The Long Run

Infobox Album |
Name = The Long Run
Type = Album
Artist = Eagles

Released = September 24, 1979
Recorded = 1978-1979 at Bayshore Recording Studio, Coconut Grove, FL,
One Step Up Recording Studio,Los Angeles, CA
Love 'n' Comfort Recording Studio, Los Angeles, CA
Britannia Recording Studio, Los Angeles, CA and
Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Genre = Rock
Length = 42:50
Label = Asylum
Producer = Bill Szymczyk
Reviews =
* Allmusic Rating|3|5 [ link]
* "Rolling Stone" [ link]
Last album = "Hotel California"
This album = "The Long Run"
Next album = "Eagles Live"

"The Long Run" is the sixth studio album by Eagles, released in 1979 (see 1979 in music).

The album was originally intended to be a double album to be released in 1978 but was instead demoted to a single album. Some of the tracks that were left off the album would be cobbled together to compose the cut "Long Run Leftovers" which appeared on the band's 2000 box set "". Some of the bits in "Long Run Leftovers" were resurrected by Joe Walsh on "Rivers (Of the Hidden Funk)" from 1981's "There Goes the Neighborhood" and "Told You So" on 1983's "You Bought It, You Name It".

Also, the band recorded a Christmas single during the sessions. First of which was a cover of "Please Come Home For Christmas" by Charles Brown, which was released as a single in November 1978. The song's B-side was a Don Henley and Glenn Frey original called "Funky New Year" which was the band's song about the pitfalls of celebrating New Years.

"The Long Run" took almost two years to complete and saw the Eagles move in a more hard rock direction that they started going in with its predecessor, 1976's "Hotel California".

When released in September 1979, "The Long Run" debuted at #2 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart and a week later hit #1 dethroning Led Zeppelin's "In Through the Out Door" and was the last #1 album of the 1970s where it reigned for eight weeks and has sold over seven million copies to date in the US alone (it was certified Gold and Platinum in early 1980 by the R.I.A.A.).

The album spawned three Top 10 singles, the chart-topping rocker "Heartache Tonight", the album's opening title cut and the ballad "I Can't Tell You Why". "In the City," a song first recorded by guitarist Walsh for the soundtrack to the movie "The Warriors", and "Those Shoes" received radio airplay, as well.

Track listing

#"The Long Run" (Don Henley, Glenn Frey) – 3:42
#*Lead vocal by Don Henley
#*Slide guitar by Joe Walsh (played by Walsh and Don Felder in live performances)
#*Organ by Don Felder
#"I Can't Tell You Why" (Timothy B. Schmit, Henley, Frey) – 4:56
#*Lead vocal by Timothy B. Schmit
#*Guitar solos by Glenn Frey (played by Don Felder in live performances)
#"In the City" (Joe Walsh, Barry De Vorzon) – 3:46
#*Lead vocal by Joe Walsh
#*Slide guitar by Joe Walsh
#"The Disco Strangler" (Don Felder, Henley, Frey) – 2:46
#*Lead vocal by Don Henley
#"King of Hollywood" (Henley, Frey) – 6:28
#*Lead vocals by Don Henley & Glenn Frey
#*First guitar solo by Glenn Frey
#*Second guitar solo by Don Felder
#*End guitar solo by Joe Walsh
#"Heartache Tonight" (Henley, Frey, Bob Seger, J.D. Souther) – 4:27
#*Lead vocal by Glenn Frey
#*Slide guitar by Joe Walsh
#"Those Shoes" (Felder, Henley, Frey) – 4:57
#*Lead vocal by Don Henley
#*Talk box guitars by Joe Walsh & Don Felder
#*Solo by Joe Walsh
#"Teenage Jail" (Henley, Frey, Souther) – 3:44
#*Lead vocals by Glenn Frey & Don Henley
#*Synthesizer solo by Glenn Frey
#*Guitar solo by Don Felder
#"The Greeks Don't Want No Freaks" (Henley, Frey) – 2:21
#*Lead vocal by Don Henley
#*Background vocals by "The Monstertones" featuring Jimmy Buffett
#"The Sad Café" (Henley, Frey, Walsh, Souther) – 5:35
#*Lead vocal by Don Henley
#*Guitar solo by Don Felder
#*Alto saxophone by David Sanborn


*Don Felder: Guitars, organ, Vocals.
*Glenn Frey: Guitars, synthesizer, keyboard, vocals.
*Don Henley: drums, percussion, vocals.
*Timothy B. Schmit: Bass guitar, vocals.
*Joe Walsh: Guitars, Steel guitar, Slide guitar, keyboards, vocals.

Additional personnel
*Jimmy Buffett - vocals, background vocals
*The Monstertones - background vocals
*David Sanborn - alto saxophone


*Producer: Bill Szymczyk, The Eagles
*Engineers: Ed Mashal, Bill Szymczyk
*Assistant engineers: David Crowther, Mark Curry, 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


Album - Billboard (North America)


Grammy Awards


*The custom picture labels were grey with white and black writing on side one and black with white and grey writing on side two.
*The intro bass line for "Those Shoes" was sampled for the song "High Plains Drifter" on Beastie Boys landmark album Paul's Boutique.
*Original pressings of this record had text engraved in the carry-out grooves on each side:
**Side One: "Never Let Your Monster Lay Down"
**Side Two: "From the Polack who Sailed North"
*LP copies came with a lyric poster.

succession box
before = "In Through the Out Door" by Led Zeppelin
title = "Billboard" 200 number-one album
years = November 3 - January 4 1980
after = ""
by Donna Summer
succession box
before = "Slow Train Coming" by Bob Dylan
title = Australian Kent Music Report number-one album
years = October 22 - November 11 1979
after = "Greatest Hits, Vol. 1" by Rod Stewart

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