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The Eagles — Journey Of The Sorcerer
Album: One Of These Nights
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Released: 1975
Length: 6:28
Plays (last 30 days): 2
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Time for Bill to switch on the Improbabilty drive.
Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy; cue the instant multi-level fun-bumps! 
 Sam_Chucklestone wrote:


Just wait for the Vogon poetry!
 


Oh freddled gruntbuggly,
Thy micturations are to me, (with big yawning)
As plurdled gabbleblotchits, in midsummer morning
On a lurgid bee,
That mordiously hath blurted out,
Its earted jurtles, grumbling
Into a rancid festering confectious organ squealer. [drowned out by moaning and screaming]
Now the jurpling slayjid agrocrustles,
Are slurping hagrilly up the axlegrurts,
And living glupules frart and stipulate,
Like jowling meated liverslime,
Groop, I implore thee, my foonting turlingdromes,
And hooptiously drangle me,
With crinkly bindlewurdles,mashurbitries.
Or else I shall rend thee in the gobberwarts with my blurglecruncheon,
See if I don't!

 Beanie wrote:

Can I say how much I love your typo?  
 
42 times?!
 BillG wrote:

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

Just wait for the Vogon poetry!
Hey Bill, you're on a roll. Thanks for the great set on an endless work night.
This reminds me of bouncing on my parents bed while listening to the HHGTTG radio show. I thought Ford Prefect was the coolest name ever. Even more so than Zaphod Beeblebrox. He was just this guy, you know?
Mostly harmless... :o)
When it comes to Eagles music, I stand in total agreement with The Dude.
This is so "non Eagles" and I love it! :)
 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.


 
Our local 'Classic Rock' station used 'In The City' by the Eagles as the intro and outro to their 6:00 news show in the 80's  Since this was a 'deeper' track that did not show up on the greatest hits that I had, it took me at least 15 years to discover it was an Eagles track.... much the same way this one is to people who listened to Hitchhiker's Guide.



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 philarktos wrote:
WonkoTheSane wrote:
Wooo! Go Hitchhiker's Guide!
For any Douglas Adams fans not already aware of it, there is a Hitchhiker's Guide movie version currently in the works. Considering what the TV series did with the material before computer effects, I can hardly wait.
 

... and having seen it, I'll stick with the TV and Radio versions thank you very much ...
 idiot_wind wrote:
Ya know,  a banjo and a string section , just don't go together very well in a song.  
 

I beg to differ.
 mrtuba9 wrote:
I was about to post that this deserves to be on a sound track. Quick Google searches bring up Hitchhicker's guide reverences... true?
 
Can I say how much I love your typo?  
Ya know,  a banjo and a string section , just don't go together very well in a song.  
 hayduke2 wrote:
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
 
Amazing how diverse the reactions....your described image is about as far removed from my perception of this cut as possible!
 Proclivities wrote:
 

If the fireball spell goes wrong... sure :P
As a Hitchhiker's fan, hearing this instantly generates a feeling of warmth in my tummy.

As a music fan, I can't remotely understand the how/why of the Eagles creating this weird, spacey, banjo thingie.  I don't like the Eagles and, if not for the HHGTTG connection, would have some strongly worded anti prog-rock sentiments.

So, I'm conflicted.
 mrtuba9 wrote:
I was about to post that this deserves to be on a sound track. Quick Google searches bring up Hitchhicker's guide reverences... true?
 
True
I was about to post that this deserves to be on a sound track. Quick Google searches bring up Hitchhicker's guide reverences... true?
I can't get enough of this track.
I know there's a story to this, but this music inspired or was used for the soundtrack to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.  Who knows the story?
Probably the best Eagles track, although that isn't saying much and mainly because it seems to be an attempt to cash in on the progressive rock genre. That and because you don't have to listen to their vocals.
Reminds me of the music from the space cowboy TV show and movie Firefly.
 
