Oh, you’re too cool for The Eagles? Say what? You’ve heard “Desperado” so many times you wanna blow your brains out? It’s dad rock? They’re lame? Whatever man, FUCK YOU. “One of These Nights” is amazing and is without question their best single.
“One of These Nights” is one of those songs where you can hear each little piece of the puzzle coming together to form something great. It starts off with that sweet bass lick, some light drums, and a guitar doing a glissando up the neck and then hitting a quick chord on the and of four. At this point, it’s already building the tension for something to come so well, but then in come two distorted guitars in harmony with each other and that’s when it really starts to get good.
The song is much more soulful and influenced by R&B than most everything else the band produced. The groove is incredible. Everything fits in a nice little pocket where each instrument is doing something different but completely important to the overall sound of the record. Don Henley’s voice is great on this one, but what really turns this song from a good song into a great song is the three-part harmony vocals during the chorus. They are so incredibly tight that it echoes that same nimble feel from the harmonized lead guitar lines heard throughout the tune. And I can’t say enough about those harmonized lead guitar lines either. They’re right there filling the spaces between vocals lines during the chorus and each one is well constructed, slightly different, and compelling.
The repeated coda version of the chorus really kills it. Henley gets to riff on the lead vocal part while those harmonized background vocals just keep blowing your mind with how high they go. If there’s any song by The Eagles that I’ll be listening to as an old man with the highest regard, this is the one.