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The long-awaited followup to Hotel California and the Eagles' last studioalbum proved a considerable disappointment, though it sold in the expected multimillions and included the hits Heartache Tonight, The Long Run, and I Can't Tell You Why. Certified Mult-Platinum (7 times) by the RIAA. (3/01)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1979
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002GWZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,842 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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With five number one singles, fourteen Top 40 hits, and four number one albums, the Eagles were among the most successful recording artists of the 1970s. At the end of the 20th century, two of those albums -- Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) and Hotel California -- ranked among the ten best-selling albums ever, and the popularity of 2007's Long Road Out of Eden proved the Eagles' ... Read more in Amazon's Eagles Store

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The album's highlights include 'I Can't Tell you Why' and 'King of Hollywood'.
This track is sooo good, and very out of place this album... Despite my relatively poor rating for this album, it's really an album of contrasts.
Paul HItch
Get over yourself and your musical prejudices, listen to the music, and let yourself enjoy it.
Brian Cooney

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mark Lahren on September 6, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I was kind of an Eagles fan already when this album was released in 1979, though their only other album I had at that point was "Hotel California". I was a bit surprised at the change of musical style when Long Run came out, and my first impression was that I didn't really care for it. But I was only 19 years old and freely admit now that I didn't know much about music at that time.

About six months after getting the album, my girlfriend and I began experiencing *serious* problems. At that point, this album really came to mean a lot to me, as a lot of the lyrics really hit home even though I was likely interpreting them wrong. I played that album literally 100 times or more during the coming months, and I now say that it was one of the few things I looked forward to at that time in my life. So my opinion is biased.

The quality of this album from beginning to end is absolutely first-rate, which is a given for any Eagles release. There is a change in style from their previous work, and I found that change to be best described as 'edgy' and slightly dark. I love every song on this album. All this said however, it ranks second place with me after "Hotel California" which was a difficult album to improve upon. It's not a quality issue though. Merely a style issue. I do like this album's style quite a lot, but nothing could top "Hotel California". And this style change, though subtle and certainly not a negative aspect, may take some getting used to if you haven't heard this album already.

Also please note that Elektra has just released a "Digitally Remastered For The First Time" edition of this CD. The ones I've seen have a sticker on top of the cellophane stating exactly that, so I would try and get that release if possible. I cannot imagine any lover of music being disappointed with this CD.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
If you have to go out, you should go out with a bang. The Eagles did that with this album, which yielded three singles: "The Long Run", "Heartache Tonight", and "I Can't Tell You Why". The three songs may sound similar to some, but the third song was a mellow ballad, the second had a fast beat with solid percussion, and the first song, as much as I enjoyed it, I always thought of as The Eagle in molasses. A good song, but I always thought the song strained to be sped up.
Not to be overlooked on this album is the last song, "The Sad Cafe", which is a swan song for The Eagles much like "The Long and Winding Road" was The Beatles' swan song. The bluesy, sad song ends the 1972 to 1979 run of The Eagles nostalgically. Coincidentally the end of The Eagles coincided with the end of the decade, the eminence of disco and the transition to New Wave and the techno driven pop of the 80s. Looking back, perhaps it was time for The Eagle to move on to other things (though I still don't think so).
The rest of the album is decent, generally listenable. Six of the songs were co-written by at least three people. The other four songs were written by two people. Glenn Frey and Don Henley contributed the most, but I still think that the huge difference between "Hotel California", "The Long Run" and what came before shows the influence of Joe Walsh. After the break up of The Eagles, Glenn and Don were considered sufficiently up-to-date to have their music selected for the then extremely stylish and modern "Miami Vice". Quite a change from the early cowboy boots and rattlesnakes era of The Eagles.
Perhaps this album wasn't their best. I think it would be more fair to say it is not my favorite Eagles' album.
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Format: Audio CD
Released in September of 1979, "The Long Run" is the last Eagles album (not counting the "Eagles Live" album) prior to their initial disbandment, and what a fascinating way to go out. You've got to give the Eagles credit--they really put a lot of edgy, ballsy music on here, and though the album certainly is flawed, there's actually not a weak song on the entire album. Some folks are simply not willing to embrace the doom-laden atmosphere of much of the album, and that goes a long way to explaining its mixed reviews.

The album does start off with a pair of big hits which I presume most folks are ultra-familiar with--the title track is an upbeat and catchy mid-tempo pop-rocker; and the Timothy B. Schmit spotlight "I Can't Tell You Why" is a sumptuous haunting ballad. There's another huge hit that topped the US singles chart with the early rock 'n' roll-styled "Heartache Tonight"--it's undeniably catchy, but the sugariness and bombast of the arrangement do make it annoying. There's also the Joe Walsh spotlight "In The City" which is a pretty good laidback rocker, though it's generic and kind of dull.

As for the rest, there's some really intriguing stuff that finds the Eagles branching out. The peppy, stuttering rocker "The Disco Strangler" has a great "intentionally annoying" repetitive melody that fits perfectly with the amusingly sarcastic lyrics and Don Henley's cleverly-phrased vocal. "King Of Hollywood" is an arresting, hypnotic mood piece with Glenn Frey, Don Felder, and Walsh all contributing some seriously tasty guitar work.
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