The Eagles recorded their albums relatively quickly in their first years of existence, their LPs succeeding each other by less than a year. One of These Nights, their fourth album, was released in June 1975, more than 14 months after its predecessor. Anticipation had been heightened by the belated chart-topping success of the third album's "The Best of My Love"; taking a little more time, the band generated more original material, and that material was more polished. More than ever, the Eagles seemed to be a vehicle for Don Henley (six co-writing credits) and Glenn Frey (five), but at the same time, Randy Meisner was more audible than ever, his two lead vocals including one of the album's three hit singles, "Take It to the Limit," and Bernie Leadon had two showcases, among them the cosmic-cowboy instrumental "Journey of the Sorcerer" (later used as the theme music for the British television series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy). Nevertheless, it was the team of Henley and Frey that stood out, starting with the title track, a number one single, which had more of an R&B -- even a disco -- sound than anything the band had attempted previously, and continuing through the ersatz Western swing of "Hollywood Waltz" to "Lyin' Eyes," one of Frey's patented folk-rock shuffles, which became another major hit. One of These Nights was the culmination of the blend of rock, country, and folk styles the Eagles had been making since their start; there wasn't much that was new, just the same sorts of things done better than they had been before. In particular, a lyrical stance -- knowing and disillusioned, but desperately hopeful -- had evolved, and the musical arrangements were tighter and more purposeful. The result was the Eagles' best-realized and most popular album so far.
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Performance CreditsEagles Primary Artist,Track Performer
David Bromberg Fiddle,Violin
Don Henley Percussion,Drums,Tabla,Vocals,Group Member
Randy Meisner Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
David Sanborn Alto Saxophone
Don Felder Organ,Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Group Member
Albhy Galuten Synthesizer
Glenn Frey Guitar,Harmonium,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Bernie Leadon Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin,Pedal Steel Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Jim Ed Norman Piano,Conductor
Sid Sharp Concert Master
Technical CreditsDon Henley Composer
Allan Blazek Engineer
Michael Braunstein Engineer
Gary Burden Art Direction
Glenn Frey Composer
Bernie Leadon Composer
Tom Leadon Composer
Ed Mashal Engineer
Jim Ed Norman String Arrangements
Bill Szymczyk Producer,Engineer
Michael Verdick Engineer
Don Wood Engineer
R. Twerk Art Direction
Boyd Elder Illustrations,Cover Art
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
One of These Nights based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
While it's true that this album contains some of their biggest hits, to me it feels less like an album than their previous two, perhaps it's just because this one has more sorrow than joy in its themes. But it is certainly an album worth having. No greatest hits package can substitute for the Eagles catalog of albums through the '70s.
ONE OF THESE NIGHTS, the fourth album by the Eagles, is great. The guitar soloing takes a few cues from the Allman Brothers Band's BROTHERS AND SISTERS, and there's also an experimentation with R&B rhythms on the title track. The best song here is the Don-Felder-written-and-sung "Visions", which blends R&B rhythms with country-blues-rock guitar picking. Other great moments include Randy Meisner's "Too Many Hands", which is an indictment of sexism; "Take It To The Limit", a ballad about trying to break free of a worn-out relationship; and "Lyin' Eyes", which is about a woman who seems to have married a rich man just for the money, rather than for love. Overall, ONE OF THESE NIGHTS is the Eagles' best album up to that point, with the rock style and sound highly pronounced, and a dry run for HOTEL CALIFORNIA.