On December 8, 1976.

Hotel California

On December 8, 1976, “Asylum” label released “Hotel California”, the fifth Eagles studio album. It was recorded March – October 1976, at the “Criteria Studios”, in Miami and “Record Plant Studios”, in Los Angeles, and was produced by Bill Szymczyk. “Hotel California” was the last album with bassist Randy Meisner, the first one without the guitarists Bernie Leadon and first album with guitarist Joe Walsh.  The album won two “Grammy Awards” for the songs “New Kid in Town” and for “Hotel California” and sold in more than 15 million copies in the U.S. and in more than 30 million copies worldwide, becoming the band’s most successful album. The album topped the charts and won the band two Grammy Awards for “Hotel California” and “New Kid in Town”. Magazine “Rolling Stone” ranked “Hotel California” at number 37 on it‍ ’​‍s list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”, and ranked the song “Hotel California” at number 49 on it’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.

Personnel:

  • Don Felder– guitars, pedal steel guitar, vocals
  • Glenn Frey– guitars, piano, clavinet, synthesizer, vocals
  • Don Henley– drums, percussion, synthesizer, vocals
  • Randy Meisner– bass guitar, guitarrón, vocals
  • Joe Walsh– guitars, slide guitar, piano, organ, synthesizer, vocals
  • Jim Ed Norman– string arrangements, conductor
  • Don Henley, John Kosh – art direction
  • John Kosh– design
  • David Alexander – photography

Track listing:

  1. Hotel California – Don Felder, Don Henley, Glenn Frey
  2. New Kid in Town – Don Henley, Glenn Frey, J.D. Souther
  3. Life in the Fast Lane – Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh
  4. Wasted Time – Don Henley, Glenn Frey
  5. Wasted Time (Reprise) – Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Jim Ed Norman
  6. Victim of Love – Don Felder, Don Henley, Glenn Frey, J.D. Souther
  7. Pretty Maids All in a Row – Joe Walsh, Joe Vitale
  8. Try and Love Again – Randy Meisner
  9. The Last Resort – Don Henley, Glenn Frey

 

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