Song of the Day #5,434: ‘After the Thrill is Gone’ – Eagles

Continuing my look at the albums of 1975…

One of These Nights was the Eagles’ fourth studio album and their first to top the Billboard albums chart. It went quadruple platinum, giving the band the breakthrough hit they’d been circling for several years. A year later, their first greatest hits collection was released and went on to become the best-selling album ever in the United States (its 38 million in sales tops even Michael Jackson’s Thriller).

One of These Nights is a true bridge album for the Eagles. In addition to marking the moment they became mega-stars, it was also the final album featuring founding member Bernie Leadon, who left the band over disagreements about its musical direction.

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Song of the Day #3,025: ‘Lyin’ Eyes’ – The Eagles

eagles_one_of_these_nightsThe Random iTunes Fairy is amused that I bought an Eagles album after years of dissing the band. Specifically, I downloaded their extended greatest hits collection after discovering that it’s really just Hotel California (the song and the album) that turns me off. I’m actually pretty fond of the earlier, more country-flavored songs.

‘Lyin’ Eyes,’ from the 1975 release One of These Nights is a good example. Written, like so many Eagles hits, by Don Henley and Glenn Frey, ‘Lyin’ Eyes’ won a Grammy and reached the top ten on Billboard’s Hot 100 and Country charts.

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Song of the Day #2,988: ‘One Of These Nights’ – Eagles

eagles_one_of_these_nightsIn 1975, the Eagles released One Of These Nights, their fourth album in as many years. Continuing a trend that started with their second album, Don Henley and Glenn Frey dominated the songwriting on this record, and Henley moved to the forefront as the band’s de facto lead singer.

Founding member Bernie Leadon wasn’t thrilled with the band’s musical direction and quit after touring with this album. Despite the disagreements that bubbled up during the recording, One Of These Nights became the Eagles’ most successful release yet, reaching #1 on the Billboard chart.

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