Those who call Hotel California an example of Southern California decadence are getting it wrong. It's about decadence, a much different thing. For all the excesses detailed by the band's biographers, it's a fact that leaders Don Henley and Glenn Frey ran a tight ship, crafting songs, albums, and the band's stage show for maximum sonic and emotional impact. In 1976, following four increasingly sophisticated and successful albums of unassailable country rock, Henley and Frey crafted Hotel California, the album of their career. They put to good use both the band's plangent lead guitarist, Don Felder, and rock vet Joe Walsh to give the Eagles a new, harder-rocking authority ("Life in the Fast Lane"), without giving up a certain chamber-rock classicism ("Wasted Time"). And then there's the celebrated title song, the hit "New Kid in Town," and Henley and Frey's ambitious summation, "The Last Resort."
Performance CreditsEagles 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,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 CreditsDon 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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Hotel California based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Love the music and lyrics!
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.
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.
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
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.