My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Hotel California was recorded over a half of a year in 1976 and was released in December of the same year. The album has sold over 32 million copies world wide.
What I think: The reason the Eagles Greatest Hits album is one of the best selling records of all time, is that the masses know there really isn’t a lot of reason to buy a full Eagles album. This of course is no exception, with plenty of filler after the three singles from the album are done.
Let us talk about the singles though. “Hotel California” is the song we all know and have heard too many times, but listen to it and see if you don’t catch yourself singing along when that chorus kicks in. It’s pompous, pseudo-spiritual and overblown, but it’s also genius… it’s the archetypal Eagles song. Next, we have “New Kid in Town”, which has been my favorite Eagles song for some time. It’s got a great melody, and it’s cheesy as hell, but the reason I sort of like it is because I’ve heard it less than a lot of their singles and so it is also the least worn out. It’s also odd that it is the only Frey vocal on the whole album. The final single is “Life in the Fast Lane” a cautionary tale about the cocaine fueled lifestyle they lived in the 70’s. One that they would continue for another at least another half a decade. Leave it to Eagles to basically say, “Hey we can handle this, you can’t. You better stay away!”.
Like I said after that there is not much special here, although “Wasted Time” seems like a potentially great song that just missed and “The Last Resort” has it’s moments.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? Just for the fact that it sold so many albums, I think everyone should hear it what it does and does not contain.
Rating (Out of 5) 1.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? No (82/364)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 77%