Hotel California

Hotel California

Music CD - 1999
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Publisher: New York : Asylum, p1999
Description: 1 sound disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Branch Call Number: CD R Eag
Additional Contributors: Asylum Records

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Ron@Ottawa
Apr 30, 2017

I enjoy only a few of Eagles's songs, and have to admit most of the tracks don't do much for it. The title song is timeless.

There are arty flourishes throughout HOTEL CALIFORNIA: the symphonic instrumental reprise of "Wasted Time" that begins side two; a song sung by bass player Randy Meisner, "Try and Love Again," that sounds like something off Gerald Collier's hipster-fave eponymous album from 1997; Don Henley's shrewd indictment of American Manifest Destiny in "The Last Resort" to conclude the album, not to mention an exhaustive criticism of the bankruptcy of "massified bohemia" found in "Hotel California" and "Life in the Fast Lane." The two-guitar attack of Don Felder and Joe Walsh that provides the coda to "Hotel California" might not be as arty as Glenn Branca but it is definitely not lite rock and it definitely has an avant-garde edge to it. Walking to work one chilly morning last month, listening to "Life in the Fast Lane," I saw a young woman dressed for the office driving in her compact car, and what struck me is that the same thing has been happening for the 40 years since HOTEL CALIFORNIA was released and the machine has only gotten worse. In the end, what is interesting about HOTEL CALIFORNIA is how negative it is and how prescient it was. The dead end had arrived for the Hippies by 1977, and the Eagles called it. Despite this almost hostile negativity, the record is celebrated as a pillar of classic rock. That makes HOTEL CALIFORNIA a fascinating document of the nihilism that is the root of our present neoliberal age.

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CMLibrary_gjd_0
Jan 19, 2016

ah, take me back to the time of the power ballad. Great songs, great writers.

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Derringer
Mar 07, 2015

Released in 1976, Hotel California would be the Eagles' 5th studio album. This was the one that immediately catapulted these American rockers into the stratosphere of mega-stardom.

With Hotel California winning two Grammy Awards, the Eagles went on to become the most successful rock band of the 1970s.

To date, Hotel California has sold over 32 million copies, worldwide. And Rolling Stone magazine ranks it at #37 on their list of "The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time".

Most of Hotel California's songs were a writing collaboration between Don Henley (vocals, drums) and Glenn Frey (guitars, synthesizer).

Three of my favuorite tunes are - Victim Of Love, Wasted Time, and The Last Resort.

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james_sisig
Oct 25, 2010

Great music, though some pages are missing.

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