The Eagles — Journey Of The Sorcerer
Album: One Of These Nights
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Released: 1975
Length: 6:28
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Love this.
Love the Eagles, despite... everything.
Love Hitchhiker's Guide (the books).
Quite the journey. Nice.
 number7 wrote:
"Journey of the Sorcerer" was used as the theme music for Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio series produced by the BBC
Has lasted with me longer than some of their other tunes.

 
I remember the radio series well. In fact I have tapes of the series Recorded directly from the radio, Funny thing is I didn't know this was an Eagles piece until today. 
"Journey of the Sorcerer" was used as the theme music for Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio series produced by the BBC
Has lasted with me longer than some of their other tunes.


oy ... liked this in a way back in the late 70's (liked almost anything claiming to have sorcery involved thank you J.R.R.Tolkien) this stinks now, all I hear are caws of seagulls in the beginning of it, like they're swirling atop an Ozark landfill full of scrungy Pampers, blown tires and Schlitz cans

psd
The TV series and movie both sucked.

For me, nothing has ever come close to reading it.

I need to give the original radio plays a whirl though.
I was in college in Colorado and my roomie had a turntable and this album, wasn't used to country oriented songs but I caught on to them.  My first album from the was California Hotel.  It was just so creepy and well done.  I have several of JD Souther's albums his most recent are really great.
Ah man, great memories of Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.  Interesting how the 2005 movie couldn't quite compete with the 1981 show.. the concept was very much culturally 1970s-1980s.
Ah, great old Eagles....need to listen to this more.
As a million commentators below have already noted, I recognize this hoopy song for one reason. 
ice cream sandwich banjo
love this track - always have.
 
 It has been too long since I heard this.  

When the first bars played, I had to look over to make sure I hadn't switched to BBC.

Very nice indeed...
zenhead wrote:
Wasn't this from the recoding of Hitchhikers Guide?
 

 


 BillG wrote:

Just when I think I have the English language figured out, along comes an Englishman...

 
I moved from the States to London in 1979, and on a good day, I feel like I may have made useful progress towards acclimatising; on a bad day I realise I have only just started. Well worth the effort, though. pxd

I keep expecting to hear The Guide begin a new chapter at the end of this piece.  Douglas Adams, you are missed. 

Wasn't this from the recoding of Hitchhikers Guide?
 
Wow, it has been WAAAYY too long since I have heard this one.  Incredible!{#Notworthy}
 BillG wrote:

Just when I think I have the English language figured out, along comes an Englishman...

 
Then please insert you babel fish {#Wink}
For some reason, this seems to be the song from The Eagles which gets played the most here at RP, so I'm going to post my poll question here.

This band's music has been played on the radio pretty much non-stop since their debut album was released almost 45 years ago, but since I never owned any of their albums, I've always considered them somewhat of a "singles band", as I usually hear one classic song and then they're gone.

So I decided to spend a week and listen their first six albums before the long 14 year breakup front-to-back during my commutes and see if they flow as albums.  For the most part, they do, but I don't think any of them are great all the way through.

So I'm tossing this question out to fans, semi-fans, and even haters of the band,



and you know who you are.

Please rank the first six Eagles albums, worst to 1st.

Here's mine:

6) Desperado
5) The Long Run
4) On the Border
3) Eagles
2) One of These Nights
1) Hotel California (even though I usually dump out when I hear the overplayed "Fast Lane" and/or the title cut these days, I still think it's their best album).

{#Drummer}
Of Course Henley and Frey wanted to keep this song  off the album.  I love the Eagles but those two guys are jackasses! 
 BillG wrote:

Just when I think I have the English language figured out, along comes an Englishman...

 
"Here I am, a brain the size of a planet, and they ask me to figure out the English language.  Call that job satisfaction?—'cause I don't.  And then I have this terrible pain in all the diodes down my left side....."
Wow, this seems to have debuted way back in Dec 2001 and this is the first time I've heard it! Very cool; sort of a Battle of Evermore vibe going on, to me.
a rarely under played cut / thanks bill /
 BillG wrote:

Just when I think I have the English language figured out, along comes an Englishman...

 
{#Roflol}As Oscar Wilde said, the US and UK are two countries divided by a common language... ;-)

Don't worry about your linguistic skills, Bill - only someone who's read/heard the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy will understand the froody and towel references :o)
Don't panic
the Dude may even approve of this song
 fredriley wrote:

...and so hip it can't see its feet. Cool and froody, man - this song really knows where its towel is :o)

BillG wrote:

Just when I think I have the English language figured out, along comes an Englishman...

