|Studio album by The Eagles|
|Released||December 8, 1976|
|Recorded||March - October 1976
at Criteria Studios, Miami, FL and Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles, CA
|Genre||Country rock, hard rock|
|The Eagles chronology|
|Singles from Hotel California|
Hotel California is the fifth studio album by the American rock band the Eagles, released on December 8, 1976. It is the first Eagles album without the appearance of founding member Bernie Leadon and the first album with Joe Walsh. It is also the last album featuring original bass player and singer Randy Meisner. The album became the band's best-selling studio album, and their highest, with over 16 million copies sold in the U.S. alone and over 32 million copies worldwide. The album topped the charts and won the band two Grammy awards for "Hotel California" and "New Kid in Town". The album was nominated for Album of the Year but lost to Fleetwood Mac's Rumours.
The album yielded three Top 20 singles, "New Kid in Town", "Hotel California", and "Life in the Fast Lane". "New Kid in Town" and "Hotel California" both topped the Billboard Hot 100, and "Life in the Fast Lane" reached number 11 on the charts. The album was ranked number 37 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". The album further established the group as the most successful American band of the decade, making the Eagles household names. The song "Hotel California" is considered by many to be one of the greatest rock songs of all time; it was ranked number 49 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". The guitar duet at the end of the song was performed by Don Felder and Joe Walsh. The album also features "Wasted Time", "Victim of Love", and "The Last Resort".
Hotel California was the Eagles' fifth album of original material and became a critical success and a major commercial hit; since its release in late 1976, it has sold over 16 million copies in the U.S. alone. The album was at number 1 for eight weeks in early 1977 (non-consecutively), and included two tracks which became number 1 hits as singles on the Billboard Hot 100: "New Kid in Town", on February 26, 1977, and "Hotel California" on May 7, 1977.
In 2001, the TV network VH1 named Hotel California number 38 on 100 Greatest Albums of All Time. Hotel California was ranked 13th in a 2005 survey held by British television's Channel 4 to determine the 100 greatest albums of all time. In 2003, the album was ranked number 37 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Following its original release on standard LP, cassette and 8-track cartridge formats, the album was considered for Quadraphonic release in early 1977; this idea was dropped following the demise of the Quadraphonic format. However, 25 years later, the album was released in a Multichannel 5.1 DVD-Audio disc. On August 17, 2011, the album was released on a hybrid SACD in Japan in The Warner Premium Sound series, containing both a stereo and a 5.1 mix.
Members of the Eagles have described the album as a metaphor for the perceived decline of America into materialism and decadence. In an interview with Dutch magazine ZigZag shortly before the album's release, Don Henley said:
This is a concept album, there's no way to hide it, but [unlike the Eagles' earlier concept album, 1973's Desperado] it's not set in the old West, the cowboy thing, you know. It's more urban this time (…) It's our bicentennial year, you know, the country is 200 years old, so we figured since we are the Eagles and the Eagle is our national symbol, that we were obliged to make some kind of a little bicentennial statement using California as a microcosm of the whole United States, or the whole world, if you will, and to try to wake people up and say 'We've been okay so far, for 200 years, but we're gonna have to change if we're gonna continue to be around.’
It was the first time that Don took it upon himself to write an epic story and we were already starting to worry about the environment… we're constantly screwing up paradise and that was the point of the song and that at some point there is going to be no more new frontiers. I mean we're putting junk, er, garbage into space now.
Album cover 
Track listing 
|1.||"Hotel California"||Don Felder, Don Henley, Glenn Frey||Don Henley||6:30|
|2.||"New Kid in Town"||Henley, Frey, J. D. Souther||Glenn Frey||5:03|
|3.||"Life in the Fast Lane"||Henley, Frey, Joe Walsh||Don Henley||4:46|
|4.||"Wasted Time"||Henley, Frey||Don Henley||4:55|
|5.||"Wasted Time (Reprise)"||Henley, Frey, Jim Ed Norman||instrumental||1:22|
|6.||"Victim of Love"||Henley, Frey, Felder, Souther||Don Henley||4:11|
|7.||"Pretty Maids All in a Row"||Walsh, Joe Vitale||Joe Walsh||3:58|
|8.||"Try and Love Again"||Randy Meisner||Randy Meisner||5:10|
|9.||"The Last Resort"||Henley, Frey||Don Henley||7:28|
Album pressing 
Original vinyl record pressings of Hotel California (Elektra/Asylum catalog no. 7E-1084) had custom picture labels of a blue Hotel California logo with a yellow background. These also had text engraved in the run-out groove of each side, continuing an in-joke trend the band had started with their previous album One of These Nights:
- Side one: "Is It 6 O'Clock Yet?"
- Side two: "V.O.L. Is Five-Piece Live", indicating that the song "Victim of Love" was recorded live, with no overdubbing. Joe Walsh and Glenn Frey confirm this on the inner booklet of The Very Best Of.
- Glenn Frey – guitars, keyboards, vocals, piano
- Don Henley – drums, percussion, vocals, keyboards
- Randy Meisner – bass guitar, guitar, guitarrón, vocals
- Don Felder – guitars, vocals
- Joe Walsh – guitar, slide guitar, keyboards, vocals, organ
- Bill Szymczyk – producer
- Allan Blazek, Bruce Hensal, Ed Mashal, Bill Szymczyk – engineers
- Bill Szymczyk – mixing
- Jim Ed Norman – string arrangements, conductor
- Sid Sharp – concert master
- Don Henley, John Kosh – art direction
- John Kosh – design
- David Alexander – photography
- Kosh – artwork
- Norman Seeff – poster design
- Kevin Gray – CD preparation
- Ted Jensen – mastering and remastering
- Lee Hulko - original LP mastering
- "New Kid in Town"/"Victim of Love" - Asylum 45373; released December 7, 1976
- "Hotel California"/"Pretty Maids All in a Row" - Asylum 45386; released February 22, 1977
- "Life in the Fast Lane"/"The Last Resort" - Asylum 45403; released May 3, 1977
Charts and certifications 
Sales and certifications 
|1978||"Hotel California"||Record of the Year|
|1977||"New Kid in Town"||Best Arrangement For Voices|
|1978||"Hotel California"||Song of the Year|
|1978||Hotel California||Album of the Year|
|1977||Bill Szymczyk||Producer of the Year|
Songs in the Key of Life by Stevie Wonder
|Billboard 200 number-one album
January 15–21, 1977
February 5–11, 1977
March 26 – April 1, 1977
April 16 – May 20, 1977
Wings over America by Wings
Arrival by ABBA
|Australian Kent Music Report number-one album
January 17 – April 10, 1977
Rumours by Fleetwood Mac
See also 
- List of best-selling albums worldwide
- List of best-selling albums in the United States
- List of diamond-certified albums in Canada
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