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Released: September 24, 1979

Rating: 3.300 (average of 10 ratings)

Genre: California classic-rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. The Long Run
  2. I Can’t Tell You Why
  3. In the City
  4. The Disco Strangler
  5. King of Hollywood
  6. Heartache Tonight
  7. Those Shoes
  8. Teenage Jail
  9. The Greeks Don’t Want No Freaks
  10. The Sad Café

Total Running Time: 42:29


sales in U.S. only 7 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 12 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 9
peak on U.K. album chart 4

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Heartache Tonight (10/6/79) #1 US, #40 UK, #38 AC. Gold single.
  • The Long Run (12/1/79) #8 US, #66 UK, #34 AC
  • I Can’t Tell You Why (2/23/80) #8 US, #3 AC


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

The Long Run
“Three years in the making (which was considered an eternity in the ‘70s), the Eagles’ follow-up to the massively successful, critically acclaimed Hotel California was a major disappointment, even though it sold several million copies and threw off three hit singles” (Ruhlmann).

“Those singles, in fact, provide some insight into the record. Heartache Tonight was an old-fashioned rock & roll song sung by Glenn Frey, while I Can’t Tell You Why was a delicate ballad by Timothy B. Schmit, the band’s newest member. Only The Long Run, a conventional pop/rock tune with a Stax Records R&B flavor, bore the stamp and vocal signature of Don Henley, who had largely taken the reins of the band on Hotel California” (Ruhlmann).

“Henley also dominated The Long Run, getting co-writing credits on nine of the ten songs, singing five lead vocals, and sharing another two with Frey. This time around, however, Henley’s contributions were for the most part painfully slight. Only ‘The Long Run’ and the regret-filled closing song, The Sad Café, showed any of his usual craftsmanship. The album was dominated by second-rank songs like The Disco Strangler, King of Hollywood, and Teenage Jail that sounded like they couldn’t have taken three hours much less three years to come up with” (Ruhlmann).

“Joe Walsh’s In the City was up to his usual standard, but it may not even have been an Eagles recording, having appeared months earlier on the soundtrack to The Warriors, where it was credited as a Walsh solo track” (Ruhlmann).

“Amazingly, The Long Run reportedly was planned as a double album before being truncated to a single disc. If these were the keepers, what could the rejects have sounded like?” (Ruhlmann).

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Last updated March 26, 2008.