Another Brown Shirt
 PhilK wrote:

There are more - far more - regional accents in England alone than every other English speaking nation put together. In my own region, North East - near Scottish border - there are several alone. From Berwick Scottish (but English) to Durham "makem" or "pit yakka" accents - and this is just a small area - the most common being "geordie" NewcastleThen theres numerous others up and down the country.
Thats not even counting Welsh, Scottish and Irish accents More fascinating than anything is the origin of the accents. My own "geordie" is from Danish vikings in the 700's - there are still scraps similar to Danish in everyday slang. I wasn't aware until I was chatting to a Danish girl in Newcastle RVI hospital while we were waiting to be seen - who was absolutely thrilled to hear bits of her own language in ours. Ive forgotten most, but we say "Gan Yem" for Go Home. The Danes apparently say "Yem Gan" ! and so on.....{#Cowboy}

Sorry I do drone on a bit on subjects of interest to me - get me on local Roman history and I'm worse !!! {#Nyah}{#Lol}

 
I want to hear more.  Feel free to drone on about local Roman history whenever you want.
43 years ago....whoa!
Don't panic..!
 BillG wrote:

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

 
There are more - far more - regional accents in England alone than every other English speaking nation put together. In my own region, North East - near Scottish border - there are several alone. From Berwick Scottish (but English) to Durham "makem" or "pit yakka" accents - and this is just a small area - the most common being "geordie" NewcastleThen theres numerous others up and down the country.
Thats not even counting Welsh, Scottish and Irish accents More fascinating than anything is the origin of the accents. My own "geordie" is from Danish vikings in the 700's - there are still scraps similar to Danish in everyday slang. I wasn't aware until I was chatting to a Danish girl in Newcastle RVI hospital while we were waiting to be seen - who was absolutely thrilled to hear bits of her own language in ours. Ive forgotten most, but we say "Gan Yem" for Go Home. The Danes apparently say "Yem Gan" ! and so on.....{#Cowboy}

Sorry I do drone on a bit on subjects of interest to me - get me on local Roman history and I'm worse !!! {#Nyah}{#Lol}
 treatment_bound wrote:
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).
 
They were very innovative with their country rock sound back in 1972 and have deservedly earned a reputation as having influenced rock music for the better because of their contributions through the years.  For those who discovered them later, I can certainly understand why you would see them as nothing but Top 40 / maybe Classic Rock.  I had the pleasure of seeing them open for Yes in concert in 1972.  They earned a well deserved encore.  So in answer to your question my favorite albums of theirs were their early ones because of their creative influences on music at that time. Eagles, Desperado and On the Border were faves; Hotel California is not too far behind but it's much overplayed.
Great tune, did not realize it was an Eagles piece until now.  Always thought it was some creative genius at the BBC who came up with this as the theme for the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Fantastic Douglas Adams' work)
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)
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.
Normally detest anything by the Eagles - but this is outstanding!!
This song always makes me think of the theme to Firefly.
Always a 2 for me despite the Hitchhiker's connection... but I've been playing the radio series for my kids and the boy just loves when this comes on now... so that connection bumps it to a 4 now. 
Man, I didn't know they made such good music.
Thanks RP  {#Roflol}
OK, here goes .....
Much prefer Hitchikers to Eagles!
42 all the way
 amb599 wrote:
This song is so amazingly cool you could keep a side of meat in it for a month.

 
If you want to see something cool, check out the bonus live concert DVD on the history of the Eagles set. It was filmed in March 1977 at the Capital Centre, in Washington, DC. Although the setlist is short, the musicianship is fabulous.
This song always reminds me of Marvin the Paranoid Android for some reason.
I have the lawyer for the Moody Blues on line 2.....
This song is so amazingly cool you could keep a side of meat in it for a month.
If you're curious, that banjo melody in the background is Soldier's Joy, an old fiddle tune about morphine and booze. Neat way of layering it in. I'm not usually and Eagles fan, but this sure helped!
I always like this piece, very un-Eagles, and cool. 
Zaphod! Fetch me my towel! {#Clap}
The strings ring all the credibility out of the song, imo.  An unfortunate circumstance.  The song could be good and deserves a completely different instrumental reading.
Don Henley and Glenn Frey did not really want this song on the record. Leadon wrote it and made sure it was there!
This song makes me smile every time I hear it--Hitchhiker's Guide will always be a bright spot for me.   {#Jump}

Dwaterd wrote:
This song is so froody!

