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.