 
This is old stuff in our world, Mr G.  I would love to buy you a pint just so you could laugh at my accent ...
 fredriley wrote:

...and so hip it can't see its feet. Cool and froody, man - this song really knows where its towel is :o)

 
Just when I think I have the English language figured out, along comes an Englishman...
I have my towel right here.  How about you?
 kcar wrote:

What was this from? I didn't immediately recognize Morena in "Homeland" due to the short (brown) hair she had in the series. 

In retrospect, all the women playing main characters in the "Firefly" were hot...and the characters were good with the possible exception of the perennially loopy River. 
 
I googled her sweet name and "Shazzam" a treasure trove of photos  (eagles music? is that how this started ...?  : )

 
Yup, pretty good stuff from a mind-blowing period in Music; EJ's Captain Fantastic, The Doobie Bros, Steely Dan, FMac, 10cc, PFloyd.
Yes, brings back good memories of HHGttG original radio play!

Strictly NO PANIC {#Biggrin} ! 
 hayduke2 wrote:


Fox     yum yum

 
What was this from? I didn't immediately recognize Morena in "Homeland" due to the short (brown) hair she had in the series. 

In retrospect, all the women playing main characters in the "Firefly" were hot...and the characters were good with the possible exception of the perennially loopy River. 

 kazoo wrote:
What is perfect pitch? When an accordion is thrown into a dumpster without hitting the rim and smashes a banjo.
I actually like accordions and banjos, but I don't think the way the banjo is being played like a guitar in this song works. Is the person playing it a guitar player showing off his newly acquired instrument?

  How has no one commented on this! Hilarious I enjoyed the song and the comment immensely! Only on RP can u have it both ways in this alternate musical realm!


Oh... You hoopy frood!  Love it.
HHGttG! FTW!
I had no idea this was by the Eagles.  

FFSPSD


What is perfect pitch? When an accordion is thrown into a dumpster without hitting the rim and smashes a banjo.
I actually like accordions and banjos, but I don't think the way the banjo is being played like a guitar in this song works. Is the person playing it a guitar player showing off his newly acquired instrument?
Fall of 1975, my dorm neighbor in college had this album - and he refused to play any other song from it. He played lots of other albums from lots of other performers, but from this album: This was the only song we heard.
Ah....back when Eagles were still a county rock band with Bernie Leadon (playing banjo?) and Don Felder and Randy Meiser.

After this album...they went downhill.
 kcar wrote:

You can still watch Firefly on Netflix streaming, I think. I really liked the mashup of Western and sci-fi elements. I'm not sure why the show didn't find a bigger audience—too offbeat to pigeonhole, perhaps—but it could have brought forward the major story arc of the Alliance's secret medical experiments. The show lacked a compelling reason to watch beyond the novel mashup. 

Morena Baccarin...wow.    {#Hearteyes} 

I don't remember this song from the radio version of Hitchhiker. The movie was a hoot!  

 

Fox     yum yum
Love it. 

A classic instrumental that transends time.  

I'll get my towel... 
 number7 wrote:
Don't know Firefly but I do know The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
That is where I fell in Love with it.
So very different than the commercial Eagles.
So glad there is a separation.

 
You can still watch Firefly on Netflix streaming, I think. I really liked the mashup of Western and sci-fi elements. I'm not sure why the show didn't find a bigger audience—too offbeat to pigeonhole, perhaps—but it could have brought forward the major story arc of the Alliance's secret medical experiments. The show lacked a compelling reason to watch beyond the novel mashup. 

Morena Baccarin...wow.    {#Hearteyes} 

I don't remember this song from the radio version of Hitchhiker. The movie was a hoot!  
 QuestionMark wrote:
Don Henley and Glenn Frey did not really want this song on the record. Leadon wrote it and made sure it was there!

 
I have loved this tune since adolescence, and it is my favorite on the album.  So glad Leadon stood his ground, and thank you RP for playing it!
Holy cow! This is the EAGLES?!?

This is so good I wish it was part of the Eagles repertoire on the road. However, being a Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy fan has taught me these things don't happen :)


 amb599 wrote:
This song is so amazingly cool you could keep a side of meat in it for a month.

 
...and so hip it can't see its feet. Cool and froody, man - this song really knows where its towel is :o)