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Hotel California

Eagles

1976

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Hotel California

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"I hate the fucking eagles, man."

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Where California isn’t a setting, but rather an idea about feeling ugly and dark when everything around you is gorgeous and sunny. As we learned from another 1970’s song, it never rains in (southern) California. But man, it pours. We’re always going to fuck up a wet dream. Dreams of land, cocaine, the warm smell of colitas, relationships, cruising the freeway with a drug dealer named The Count, success. The album's theme is how inevitable it is that we’ll destroy everything that's beautiful. And it's the masterpiece from perhaps the most-hated, most-loved band of the past 50 years. This is the sound of a band clicking on all cylinders. A band that finally realized their strengths (their drummer being their best vocalist and songwriter, having now two rock guitar virtuosos in their lineup) and eliminated their weaknesses (Glenn Frey might have been the band’s “leader”, but his vocal skills were better suited to harmonize with Henley and Meisner). It’s Henley’s voice that dominates the album, but Frey, Joe Walsh, and Randy Meisner each get a lead vocal on standout songs. Don Felder, the lone band member who doesn’t get a lead vocal, makes his presence known on two killer songs in particular that he co-wrote: “Victim of Love”, a song he’ll go to his grave believing he was promised was his to sing lead on; and the title track, which wouldn’t be the classic rock staple it continues to be without his incredible guitar work. The guitar “duel” at the end between Felder and Walsh is so incendiary that the band insisted on keeping it unedited on the single, where it went all the way to number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Each member’s contribution on that song alone is essential, from Henley’s seething vocals to Meisner’s bassline. Frey especially shines on “New Kid in Town”, the vocal arrangements of which are among my favorites of any song. It’s a pretty song, where the band admits they’re hot shit right now, but they know there’s a slew of rising artists bubbling up on the scene ready to take their place (The Eagles worrying about when all the fun will be over certainly seems like the most Eagles thing ever). Bob Dylan said that Joe Walsh’s “Pretty Maids All in a Row” could be “one of the best songs ever”. I’m not one to judge Dylan’s taste, but I’m all in favor of anything that makes Joe Walsh feel good. But again, the vocal harmonies are nothing short of sensational. When they harmonize like this, I’ll take the Eagles over any band. I’ve always thought of “Try to Love Again” as Meisner’s sequel to “Take It to The Limit”. In my mind, the Eagles aren't the Eagles without Randy Meisner, an exceptional bass player with a high falsetto so breathtaking it eventually became too much for him to perform on a nightly basis (which fits right in with this album's theme now that I think about it). But this is really when Glenn Frey realized it’s best to get out of the way and just let Henley cook. Henley handles the lead vocals on 5 of the albums 9 songs, including the band’s best-known track. Henley's voice is perfect for emphasizing how anything that feels so good comes with a price on “Life in The Fast Lane”, and the album’s closer, “The Last Resort”. And it's on the heart-wrenching, underrated ballad “Wasted Time” where Henley firmly steps out from the drum kit and is allowed to just stand alone and wail. His vocals brim with soul and emotion in his attempt to reach out to a former lover and convince her to accept that it was all worth it, underscored by the quick instrumental reprise that opens Side Two of the album. There’s a reason why Don Henley’s solo career left Glenn Frey’s in the dust. Henley was not only a better songwriter, but a more soulful and interesting vocalist (just listen to Henley’s background vocals on Linda Ronstadt’s cover of “Blue Bayou” for further proof). This is one of my Desert Island Albums. Frankly, any album that an artist can play in its entirety live in front of sold-out crowds is essential. I own this album on practically every format possible, save for 8-Track, because I’m not a monster. The Eagles even got me to buy a remastered 40th Anniversary Expanded Edition, which included a live set from the band at the peak of their powers (listen to that version of the album on your preferred platform). If I could only listen to 10 albums from this list for the rest of my life, this is clearly one of the ten I'd choose.

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Instructive listening for a Warren Zevon fan. I now understand how much of his 70's output was an Eagles piss-take. But that's just another instance of the anti-Eagles sentiment I've been surrounded by forever. From the Dude's antipathy in The Big Lebowski to Zevon's jokes to Elizabeth Nelson's article in The Ringer earlier this year (so good!), the message has been loud and frequent: This Is A Not Good Band. Yet always with the not-at-all-confusing rider: Except They Kind Of Are. Now I've taken the plunge, consider me still confused. I mean, they're exceptional players. Dependably harmonic and pretty much faultless in all things song construction. They rip through solos like a crisp lettuce leaf, even rhyme well every so often. And it all happens within a synthesised country-rock aesthetic so polished you could go blind looking at it. But you might also go dumb listening to it, because even though there's more than a little to enjoy (have you heard the title track, by the way--although what is that accent he's doing?!) the emotional girding is always big dick bathos. Whatever they have to say (mostly gripes about women and some laurel canyon mysticism mixed with LA grit) it's all couched in self-pity--none of it self-reflective or self-critical. Twas ever thus with dudes who love their instruments as extensions of their egos.

