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Hotel California (Vinyl)

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  • LP Record (April 23 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino-Atlantic
  • ASIN: B001DPC4R8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 140 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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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 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on June 24 2004
Format: DVD Audio
Whats with the below review - This album wasn't about money, sure Neil Young was once quoted as saying what you wrote as you well know - think for yourself ya slimy maggot !
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.
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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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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.

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.
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I know this is supposed to be the Eagles' "masterpiece", but to me this album marked the beginning of Don Henley's solo career. Before this album was started founding member Bernie Leadon decided to leave. Bernie was the sole source of the band's bluegrass/country mix, which I think was the key to their earlier success. Without Bernie's excellent banjo, mandolin and acoustic guitar playing, not to mention his great electric guitar licks and vocals, the Eagles morphed into just another hard-rock band. Replacing Bernie with the already well-established Joe Walsh completely messed up the unique sound of the band. When Joe sings it sounds like another Joe Walsh solo album, not an Eagles song. It would be like, say, George Harrison leaving the Beatles and being replaced by, say, Eric Clapton - certainly a great artist and guitar player, but when Eric would sing one of his songs it would make the Beatles sound like Eric Clapton's backup band. The Eagles' identity was created by the magic of four guys - Don Henley, Glen Frey, Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon. Their first two albums feature just these four. On their third album Don Felder was brought aboard for his slide guitar skills; in my opinion his playing got in the way of what was already a near-perfect blend of musicians. The third album has some great songs on it, but several are overloaded with too many guitars going on at once. After that the drive for huge commercial success, coming from Henley, Frey, and their manager, pretty much set the stage for the departure of Leadon and then Meisner. The last studio album they ended up making sounded like a Joe Walsh solo album, a Poco album (with Meisner's replacement from that band singing), and a Henley solo album.Read more ›
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