It’s always so much easier to pinpoint the exact moment when a band goes from successful to superstars when you’re looking back in hindsight. But in the moment, The Eagles had to know that their album One Of These Nights was going to take them to the next level. Released on the heels of their first #1 single, Best Of My Love, the LP’s title track followed suit, hitting the pea for back to back Number Ones. You couldn’t have Hotel California if you didn’t have One Of These Nights. It wouldn’t have made any sense. That’s why this transition LP was an all-or-nothing move by the band.
The Eagles had released 3 albums and were trying to break away from country rock they were still associated with. They asked guitarist, Don Felder, to be a part of the band and his solos immediately gave them a harder edge. His solo especially on One Of These Nights is really the icing on this 45’s cake. They also brought in the vowel challenged, Bill Szymczyk, to start producing their LPs, which was a smart move because he knew how to make a song smooth and rough and he was always challenging the band to explore new styles. How else to explain the R&B influence of OOTN? With that ever familiar bass lick intro and a These Eyes-styled guitar hit, they sound like the Ohio Players warming up for a gig. This was the band that sang Desperado and Already Gone? They were definitely done riding fences, unless that was some groupie’s nickname.
The song was one of only 3 on the LP with Don Henley on vocals. He sang the verses while Randy Meisner sang the high part on the chorus. And although it’s one of the few Eagles songs I don’t turn off if it comes on the radio, the lyrics kinda suck. The production, the performance, the new energy from Felder all mask some retreaded couplets:
One of these nights
One of these crazy old nights
We’re gonna find out, pretty mama
What turns on your lights
The full moon is calling. The fever is high
And the wicked wind whispers and moans
You got your demons.You got desires
Well, I got a few of my own
No offense, but this sounds like the bad ideas that didn’t make it into Witchy Woman.
One of these dreams
One of these lost and lonely dreams
We’re gonna find one, one that really screams.
We’re gonna find a dream that screams? I believe that’s called a nightmare.
I’ve been searching for the daughter of the devil himself
I’ve been searching for an angel in white
I’ve been waiting for a woman who’s a little of both
And I can feel her but she’s nowhere in sight
This sounds like some crazy ass, Charles Manson, stalker shit. Plus it sounds like this dude isn’t too picky on the chics
Ooh, loneliness will blind you in between the wrong and the right
Is there any logic in that sentence? I’m sober right now, so the answer would be no.
Ooh, coming right behind you
Swear I’m gonna find you one of these nights
And when he does, I hope you have some pepper spray.