Eagles – The Long Run (2023 MFSL UltraDisc UHR SACD) (1979/2023) SACD ISO

Eagles – The Long Run (2023 MFSL UltraDisc UHR SACD) (1979/2023)
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 43:32 minutes | Full Scans included | 1,76 GB
Genre: Classic Rock, Country Rock | Publisher (label): Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab – UDSACD 2234

Originally intended as a clever poke at the era’s trends that critics maintained were making the band irrelevant, the title of and music on The Long Run continue to prove the Eagles got the last laugh. Created in the wake of the group’s demanding tour for the blockbuster Hotel California, the 1979 record ultimately became the final record the Eagles would create for nearly three decades. Stacked with first-rate material and three mammoth singles, the seven-times-platinum effort ensured the Eagles never drifted far from the public’s consciousness.

Sourced from the original analog master tapes and housed in a mini-LP gatefold sleeve package, Mobile Fidelity’s numbered-edition hybrid SACD presents The Long Run in audiophile sound. Akin to the audiophile label’s other Eagles SACDs, this collectible edition plays with organic richness, spectacular dynamics, and microscopic levels of detail. Songs come across with an epic sweep and feature front-to-back soundstages that give the music desirable air, roominess, and separation.

“Who is gonna make it?/We’ll find out in the long run,” posits Don Henley on the album’s opening track, an R&B-fueled classic that reached No. 8 on the charts. Henley later addressed the irony of the lyrics; his group was in the process of breaking apart when he wrote it. Yet the singer-songwriter and colleague Glenn Frey clearly knew something others failed to recognize. Related themes of survival, resilience, and dark humor course throughout The Long Run, which also marks the arrival of bassist Timothy B. Schmit. His lead vocal anchors the No. 8 hit “I Can’t Tell You Why,” a staple he co-wrote with Henley and Frey.

That dynamic duo has a hand in all but one of the songs, “In the City,” Joe Walsh’s slide-guitar-appointed ode to endurance. Walsh also shares a writing credit on the closing “The Sad Cafe,” a melodramatic favorite whose lineage extends to another of the band’s longtime collaborators, J.D. Souther. He, along with Frey and Henley, teamed with Detroit legend Bob Seger on penning the record’s signature anthem: the Grammy-winning “Heartache Tonight.” Fueled by rhythmic handclaps, a romping groove, and the band’s trademark California-bred country-rock style, the chart-topper comfortably sits alongside deep cuts such as the winking shuffle “The Disco Strangler” and cinematic “King of Hollywood.”

The challenges and pressures associated with making The Long Run after dealing with the unimaginable success of Hotel California ended up grounding the Eagles. Yet the album’s enduring merit, performances, and melodies confirmed Henley and Frey’s beliefs. The Eagles are still thriving. They made it. The long run continues.


01 – The Long Run
Lead Vocals – Don Henley / Organ – Don Felder
Slide Guitar – Joe Walsh / Written-By – Don Henley, Glenn Frey
02 – I Can’t Tell You Why
Guitar [Solos] – Glenn Frey / Lead Vocals – Timothy B. Schmit
Written-By – Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Timothy B. Schmit
03 – In The City
Lead Vocals – Joe Walsh / Slide Guitar – Joe Walsh
Written-By – Barry De Vorzon, Joe Walsh
04 – The Disco Strangler
Lead Vocals – Don Henley
Written-By – Don Felder, Don Henley, Glenn Frey
05 – King Of Hollywood
Guitar [End Guitar Solo] – Joe Walsh / Guitar [First Guitar Solo] – Glenn Frey
Guitar [Second Guitar Solo] – Don Felder / Lead Vocals – Don Henley, Glenn Frey
Written-By – Don Henley, Glenn Frey
06 – Heartache Tonight
Lead Vocals – Glenn Frey / Slide Guitar – Joe Walsh
Written-By – Bob Seger, Don Henley, Glenn Frey, J.D. Souther
07 – Those Shoes
Guitar [Solo] – Joe Walsh / Guitar [Talk Box Guitars] – Don Felder, Joe Walsh
Lead Vocals – Don Henley / Written-By – Don Felder, Don Henley, Glenn Frey
08 – Teenage Jail
Guitar [Solo] – Don Felder / Lead Vocals – Don Henley, Glenn Frey
Synthesizer [Solo] – Glenn Frey / Written-By – Don Henley, Glenn Frey, J.D. Souther
09 – The Greeks Don’t Want No Freaks
Backing Vocals [Background Vocals] – “The Monstertones” / Lead Vocals – Don Henley
Featuring [Background Vocals] – Jimmy Buffett / Written-By – Don Henley, Glenn Frey
10 – The Sad Cafe
Alto Saxophone – David Sanborn / Guitar [Solo] – Don Felder
Lead Vocals – Don Henley / Written-By – Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, J.D. Souther

Crew [Eagles Road Crew] – J. J. Jackson, Jerry Vaccarino, Jimmy Collins, Tom Nixon, Tony Taibi
Design [Original Album Design], Art Direction – Kosh
Engineer – Bill Szymczyk, Ed “Radar” Marshall
Engineer [Assistant, Brittania / The Record Plant] – Phil Jamtass
Engineer [Assistants, Bayshore] – Dave Crowther, John Swain
Engineer [Assistants, Love ‘n’ Comfort] – Bob Winder
Engineer [Assistants, One Step Up] – Bob Stringer, Dan Everhart, Mark Curry
Mastered By – Rob LoVerde
Mixed By – Bill Szymczyk
Photography By [Eagles] – Jim Shea
Producer – Bill Szymczyk, Ed “Radar” Mashal
Technician – Buddy Thornton




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