Sunday, 13 April 2014

Vinyl Feature: The Eagles - Hotel California

The iconic Hotel California was the fifth studio album by The Eagles and was released on the 8th of December 1976 under the Asylum Records label.

This album was the The Eagles best selling studio album with over 32 million copies sold worldwide, and it contained three major hit singles. The album was also ranked at 37 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

The front cover is a photograph of the Beverly Hills Hotel by David Alexander with design and art direction by John Kosh while the back cover is the lobby of the Lido in Hollywood.

It remains one of the most well known album covers of all time and even younger folk who were born many years after it's release are likely to recognise it.

The inner gate-fold photograph is also from the Lido and has the band along with a fairly diverse crowd of people filling up the lobby.

The inner protective sleeve is very understated and tastefully done.


The album also came with a folded poster of The Eagles in muted sepia.

Track listing

Side 1
Hotel California
New Kid in Town
Life in the Fast Lane
Wasted Time

Side 2
Wasted Time (Reprise)
Victim of Love
Pretty Maids All in a Row
Try and Love Again
The Last Resort

This is one of my "desert island" albums!

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