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Released in December 1976 after 18 months of anticipation, the Eagles’ fifth studio album Hotel California was one of the most successful albums of all-time, selling over a million copies in its first week and 10 million copies overall while garnering multiple GRAMMY® nominations. The title track won the 1977 GRAMMY for Record of the Year, and the album remains a major touchstone of its era, reflecting both the glamour and the dark underside of 1970’s Los Angeles. Just as the title track eerily surmises that “you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave” over a bed of elliptical, pristinely-recorded guitar leads, so goes the Eagles’ deceptively smooth appeal, their harmonies and indelible melodies seducing radio listeners worldwide while they recount the wreckage surrounding them. “Life in the Fast Lane,” “Victim of Love,” and “New Kid In Town” reflect the group’s further slide from country-rock to the mainstream pop that had California sunshine virtually shining out from its grooves, much of this attributable to new guitarist rocker Joe Walsh replacing the country-leaning Bernie Leadon. The shift obviously worked wonders, as the group continued to attract new fans and define the sound of FM radio for a long time after.

Customer Reviews

I'm 14

I'm 14, and I have noticed that no one makes music like this anymore. Everyone now loves music made by ariana grande and iggy azalea, who just repeat the same stuff over and over. It's all crap that kids listen to now and days, but this music is amazing.

Truly amazing BAND!

This album came out when I was in diapers. I just recently seen Showtime's special "The History of the Eagle's". The show itself was really entertaining and well done. Their music and lyrics when I took a closer listen are so poignant to all generations. You wont be disapointed.

Im 13

The stereotype of kids liking crappy music is a lie i love the eagles one of the best albums ever


Formed: 1971 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With five number one singles, 14 Top 40 hits, and four number one albums, the Eagles were among the most successful recording artists of the 1970s. At the end of the 20th century, two of those albums — Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) and Hotel California — ranked among the ten best-selling albums ever, and the popularity of 2007's Long Road Out of Eden proved the Eagles' staying power in the new millennium. Though most of its members came from outside California, the group was closely...
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