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“Hotel California” by the Eagles (1976) “Hotel California” is a prime teaching example of what can make an “album” great. It delivers excellent performances of inspired songs by gifted artists, with state of the art production. All that is a given. But the temptation with this recording is to deal with it as a mere collection of songs, with ‘hits’ and ‘misses’, and to ignore the conceptual unity that holds it all together (even in the reprise of “Wasted Time” as you turn the LP over from side one to side two). Here’s a record with brilliantly brooding thematic cohesion. It powerfully declaims its main topic: the dark side of the American ‘paradise’—a darkness that nevertheless resolves into redemptive hope by the album’s end (but not without a well deserved prophetic dig at a misguided American version of pop Christianity). This is a sermon in sound. Lyrically, there are multiple levels of meaning in virtually every line. Don't let anyone tell you a given expression means ‘x’ or ‘y’ or ‘z’. It probably means all three and more (the song “Hotel California” is notorious for spawning countless hermeneutical ‘certainties’). These lyricists (primarily Henley, Frey, Walsh, and Meisner) were all intelligent enough to be aware of the referential overtones. Take, for example, the clause “She came from Providence", the opening line in the closing track “The Last Resort”. Songwriters Henley and Frey explicitly tell us in the next line “It’s the one in Rhode Island”, but it’s not just a meaningless reference to a random city. Do they really want us to ignore why Roger Williams (in 1636) named it “Providence“ in the first place? It was a testimony to the fact that God has mercifully provided what is good, true, and beautiful. Now this is a theological datum which, admittedly, got transmogrified in history into pseudo-pious sloganeering like “Manifest Destiny” and “Go west, young man!”. But in what other country could you get rich by calling that out? Despite America’s record of huge injustices and flaws, scores of millions have striven to get here, and still do, with no end in sight. Carly Simon was also right (in “Let the River Run”): “We, the great and small/Stand on a star/And blaze a trail of desire/Through the dark'ning dawn.” Contrast the flip side of this same coin as the Eagles deride the namers of ‘paradise’ who watch “the hazy sun, sinking in the sea.” The Eagles (Check the symbolism of the group’s name) are well aware of this tension, and have put it to good use in the pursuit of their music and their successful careers. And later in “The Last Resort” they ask “Who will provide the grand design?” We know intuitively. Patience and Providence are both rightly attributed to God who loves. The Eagles employ a variety of compositional styles, from the unique flamenco rock of the title track, to their signature country rock (“New Kid in Town”), to jazz rock (“Wasted Time”, beautifully symphonized in the reprise), power riff rock (“Life in the Fast Lane”), stadium rock (“Victim of Love”), with elements of blues rock, folk rock, and protest rock. But it all rocks. And it’s all harnessed in service of expressing the sadness, disappointment, fear, and disillusionment in the main theme. Vocally, this gang would be a choir director’s delight—and also his nightmare. With widely different timbres and projection styles, these five tenors pound their voices into a unified blend that is magical (“Try and Love Again”). Vocal solos consistently demonstrate the fruitful labors of singers who potently evoke within their limitations. Are they better than CSNY? On this album, yes. Listen to “Pretty Maids All in a Row” and tell me how one could put a more perfect choral texture behind the voice of Joe Walsh—Joe Walsh, folks! Instrumentally, the Eagles show stunning virtuosity, from innovative percussion arrangements (Henley) and bass lines (Meisner) to the splendid guitar work by three masters (Felder, Frey, and Walsh). And the guys in the control booth did their part, with skill application of effects. This is a near perfect collaborative product. If you haven’t yet heard this album when it comes time to die, you should apply for an extension. 5/5

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Classic. Many consider it overrated but in my opinion that's just because of how ubiquitous it is. Every song hits, and even though they're nothing groundbreaking or spectacular, you still feel them all the same.

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I fucking love the eagles, man.

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Mellow rock started here. The warm smell of colitas, rising through the air. The Eagles have the highest selling ‘best of’ album because of their steady even flow of songs. They can also rock out, as evidenced by Victim of Love. Glenn Frye has a smooth voice and Joe Walsh can slam the guitar. In a world of British rock, the American Eagles stand out.

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NOW That's What I Call Dad Rock

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Fantastic album. One of my favourites

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Obviously HC is a classic, and so are some other songs I didn’t know were Eagles’ songs.

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Love it, have always loved it, will always love it.

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Such a great album. So many good songs. Been listening to this one since it came out (high school).

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Yes, love The Eagles. Although that's long past, they used to be my favorite band for a while and I even had a t-shirt with this album art. The guitar-work on this album is fantastic throughout and I consider the title-track nothing short of a masterpiece. My criticism would be that the album is a bit too ballad-heavy and that those ballads can tend to the kitschy side. I'd prefer less "Wasted Time" and more "Life in the Fast Lane". Or if their calmer songs would all be like "The Last Resort" (my second favorite track of the album) there would be absolutely nothing to complain about.

