The Randy Meisner 1978 self-titled album was Randy’s first solo studio album and was produced by his friend, Alan Brackett:
“Alan Brackett played bass and sang for the Peanut Butter Conspiracy and was one of the band’s principle songwriters and founding members. Prior to the PBC, he had played drums with Jan and Dean and bass with the Righteous Brothers. Brackett is a prolific songwriter whose songs have been performed by Three Dog Night and ex-Eagles member Randy Meisner. His music can also be heard in the movie soundtracks for ‘Run, Angel, Run’ (1969), ‘Cherry, Harry & Raquel’ (1970), and ‘Killer Party’ (1987), as well as in numerous TV commercials. He also produced Randy Meisner’s debut solo album (1978).“Excerpt from allbutforgottenoldies.net
David Cassidy and JD Souther sang background vocals on this album. John Kosh was the designer and art director for the album cover. Kosh was also the designer of Randy’s 1982 solo album, One More Song solo album, and the Hotel California album. “Randy Meisner” was released in June 1978 on Asylum in the United States and in the United Kingdom.
There are photos and articles below, including one from Creem Magazine.
Randy Meisner 1978 self-titled album front and back covers with his vintage green Mercury car
Jim Shea, cover photographer
Press kit photos for album release
Gene Fletcher Brownell, photographer for photos used in Randy’s press release for this album
Inside gatefold cover
Randy Meisner 1978 self-titled album
“Take It To the Limit” from the album with David Cassidy on background and John Hobbs on piano
“Every Other Day” from the album with John Hobbs on piano
“I Really Want You Here Tonight” was the single from the album
It was written by the album’s producer, Alan Brackett.
Atlanta Constitution (Atlanta, GA) – June 10, 1978
“I Really Want You Here Tonight” from the album with JD Souther and David Cassidy as two of the background vocals
Song credits from the album’s gatefold inside cover and the sleeve for the single record.
The photo on the singles sleeve is the full image version of what was used on the album inside cover.
“The vintage ’50s Mercury on the cover of his new album is only one of 25 classic cars he owns.”
Randy eventually sold all of his vintage cars and trucks except for his red Ford truck. While he owned them, they were in storage in the back of a Nebraska car dealership warehouse.
Lincoln Journal Star (Lincoln, NE) – Aug. 3, 1978
After Randy sold his green Mercury, it was painted white by the new owner.
“As solo debuts go, this one’s way above average.”
Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL) – July 23, 1978
“After singing that one song pretty near around the world, I thought it might be time to give myself a shot at singing.”
Lincoln Journal Star (Lincoln, NE) – July 24, 1978
Goldrush photo is below.
As mentioned in the article above, Goldrush is the name of the band that Randy Meisner formed with Stephen Love in Scottsbluff.
In this photo Randy and Stephen are performing at The Woodshed in Scottsbluff in 1969 or 70. (There is one reference where Stephen says its 1969 and another he says 1970.) Randy even closed his eyes when he sang back then, too.
“Randy acknowledges his past with a re-shaped version of ‘Take It To the Limit’ and attempts a couple of older oldies such as ‘Save the Last Dance For Me’.”
Acton Gazette (London, England) – July 27, 1978
Birmingham Evening Mail (Birmingham, England) – July 29, 1978
WKDF in Nashville played side 1 of Randy’s album
The Tennessean (Nashville, TN) – Aug. 11, 1978
“There is also a slower, more soulful version of the Eagles’ ‘Take It To the Limit,’ which makes it sound like a meaningful song instead of just a way to pound the audience to the ultimate encore.”
Dayton Daily News (Dayton, OH) – Aug. 20, 1978
Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) – Aug. 7, 1978
Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, PA) – Aug. 24, 1978
“But during the recording sessions, keyboard player John Hobbs started playing the song between takes. He’s played a lot of gospel piano and gave the song a new feeling. I started singing along, and we finally decided to include it.”
Teen Magazine – Oct. 1978
“…and his voice–especially his voice–are nothing short of incredible, mind boggling, unique, possibly once-in-a-lifetime.”
“There is even an appearance by David Cassidy singing background vocals.”
Creem Magazine – Oct. 1978
Online review by AllMusic