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The Long Run by Eagles
Album: The Long RunReleased: 1979Charted:
Written by Glenn Frey and Don Henley, this song is about making a relationship last. "Slow and Steady" isn't a popular theme for rock lyrics, but the Eagles had finally decided to ignore the pressure to top their landmark Hotel California
album and be satisfied with a solid effort. In our interview with Don Felder
, he said: "When you try to match yourself, it gets harder and harder the more successful you are. So we got to a point where we realized we've got to just wrap this up and end it here and get out of the studio and get on the road. There were a lot of arguments and dissension and contentious arguments about songs and schedules. It was really not heading in the right direction."
The Long Run was the last album the Eagles released before they broke up. Their previous album, Hotel California, was released in 1976 and was a huge hit. The Eagles' record company anxiously waited for the next one. And waited. They even offered the band a million dollar bonus if they completed the album in time for Christmas, 1978. It was finally released in September 1979.
The Eagles have introduced this in concert as a tribute to the Memphis sound. The music critic Dave Marsh accused the group of lifting parts of a song by the Soul singer Otis Clay called "Trying To Live My Life Without You" on the track.
Joe Walsh played lead guitar on this one, and Don Felder played the organ.