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5.0 out of 5 stars The Eagles' classic before the masterwork
The Eagles' fourth album One Of These Nights was released in June of 1975. Like its predecessor, was produced by Bill Szymczyk and has the same band lineup as the previous album. The opening title track, which was a #1 hit for the band, is a rock song with a funk/soul feel which was described as disco-like but it's not a disco number and featured a dynamic vocal from Don...
Published on June 20 2004 by Terrence J Reardon

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1.0 out of 5 stars One of These Nights
This album is marked by the cool title track you've probably heard on the radio, but doesn't offer much more. "Take it to the Limit" is catchy as well, but the songwriting isn't that great on the rest. Kinda catchy, but mediocre. It has been an eye opener in a way though. Henley sings about loving a woman and all of her faults in "Hollywood Waltz."...
Published on May 15 2001 by Kevin Hancock


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5.0 out of 5 stars The Eagles' classic before the masterwork, June 20 2004
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Terrence J Reardon "Classic rock guru" (Lake Worth, Florida, USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: One of These Nights (Audio CD)
The Eagles' fourth album One Of These Nights was released in June of 1975. Like its predecessor, was produced by Bill Szymczyk and has the same band lineup as the previous album. The opening title track, which was a #1 hit for the band, is a rock song with a funk/soul feel which was described as disco-like but it's not a disco number and featured a dynamic vocal from Don Henley whom sang normal in the first two verses and at the end goes into Barry Gibb mode with the falsetto at the end of the track. Next is bassist Randy Meisner's Too Many Hands, written by himself along with guitarist Don Felder (a bit of an odd couple, but it's a superb mid-tempo rocker with killer guitar solos from Felder and guitarist/keyboardist Glenn Frey). The countryish Hollywood Waltz, which was the only song written by Frey, Henley and guitarist Bernie Leadon and was, bless them, a real waltz. Don's vocal was great and has more superb falsetto work from Henley at the end of the track and the song was the first Eagles track to have a synthesizer. The first half ends with Bernie's first of two contributions, the wild but stately 7-minute plus instrumental Journey Of The Sorcerer which was a superb piece of music. The second half of the album starts with the second single Lyin' Eyes, which was one of Glenn's best songs and one of few 6 minute tracks to top the charts and is a great country-rocker. Next was Take It To The Limit, a grand and melodious stop-and-go ballad, sung by bassist and co-writer Meisner whom gave his best vocal performance on this track. The album's hardest rock song Visions had guitarist Felder's sole lead vocal which was co-written with Henley. Next, was After the Thrill is Gone which was sung by Glenn and Don Henley and was a superb ballad about breaking up. The album closes with Leadon's second of two contributions, the ballad I Wish You Peace, which ironically was his alst song with the band as he would leave in late 1975. This album was the band's first #1 album here in the States. I first got this classic on cassette when I was nine and this remastered CD buries the original album! Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Eagles' classic before masterpiece, May 13 2004
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Terrence J. Reardon (South Carolina and Mass., USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: One of These Nights (Audio CD)
The Eagles' fourth album One Of These Nights was released in June of 1975. Like its predecessor, was produced by Bill Szymczyk and has the same band lineup as the previous album. The opening title track, which was a #1 hit for the band, is a rock song with a funk/soul feel which was described as disco-like but it's not a disco number and featured a dynamic vocal from Don Henley whom sang normal in the first two verses and at the end goes into Barry Gibb mode with the falsetto at the end of the track. Next is bassist Randy Meisner's Too Many Hands, written by himself along with guitarist Don Felder (a bit of an odd couple, but it's a superb mid-tempo rocker with killer guitar solos from Felder and guitarist/keyboardist Glenn Frey). The countryish Hollywood Waltz, which was the only song written by Frey, Henley and guitarist Bernie Leadon and was, bless them, a real waltz. Don's vocal was great and has more superb falsetto work from Henley at the end of the track and the song was the first Eagles track to have a synthesizer. The first half ends with Bernie's first of two contributions, the wild but stately 7-minute plus instrumental Journey Of The Sorcerer which was a superb piece of music. The second half of the album starts with the second single Lyin' Eyes, which was one of Glenn's best songs and one of few 6 minute tracks to top the charts and is a great country-rocker. Next was Take It To The Limit, a grand and melodious stop-and-go ballad, sung by bassist and co-writer Meisner whom gave his best vocal performance on this track. The album's hardest rock song Visions had guitarist Felder's sole lead vocal which was co-written with Henley. Next, was After the Thrill is Gone which was sung by Glenn and Don Henley and was a superb ballad about breaking up. The album closes with Leadon's second of two contributions, the ballad I Wish You Peace, which ironically was his alst song with the band as he would leave in late 1975. This album was the band's first #1 album here in the States. I first got this classic on cassette when I was nine and this remastered CD buries the original album! Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the right track to further their success, March 8 2004
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M. Tefer "matt" (MN, United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: One of These Nights (Audio CD)
Most people who were drawn to "Hotel California's" crossover charm, had trouble embracing the "country-rock" Eagles. "Hotel's" fans had written off the notion that there was an Eagles prior to '76. This, of course, was their loss since that assumption was not entrely true. With 1974's "On the Border", the Eagles were dabbling in country but also moving into the mainstream by adding the rock ingredient.
