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    Default Celebration of "The Long Run"!

    30 years ago today, The Long Run was released. The Eagles have said they struggled hard to create a follow-up to Hotel California, and the tension and stress they endured making this album was a large part of why the band ended. Before they went down, they sure put out some good songs, though!

    My personal favorite: Heartache Tonight. It rocks and gets folks movin' in concert to this day.


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    When I brought up the Border this morning, I said to myself it must be the anniversary of LR.

    This is still my favorite album before LROOE came about. So many great songs here and I know a few would disagree but the songs that some people think are hokey and not up to par, I still love! I will let someone else do the actual analyzing of each song (I'm just not nearly as good at that as some here) and then I will agree or disagree. It still makes me wonder what the next album could of been like if they hadn't broken up so shortly after it's release.
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    Saved up babysitting money to buy this album. "Heartache Tonight" always has been and always will be my favorite Eagles song.

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    One of my favourite albums of the Eagles, there is so many good songs on this album,on the album are some of my absolute favourite songs from the Eagles!
    This are The Sad Cafe, In The City, I Can't Tell You Why, The Long Run and of course Heartache Tonight!
    "For the record, we never broke up, we just took a 14-year vacation!"
    (Glenn Frey)


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    Heartache Tonite, hands down.

    We can beat around the bushes;
    We can get down to the bone
    We can leave it in the parkin lot,
    But either way, theres gonna be a
    Heartache tonight, a heartache tonight I know.

    I did a double take this morning when I opened the forum, but I'm getting used to it! Good way to celebrate!
    You better put it all behind you baby, ‘cause life goes on,
    You keep carryin’ that anger, it’ll eat you up inside…
    Heart of the Matter

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    Well, I see it is time for The Long Run celebration week. My first thought about the album is along the same lines as what Willie said - I always wonder what would have been next if the band had continued. I think that one of the most amazing things about this band is how different their first album, Eagles, is from The Long Run. There is a stark contrast between the music on these albums, yet the band managed to maintain their mass appeal no matter what type of music they played. I guess it's no wonder they are now legends. I'll post some more about the album throughout the week.

    I love the board style, and Koala love your Long Run banner too.

    HAPPY 30th ANNIVERSARY THE LONG RUN!!!

    "People don't run out of dreams: People just run out of time ..."
    Glenn Frey 11/06/1948 - 01/18/2016

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    As some of you may know, In The City is right up there (along with Walk Away) as my all time favorite Joe songs. But why is it so hard for me to think of ITC as an Eagles song? KWIM?

    Love The Long Run. It's another one of those that as soon as you hear the opening you're like, YEAH!!!

    But the same is true for Heartache Tonight!
    ~ Cathy ~

    And I dream I'm on vacation 'Cause I like the way that sounds,
    It's a perfect occupation for me.

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    I'm listening to the CD now. You know, I get so used to iPod shuffling everything that I forget how nice it is just to listen to the album in total, in its original running order. I try to imagine what it must have been like to put this on the turntable and listen to it old school, right when it first came out - never hearing any of these songs before, getting introduced to Timothy for the first time. I bet it was pretty dang cool.

    My second favorite after Heartache Tonight is Those Shoes. That song is HOT.


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    This time of year will always be special to me as people who have been following my buildup to when I saw the album for the first time will appreciate.

    I don't know about analysis in this case - I love this album. I might make a couple of comments about it in order of preference rather than track order.

    Heartache Tonight - this, of course, is the one which pushed me in the direction of Mr Frey before I saw what he looked like. The song is a showstopper, or at least it was on the last tour I saw. I absolutely love it (and I love the Grammy winning vocal). Like many of the songs on the album it refers to the edgy desperation that leads people to 'take chances' and 'hope it comes out right' although perhaps it won't. It's a bit like a more jaded version of Take It Easy.

    King Of Hollywood - Magnificent portrait of a lowlife 'agent' or 'producer' or 'manager' which dissects him perhaps a bit too thoroughly but because of the hypnotic guitars and Don's low voice coupled with Glenn's falsetto, it is riveting from start to finish.

    The Sad Cafe - this felt like a farewell, and it was. Standard as it was by now for Don to sing most of the songs I always wondered what it would have been like if Glenn had sung it. I think it overreaches slightly in the 'glory train' section. It sounds like he wants to revisit The Last Resort.

    Those Shoes - another compulsive rocker with fantastic talk box guitar from Joe and Felder. A precursor to the type of woman skewered in BBF, perhaps?

    I Can't Tell You Why - this is beautiful and melancholy, and remains Tim's finest performance with the band (let us hope there may be more).

    In The City - I wish, as with GOTC, Joe could have recorded something fresh, but this will do.

    The Disco Strangler - hugely underrated. I think Rolling Stone said 'this is the most extreme music these musicians have ever recorded' or something like that. It was good to see them trying something so far away from their melodic harmony filled base. I know people will disagree. There are in fact no backing vocals on this track at all. In this case I think it's justified. Night in the city - watch your back.

    The Long Run - this has not aged well, in my opinion, although the sentiments are admirable.

    The Greeks Don't Want No Freaks - I still think this is funny. Perhaps it is a throwaway and too dependent on the Animal House craze, but it does its job. People again weren't used to the Eagles being like this.

    Teenage Jail - Much as I hate to place anything sung by Glenn last in the list I have no choice in this case. It is thrown together. It's heavy handed but not in a good way. I don't know why Glenn didn't sing the whole song. He could have done the 'you're lost in a teenage jail' part just as well as Don, but that is only my prejudice.

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    Default Re: Happy 30th Anniversary The Long Run!

    Well The Long Run was the featured CD in my car's CD player yesterday as well. I really like this album a lot even though, musically, it was a big departure from the Eagles' previous work. I do think the album is somewhat uneven in terms of having some of the band's strongest material, as well as, some of it's weakest. I'll do my ratings of the songs a little later, but for the time being, suffice it to say that I like 'em all.
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