, Barry De Vorzon Walsh 3:46
4. "The Disco Strangler"   Don Felder, Henley, Frey Henley 2:46
5. "King of Hollywood"   Henley, Frey Henley with 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 with 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"


Additional personnel


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


  • "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


Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/Work Award Result
1980 "Heartache Tonight" Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal[8] Won


Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[26] 2× Gold 242,400[27]
Japan (Oricon Charts) 247,000[15]
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[28] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[29] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[5] 7× Platinum 8,000,000[6]

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


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