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If the rest of album was as good as “Life In The Fast Lane” and “Hotel California” we’d have a 5 here but sadly the rest of it is just okay to me. Solid 3.

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Aside from a few half decent songs I’d always discounted the Eagles as boring, middle of the road, country-rock. On the evidence of this album I was probably right to do so. Title track drags the album up to 2 stars.

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Hotel California by The Eagles. This is some archetypical dad rock and I am unapologetically loving it. Similarly to a few of the albums that we have experienced so far, we kick off with a banger. The title track and an absolute classic, Hotel California slowly guides you into the LP with a gentle rock ballad including a soaring chorus punctuated with lovely little guitar licks and a classic rock guitar solo. I was expecting the second tune to be a big rocky blast but surprisingly out came the soft and easy listening 'New Kid in Town' which I actually really liked. As the 2nd tune came to a close, I started to wonder if this album really was going to be one for fathers to listen to whilst dropped their kids to school. It turns out that it was; even down to the name 'Life in the Fast Lane'. The Eagles 3rd track gives us a big guitar riff to kick us off and nod our heads to. However, it doesn't last long as 'Wasted Time' brings us back down with a very slow but lovely tune mostly orchestrated with piano, including an orchestral 'part 2' lasting a minute afterwards. 'Victim of Love' almost made me wet myself laughing as we blast straight back into some solid guitar riffs from the get-go and provides us with a power ballad feel. 'Pretty Maids...' and 'Try and Love...' were both less full-on rock with gentle but quality tunes to enjoy and smooth us into the end of the album. 'The Last Resort' (we see what you do did there) is a 7-minute creeper that slowly builds and builds as we enjoy the soft piano at first that builds up, drops again and then fills our ears with a loud orchestral finish. I was maybe expecting a couple more loud rocky numbers but I'm not disappointed with that. Thoroughly enjoyed throughout.

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Almost everyone knows of this band and the same would go for at least two of the tracks on this album. I honestly find it hard to believe anyone could actually dislike these songs. They might be a little too familiar and yes you’ve probably heard the hits way too much...but it’s surprising how much you can still enjoy them once you decide to sit and listen again. They are comforting & homely and no doubt raise various emotions for just about every person. Ultimately though, you know what you’re getting and it’s absolute in it’s promise...but isn’t that really what we all long for every now and then? 4 Stars!

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Hotel California, Eagles:7/10 The title track is a certified classic for good reason. Iconic guitar riffs and solos, singalongable lyrics, plus danceable drums and fantastic production all make this song infinitely replay-able. “New Kid in Town” is very catchy with vocal harmonies that are like candy to the ears. “Life in the Fast Lane” starts out with one of the most iconic guitar riffs of all time, and doesn’t get any less good throughout the entire song. “Wasted Time” is a surprisingly sentimental soft rock balled that’s quite good, if not a little dramatic. “Wasted Time (2.0) is a beautiful stringed instrumental that serves as a nice interlude before the next half of the album. “Victim of Love” is a solid track, but maybe lacks a bit of the emotion or energy of some of the previous tracks. “Pretty Maids All in a Row” is a pleasant sounding piano balled where the Eagles once again show off their talent for harmonies. “Try and Love Again” isn’t anything too special, but still a solid song, albeit it might stretch a little longer then it needs too. “The Last Resort” is a fitting ending to the album, combining aspects of what I thought were the best parts about the album as a whole. Conclusion: Classic album, an absolute powerhouse for the entire first half, but maybe loses its momentum in the second section.

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Solid shit. Spanish hotel California slaps tho lol

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The Eagles will always be a standby for a few good jams and the rest of the album being listenable but bland

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2/5. I get it, it's capital G great and is the provenance of most rock ballads. But it just sounds like all other rock ballads after it which makes for an uninteresting listen.

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I don't think I've ever been more disappointed when seeing a new album pop up. How can a 43 minute album feel this long? 2/5

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Meh... it hasn't aged well for me. So middle-of-the-road, so massaged, I found the second half to drag to the point that I was treating it like supermarket music... which, when I think about it, is where I mostly hear Eagles these days. Highlights are the title track and Life in the Fast Lane.

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I think a quote from the Dude best sums this up - "I had a rough night and I hate the fuckin' Eagles, man!"

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The song Hotel California always felt a bit too earnest and pompous for me. Pretty boring.

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"i hate the fucking eagles"

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Fucking hate the Eagles

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You know that feeling you get when your mother has stuffed cake after cake down your fat gob and although you love the taste of the chocolate frosting and the sponge and the jam and the cream, you've just over indulged so much that you're violently sick all over your grandmother and her new pristine white air max trainers? Well, this album perfectly encapsulates everything about that feeling. Except the cake tastes like rotting fish guts.

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Clássico. Sempre revisitado. Destaques para a faixa título, life in the fast lane e wasted time

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álbum incrível!

