Hotel California is the fifth studio album by American rock band the Eagles. It was their first album with guitarist Joe Walsh , who had replaced founding member Bernie Leadon , and is the last album to feature bassist Randy Meisner. A 40th anniversary special edition of Hotel California was released in November Hotel California is one of the best-selling albums of all time. It has been ranked as one of the greatest albums of all time. The first song written for the album was " Hotel California ", which became the theme for the album. On the title "Hotel California", Henley said that "the word, 'California,' carries with it all kinds of connotations, powerful imagery, mystique, etc. There's a built-in mythology that comes with that word, an American cultural mythology that has been created by both the film and the music industry. This is a concept album, there's no way to hide it, but it's not set in the old West, the cowboy thing, you know.
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The Eagles hit song won the 1977 Grammy for Record of the Year.
The hit tune was a billboard chart-topper; it sold over 16 million copies in the U. In , the song won a Grammy award for Record of the Year. Glenn Frey was the mastermind behind the song's lyrics. While there have been many theories that contemplate what the song represents, the Eagles' band members have revealed in multiple interviews that the true meaning behind "Hotel California" is a commentary on the hedonism and self-indulgence of America. In , Henley further explained the meaning of the song to Rolling Stone magazine , which placed "Hotel California" at no. According to journalist-turned-director Cameron Crowe , "Hotel California" was almost named something entirely different. The Eagles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in , and all seven former and present members of the group performed "Hotel California" together on stage. There is a playful nod to the band Steely Dan in the song.
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It tightened its grasp on the band, the music industry and the country at large. With Hotel California , the Eagles sought to capture the excesses and self-destructive behavior that had become status quo in the rock world. It was a scene they were uniquely qualified to address. Their efforts would create a song cycle that succeeded on nearly every level. The rich lyrics — both introspective and allegorical — had fans pondering their true meaning for decades to come. Was Hotel California about a mental institution? Drug addiction? A feud with Steely Dan? Beverly Hills was still a mythical place to us.
The Eagles' original recording of the song features Henley singing the lead vocals and concludes with an extended section of electric guitar interplay between Felder and Joe Walsh. The song is considered the most famous recording by the band, and in its long guitar coda was voted the best guitar solo of all time by readers of Guitarist. Since its release, "Hotel California" has been covered by a number of artists and has become a part of international popular culture. Julia Phillips proposed adapting the song into a film, but the members of the Eagles disliked the idea and it never came to fruition.