California, 1976

It’s been ages since the American rock band formed in Los Angeles, The Eagles, published one of the most influential songs and albums in the history of rock music. Even though we talk about an oldie, it still seems to have a role to play in our playlists.

Hotel California (Asylum, 1976) is the fifth album of one of the greatest bands of all time. Hotel California is the first song to appear, and guess what, it is also the tittle of the album. This song tells us a curious story that at the moment when it was recorded, it was created to express a pessimistic view of the excesses of the American culture and society.

Over the years, this song has become the very own sound of the Eagles and it is pretty common to hear it on the radio, sing it at parties by nearly drunk people’s choirs or being played by a young musicians’ cover band. Nobody would deny the success and impact of this song in rock and roll history, but I am not here to talk about a song everybody knows.

Regardless of the tremendous success of a single song, Hotel California is an incredible album as a whole. As the fifth project of the band, this album proved to be a turning point in the Eagles career. They created songs influenced by rock and roll, with powerful guitar riffs, choirs and rhythms that were combined with their iconic country-pop sound.

Victim Of Love, Hotel California or Life In the Fast Line are pretty good examples of this small transformation of the band’s sound. Moreover, this album would contain one of the greatest hits in Eagles career, New Kid In Town. This song has become a must for those who appreciate country, pop and rock and roll music. Wasted Time, Pretty Maids All In A Row, Try And Love Again and The Last Resort are the other songs that are presented on this special album.

I was one of those who thought that the Eagles were just the Hotel California hit and I wish someone had made me listen to this band before as the true, unique and great band they were. Over the years, I have realized that once you listen to the Eagles, there’s no way back, you may turn off the radio but you’ll still hear it in your head. Just as they told us, “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave!” (The Eagles on Hotel California, 1976)

  1. Hotel California
  2. New Kid In Town
  3. Life In The Fast Lane
  4. Wasted Time
  5. Wasted Time (Reprise)
  6. Victim Of Love
  7. Pretty Maids All In A Row
  8. Try And Love Again
  9. The Last Resort