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Excellent, a classic

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Classic album full of hits. Excellent

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Classics that led into more amazing classics. Timeless!

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Неожиданно хорошо :)

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Nostalgic, listened to growing up

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Absolute stone cold classic, nary a duff track on the whole album of classics.

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Never afraid to take it slow

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Fav song: Hotel California and Try and Love Again Classic album, no misses.

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Always a good one!

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Love it!

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Great social commentary.

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It's one of the greatest albums of all time. Hit after hit.

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Tenho que dar 5 estrelas pq se não fosse por Hotel California mãe não teria deixado eu fazer aula de guitarra

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This album is a childhood favourite. Reminds me of long car journeys with my Dad. Great to hear it again and sing along to every track

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Yesss.

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The imprescindible album.

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Such an incredible album. Really great musicianship and incredibly well written material. A classic. Favorite tracks: “Hotel California,” “New Kid In Town,” “Life In The Fast Lane,” and “Wasted Time”

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One song carries the album, but it is a great album nonetheless

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Nada que no se haya dicho antes

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No weak track on this album. Powerful and at times uncompromising rock album

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Great !!

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claro que merece su mega 5 este hermoso álbum

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Absolutely, positively perfect in every way.

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Clássico!! Surpresa maravilhosa lembrar dos violinos de Wasted Time

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Loved this classic

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One of the best albums ever!

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Lol i love this album

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Classic

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Welcome Joe Walsh. Obviously a classic.

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-Hotel California is basically a bad help review and a 2 minute guitar solo -New Kid in Town has a hint of country with the twangy guitar -Why are there two Wasted Time's? -"Victim of Love" was a nice jam

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Great album. So a good variety of Eagles sounds.

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Love this album, musical masterpiece

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Tip 10 imho

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De lo mejorcito que he escuchado hasta ahora de la lista. Un imprescindible sin dudarlo.

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Top 10 albums of all time

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Loved it from Welcome to finish. Hotel California, Life in Fast Lane & Victim of Love. Great strumming on the guitar 🎸. Truly has held up over all these years. “Such Lovey Place”

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Great album!!! Brings back high school memories

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perfect

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It is so chill. I love it so much

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September 15, 2021 Another one of my favourites. Soooo good.

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One of my all time favorites. The addition of Joe Walsh was a real turning point for the Eagles. So many fantastic one-line lyrics and fantastic guitar riffs. An amazing study of American mythology

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Classic rock is classic.

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Wow! Shockingly good. Had no idea. Good orchestral sounds.

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One of the easiest 5/5 I can give. Love this album. Heard it at least a thousand times over the years.

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Outstanding! Best of the Eagles!

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But you can never leave...

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Great album

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Listened Before? Y My first entry for an album I've listened to all the way through in the past! Pros: Hey, it's the Eagles! It's the Eagles best known album, and it's a widely acclaimed masterpiece! Also, Hotel California, and The Last Resort are a couple of my favorite songs of all time. Amazing album. Stellar songwriting. Stellar instrumentation. Cons: The only con I have for this album (and actually the band as a whole), is that in MY opinion, Don Henley has such an amazing voice that nobody else should sing. Ever. I don't understand the rotating singers thing and it actually annoys me a lot. Added to Library - Y Songs Added to Playlist - Hotel California, The Last Resort

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Ii

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Guter Rock, ein Klassiker.

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Oh lord do I love this album! Solid 5, in my top favorite albums.

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One of the best. Beautiful album start to finish

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I had a rough night and I hate the Eagles man. I can't hear an Eagles tune anymore without thinking of the Big Lebowski. I admit the genius of the title track but I also admit I'm so sick of it. Still, 30+ million people who bought this album can't be wrong, right? Kudos for the different stylings from song to song - e.g., Hotel California (complex, operatic), New Kid in Town (Country & Mexican), Life in the Fast Lane (LA Rock - with a Joe Walsh twist?), Wasted Time (minimal, piano-driven plus an instrumental reprise), Victim of Love (more rock, but more chords and less plucking), The Last Resort (sweeping, piano-driven). Also, the lyrics are really smart, full of analogy and innuendo - it makes it fun trying to figure out the meaning (or double meaning). I thought I was tired of the album after the first few tracks but Wasted Time and Victim of Love reminded me how good these guys are at both soft and hard rock. The latter in particular made me re-appreciate all the guitar and bass work on this album. And though there's a lot of good Hendley lead singing, Try and Love Again reminded me there's also good lead singing from Meisner (and Frey...Walsh kinda sucked on Pretty Maids All in a Row). The Last Resort is probably equal to Desperado in terms of my favorite Eagles track ever (the lyrical commentary, the beautiful arrangements). Yeah, 30+ million people ain't wrong.

