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Hotel California
Studio album by Eagles
Released December 8, 1976
Recorded March-October 1976 at Criteria Studios, Miami, FL and Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Genre Rock
Length 43:33
Label Asylum Records
Producer(s) Bill Szymczyk
Professional reviews
Eagles chronology
Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)
(1976)
Hotel California
(1976)
The Long Run
(1979)

Hotel California is an album released by American rock band Eagles in late 1976 (see 1976 in music). It is the first Eagles album without founding member Bernie Leadon, and the first album with Joe Walsh. It is also the last album featuring original bass player and singer Randy Meisner. The Eagles Hotel California album cover. ... A studio album is a collection of previously unreleased, studio-recorded tracks by a recording artist. ... Eagles are an American rock band that was formed in Los Angeles, California in the early 1970s. ... is the 342nd day of the year (343rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the 1976 Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the city in Florida. ... Record Plant Studios (also known as just The Record Plant) is a famous recording studio, first opening in New York City at 321 West 44th Street map, in 1968. ... This article is about the largest city in California. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Rock is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars, and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles, however saxophones have been omitted from newer subgenres of rock music since the 90s. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... original logo current logo Asylum Records is a record label which was started in 1971 by David Geffen. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Bill Szymczyk (pronounced Sim-zik) born in Muskegon, Michigan became a musical producer and technical engineer of rock working with, among others, The Eagles in the 1970s. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links 5_stars. ... Robert Christgau (2007) Robert Christgau (sometimes abbreviated in print to Xgau), born April 18, 1942, is an American essayist, music journalist, and the self-declared Dean of American Rock Critics[1] His first reviews were published by Esquire in 1967. ... This article is about the magazine. ... Image File history File links 4_stars. ... Eagles are an American rock band that was formed in Los Angeles, California in the early 1970s. ... Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) is the first greatest hits compilation by the American band Eagles, released in 1976. ... The Long Run is the sixth studio album by Eagles, released in 1979 (see 1979 in music). ... Hotel California was the title song from the Eagles album of the same name, and was released as a single in early 1977. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... Eagles are an American rock band that was formed in Los Angeles, California in the early 1970s. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... Bernard Leadon (born July 19, 1947 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is an American musician, best known as a founding member of the country rock band the Eagles. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Randall H. Meisner, normally known as Randy Meisner, (born 8 March 1946) is a bass guitarist and vocalist best known for his contribution as a founding member of the country-rock group The Eagles. ...

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History

Hotel California was the Eagles' fifth album of original material and became a major commercial hit; since its release in late 1976, it has sold over 16 million copies in the U.S. alone, and is considered their best-selling album of original material. The album was at #1 for eight weeks between late 1976 and early 1977 (non-consecutively), and included two tracks which became #1 hits as singles on the Billboard Hot 100: "New Kid in Town", on February 26, 1977, and "Hotel California" on May 7, 1977. The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... February 26 is the 57th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... is the 127th day of the year (128th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ...


Hotel California is one of the top 15 best-selling albums of all time in any category. This also makes them one of the top 5 best-selling bands of all time, the list including two other rock bands - The Beatles and Led Zeppelin. The Beatles were an English rock band from Liverpool whose members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. ... Led Zeppelin were an English rock band who formed in 1968. ...


In 2001 the TV network VH1 named Hotel California the 15th greatest album of all time. Hotel California was ranked 13th in a 2005 survey held by British television's Channel 4 to determine the 100 greatest albums of all time. In 2003, the album was ranked number 37 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ... VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994) is an American cable television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently part of the MTV Networks division... It has been suggested that Channel Four Television Corporation be merged into this article or section. ... The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time was the cover story of a special issue of Rolling Stone magazine published in November 2003. ...


