May 13, 2011

Welcome to the Hotel California

The album and the band who created it are both American classics. The Eagles' masterpiece Hotel California continues to be heard all over the world even almost 35 years after its initial release.

Just heard the title track in the gym today, and it sounded as fresh as ever. Glenn Frey, Don Felder, and Don Henley composed it, Henley sang lead, and Joe Walsh and Don Felder traded off blazing guitar parts to make it sting. Terrific! Also heard today the older, rawer James Dean, a tribute to the film star. Another track that jumps with playfulness. It has the same zing as the Beatles' Daytripper.

Various personnel made up the band over the years, each bringing a special something to the mix. Following up the landmark album would be tough, but the addition of Timothy B. Schmit in 1977 brought us one of the most beautiful ballads they ever recorded, I Can't Tell You Why.

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