One Of These Nights
  • One Of These Nights
  • The Eagles
  • One Of These Nights

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.

Help Me
  • Help Me
  • Joni Mitchell
  • Court and Spark

The first song that comes to mind when I think of Joni Mitchell is HELP ME. Maybe because it received so much airplay in the mid 70s when I was growing up–it is, after all, the artist’s only top 10 hit (how is that possible?), peaking at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100.

I remember being so intrigued by the music–its unpredictable melody and rhythm–and how the lack of an obvious pattern actually made me want to hear more. It wasn’t quite folk-rock; I couldn’t put my finger on it, and that added to the song’s curious charm. Later of course I discovered that HELP ME was part of Mitchell’s initial flirtation with jazz, and that no less than Tom Scott’s L.A. Express, a band that was at the forefront of jazz fusion, had backed the artist up in the song. Fascinating, I thought.

The lyrics, incidentally, are about Glen Frey of The Eagles, whom Mitchell once dated. But that piece of trivia speaks to me less.

Did You Know? (Miami Vice, Phil Collins)

Did you know Miami Vice would spend $10,000 or more per episode to buy the rights to original recordings? An iconic scene from the Miami Vice pilot involves Crockett and Tubbs driving through Miami at night to the Phil Collins megahit song In the Air TonightJan Hammer’s title theme climbed to the top of the U.S. Billboard charts (and earned two Grammy Awards). Glenn Frey‘s You Belong to the City was also a hit single (#2 on Billboard’s Hot 100).

Search Record Vision today for albums featuring: Phil CollinsGlen FreyJan Hammer, plus the Miami Vice soundtrack