Themes

Hotel California touched on many themes, including innocence (and the loss thereof), addiction to drugs, death, the dangers, temptations, and transient nature of fame, shallow relationships, divorce and loss of love, the end results of manifest destiny, and the "American Dream." For the record label, see Divorce Records. ... This painting (circa 1872) by John Gast called American Progress is an allegorical representation of Manifest Destiny. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Members of Eagles have described the album as a metaphor for the perceived decline of America into materialism and decadence. In an interview with Dutch magazine ZigZag shortly before the album's release, Don Henley said: ZigZag was the name of a cutting-edge UK rock music magazine. ... Donald Hugh Don Henley (born July 22, 1947 in Gilmer, Texas) is an American rock musician who is the drummer and one of the lead singers and songwriters of the band the Eagles. ...

This is a concept album, there's no way to hide it, but it's not set in the old West, the cowboy thing, you know. It's more urban this time (. . . ) It's our bicentennial year, you know, the country is 200 years old, so we figured since we are the Eagles and the Eagle is our national symbol, that we were obliged to make some kind of a little bicentennial statement using California as a microcosm of the whole United States, or the whole world, if you will, and to try to wake people up and say 'We've been okay so far, for 200 years, but we're gonna have to change if we're gonna continue to be around.'

The album's final track, the epic "The Last Resort", was about the demise of society. Glenn Frey on the Hotel California episode of In the Studio with Redbeard explained about the track: An anniversary is a day that commemorates an event that occurred on the same day of the year some time in the past. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Hotel California is an album released by American rock band Eagles in late 1976 (see 1976 in music). ... Glenn Lewis Frey (born November 6, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and actor, best known as one of the founding members of country rock band The Eagles. ... In the Studio with Redbeard is a North American radio program, produced and hosted by Dallas, Texas based rock and roll disc jockey Redbeard. ...

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 somepoint there is going to be no more new frontiers. I mean we're putting junk, er, garbage into space now. The songs story line was also featured in Monkey Dust

Album cover

The cover image is of the Beverly Hills Hotel. However, claims have been made by various hotels around the world to be the actual inspiration for the song, most notably the Hotel California in Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico. However Don Henley has explicitly denied this claim.[1] The Beverly Hills Hotel is a hotel on Sunset Blvd in Beverly Hills, CA. It was opened on May 12, 1912 and started by Margaret J. Anderson and her son, Stanley S. Anderson. ... Todos Santos is a small coastal town at the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains, on the Pacific coast side of the Baja California Peninsula, about an hours drive north of Cabo San Lucas on Highway 19 and an hours drive south from La Paz. ... Donald Hugh Don Henley (born July 22, 1947 in Gilmer, Texas) is an American rock musician who is the drummer and one of the lead singers and songwriters of the band the Eagles. ...


A number of rumors arose as to the meaning of the album cover. The hotel of the title was linked to either a mental hospital, or the headquarters of Anton LaVey's Church of Satan. His headquarters was a converted Hotel on California street, leading to speculation of a possible link to the same titled song on the album. Some people see a connection between the lyrics in the song and the Hotel on California street. A shadowy figure on a balcony in an inner cover photograph was speculated to be LaVey or Satan, another figure in the same photograph was supposedly a propped up corpse, and the "Beast" mentioned in the lyrics of the title song was identified with Satan or Aleister Crowley. None of these views have ever been admitted to, so the debate continues. Anton Szandor LaVey Anton Szandor LaVey, born Howard Stanton Levey[1][2] (11 April 1930 – 29 October 1997) was the founder and High Priest of the Church of Satan as well as a writer, occultist, musician, and actor. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Aleister Crowley, born Edward Alexander Crowley, (12 October 1875 – 1 December 1947; the surname is pronounced // i. ...


