- LP Record (April 23 2009)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Rhino-Atlantic
- ASIN: B001DPC4R8
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | DVD Audio | LP Record
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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.
It's no accident that The Eagles Greatest Hits might one day pass Michael Jackson's Thriller as the best-selling album of all time-- the Eagles made great singles. By contrast, their albums could be spotty and strained by self-conscious artistry. Hotel California was arguably the band's best single album--it was certainly the Eagles' biggest original disc-- and it also underscored the band's need to make a big statement. The title tune reflected the album's theme of paradise lost in California, painting this picture with a musical arrangement that punctuated strumming guitars with dramatic drums, and perhaps the band's most famous lyric: "You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave." "New Kid in Town" was an equally fine albeit much more traditional Eagles ballad. "Life in the Fast Lane" aspired to hard rock but largely gunned its engine without taking off. The rest is okay, but nothing more than secondary Eagles songs that happened to be nestled into the album that came to define the `70s supergroup. --John Milward --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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