By this point, Eagles were fully indulged in their "successful mainstream" direction, but didn't realize it until expanding their lyrical palette. "One of These Nights" however, is a cultist masterpiece in it's own right. A dark journey from beginning to finish which is accomodated by the dreary-beautiful artwork on it's cover. Most of the songs are long and evocative, often refering to relationships on the edge (take it to the limit) or the desire for obtaining them (one of these nights). Though not as fancy as "Hotel", "Nights" has a generalized feel of continuity.
The things that differs the Eagles from the typical band is that they can sometimes tell stories to entertain us, rather than lag on the sad, drug-induced which plagued so many other 70's bands. Far superior to "The Long Run", "Nights" is a necessity for the post-country / adult contemporary Eagles fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Album that confirmed the Eagles were FOR REAL..., Sept. 8 2003
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This review is from: One of These Nights (Audio CD)
Having listened extensively to every Eagles album, I think that One of These Nights is the deepest, as in the number of quality songs for one album. There are very contrasting styles, such as an R&B feel to "One of These Nights", and a more country feel to "Lyin' Eyes". Still, the Eagles show on this album as good as any other that they are one of the best harmonizing groups ever. Most of the songs of this album demostrate that they can bring all the vocal talents together in a blend that is good enough to showcase what they have, but not too over-the-top as to drown out each other or over-reach the material. On "Take It to the Limit", Randy Meisner shows that he can not only sing lead, but sound great doing it. On many reviews I have read, not much attention is paid to the song "Visions". In my opinion it was one of the best Eagles songs ever recorded, because it is a very unique sound for the group at this time, and they pull it off greatly. "Too Many Hands" has Native American undertones, and "After the Thrill is Gone" is an excellent ballad, sung alternately by Henley and Frey. The main thing that makes this album great is the fact that the Eagles focused on newer material and mastered it, as is evident with the contrasting songs on this album, and the outstanding job the band did on the majority of them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The first of four straight #1 albums, March 8 2003
This review is from: One of These Nights (Audio CD)
Musically, "One Of These Nights" is a little less diverse than its predecessors "Desperado" and particularly "On The Border". Where "On The Border" went from hard rock to bluegrass in the wink of an eye, "One Of These Nights" is a somewhat more focused record.
Sure, Bernie Leadons two contributions, the ballad "I Wish You Peace" and the weird but stately 7-minute instrumental "Journey Of The Sorcerer" may stand out a little, but the rest of the nine songs fit reasonably well onto the same album.
The highlights are unquestionably the three singles - Frey and Henley always knew wich songs to pick for single release. "One Of These Nights" the song and "One Of These Nights" the album both hit #1, and "Lyin' Eyes" and "Take It To The Limit" were top 10 hits as well.
The title track is a dance-friendly rock song which is often described as "disco-like". It's not a disco number, though, so don't worry, it's actually more of a funk tune if you want to call it anything other than just plain rock n' roll.
"Lyin' Eyes" is one of Glenn Frey's patented, shuffling country rockers with a great sing-along chorus, and "Take It To The Limit" is a grand, melodious stop-and-go ballad, sung by bassist and co-writer Randy Meisner.
Meisner also takes the lead on "Too Many Hands", written by himself along with guitarist Don Felder (a bit of an odd couple, but it's a fine, mid-tempo country rocker).
And Felder does his only lead vocal with the Eagles, on the album's hardest rock song, "Visions", co-written with Don Henley.
Don Henley takes the lead on "One Of These Nights" and the mellow but thoughtful "Hollywood Waltz" - the only song written by both Frey, Henley and Leadon, and, bless them, a real waltz. (I hate it when people call a song "The something-or-other Waltz" or "This-and-that Blues" and the song is a dime-a-dozen pop song with none of the characteristics of either waltz or blues!)
Glenn Frey's only solo lead vocal is "Lyin' Eyes", but he shares the lead vocal duties with Don Henley on the fine ballad "After The Thrill Is Gone".
The arrangements and the playing is better than on "On The Border", and although the quality of the songs is not as continually high as on "Hotel California", this is certainly one of the Eagles' two or three best albums. The singles are superb, and although the album tracks may not all be great, none of them are less than good.
"On The Border" is well written, tremendously well played, beautifully sung, and highly recommendable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Overall, the Eagles' best effort, July 8 2002
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This review is from: One of These Nights (Audio CD)
'One of these nights' is the Eagles' best album to date. While most Eagles albums are spotty through out, this one stands strong.
Several hits came out of this record, including "Lyin' eyes", "Take it to the limit" and the title track. Although, there are more than hits included here as well. "After the thrill is gone" is a great song. Don Felder's only lead vocal contribution, "Visions" is one of the album's finer moments. And the slow "I wish you peace" builds to a fitting conclusion for the album.
Even some of the odd, or weak songs are pretty good. "Too many hands", and "Hollywood waltz" get better the more you listen to them. And the instrumental "Journey of the Sorcerer" is just different enough to keep your attention.
If there is a true Eagles album to have (not including any of their 'Greatest hits' packages) this is the one. Anyone interested in the Eagles, if you started off here, you won't regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Eagles' breakthrough album, Aug. 1 2001
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Erik North (San Gabriel, CA USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: One of These Nights (Audio CD)
The same year (1975) that their former benefactor and longtime supporter Linda Ronstadt made her big splash, so too did the Eagles with ONE OF THESE NIGHTS. All three of their previous albums were well crafted but not overwhelmingly successful, commercially speaking. This changed everything.
The title track, like "Witchy Woman" from the debut album, has a somewhat sinister and macabre feeling to it. Bernie Leadon's own intergalactic bluegrass number "Journey Of The Sorcerer" is an underrated piece. So too is Glenn Frey's classic "Lyin' Eyes" (which Linda herself should record). The album is topped off by Randy Meisner's "Take It To The Limit" and Leadon's "I Wish You Peace." Leadon was to leave the Eagles shortly thereafter; he would have very little contact with them again until they were all inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
It's no secret why ONE OF THESE NIGHTS went to #1 on the charts. It was one of the best albums released during a year in which they and Linda were among the only rock barriers against the disco onslaught. Buy it; you won't be sorry that you did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars NOT AS WELL-KNOWN AS "HOTEL CALIFORNIA", May 11 2001
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Is it true that a band's best record is the best-known one? "One Of These Nights" is far less famous than "Hotel California", and yet I think that the Eagles' best album is "One Of These Nights". After having cut three records, I consider "One Of These Nights" to be most accurately representative of the band's maturity. As it goes, "Hotel California" would only be a kind of follow-up to that maturity. And I wonder, is there any song in "Hotel California" that is better than "Lyin' Eyes" or "Journey Of The Sorcerer"? Is there any song in "Hotel California" that conveys a greater sensitivity than "Hollywood Waltz", "After The Thrill Is Gone", "Take It To The Limit" or "I Wish You Peace"? Is there any song in "Hotel California" with a deeper rockin' feel than "Visions" or the title track?
These are the main reasons why I believe that all the good things contained in "Hotel California" can already be found in "One Of These Nights". To me, this album is more original and the group was not so lost in success. Because, after all, what good stuff did The Eagles cut after "Hotel California?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sing-along-with-Don, April 3 2001
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Gavin Wilson - See all my reviews
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This review is from: One of These Nights (Audio CD)
I have to say that this is one of those albums where the memory is so much better than the reality. For me, 'One of These Nights' was THE single of the summer of '75. It was a wonderful, balmy time, and many radio DJs were very pleased for the band, because it was their first major commercial success in the UK.
But on hearing this again, I feel it marks the moment where the Eagles sold out -- where they went for mainstream success, whatever that meant abandoning. 'One of These Nights' is still a decent single, but it has nothing to do with country rock.
'Journey of the Sorcerer' is one of those weird one-offs that actually defies what I've just written about about success at any cost. In the UK, the tune is now better known as the theme tune to the radio series 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'. Assuming Disney use it for the film that the show's writer, Douglas Adams, is negotiating, it should keep Bernie Leadon comfortable in his retirement.
The entire album is very pleasant, very listenable. I have to question whether this album is really remastered. This is now the fourth Eagles album in the remastered series that I've bought, and I feel I need a little more than a sticker and a transparent jewel case to persuade me that the sound has been remastered. Unlike say, the Steely Dan remasters, there are no additional sleevenotes. So if the recording has been remastered, we don't know who did it, where or when. Before it got stolen, I used to own this recording on a mid-1980s gold CD, and I cannot say that the sound on this version is any better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Hit, Jan. 8 2001
This review is from: One of These Nights (Audio CD)
One Of These Nights is the last album to feature original member Bernie Leadon. As he was the truest country rocker in the band, it is also their last album to feature country rock songs. The album opens with the title track, which signaled the direction they would be going in. The spooky bass and ringing guitars helped make it their second number one single. "Too Many Hands" is a searing rocker while "Hollywood Waltz" contains a beautiful Don Henley vocal and as the title suggests a country waltz sound. "Journey To The Sorcerer" is a Bernie Leadon banjo instrumental that is just a hair too long, but still fascinating. "Lyin' Eyes" is the band's apex in the country-rock vein and is more country than rock. Randy Meisner's best song with the band is the soaring "Take It To The Limit". "Visions" is a solid song while "After The Thrill Is Gone" is a quiet number about love's lost. Mr. Leadon must have known his days with the band were numbered as he closes out the album with the lamenting "I Wish You Peace". One Of These Nights started the Eagles dominance on the charts from '75-'80 and became their first chart-topper.
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