Track listing

  1. "Hotel California" (Felder, Henley, Frey) – 6:30
    • Lead vocal & percussion by Glenn Frey, Guitar solos by Joe Walsh & Don Felder.
  2. "New Kid in Town" (J.D. Souther, Henley, Frey) – 5:04
    • Lead vocal & acoustic guitar by Glenn Frey, guitarron & acoustic guitar by Randy Meisner, electric guitars by Don Felder, organ & electric piano by Joe Walsh.
  3. "Life in the Fast Lane" (Walsh, Henley, Frey) – 4:46
    • Lead vocal by Don Henley, lead guitar by Joe Walsh, clavinet by Glenn Frey.
  4. "Wasted Time" (Henley, Frey) – 4:55
    • Lead vocal by Don Henley, piano by Glenn Frey, electric guitars by Don Felder, Organ by Joe Walsh.
  5. "Wasted Time (Reprise)" (instrumental) (Henley, Frey, Jim Ed Norman) – 1:22
    • Strings arranged & conducted by Jim Ed Norman.
  6. "Victim of Love" (Felder, Souther, Henley, Frey) – 4:11
    • Lead vocal by Don Henley, lead guitar by Don Felder, slide guitar by Joe Walsh.
  7. "Pretty Maids All in a Row" (Walsh, Joe Vitale) – 4:05
    • Lead vocal, piano & lead guitar by Joe Walsh, synthesizer by Joe Walsh & Glenn Frey.
  8. "Try and Love Again" (Meisner) – 5:10
    • Lead vocal by Randy Meisner, Lead guitar by Glenn Frey, Gretsch guitar by Joe Walsh.
  9. "The Last Resort" (Henley, Frey) – 7:25
    • Lead vocal by Don Henley, piano by Glenn Frey, synthesizer by Joe Walsh & Don Henley, Pedal Steel guitar by Don Felder.

Hotel California was the title song from the Eagles album of the same name, and was released as a single in early 1977. ... New Kid in Town, written by Don Henley, Glenn Frey and J.D. Souther, is a song by United States rock group Eagles from their 1976 album Hotel California. ... J.D. Souther, born John David Souther on November 3, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Amarillo, Texas, is a singer-songwriter country rock singer and actor. ... Life in the Fast Lane is a song written by Joe Walsh, Glenn Frey and Don Henley and recorded by the American rock band Eagles for their 1977 album Hotel California. ...

Album pressing

The vinyl record pressings had custom picture labels of a blue Hotel California logo with a yellow background. They also had text engraved in the carry-out groove on each side: A gramophone record, (also phonograph record - often simply record) is an analog sound recording medium: a flat disc rotating at a constant angular velocity, with inscribed spiral grooves in which a stylus or needle rides. ...

  1. "Is It 6 OClock Yet?"
  2. "V.O.L. Is Five-Piece Live" This is stating that the song "Victim of Love" was recorded in five parts live, with no overdubbing. Don Henley confirms this on the inner booklet of "The Very Best of The Eagles".

Personnel

Additional personnel Donald William[1] Felder (born September 21, 1947 in Gainesville, Florida) is an American rock musician, best known as guitarist for The Eagles from 1974-1980 as well as from 1994-2001, and for the distinctive Hotel California guitar solo. ... A classical guitar, also called a Spanish guitar, is a musical instrument from the family of musical instruments called chordophones. ... Example of a bottleneck, with fingerpicks and resonator guitar. ... Left: Rosa Hurricane, a heavy metal-style solid body guitar. ... Pedal steel guitar (also called Steel Guitar) is a type of guitar, and a method of playing the instrument. ... A Dobro style resonator guitar Steel guitar, strictly speaking, refers to a method of playing using a metal slide (or steel) on a guitar played horizontally, with the strings uppermost. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... Glenn Lewis Frey (born November 6, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and actor, best known as one of the founding members of country rock band The Eagles. ... A synthesizer (or synthesiser) is an electronic musical instrument designed to produce electronically generated sound, using techniques such as additive, subtractive, FM, physical modelling synthesis, phase distortion, or Scanned synthesis. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ... The Clavinet D6, the most popular model, introduced in 1971. ... Donald Hugh Don Henley (born July 22, 1947 in Gilmer, Texas) is an American rock musician who is the drummer and one of the lead singers and songwriters of the band the Eagles. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... A percussion instrument is any object which produces a sound by being struck with an implement, shaken, rubbed, scraped, or by any other action which sets the object into vibration. ... Randall H. Meisner, normally known as Randy Meisner, (born 8 March 1946) is a bass guitarist and vocalist best known for his contribution as a founding member of the country-rock group The Eagles. ... The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping, or using a pick. ... A classical guitar, also called a Spanish guitar, is a musical instrument from the family of musical instruments called chordophones. ... Modern acoustic bass guitars The acoustic bass guitar is a popular modern term to describe an acoustic musical instrument based on the configuration of basses pioneered by Leo Fenders electric Precision Bass. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Left: Rosa Hurricane, a heavy metal-style solid body guitar. ... Example of a bottleneck, with fingerpicks and resonator guitar. ... A classical guitar, also called a Spanish guitar, is a musical instrument from the family of musical instruments called chordophones. ... Chandler electric lap steel guitar, a modern solid body with the classic Weissenborn profile. ... Organ in Katharinenkirche, Frankfurt am Main, Germany The organ is a keyboard instrument played using one or more manuals and a pedalboard. ...

