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Editors’ Notes

The Eagles followed up the landmark success of Hotel California with their hardest-rocking album to date. By 1979, the gauzy country of On the Border and Desperado seemed like a distant memory, replaced by the sneering, searing rock of “Heartache Tonight” and “These Shoes.” Glenn Frey and Don Henley had once made Los Angeles sound like a carefree oasis, but songs like “In the City” describe a city that has grown dangerous and suffocating: “Nothing grows, and life ain’t very pretty / No one’s there to catch you when you fall / Somewhere out on that horizon / Faraway from the neon sky / I know there must be somethin’ better.” The onslaught of punk and disco made it hard for the Eagles to maintain their identity, and though “The Disco Strangler,” “King of Hollywood,” and “Teenage Jail” are ostensibly about the sleazy ways of others, it is hard not to read these songs as a reflection of the Eagles’ own state of mind. Nevertheless, Timothy B. Schmit’s “I Can’t Tell You Why” brings the album a touch of delicacy worthy of Al Green. The good times were almost over, but this portrait of suspicion and exhaustion is vivid, and “The Sad Café” brings the perfect bittersweet ending to a decade dominated by the Eagles.

Customer Reviews

A Long Classic Run

There's so much to love about this album, even though the material reveals as much the dark side of what the Eagles had become. They had each slipped into the dark side of fame, and this album holds a testament to that journey as it does chronicle the end of a rich decade it had been for them as a group. The music is haunting with rich detail about their lives and the swirling decadence around them. Songs such as 'The Long Run', 'In The City', and 'The Sad Cafe'. Some would say the album's one savior is 'I Can't Tell You Why', which sort of brings to memory the group's excellent times, but still I hold the album a classic. One for the long road ahead.

One of The Best Eagles Albums

With great songs like Heartache Tonight and In The City just make this album a must have for any classic rock or Eagles fan. I love it!!!!

+Jimmy Buffett on Vocals

The liner notes reveal that Jimmy Buffett sang background vocals on the title tune: "The Lone Run." Extra fun for Parrotheads. I used to listen to this album on the floor of my parents' front room, lying down, staring at the ceiling. Side 1, flip, Side 2, repeat. An amazing set of anthems for someone just yearing to leave the suburban nest and fly into the big bad city...I used to envision a wet dark road lit by street lamps for "Those Shoes" and "In the City" and wonder about places I was never supposed to see. I would cry at the "Sad Cafe". And there is no song to get rid of a Heartache - something as a teenager I lived in perpetually - like Heartache Tonight.

Biography

Formed: 1971 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With five number one singles, 14 Top 40 hits, and four number one albums, the Eagles were among the most successful recording artists of the 1970s. At the end of the 20th century, two of those albums — Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) and Hotel California — ranked among the ten best-selling albums ever, and the popularity of 2007's Long Road Out of Eden proved the Eagles' staying power in the new millennium. Though most of its members came from outside California, the group was closely...
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