Album-COverFor this week’s album of the week, we are covering a record from the Eagles to honor the passing of Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey. One of the most famous records from the all American rock band is their fifth record Hotel California. This was the band’s first album without original guitarist Bernie Leadon and the first with Joe Walsh (Guitars). The rest of the band was Don Henley (Drums, Vocals), Glenn Frey (Guitars, Vocals), Don Felder (Guitars, Vocals), and Randy Meisner (Bass, Vocals). This was one of the band’s biggest recordings ever as the album went 16 times platinum (16,000,000 Million in sales) as it peaked at number one on the Billboard Top 200 Charts for eight weeks. Here’s a cool fact, when the band was recording this record, Black Sabbath was recording Technical Ecstasy in the same studio, but next door. On several occasions, the band had to stop what they were doing because Sabbath was being too loud. Don Henley once desscribed the record as a metaphor for the decline of American civilazation into materialism saying in an intervieew with the Dutch Media, “This is a concept album, there’s no way to hide it, but [unlike the Eagles’ earlier concept album, 1973’s Desperado] it’s not set in the old West, the cowboy thing, you know. It’s more urban this time (…) It’s our bicentennial year, you know, the country is 200 years old, so we figured since we are the Eagles and the Eagle is our national symbol, that we were obliged to make some kind of a little bicentennial statement using California as a microcosm of the whole United States, or the whole world, if you will, and to try to wake people up and say ‘We’ve been okay so far, for 200 years, but we’re gonna have to change if we’re gonna continue to be around.”

hotel_california-inside1. Hotel California– Probably one of the most famous Eagles songs that every non Eagles fan knows. That warm inviting clean channel guitar sound that makes you dream of Hotel California as a paradise no matter what Henley says. 5/5

2. New Kid In Town– This was the album’s first single and in the liner notes o The Very Best Of, Don Henley describes the track, “It’s about the fleeting, fickle nature of love and romance. It’s also about the fleeting nature of fame, especially in the music business. We were basically saying, ‘Look, we know we’re red hot right now but we also know that somebody’s going to come along and replace us — both in music and in love.” It’s soft rock at it’s best and it’s Glenn Frey on vocals. 4/5

3. Life in the Fast Lane– This is a cool rock track that features the genius of Joe Walsh with his style of guitar playing shining through. It’s about a couple who live life in the fast lane. Glenn Frey said a drug dealer said that to him when Glenn told him to slow down. 5/5

4. Wasted Time– The track starts off with a smooth piano riff and the song is about someone who thinks that because they’ve been alone so long that they’ve wasted time. 4/5

5. Wasted Time (Reprise)– Instrumental track 4/5

Eagles-HotelCalifornia-label_A6. Victim of Love– This is a track that many members have admitted that it was recorded live with no overdubs. This is another bad ass rock song from the band and this track has so much rock and hip swinging swagger. 5/5

7. Pretty Maids All in a Row– a track that starts slow with piano playing before it picks up a little in tempo, but the track is sung by Joe Walsh. It’s an interesting track that kind of questions why things are the way they are. 4/5

8. Try and Love Again– Randy Meisner sings this ballad/slow tempo track about lost love and learning to love again. 4/5

9. The Last Resort- A track that was written by Henley and Frey that talks about how man destroys everything beautiful. 4/5

My Final Thoughts- This was the first Eagles album I had ever heard in my life and the album that was the gateway to a lot of their other material. It’s still one of the greatest albums ever made in the world and from the band as well. That is why I am giving the record five stars out of five for a final grade.

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