THE EAGLES, HOTEL CALIFORNIA 180 GRAM HQ VINYL


Eagles, the
Hotel California

Release date: 01-06-2006 (originally released in 1976)

2006 issue UK 9-track LP pressed on 180 GRAM VINYL, -Eagles’ 5th album [originally released in 1976] was the one that turned them into soft rock superstars and wasalso the 1st album since founder member Bernie Leadon quit and was replaced by guitarist Joe Walsh; including their 2 smash hit singles ‘Hotel California’ & ‘Life In The Fast Lane’,presente in gatefold sleeve plus printed inner bag.

Tracks:
01. Hotel California
02. New Kid In Town
03. Life In The Fast Lane
04. Wasted Time
05. Wasted Time (2)
06. Victim Of Love
07. Pretty Maids All In A Row
08. Try And Love Again
09. Last Resort

Hotel California showcases both the best and worst tendencies of Los Angeles-situated rock, but more strikingly its lyrics present a convincing and unflattering portrait of the milieu itself. Don Henley, handling five of the eight vocal tracks, expresses well the weary disgust of a victim (or observer) of the region’s luxurious excess.

Yet the record’s firm musical bases cannot be overlooked. Bernie Leadon departed andJoe Walsh arrived; the Eagles have abandoned most of their bluegrass and country & western claims in favor of a more overt rock stance. Walsh’s exact effect isn’t always obvious, but his record does have subtleties and edges that have sometimes eluded the group. The title cut, for example, incorporates a pinch of reggae so smoothly that it’s more felt than heard. “Life in the Fast Lane,” propelled by Walsh’s guitar and Glenn Frey’s clavinet, rocks like it really means it; “Victim of Love” works similarly, though at a slower tempo. Henley is superb on all three.

The frequent orchestration, however, doesn’t always fit. “Pretty Maids All in a Row” employs glistening, high-pitched string synthesizer to good effect, adding a reserved tension to the slowly paced arrangement; but the approach fails on “Wasted Time,” an overarranged wash embodying the worst of rock-cum-Hollywood sensibilities. What does work is the elegant fullness of “The Last Resort,” whose concluding words sum up Hotel California: “You call some place Paradise…kiss it goodbye.

as always , order from me, save, fast and I will beat the price!!

Peter

 

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