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on July 28, 2015
As this is a CLASSIC I am not going to tell anyone anything that they have not heard before. If you need any kind of affirmation as to what this CD is all about simply call up your local Radio station and request Lyin' Eyes, or One of these Nights, doing this will give you an exact example of what this disc is all about. The tunes on this disc have been played over and over for decades now. I bought this because I never ever had a copy so I picked one up, it was a reasonable price and really should have been part of my collection years ago...Spigomars
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on January 27, 2015
It's disappointing that the remastered cd would be sold with no lyrics or expanded booklet. A 1975 art work of the album with credits is all you get. Amazon makes rips it's faithful customers by selling the cd at 9.18$ Canadian when it should be sold for 5$. I over paid for this cd. Besides the pricing it's an amazing must buy Eagles album.
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on June 20, 2004
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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on September 8, 2003
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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on May 13, 2004
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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on March 8, 2004
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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on March 8, 2003
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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on July 8, 2002
'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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on August 1, 2001
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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on May 11, 2001
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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