“I Can’t Tell You Why” is a showcase for new member Timothy B. Schmidt, whose lead vocal is memorable while his voice among the harmonies is effective as well. The title track bears a wistful aspect to it as Don Henley’s vocal floats above the mix. “In The City,” which finds Joe Walsh in full-on rock mode both vocally and musically — especially on the slide guitar — is a remake of his contribution to the movie, The Warriors.
The final track, “The Sad Café,” would be the group’s swan song. Henley's bluesy vocal is enhanced by David Sanborn’s soulful sax, making for a poignant finish to what would be perceived as the end of the Eagles' career.
The Long Run is flawed by some of its lesser songs but it also remains very listenable — especially if you want the rocking Eagles.
The group members would go their separate ways and produce a number of solo projects with varying degrees of success over the subsequent years. The bitterness of the group’s dissolution was such that they maintained hell would have to freeze over before they played together again.