Eagles

Hotel California [40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition] [2 CD/1 Blu-ray]

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Track Listing

    Track Title

    Time

  1. Hotel California 6:31
  2. New Kid in Town 5:04
  3. Life in the Fast Lane 4:46
  4. Wasted Time 4:56
  5. Wasted Time (Reprise) 1:23
  6. Victim of Love 4:10
  7. Pretty Maids All in a Row 3:59
  8. Try and Love Again 5:11
  9. The Last Resort 7:24
  10. Take It Easy [Live] 4:47
  11. Take It to the Limit [Live] 5:18
  12. New Kid in Town [Live] 4:52
  13. James Dean [Live] 3:49
  14. Good Day in Hell [Live] 5:28
  15. Witchy Woman [Live] 4:20
  16. Funk #49 [Live] 4:03
  17. One of These Nights [Live] 3:52
  18. Hotel California [Live] 6:49
  19. Already Gone [Live] 5:15
  20. Hotel California
  21. New Kid in Town
  22. Life in the Fast Lane
  23. Wasted Time
  24. Wasted Time (Reprise)
  25. Victim of Love
  26. Pretty Maids All in a Row
  27. Try and Love Again
  28. The Last Resort

Review

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. [A two-CD/one Blu-ray 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Hotel California was released in 2017, with the original album remastered on the first CD; a bonus second CD featuring ten previously unreleased tracks recorded live at the Los Angeles Forum in October 1976; and a Blu-ray audio disc featuring 5.1 Surround Sound and high-resolution stereo mixes of the album. The set was packaged in a hardbound book and included photos from the era, a replica tour book, and a poster.] ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi