Tuesday, June 10, 1975

Eagles’ One of These Nights released

First posted 3/26/2008; updated 9/16/2020.

One of These Nights

Eagles


Released: June 10, 1975


Peak: 14 US, 8 UK, 2 CN, 5 AU


Sales (in millions): 4.0 US, 0.03 UK, 7.5 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: country rock


Tracks: Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. One of These Nights (5/31/75, 1 US, 23 20 AC, 23 UK, 13 CN, 33 AU)
  2. Too Many Hands
  3. Hollywood Waltz
  4. Journey of the Sorcerer
  5. Lyin’ Eyes (9/13/75, 2 US, 3 AC, 8 CW, 23 UK, 19 CN, 34 AU)
  6. Take It to the Limit (12/20/75, 4 US, 4 AC, 12 UK, 16 CN, 30 AU)
  7. Visions
  8. After the Thrill Is Gone
  9. I Wish You Peace


Total Running Time: 43:08


The Players:

  • Glenn Frey (vocals, guitar, piano)
  • Don Henley (vocals, drums)
  • Bernie Leadon (guitar, vocals, banjo, mandolin, pedal steel guitar)
  • Randy Meisner (bass, vocals)
  • Don Felder (guitar, vocals)

Rating:

3.967 out of 5.00 (average of 19 ratings)


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About the Album:

“The Eagles recorded their albums relatively quickly in their first years of existence, their albums 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.” AMG

“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.” AMG

“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].” AMG

“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 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.” AMG

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.” AMG

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Thursday, June 5, 1975

Syd Barrett showed up while Pink Floyd recorded a tribute to him: June 5, 1975

Left: Syd visiting Abbey Road in 1975; right: Syd in 1969. Images from Wikipedia.

When Pink Floyd hit the studios to record their follow-up to Dark Side of the Moon, they were inspired to record an album (1975’s Wish You Were Here) commenting on the music business and former bandmate Syd Barrett. His is a tragic story of a gifted musician derailed by drugs and psychological problems.

The singer, songwriter, and guitarist was a founding member of the group and was so instrumental in shaping psychedelic rock that Pink Floyd’s debut, Piper at the Gates of Dawn, is rated the #1 album of the genre (see full list here) by Dave’s Music Database.

As the band’s star rose, Syd’s mental state became increasingly precarious, a problem at least partly intensified by drugs, especially LSD. During concerts he might strum one note for the entire show or not even play at all. In interviews, he was terse or might stare ahead blankly. The group was turning to substitutes before the tour’s conclusion. For their sophomore effort, Pink Floyd thought they could use Barrett as a non-touring member, but even that became unbearable and his sole contribution to album #2, A Saucerful of Secrets, was the song “Jugband Blues.”

Barrett released two solo albums in his post-Pink days. The material was recorded from 1968 to 1970, but the songs were generally written from 1966-67. During the ‘70s, he withdrew from the music industry and became a recluse living at his mother’s house.

Shine on You Crazy Diamond

The band assured that Barrett continued to receive royalties, but didn’t interact with him. In a strange twist of fate, Pink Floyd was completing a final mix of “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” at Abbey Road Studios when Barrett made an impromptu appearance. He was overweight and had shaved his head and eyebrows. The band didn’t even recognize him initially. Barrett talked with them for awhile, but wasn’t really there. Bassist and lyricist Roger Waters was reportedly reduced to tears. According to Wikipedia and This Day in Music’s Facebook page, it was the last time any of the band saw Barrett alive. He died in 2006.


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