The Eagles, One Of These Nights
The brave faces would soon turn vicious
From a bunch of would-be bank-robbers only recently earning pocket money as Linda Ronstadt's backing band, the Eagles were themselves the bank by 1975, when they were already on the verge of releasing "Their Greatest Hits." The band's fourth album, "One of These Nights," would contribute three more evergreens — the title track, the toe-tapping tempo and robust harmonies of "Lyin' Eyes," and Randy Meisner's finest five minutes, the majestic, vaguely Cajun ballad "Take It to the Limit."
Bernie Leadon, who would shortly become the first Eagle to leave, helped himself to a pair of swan songs. The first, the six-minute instrumental "Journey of the Sorcerer," is a fairly ingenious banjo-based orchestral movement, later adopted as the radio and television theme of the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series. If that contribution was something special, Leadon's other farewell, the album-closing lullabye "I Wish You Peace," co-written with his then-girlfriend, Reagan daughter Patti Davis — not so much.
Elsewhere, Meisner and Don Felder collaborate on "Too Many Hands," which sounds like it'd be a better fit on a contemporaneous Styx album. The band's mounting squabbles are laid bare on Don Henley and Glenn Frey's sleepwalking "After the Thrill Is Gone": "You keep on singing for the sake of the song, after the thrill is gone," they sing. The brave faces would soon turn vicious.