"THE EAGLES" "Hotel California" is the fifth studio album released by the American rock band the Eagles, in late 1976. It is the first Eagles album without founding member Bernie Leadon and the first album with Joe Walsh.
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The Eagles' Hotel California is one of the most iconic albums in rock history. Released in 1976, it was the band's fifth studio album and their first with new guitarist Joe Walsh. The album was a critical and commercial success, reaching number one on the Billboard 200 chart and spawning the hit singles "Hotel California" and "New Kid in Town."
The album's title track is a seven-minute epic that tells the story of a traveler who arrives at a mysterious hotel and is never seen again. The song is full of symbolism and has been interpreted in many different ways, but it is generally seen as a cautionary tale about the dark side of fame and excess.
The other songs on the album are just as strong. "New Kid in Town" is a catchy power ballad about the arrival of a new member of a band. "Life in the Fast Lane" is a gritty rocker about the dangers of living a fast-paced lifestyle. And "Wasted Time" is a beautiful ballad about lost love.
Hotel California is a classic album that has stood the test of time. It is a must-have for any fan of rock music.
The album won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1977.
The album has been certified 26x Platinum by the RIAA, denoting sales of over 26 million copies in the United States.
Gatefold (FOC) cover design with artwork / photos on the inside cover pages
Album Production Information:The album: "THE EAGLES Hotel California" was produced by: Bill Szymczyk
Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Bill Szymczyk , Allan Blazek, Ed Marshal, Bruce Hensal
This album was recorded at: Criteria Studios, Miami & The Record Plant, Los Angeles, March - October 1976
Album graphics by: Kosh, Norman Seeff
Record Label Information:Asylum AS 54 051 / 7E 1084
Media Format:12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 310 gram
Year & Country:1976 Made in Germany
The Eagles are one of the most successful American rock bands of all time. Formed in Los Angeles, California in 1971, the band has sold over 150 million records worldwide, won six Grammy Awards, and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The band's original lineup consisted of Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner. Their first album, simply titled "Eagles," was released in 1972 and featured the hit single "Take it Easy," which became their signature song. The album was a commercial success, reaching number 22 on the US Billboard 200 and was eventually certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
The Eagles' next album, "Desperado," was released in 1973 and featured a Western theme throughout. While it received mixed reviews at the time, the album has since become a fan favorite, with tracks such as "Tequila Sunrise" and the title track being staples of the band's live performances.
The band continued to release successful albums throughout the 1970s, including "On the Border" (1974), "One of These Nights" (1975), and "Hotel California" (1976). "Hotel California" is widely considered to be the band's masterpiece and one of the greatest albums in rock history. It features the iconic title track, as well as hits like "New Kid in Town" and "Life in the Fast Lane."
In 1978, tensions within the band began to surface, and founding member Bernie Leadon left the group. He was replaced by guitarist Joe Walsh, who brought a harder rock edge to the band's sound. The Eagles released their last studio album for nearly 30 years in 1979, titled "The Long Run," which included hits such as "Heartache Tonight" and "I Can't Tell You Why."
The Eagles disbanded in 1980, but their music continued to be popular. They had a successful Greatest Hits album, which remains one of the best-selling albums of all time. In 1994, the band reunited for a series of shows, and they officially reunited in 1999 for their "Hell Freezes Over" tour.
The band continued to tour and release music until 2016, when founding member Glenn Frey passed away. The Eagles have continued on with Frey's son Deacon and country star Vince Gill joining the band for their recent tours.
The Eagles' influence on rock music cannot be overstated. They helped define the sound of 1970s rock, blending country and rock influences to create a unique sound that resonated with audiences around the world. Their tight harmonies and impeccable musicianship have been emulated by countless bands in the years since.