- Album name: The Long Run
- Group name: the Eagles
- Year: 1979
- Number of discs: one
- Label: Asylum Records
- Collection: Selman
- Distinguishing characteristics:
- Scratched into side one of LP: “FROM THE POLACK WHO SAILED NORTH” O-ISMI-3 5E 508 B 1SP
- Scratched into side two of LP: “NEVER LET YOUR MONSTER LAY DOWN” 5E 508 A 15 SP 0-1 SM 1-2
- Buy it on Amazon: $21.98
Level of familiarity before listening
I’m not familiar with this record, but it’s the fifth Eagles record that I’ll have reviewed. The previous four were:
- Eagles (1972): 3/5
- Desperado (1973): 3/5
- One of These Nights (1975): 2/5
- Hotel California (1976): 3/5
What I expected
I guess the Eagles started more as a country rock group and became more of a hard rock group during the 1970s, so maybe this will be a hard rock record.
What it was actually like
This record was pretty bad, with lots of filler crap.
I recognized one song on it, Heartache Tonight, which kind of reminded me of a Queen-style stadium rock song.
Teenage Jail was metal.
The title track The Long Run title track was a blues rock song that was not awful, but could have benefited a lot by being faster. In fact, several of these songs were too slow, such as King of Hollywood and the mopey-sounding I Can’t Tell You Why.
In the City was used in The Warriors, which was a great movie, but the song was too slow, especially for hard rock, which begs to be played fast. Those Shoes was more slow hard rock, with some techno shit thrown in.
The Disco Strangler, on the other hand, was also hard rock and had a fine tempo, but the song was anti-melodic trash.
The Sad Café was an easy listening song with a terrible saxophone solo.
There was actually one very good song on the record, The Greeks Don’t Want No Freaks. It was in an R&B style and I thought it had a great tempo and rhythm, and was the only song that sounded fun at all.
1/5: horrible enough that I couldn’t make it through
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