|Take It To The Limit|
The third single from the album, it was released on November 15, 1975, and went to #4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It was also the Eagles' greatest success to that point in the UK, with the single going to #12 on the charts. "Take It to the Limit" was sung by bassist Randy Meisner. It is a slow ballad about lost love and loneliness. It was the first and only A-side of a single on which he sang lead. It was also the first time neither Don Henley nor Glenn Frey sang lead on the A-side of a single. The single version is 3:48 in length, close to one minute shorter than the album version.
Meisner left the band after their Hotel California tour, in September 1977. According to the Eagles biography, To the Limit: The Untold Story of the Eagles, the song was a source of great contention between Frey and Meisner during the tour. During one of the last performances with Meisner as an Eagle, Frey had a physical altercation with Meisner backstage over the performance of the song. During the Eagles' Farewell 1 Tour in 2004 and 2005, the song was sung by Glenn Frey. The song was redone on Meisner's first solo album (Randy Meisner), with 1970s teen idol David Cassidy singing backing vocals.