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Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 starsStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg[1]
Robert ChristgauC+[2]
Rolling Stone3/5 starsStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg[3]
Smash Hits4/10[4]

The Long Run is the sixth studio album by American rock group the Eagles. It was released in 1979, on Asylum in the United States and in the United Kingdom. This was the first Eagles album to feature Timothy B. Schmit, who had replaced founding member Randy Meisner. This was the band's final studio album for Asylum Records.

When released in September 1979, The Long Run debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart and a week later hit No. 1. It was their last No. 1 album of the 1970s, and stood for eight weeks in the No. 1 slot. The Long Run was first certified Platinum by the RIAA on February 1, 1980, and reached 7× Platinum status on March 20, 2001.[5] It has sold more than eight million copies in the US.[6]

The album generated three Top 10 singles, "Heartache Tonight", the album's title cut, and "I Can't Tell You Why". Those singles reached No. 1, No. 8 and No. 8 respectively. The band also won a Grammy Award for "Heartache Tonight". Also featured on the record was "In the City", a song first recorded by their guitarist Joe Walsh for the movie soundtrack for The Warriors.

Critical reception[]

Reviewing the album retrospectively in AllMusic, critic William Ruhlmann wrote that the album was a "major disappointment, even though it sold several million copies and threw off three hit singles," adding that the album "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?"[7]


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Year Nominee / work Award Result
1980 "Heartache Tonight" Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal[8] Won

Track listing[]

Side one[]

  1. "The Long Run" (Don Henley, Glenn Frey) – 3:42
    • Lead vocals by Don Henley, organ by Don Felder, slide guitar by Joe Walsh
  2. "I Can't Tell You Why" (Henley, Frey, Timothy B. Schmit) – 4:56
    • Lead vocal by Timothy B. Schmit, guitar solos by Glenn Frey
  3. "In the City" (Barry De Vorzon, Joe Walsh) – 3:46
    • Lead vocal and slide guitar by Joe Walsh
  4. "The Disco Strangler" (Don Felder, Henley, Frey) – 2:46
    • Lead vocal by Don Henley
  5. "King of Hollywood" (Henley, Frey) - 6:27
    • Lead vocal by Don Henley and Glenn Frey, first guitar solo by Glenn Frey, second guitar solo by Don Felder, end guitar solo by Joe Walsh

Side two[]

  1. "Heartache Tonight" (Bob Seger, Henley, Frey, J. D. Souther) – 4:27
    • Lead vocal by Glenn Frey, slide guitar by Joe Walsh
  2. "Those Shoes" (Felder, Henley, Frey) – 4:57
    • Lead vocal by Don Henley, guitar solo by Joe Walsh, talk box guitars by Don Felder and Joe Walsh
  3. "Teenage Jail" (Henley, Frey, Souther) – 3:44
    • Lead vocal by Don Henley and Glenn Frey, guitar solo by Don Felder, synthesizer solo by Glenn Frey
  4. "The Greeks Don't Want No Freaks" (Henley, Frey) – 2:21
    • Lead vocals by Don Henley, backing vocals by Jimmy Buffett and "The Monstertones"
  5. "The Sad Café" (Henley, Frey, Walsh, Souther) – 5:35
    • Lead vocal by Don Henley, alto saxophone by David Sanborn, guitar solo by Don Felder

Album pressing[]

The original vinyl record pressings of The Long Run (Elektra/Asylum catalog no. 5E-508) had text engraved in the run-out groove of each side, continuing an in-joke trend the band had started with their 1975 album One of These Nights:

  1. Side one: "Never let your monster lay down"
  2. Side two: "From the Polack who sailed north"


  • Don Felderguitars, vocals, talkbox, organ
  • Glenn Frey – guitars, vocals, synthesizer, keyboards
  • Don Henleydrums, vocals, percussion
  • Timothy B. Schmitbass, vocals
  • Joe Walsh – electric guitars, vocals, slide guitar, talkbox, synthesizer, keyboards

Additional personnel

  • Jimmy Buffettbacking vocals on "The Greeks Don't Want No Freaks"
  • The Monstertones – backing vocals
  • David Sanbornalto saxophone on "The Sad Café"
  • Bob Seger – backing vocals "Heartache Tonight" (not credited in liner notes)
  • Joe Vitale – congas on "In The City"


  • The Eagles – producers
  • Bill Szymczyk – producer
  • Ed Mashal – engineer
  • Bill Szymczyk – engineer
  • David Crowther – assistant engineer
  • Mark Curry – assistant engineer
  • Phil Jamtaas – assistant engineer
  • Bob Stringer – assistant engineer
  • Bob Winder – assistant engineer
  • Ted Jensen – mixing, remastering
  • John Kosh – art direction, design
  • Jim Shea – photography


Certifications and sales[]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
France (SNEP)[27] 2× Gold 242,400[26]
Japan (Oricon Charts) Template:Sdash 247,000[15]
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[28] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[29] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[5] 7× Platinum 8,000,000[6]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  25. Nielsen Business Media, Inc (December 20, 1980). – Year End Charts – Year-end Albums – The Billboard 200.
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