 


I wish I could unhear this song.
This song is so froody!
Always thought this was the moody blues..
That's Bernnie Leadon on the banjo one of the original Eagles.
 jgoldst wrote:
{#Angel} Who else remembers this from the BBC radio adaptation of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"?
 
Yes I loved that series and was introduced to this (great) song through that series... around 1978 I think in the U.S.
Wow! I never knew, nor would have imagined, that this was the Eagles....in my student broadcasting days, I'd hear this theme several times a week and never thought to look for credits.
 jgoldst wrote:
{#Angel} Who else remembers this from the BBC radio adaptation of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"?
 
But of course!!! On BBC Radio 4 just a couple of weeks ago,,, now that's what I call Public Service Broadcasting!!
Yep, this has always been good    
OK, so I heard the Hitch Hiker's Guide theme, but it says it's the Eagles?  Read other comments, not confused any more.  What an amazing radio station this is!

Maybe it is because I'm Swedish but I have NEVER heard this before.

Quite good.


Me me me sir me me me me
 
jgoldst wrote:
{#Angel} Who else remembers this from the BBC radio adaptation of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"?
 


 jgoldst wrote:
{#Angel} Who else remembers this from the BBC radio adaptation of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"?
 
I worked for many years in public radio, and it was my pleasure to get the radio play on the air schedule, downlink it, listen to the episodes before they aired, while they aired, and, ahem, make dubs for myself.  "Zaphod, he's just this guy you know?"  The Eagles tune is a powerful elixir of nostagia for me.  I glad someone else remembers Hitchhiker on the radio with fondness.
{#Angel} Who else remembers this from the BBC radio adaptation of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"?
Just saw them w/ Bernie 2nd row Center. One of the BEST shows ever !
 big_gare wrote:
Bernie Leadon was and is a terrific musician and an outstanding Banjoist.  The Eagles were never the same - or as good - after his departure.  Says me.  :-)

 
I totally concur, and I'm not real big on the banjo. Bernie's work is an exception.
 Piscador wrote:

Ditto. It's the only Eagles track I've got on my player.

It's not that The Eagles are a bad band as such - it's just that they're overrated and overplayed. I cringe whenever I hear Hotel California.
 

 
Seriously?  I love the guitar solo on hotel California - Joe Walsh is amazing!  I think of someone handing him a song and saying "See what you can do with this to rock it out at the end.."
 JIan wrote:
Gotta be my favorite Eagles tune; the one on which I part ways with the Dude.

 
Ditto. It's the only Eagles track I've got on my player.

It's not that The Eagles are a bad band as such - it's just that they're overrated and overplayed. I cringe whenever I hear Hotel California.
 

Douglas, we miss you.


Gotta be my favorite Eagles tune; the one on which I part ways with the Dude.
Even without my Babelfish  - this sounds great.
 ericeobrien wrote:
I'd be happy if I never hear another Eagles song. This track is better than the majority of their Bakersfield country-rock hits, but it's been ruined by associations of overplayed and over-hyped FM singles.

 
Oh lighten up already!


The Eagles, really? Must admit that i niver liked them and (therefore) never knew more than their "popular" songs.
This one, however, is completely new to me, and indeed an astounding discovery. Like it very much!
 JohnOfMalvern wrote:
Re the Hitchiker series: if you haven't heard the radio series I strongly suggest you do.
The TV version was a brave attempt to add visuals, and did some things well, but was limited by a tiny budget and prehistoric FX facilities and technology.
As a little girl once said, 'I prefer radio, the pictures are better.'
Enjoy!
And remember, Resistance Is Useless!
 
"For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons"