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Hotel California (DVD Audio) [DVD Audio]

Eagles DVD Audio
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)

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1. Hotel California
2. New Kid In Town
3. Life In the Fast Lane
4. Wasted Time
5. Wasted Time (reprise)
6. Victim of Love
7. Pretty Maids All In A Row
8. Try And Love Again
9. The Last Resort

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Hotel California represented a commercial peak for the Eagles, selling nine million copies in its year of release alone. Founder member Bernie Leadon quit and was replaced with tougher-sounding guitarist Joe Walsh just before the band spent eight months in the studio crafting this album. Unfortunately, as often happens with albums that take so long to make, spontaneity is almost wholly sacrificed to a virtuosity of a somewhat sterile kind, and some of these songs appear in far more energetic and interesting versions on the band's Live album. Still,Hotel California has had a massive influence--its formula of soft country and hard rock has been endlessly imitated, but few acts have recaptured the weary loveliness of the Eagles' template. --JamesSwift

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Japanese remastered reissue of 1976 album, packaged in a limited edition miniature LP sleeve. Elektra. 2004.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic for all time Aug. 20 2012
Format:Audio CD
I cannot believe there are any 1-3 star reviews for this. If you don't like the style, ok, but it's a 5/5 for 70s American aor type music. In addition to the title track, New Kid in Town is amazing (you have to listen to more than the opening verse... yes it has a California easy feel but it gradually picks up progressively more rock tempo in each verse), Life in the Fast Lane are classics. Wasted time, Try and Love Again are also great. Amazing well recorded. Sonics on the DVD-A and Japanese SACD are spectacular. A must-have.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hotel California April 12 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
While a great album, you wouldn't know it by reading some of the previous reviews.
Hotel California - most people who hear the first few seconds of the intro instantly know the song, and it's a classic. If you're going to quote the lyrics, listen to album first. It's "You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave."
The remainder of side one is as listenable as any album ever recorded - New Kid in Town, Life in the Fast Lane and Wasted Time, which is one of the best songs on the album, not one of the worst.
Side two is a little tougher to get through, as Victim of Love and Pretty Maids All in a Row are weak, but The Last Resort - a typical Don Henley classic, is a fantastic finish. Altogether a great album. 4-stars because of the brief slump on side 2.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Return To Form and Inspiration Jan. 13 2003
Format:Audio CD
Many feel that at this point the Eagles sold out. Sold out from what? They were never an underground band or a band that was on the cutting edge. Because of their desire to be the world's greatest rock band, the commercialism was always there from the first album. That doesn't mean that this is a bad record. In fact, it's one of their best.
After eighteen months of the revolving musicians shuffle and probably bunches of squabbles, the Eagles finally released "Hotel California" late summer in 1976. With guitarist Joe Walsh enlisted as a bona-fide member, the Eagles rock on with a much-improved album.
The title track 'Hotel California' is truly inspired. A creepy sci fi storyline about a hotel that seems like paradise which turns out to be a negative Utopia) is sung over a relentlessly played killer guitar riff with variations in rhythm punctuation, dynamics and acoustics (instead of variations in melody, chord structure and key changes). But it works for this song: a relentless melody for a relentless storyline. Joe Walsh shows off some dynamite solo guitar work for the long fadeout. Yes, it fades out with the same relentless riff to indicate that you can't escape the final words "you can checkout anytime you like, but you can never leave."
'Hotel California' became to the Eagles what 'Stairway To Heaven' is to Led Zeppelin. 'Hotel California' is Don Henley's most inspired piece of writing and is the best song on the album. But don't let that stop you from enjoying the rest of the song s here.
Rockers like 'Life In the Fast Lane' are first class. Two noteworthy ballads in Joe Walsh's gorgeous 'Pretty Maids All In a Row' and Glenn Frey's hopeful 'Try and Love Again.'
Two of the more disposable tracks are 'Victim Of Love' and 'New Kid In Town'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Popular Album For A Reason - A Really Good Album Aug. 6 2002
Format:Audio CD
..., I just listened the thing to death...Because on this album were tremendously catchy songs played extremely well by Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh and the rest of the guys in the band...
My favorite songs fall into two main categories. There are songs that really rock here...These include the song "Hotel California", "Life In The Fast Lane" and "Victim of Love" all of which I love for the biting lyrics and great guitar work. Then there are the more sensitive songs which soothe like sweet summer evening breezes, songs such as "New Kid In Town" and the pretty "The Last Resort" and my favorite song on the album, "Try And Love Again" with its beautiful guitar duet - guitars playing parallel lines, but in lovely harmony with each other. Then there's the beautiful environmental lament "The Last Resort" which is one of Don Henley's nicer preachy songs...
I suppose there are many who would consider this album a masterpiece. For me, it's lost a little bit of its luster in the many repeated listenings over the years...However, it is still a very good album, definitely worth 4 stars. A VERY GOOD ALBUM - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best alternative to not having the MoFi copy. July 9 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Excellent packaging and product.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ya gotta love the oldies. Nov. 10 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought the album when it first came out and found it had a packaging defect which was amazing. There were 2 identical albums in the jacket. I still have the albums , scratches and all. However I needed the CD for my vehicle and after going to the " History of the Eagles " tour I realized I missed the music more than ever, Hence I bought Hell Freezes Over and Long Road Out Of Eden. Their music was and still is a sign of our times and never will be forgotten by this fan.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Eagles Peak Disc June 17 2013
Format:Audio CD
A good to very good pop-rock record, in which Don Henley' creative stranglehold on the band became evident. No more alt-country pretentions, just pop-rock with some interesting nuances. However this disc is surprisingly dated and the lyrics were uneven and often trite, or simply sexist...

