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.
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.
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