  • Jim Ed Norman - conductor
  • Sid Sharp - concert master

Production

  • Producer: Bill Szymczyk
  • Engineers: Allan Blazek, Bruce Hensal, Ed Marshall, Bill Szymczyk
  • Mixing: Bill Szymczyk
  • String arrangements: Jim Ed Norman
  • Art direction: Don Henley, John Kosh
  • Design: John Kosh
  • Photography: David Alexander
  • Artwork: Kosh
  • Poster design: Norman Seeff
  • CD preparation: Kevin Gray
  • Mastering and Remastering: Ted Jensen

Singles

  • "New Kid in Town"/"Victim Of Love" - Asylum 45373; released December 7, 1976
  • "Hotel California"/"Pretty Maids All In A Row" - Asylum 45286; released February 22, 1977
  • "Life in the Fast Lane"/"The Last Resort" - Asylum 45403; released May 3, 1977

Charts

Album - Billboard (North America) Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ...

Year Chart Position
1977 Country Albums 10
1977 Pop Albums 1

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1977 "New Kid in Town" Adult Contemporary 2
1977 "New Kid In Town" Country Singles 43
1977 "New Kid In Town" Pop Singles 1
1977 "Hotel California" Pop Singles 1
1977 "Life In The Fast Lane" Pop Singles 11

Awards

Grammy Awards Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music...

Year Winner Category
1977 "Hotel California" Record Of The Year
1977 "New Kid in Town" Best Arrangement For Voices

Grammy Award nominations The jejejeje Record of the Year is one of the four most prestigious Grammy Awards presented annually. ... The Grammy Award for Best Vocal Arrangement for Two or More Voices was awarded from 1977 to 1986. ...

Year Nominee Category
1977 "Hotel California" Song of the Year
1977 Bill Szymczyk Producer of the Year

The Song of the Year is one of the two most prestigious awards in the Grammies, if not in all of the American music industry. ... The Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical has been awarded since 1975. ...

Cultural References

  • "Hotel California Effect" is sometimes used in reference to any inescapable place, inspired by the lyrics "you can check out any time but you can never leave". For instance, in mathematics of Random walks, a perfect sink node can be called Hotel California. In finance, barriers to de-listing from a stock exchange make a listing "Hotel California" [1].

In mathematics, computer science, and physics, a random walk, sometimes called a drunkards walk, is a formalisation of the intuitive idea of taking successive steps, each in a random direction. ...

Trivia

  • Originally slated for Quadraphonic release in early 1977, this idea was ultimately dropped following the demise of the Quadraphonic format. However, 25 years later, this album was released in a Multichannel 5.1 DVD-Audio disc.

Notes

  1. ^ http://www.todossantos-baja.com/todos-santos/eagles/don-henley-fax.htm

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