Eagles - One Of These Nights
180g vinyl in embossed sleeve.
One Of These Nights is the fourth studio album by American rock group the Eagles, originally released in June 1975 via Asylum Records.
One Of These Nights is a very diverse record which proved to be The Eagles major breakthrough album. It presents the band at a junction between their country/rock past and pop/rock oriented future. The album is also the first to feature guitarist Don Felder, who permanently joined the four founding members to make The Eagles a quintet. Further, this is the only release by the group to feature songwriting contributions and lead vocals by all of the five members.
One of These Nights had a relatively long production span, with sessions taking place in both Miami and Los Angeles, as the band wanted to fully capitalize on their heightened commercial success. The group worked hard to find the perfect arrangements, fine musicianship, and pitch perfect multi-part harmonies. They ultimately achieved the desired end result, as this would become the group’s first chart topping album.
While The Eagles seemed to becoming more and more a vehicle for Don Henley and Glenn Frey, 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 stand out, starting with the title track, a number one single, which had more of an R&B 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.
Leadon would eventually be replaced by Joe Walsh for the Eagles’ next studio album, “Hotel California”.
The cover for the album is an image of an artwork by Boyd Elder, also known as "El Chingadero". Elder created artwork of painted skulls in the early 1970s.