Hotel California (Vinyl)
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This album marked a major leap for the Eagles from their earlier work, as well as a stylistic shift toward mainstream Rock. An even more important aspect, however, is the emergence of Don Henley as the band's dominant voice, both as a singer and lyricist. In the early part of their career, the Eagles never seemed to get a sound big enough for their ambitions; but with the release of "Hotel California" came the unveiling of a seemingly whole new band. It was a band that could be bombastic, but one that made music worthy of the later tag of "Classic Rock," music appropriate for the arenas and stadium's the band was playing. The result was the Eagles' biggest selling regular album release and one of the most successful Rock albums ever.
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
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Neil got it wrong, Neil is not wrong about much except that album he made with Pearl Jam.
Rumours and Hotel California are two of the greatest albums of the 70's and now they're both available on Neil's favorite format DVD-A !! now we need Born to Run which is comin soon to SACD (which is basically the same thing soundwise less the visual content - photos, docos, lyrics).
Hotel California DVD-A - 5 out of 5
The sound quality is amazing, alot of skill goes into revamping these recordings and top marks to the engineers !
Don't worry purists you still have the original 2 channel stereo mix included on this disc, but sit back and crank up the title track in 5.1 and you'll think this album was recorded yesterday and you're still in the studio having a smoke with Glen.
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'.Read more ›
The song was "Hotel California," and my perception of music changed then and there, once and for all. I didn't even really understand the lyrics -- I had barely begun to learn English, and apart from everything else I sure as hell didn't know what "colitas" meant. But understanding all the song's words wasn't necessary. From the first chords played by Felder and Walsh, this song was different from anything I had ever heard before. The layers of electric guitar riffs alternating with and ornamenting Don Henley's vocals, soaring in the chorus and culminating in a moving and evocative duet, touched a spot deep inside me that required no further explanation. Nor, really, did the other songs on this album which I instantaneously knew I had to have. I got the message conveyed in the raw edges of "Life in the Fast Lane," Joe Walsh's riffs throughout the song, the two guitar solos and Don Henley's sneering vocals, as well as I could hear the sense of loss in "Wasted Time," "The Last Resort" and "New Kid in Town."
This is not to say, of course, that the lyrics didn't matter to me once I was able to fully understand them. Rather, that understanding deepened my appreciation for the album; and yet another level of insight was added when I came to California for the first time in 1991.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This is a very good sounding record. There is good depth, and the upper end detail is also very good. A nice warm feel to it along with good dynamics. Read morePublished 1 month ago by The Seeker
This is the album you must have if you do not own it! Definitely the most popular Eagles album, and arguably is the best.Published 6 months ago by Dexter
The title track, Hotel California, is a masterfull piece of music. Musicianship flawless!Published 6 months ago by Faline
I lost my DVD-A disc of this a few year back, and looked forward to replacing it with an SACD version. Read morePublished 9 months ago by John P. Grant
this pop music is so transparent, it resembles classical musicPublished 11 months ago by Yeung Terry Yip