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Meisner, Randy - 1980 One More Song

ARTIST: Meisner, Randy
ALBUM: One More Song
LABEL: Asylum
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: 1991, Epic/Sony (Japan), ESCA5298 * 2007, Universal, 80577260852 (2 on 1 with 1982 album 'Randy')


LINEUP: Randy Meisner - lead vocals, bass * Don Francisco - percussion, background vocals * Bryan Garofalo - bass * Craig Hull - guitars, pedal steel * Craig Krampf - drums * Sterling Smith - keyboards * Bill Cuomo - synthesizer * Kim Carnes, Wendy Waldman, Don Henley, Glenn Frey - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Hearts On Fire * 02 Gotta Get Away * 03 Come On Back To Me * 04 Deep Inside My Heart * 05 I Need You Bad * 06 One More Song * 07 Trouble Ahead * 08 White Shoes * 09 Anyway Bye Bye


I overdosed on The Eagles in 1970's. Honestly, if I could go the rest of my life without ever hearing 'Tequila Sunrise' or 'Desperado' again I'd be a happy guy, but I know unless I move into a cave or Mars, that just won't be possible. Still, the guys wrote some great songs as overplayed as they are and I always enjoyed Randy Meisner's contributions to each of the early albums not forgetting 'Take It To The Limit', but in particular 'Try and Love Again' from the commercial monster 'Hotel California'. That particular album would be his last as an Eagle, with Meisner tired of touring and wanting to spend more time with his family. Noble excuse as that was, it didn't stop him from recording three good solo albums, 'One More Song' the most successful of the lot.

The Songs
I remember this record getting a lot of airplay and I imagine programmers were happy to have some type of Eagles related sound on the radio with 'The Long Run' finally fizzling out and 'Seven Bridges Road' from 'Eagles Live' not exactly music you could party to. Meisner fit the bill and didn't veer from his signature style as a blue jeaned Laurel Canyon MOR rocker. On 'One More Song', he's teamed up with stellar writers Jack Tempchin, Eric Kaz and Wendy Waldman - turning out a fine set of tunes worthy of The Eagles at their best and the record's commercial success can be attributed to two excellent singles 'Hearts on Fire' and the REO Speedwagon styled rocker 'Deep Inside My Heart' with vocals shared by the raspy but wonderful Kim Carnes. Neither charted significantly as a single, but AOR radio did it's best to get the word out. There's other good stuff here including the ballad 'I Need You Bad', the title track featuring Meisner's old buddies Don Henley and Glenn Fry, 'Trouble Ahead' and the cover of the Poco oldie 'Anyway Bye Bye' standouts all.

In Summary
Randy released a follow-up 'Randy Meisner' in 1982 which featured Heart extensively and included the hit single 'Never Been In Love', but since then not much has been seen or heard of the man although I'm sure with royalties, he's doing just fine.

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#1 | jefflynnefan on February 18 2009 01:33:42
I'm a huge fan of Randy's, Glenn's, and Don's solo efforts. Sure they were overplayed as was the Eagles' stuff but man these guys have talent! To be able to write great songs on a continuous basis over the years is a the mark of supremacy. Randy did a band called 'Black Tie' they featured Billy Swan and Jimmie Griffin from the band Bread. The cd is called 'When the Night Falls', it's pretty good. They do this great version of a old song called 'If you gotta make a fool of somebody'. Some people didn't like the arrangement but I thought it was great.
#2 | Eric on February 18 2009 16:31:08
I'll look into Black Tie. I always likes the Eagles stuff that didn't get air play like 'Pretty Maids all In Row' off 'Hotel California' and others that are overlooked. Still, I'd choose a Poco album over the Eagles any day.
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