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The Eagles took 18 months between their fourth and fifth albums, reportedly spending eight months in the studio recording Hotel California. The album was also their first to be made without Bernie Leadon, who had given the band much of its country flavor, and with rock guitarist Joe Walsh. As a result, the album marks 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 a lyricist. On the six songs to which he contributes, Henley sketches a thematic statement that begins by using California as a ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Eagles took 18 months between their fourth and fifth albums, reportedly spending eight months in the studio recording Hotel California. The album was also their first to be made without Bernie Leadon, who had given the band much of its country flavor, and with rock guitarist Joe Walsh. As a result, the album marks 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 a lyricist. On the six songs to which he contributes, Henley sketches a thematic statement that begins by using California as a metaphor for a dark, surreal world of dissipation; comments on the ephemeral nature of success and the attraction of excess; branches out into romantic disappointment; and finally sketches a broad, pessimistic history of America that borders on nihilism. Of course, the lyrics kick in some time after one has appreciated the album's music, which marks a peak in the Eagles' playing. Early on, the group couldn't rock convincingly, but the rhythm section of Henley and Meisner has finally solidified, and the electric guitar work of Don Felder and Joe Walsh has arena-rock heft. In the early part of their career, the Eagles never seemed to get a sound big enough for their ambitions; after changes in producer and personnel, as well as a noticeable growth in creativity, Hotel California unveiled what seemed almost like a whole new band. It was a band that could be bombastic, but also one that made music worthy of the later tag of "classic rock," music appropriate for the arenas and stadiums the band was playing. The result was the Eagles' biggest-selling regular album release, and one of the most successful rock albums ever.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/4/2007
  • Label: Elektra / One Way
  • UPC: 081227994167
  • Catalog Number: 401212

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eagles Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Don Henley Synthesizer, Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Randy Meisner Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Guitarron, Group Member
Joe Walsh Organ, Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Vocals, Slide Guitar, Soloist, Group Member
Don Felder Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar, Soloist, Group Member
Glenn Frey Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Clavinet, Group Member
Jim Ed Norman Conductor
Sid Sharp Concert Master
Technical Credits
Don Henley Art Direction
Allan Blazek Engineer
Bruce Hensal Engineer
Ed Mashal Engineer
Jim Ed Norman String Arrangements, String Conductor
J.D. Souther Composer
Bill Szymczyk Producer, Engineer
Norman Seeff Poster Design
Kosh Artwork, Graphic Design, Art Direction
Ed Marshall Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    Love the music and lyrics!

    Love the music and lyrics!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Eagles masterpiece

    The Eagles leave the Old West behind and dive into themes of city life in the New West, creating one of the greatest albums in rock history. A must have album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    eagles 5th album hotel california. the best eagles cd of all time. love the album cover inside and out. and the whole cd is amazing. great music great laryics. i enjoy all music and cds by the eagles. but hotel california is my faviorte eagles album. this is a must have for any eagles fan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Their Best Work

    I truly believe this is the Eagles' best CD ever. Every song on the track you can listen to again and agin. You'll never have to skip a song again! I love their, ''Hotel California'' and ''Victim of Love''. They truly are amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    smooth and glossy

    This CD will take you to another world. When you pop it in, get ready to just sit back and ride the waves of sensation which transport you to a place only you and the words exist. If you want to just escape for an hour, this is the CD to purchase. I recommend it to all daydreamers and really music lovers.

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