Enjoyable music that is better than 90% of most pop, but hardly substantial or groundbreaking. For great 70's music look elsewhere, including Dylan, The Band, or Led Zep.
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1.0 out of 5 stars SACD
Difficult to hear the worst. Sounds super compressed and high volume.
Listen to the original CD 30 years ago and let loose the sacd.
Published 5 months ago by D. R. Domenico
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love this album!
When I was 11 years old this was my first album. Hotel California is my favorite. Lost the album I had over the years so was happy to find it! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Why Not?
5.0 out of 5 stars Tape wore out
Nothing like olds days for a couple of old gals - happy with the service and product - might have trouble with the girls stealing it in the future. Campfires and horses with a few!
Published 17 months ago by Lynn Danyluk
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the all time greats with a killer 5.1 mix!
What can you say about this album that has not been said 100 times. If you like laid back '70's California rock it doesn't get any better then this and Fleetwood Mac's Rumours. Read more
Published on Dec 14 2011 by Stephen Bieth
4.0 out of 5 stars Hotel California (Purchased on 10/17/2011) by Eagles
Purchased as a gift for my husband. Quick delivery. Product as expected. My husband happy with the quality and sound of the SACD / Hybrid.
Published on Dec 2 2011 by FF
5.0 out of 5 stars memories of Paris
Having stayed in Paris at Hotel California in the Latin Quarter, in 2010 it was a must that I have the cd as my background music for Paris slideshow on our pc
Published on Jan. 3 2011 by marlacour
5.0 out of 5 stars The album that forever changed my understanding of music.
She'd taped a cool new song off the radio, a friend told me some 30 years ago; she'd play it for me when I'd come to her place after school. Read more
Published on Nov. 2 2008 by Themis-Athena
5.0 out of 5 stars The album that forever changed my understanding of music.
She'd taped a cool new song off the radio, a friend told me a little less than 25 years ago; she'd play it for me when I'd come to her place after school. Read more
Published on Sept. 7 2006 by Themis-Athena
1.0 out of 5 stars Even disco was better than this.....
Take yourself back to 1976. Rock was growing tired. Bands like the Eagles had their string of hits and were losing their imagination. So what do the Eagles do? Read more
Published on July 7 2004 by David Meaux
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