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The long-awaited follow up 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)


''The Long Run'' is the sixth studio album by Eagles, released in 1979 (see 1979 in music). This was the first Eagles album not to feature founding member Randy Meisner, who was replaced by Timothy B. Schmit.

The album was originally intended to be a double album to be released in 1978 but was instead demoted to a single album. Some of the tracks that were left off the album would be cobbled together to compose the cut "Long Run Leftovers" which appeared on the band's 2000 box set ''Selected Works: 1972-1999''. Some of the bits in "Long Run Leftovers" were resurrected by Joe Walsh on "Rivers (Of the Hidden Funk)" from 1981's ''There Goes the Neighborhood'' and "Told You So" on 1983's ''You Bought It, You Name It''.

Also, the band recorded a Christmas single during the sessions. First of which was a cover of "Please Come Home For Christmas" by Charles Brown, which was released as a single in November 1978. The song's B-side was a Don Henley and Glenn Frey original called "Funky New Year" which was the band's song about the pitfalls of celebrating New Years.

''The Long Run'' took almost two years to complete and saw the Eagles move in a more hard rock direction that they started going in with its predecessor, 1976's ''Hotel California''.

When released in September 1979, ''The Long Run'' debuted at #2 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart and a week later hit #1 dethroning Led Zeppelin's ''In Through the Out Door'' and was the last #1 album of the 1970s where it reigned for eight weeks and has sold over seven million copies to date in the US alone (it was certified Gold and Platinum in early 1980 by the R.I.A.A.).

The album spawned three Top 10 singles, the chart-topping rocker "Heartache Tonight", the album's opening title cut and the ballad "I Can't Tell You Why". "In the City," a song first recorded by guitarist Walsh for the soundtrack to the movie ''The Warriors'', and "Those Shoes" received radio airplay, as well. - Wikipedia