07/12/2017

The Eagles - Hotel California (1976) - Lp
















Release: 1976
Genre:  Country Rock 
Format:  LP
Label:  Asylum Records
Catalog#   AS 53051
Prijs:  €10,00


Hotel California is the fifth studio album by American rock band the Eagles, and is one of the best-selling albums of all time. Three singles were released from the album, each reaching high in the Billboard Hot 100: "New Kid in Town" (number 1), "Hotel California" (number 1), and "Life in the Fast Lane" (number 11).
The album was recorded by Bill Szymczyk at the Criteria and Record Plant studios between March and October 1976, and then released on Asylum in December. It was their first album with guitarist Joe Walsh, who had replaced founding member Bernie Leadon, and is the last album to feature bassist Randy Meisner.
After Bernie Leadon who was the principal country influence in the band left, the band made a conscious decision to move away from country rock in this album, and wrote some songs that are more rock & roll, songs such as "Victim of Love" and "Life in the Fast Lane". Leadon was replaced by Joe Walsh who provided the opening guitar riff of "Life in the Fast Lane" that was then developed into the song. The title for "Life in the Fast Lane" was inspired by a conversation between Frey and his drug dealer during a high speed car ride.
The melody of the first song written for the album, the title song "Hotel California", was written by Don Felder. Frey wanted to write a song that is "more cinematic" and to write it "just like it was a movie". Henley noted that hotel had become a "literal and symbolic focal point of their lives at that time", and wrote of most the lyrics, seeking inspiration driving out into the desert and from films and theatre.
Glenn Frey on the "Hotel California" episode of In the Studio with Redbeard spoke about the writing of "The Last Resort". Frey said that it was "the first time that Don took it upon himself to write an epic story and we were already starting to worry about the environment… we're constantly screwing up paradise and that was the point of the song and that at some point there is going to be no more new frontiers. I mean we're putting junk, er, garbage into space now."
The front cover is a photograph of the Beverly Hills Hotel by David Alexander. The album topped the charts and won the band two Grammy Awards for "Hotel California" and "New Kid in Town". The album was nominated for Album of the Year.


Side A
A1. Hotel California   (6:30)
A2. New Kid in Town   (5:03)
A3. Life in the Fast Lane   (4:46)
A4. Wasted Time   (4:55)

Side B
B1. Wasted Time (Reprise) (Instrumental)   (1:22)
B2. Victim of Love   (4:11)
B3. Pretty Maids All in a Row   (3:58)
B4. Try and Love Again   (5:10)
B5. The Last Resort   (7:28)

Vinyl: Goed
Cover: Lichte Gebruikerssporen

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