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Saw the Eagles on tour at Giants Stadium in the Meadowlands NJ summer of 1980. My first stadium concert. Sold out. The opening acts were Little River Band and Heart. Hotel California had been released more than 3 years before and The Long Run was out in 1979, yet this was still a Hotel California tour. I remember the cover art on the stage background and the roar of the crowd when Joe Walsh started playing those famous opening notes. Crazy to thing they had already released a greatest hits album before HC was released. Yet when Walsh joined the band it took them to a new plateau without losing their roots, unlike some groups that shifted so much with a new member (ex. the Doobies). This album offers so much beyond the title track—Life in the Fast Lane’s driving beat, the emotion of Wasted Time, New Kid in Town, Victim of Love. Just an amazing album from an amazing band.

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Música que nossos pais escutavam

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This is what I'm fricken talking about.

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This is an excellent if not epic album. 43 minutes of very emotive and powerful instrumentals and lyrics. I believe this to be the epitome of the eagles. Each song has a specific message that it conveys perfectly. I especially enjoy ‘life in the fast lane’ as it perfectly encapsulates the album's message of a rockstars life in the 70's. Every lyric of every song seems to have more than one face-value meaning. It is a masterpiece with excellent guitar, drums, vocals and piano. I also really like the album cover with its contrast between light and dark.

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5/5

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There is not one bad song on this album for me. There’s some better than others but what the Eagles do musically with their harmonies and simple instrumentation will always impress me.

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This album just starts out with greatness. Hotel California, New Kid in Town, and Life in the Fast Lane are some of my favorite Eagles songs. After that, you get a nice mix of classic Eagles sounds. Great album.

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Absolutely, positively perfect in every way.

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HOTEL CALIFORNIA is packed with incredible songs. The title track is one of the most incredible rock songs ever written. After that it’s packed with hits like “New Kid In Town,” “Life In The Fast Lane,” “Victim Of Love,” “Try And Love Again.” The quality of the remaining songs are every bit as compelling despite the tendency to overlook them. My favorite is one of those other songs. Over the years "Last Resort" has continued to expose new facets and has become my anthem of loss as I have come to perceive the world as a much more harsh and less magical place. Humanity is failing to stop - or even alone acknowledge - the wheels of our own destruction. Listening to it at the closing of HOTEL CALIFORNIA is a powerful statement. HOTEL CALIFORNIA is an incredible work whose indictment of American exceptionalism grows more urgent with each year that passes.

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Great guitar hooks and memorable lyrics. Splendid!

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A classic, no doubt.

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What can I say? This is a deservèd classic.

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One of the all time great albums. Easy rating here!

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I call this album a masterpiece. This was my first time listening to this album from start to end and i'm really impressed with the high quality. My top 5 songs: Hotel California, New Kid in Town, Victim of Love, Try and Love Again and The Last Resort.

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The high school football coach pulled his middle linebacker out of the game, grabbed him by the facemask and growled, ‘You need to git your head into the game, son, and now. What is it with you tonight anyway? Are you ignorant or just apathetic?’ To which the kid replied, ‘I don’t know, coach, and I don’t care.’ What is it with lyricists Don Henley and Glen Frey, do they not know or just don’t care? 'Hotel California' was IT, in 1976, my senior year of high school. With the possible exception of 'Frampton Comes Alive,' 'Boston,' and both 'Fleetwood Mac' and 'Rumours' (essentially, the same fantastic LPs), there was nothing bigger than Eagles, and this particular album. Musically, the interplay between guitarists Don Felder and Joe Walsh throughout shine like the southern California sun. Everyone else is great, too: Henley, Frey, Meisner, and even Walsh’s vocals are simply sublime. You might not be the biggest fan of their country rock genre (this album purposefully leaning more towards the rock), but you can’t deny how stunning these harmonies are arranged and performed. Speaking of arrangements, Jim Ed Norman’s score and conducting of the ‘Wasted Time’ reprise is practically worth the cost of the entire LP, a bargain $6 in the mid-70s as I recall. Yes, I’ve got no beef with the music, although its not really my bag much these days. But I played the shit out of it in 1976, on my mighty AMC Gremlin 8 track player (google it, kids), with a matchbook cover jammed in the bottom to insure a tight fit to prevent another song from faintly bleeding on to the one actually playing (again, google it.) It’s the lyrics that concern me; or, more accurately, the lyricists’ intentions. Despite the artful writing, the major problem I have with 'Hotel California' is it’s core ideology. No, that’s not it exactly. It’s Henley and Frey’s (and not Walsh’s; not enough intel on Meisner to make a call) ignorance and/or apathy about their own selves as participants in the very things they are criticizing. Virtually every song beginning with ‘Life in the Fast Line,’ the tale of a couple 'rushin' down the freeway, messed around and got lost, THEY didn't care, they were just dyin' to get off,‘ to the end, ‘The Last Resort,’ ‘THEY call it paradise, I don’t know why. Somebody laid the mountains low, while the town got high,’ are attitudes and behaviors the lyricists themselves are equally guilty of. If this whole concept were a subtle commentary on their own transgressions, then I would call it an outstanding work of art. But given their subsequent interviews, most especially Henley’s continued arrogant insistence that there’s no good music being made anymore, I can’t find any clues on Hotel California that indicate he and his bandmate are turning the mirror on themselves as well as the rest of us materialistic, mass consuming, environmental ravaging, racist, genocidal, drug abusing Americans. Hypocrites! Don Felder, chime in here anytime you want. And then, of course, the famous opening and title track, with its claim on the one hand that ‘We are all just prisoners here of our own device.’ Ok, I’m hip to that. But then to turn around and make another claim that the hotel management is ‘programed to receive. (And) You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave’? Those two takes on hell (or the American culture of the 1970s, or rock star fame and fortune, or whatever else the Hotel California symbolizes) seem very different to me, the latter option being the worse, not to mention just bad theology. Methinks the lyricists are spiritually confused. Too much cocaine will do that to you. And too much adoration without the necessary restraint of the ego. And too much money, or at least the love of it. Thank God for sweet, good-hearted Joe Walsh. Sure, he could drink and snort more substances in his day than the rest of the band combined. But he also had more humility, and self-awareness that eventually got him straightened out and flying right. His song, ‘Pretty Maids All in a Row,’ contains these lyrics: ‘Seems like we’ve come a long way. My, but we learn so slow,’ and ‘all you wishing well fools with your fortunes, someone should send you a rose.’ Contrast that with Henley’s statement on the song immediately before, ‘Victim of Love’: ‘I could be wrong, but I’m not.’ This is one of the best albums that I wouldn’t regret never listening to again. And that’s a real shame, because I love to sing, and I love to harmonize, and 'Hotel California' offers that gift in spades. It deserves 5 stars, so I’m going to honor that. But I’m also considering American writer of Christian literature, Warren W. Wiersbe’s advice that ‘What I am is God’s gift to me. What I do with it is my gift to God.’

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Awesome sound. I loved this album

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Love the song, more familiar with them on playlists and a greatest hits album. But as an album, its great. Need to listen to more of the Eagles in album format.

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A great album but honestly, I've heard the songs so many times over the decades - especially in high school - that I wouldn't have sought the music out if not for this website. Still, it's well worth the listen and well worth adding to your collection.

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5

Great album. Hard to listen to the title track objectively because I’ve heard it so many times. Victim of love is currently my favorite Eagles song.

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A near-perfect (if not outright perfect) album from start to finish. Just one great song after another. Sonically outstanding. It's Henley/Frye's masterpiece that sounds as great today as it did when I first heard it! Truly one of my top albums of all time.

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It is hard to review this one as objective. This was released soon after I turned 16 and it was omnipresent during the last few years of high school. The inevitable backlash occurred (not just to the album, but Eagles in general). Nonetheless, I was and still am a huge fan. The album is strong from start to finish and has four distinct vices and songwriters. A classic and masterpiece of the genre.

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5

Best guitar solo ever?

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Ah, to be but a traveler, seeking shelter for the night, wellcomed by a pretty face into Hotel California. The songs are more contemplative but engaging, the vocals clear, distinct and carrying powerfull emotions, the stories they tell evocative. I must say I enjoyed this album a great deal. Highlights: Hotel California, Wasted Time

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Amazing what adding a member can do. Way more rock than previous efforts, but still pretty ballad heavy. Gorgeous harmonies, as always. Last track ("The Last Resort") could have been left off the record; it's a little preachy. Favorite tracks: "Hotel California", "Wasted Time", "Try and Love Again"

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Im actually not a huge fan of the pre-Walsh era of the eagles but they definitely take it up a notch with him here

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4

good but OVERPLAYED

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4

It is a very chilling album

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Y

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Two stars alone are due to the song "hotel california"

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4

First track is killer of course. Great Album!

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Okay so obviously I’m familiar with the hits on this one... Hotel California, New Kid in Town, Life in the Fast Lane.... all a little corny imo. Hotel California has some undeniably delicious riffs in it but Life in the Fast Lane is just the worst. I never realized how much of a concept album it was until actually listening to the whole thing front to back. There’s definitely a story being told here. I can imagine when this came out everyone lost their minds because it’s a bit cinematic. Victim of Love is kinda sexy too. This album lost to Rumours for album of the year in 1976 and it makes sense. I don’t think that Hotel California stands the rest of time the way Rumours does. I did save Try and Love Again though because it’s hitting all those sweet nostalgic spots for me. It sounds more like the country rock of their last album, One of These Nights. I guess that chalks it up for me- their rock n roll efforts don’t stand up to their peers of the time, but they do country rock soooo well and that’s what I show up for when it comes to the Eagles. The Last Resort is a really good ending to this album! It’s about how we don’t take care of our big beautiful planet. The strings add a lot of grandiosity. Again, super cinematic. If I had been drinking wine I probably would have started crying. It’s crazy to think people were talking about saving our environment in 1976 and we’re still not doing enough about it 45 years later. All in all, I always appreciate concept albums and this one was a good one. It felt somewhat like a goodbye to the 60s and 70s. The opening is strong, the track list is in the right order, and it ends on a beautiful bittersweet note. Well crafted and I would probably reach for it more if I had more of an emotional connection to it.

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Альбом для меня "вытягивают" 3 песни: Hotel California и Victim of Love - классика, и неожиданное открытие - Life in the Fast Lane

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4

A stone cold classic

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4

Meme song aside, very good

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4

... california

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4

Ggg

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liked it ..also .. hotel california

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Curto demais, eu sei que é meio brega, música de tiozão, mas a musicalidade e sonoridade são excepcionais

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4

absolute bangers for boomers

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4

Very good album from The Eagles with the iconic song 'Hotel California' and some more hits. I like listening to The Eagles songs.

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4

Classic...

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4

Dit is natuurlijk op heel veel manieren steengoed, bijna geen uitleg nodig

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4

A ridiculously good album and anyone who says otherwise is an unreasonable hater.

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4

Mellow album. Couple of classic songs

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Some great songs, short album

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4

It was like a whole album of Hotel California. Work is busy so can't say much, but 4/5 would listen again

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8

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I was only really familiar with the more mellow of their songs, so I didn't realize they used so much electric guitar. Also, they definitely have an 80s sound, though this is a 70s album.

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this is a great one

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Fucking classic. What is there to say.

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What a surprising delight this was. A slight disappointment there was 'literally millions of bangers' on this album, as I was promised by *Benji*. The album had 9 songs on. But I am not disappointed

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4

On of those albums where I hear songs and go “oh I know this but didn’t know it was the Eagles”

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4

eagles not my fave, but some classics

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Not a top 10 for me, but a great album regrdless.

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Now this is what I call Dad™️ Music. Good stuff, but there is some self-loathing required to like it.

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The Eagles start these little reviews. Which is quite apt, really, as one of my earliest memories of being in a record shop is picking up an Eagles CD (not knowing who they were) and trying to convince my mum to buy me it. She didn't. Anyhow, I know a fair few songs from this album - who doesn't? - but somewhat surprisingly have never listen to the thing as a whole. It reminds me a little of get-togethers my parents would have with their friends around our house when I was little. A seven or eight year old me would sit on the stairs in my pyjamas, hoping they'd let me down and have a piece of cake, and some of these Eagles records would be part of a compilation that played, drowned out by the chatter. Historical hangovers aside, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it on a run through the woods. This ain't my typical cup of tea music wise if I'm honest, but you can't doubt the ability and talent on offer and I can admire that. Hotel California might be a little overplayed but wow, it is still some record.

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Muito bom! É um resumo sonoro dos anos 1970

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very good songs with epic guitar and great vocals. cant go wrong with hotel california

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not the classic its made out to be but obviously a few timeless tracks. 4.

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Yes yes, very versatile album for 1976 and named after one of the greatest rock songs of all time and that song actually features as the first track on this album which is a great coincidence.

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Disco lindo; perde 1 ponto pq é lento demais. Melhores: Hotel California e Wasted Time

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Good classic

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This album exceeded my expectations, I thought previously that Eagles had only a few hits but this album is full of tunes. I especially liked New Kid in Town, Try and Love Again and obvs Life in the Fast Land and Hotel Califonia.

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4

Strong start. Super 70s sounding

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One of the classics

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4

Para disfrutar tranquilo

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I love this album, Reminds me of driving through the Dales from our caravan in Ingleton at dusk with the windows open, playing at full blast

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Sehr gut, aber wird besonders von den beiden nr 1 singles getragen. Sehr schönes Album cover.

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So far I actually rather enjoy this album. Though I don't really like the actual song Hotel California because I hear it all the time and it has become a bit repetetive. I like the album, and some of the songs are rather neat. I like the variety.

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very good

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There is a group of people that do not like The Eagles. I am not part of that group. All of the hits are on Side A. Still a solid album.

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Classic rock tone, I like it

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One of the all time classic rock greats.

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It was great the first half of the album, but become less engaging in the second half. It is still a nice album to listen to however. Stripped down instrumentals and vocals are a great sound.

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4

Classic album

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4

Very solid classic rock. The title track will always be a welcome listen for me. The rest of the tracks shine as well although I could do without a ballad like wasted time

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Liked Try and Love Again.

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This album gets 4 starts solely because of hotel California. Life in the fast lane is also a classic but None of the other songs on the album were of the same caliber. Very strange but glad this made it to the list

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4

50% absolute classics, 50% slightly above average middle-of-the-road rock.

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Very hard to decide the rating here. No doubting that there are some 5 star tracks (wasted time, new kid in town, pretty maids) but for some reason the album doesnt blend into a 5 star experience for me and I'm not sure why.

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You know I love the Eagles. This is a great album. I’ve got nothing more to say.

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4

Excellent album, though not sure it should be regarded as one of the all time classics

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I like a lot more than half of the album, therefore 4/5

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Hotel California, The Eagles (1976). Listened on 9/16/21, during/after a shower, and again while rating. “Hotel California” the song suffers from being overplayed on classic rock stations, but it’s a good song with good guitar and of course a Steely Dan reference (“stab it with their steely knives”). “New Kid in Town” is almost too slow and almost too country for me, but I’m glad I gave it the time of day. “Life in the Fast Lane” always seemed like a later song to me, probably because I was picturing 1980s yuppies in that car. “Wasted Time” has some Elton John-style vibes at some points, but it doesn’t really land for me. I’m referring to the first “Wasted Time” on the tracklist, as there is a second with an apparently identical title that is more just a symphonic interlude. “Victim of Love” is fine. I’m glad I listened to the album a second time, because I had kind of zoned out during the penultimate two songs and figured I didn’t like them. It was more that they didn’t grab me, but I liked both more on second listen, “Pretty Maids All in a Row” a bit more than “Try and Love Again”. The final song, appropriately “The Last Resort”, is my favorite. I still remember my 11th grade history teacher playing it for us, complete with printed lyric sheet, and highlighting how it corresponded with Manifest Destiny. “She came from Providence,” he quoted, making the analogy that proponents saw it as fate-given, God-given, but, boom, the line is immediately followed by “the one IN RHODE ISLAND” he emphasized: it’s just people coming from the East Coast. Standout lyric (from The Last Resort): We satisfy our endless needs/And justify our bloody deeds/In the name of destiny/And in the name of God Hotel California (1.5) New Kid in Town (1) Life in the Fast Lane (1.5) Wasted Time (0.5) Wasted Time (0) Victim of Love (1) Pretty Maids All in a Row (0.5) Try and Love Again (0) The Last Resort (2)

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First 3 songs have been embedded in my soul since I was a kid. Rest were mostly a pleasant surprise, even if a couple might have been a tad long. 7/10

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Un 4, porque son los Eagles... pero casi un 3.

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yes

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Le falta más new kid in in town y le sobran wasted time y compañía.

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4

Great album! Lots of hit songs

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Better than I remembered…

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Well, they’re right about the formula, but it does fade with repeated exposure

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Classic Eagles, what a good album, love the title track, This is more west Coast Rock than earlier Eagles Country Rock. (Possibly Joe Walsh's Influence?) Life in the Fast Lane, was apparently influenced by a conversation between Glen Frey and a Drug Dealer during a highspeed car ride! Liked the more rockier sound when this came out and Hotel California has to be an all time classic single.

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Enjoyed it. Lots of good songs! 7/10

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I really enjoyed this album. It was very pleasant. I would pick it up if I saw it at my record store.

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4

Fun, classic, a little uniform.

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Singles are fantastic. Some great tunes but others on the album are just ok.

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Damn good album. Solid from cover to cover. I give it a 4 but I sure as hell wont give it higher than that; out of sheer principle and me fighting my conversion into my father.

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A classic

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Schon gut!

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It's an album that's so much in my general consciousness that I think I can almost recreate it playing spoons and tapping my feet

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Title track is a masterpiece, and the greatest thing this band of white penny-pinching douchebags ever did. I've got a soft spot for Wasted Time too. Rest of the album is immaculately performed, with everything in the right place. But with 0% recklessness, the vital ingredient for a rock band.

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Really enjoyed the guitar, bass, and vocals

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Un 4, porque son los Eagles... pero casi un 3.

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4

Hotel California still very good song. Rest of album listenable

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Solid album!

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Standout - Hotel California Very good album, wasn't listening that intently so might have to come back to it

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I feel like I should give this a 5 - after all, it's a classic and includes worthy hits such as Hotel California (love the guitar solos at the end) and Life in the Fast Lane. But there's just something about the album that I find underwhelming. Maybe it's a little too perfect, a little too polished. It just doesn't make me say "I want to listen to this again." I even listened to it multiple times to see if I was missing something, but no. So, I'm giving it a 4. Great songs, including some stone cold classics (I also like Victim of Love), but it's just missing that je ne sais quoi.

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The majority of this album is on their greatest hits, Volume 2. I remember when I was in high school listening to Greatest Hits Volume 1 & 2 over and over again. I grew out of the Eagles. Part of it is that the only song the play on the radio is "Hotel California," which grew tedious. And then they were having a farewell tour, but then changed their minds. They could have gone out in a big finale, but decided "nah, let's not do that." That bugs me still. The few songs not on their greatest hits are also good, although I do not like how "Pretty Maids All In A Row" fades out. It's like Walsh couldn't figure out how to end the song. And Joe Walsh was the secret weapon for that band in this album, man. He was just... awesome. I don't think I would revisit the album, but it was nice to come back to once again.

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Best oké. De titelsong is het bekendste, maar er staan minstens even goeie nummers op dit album.

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I am a casual fan of EAGLES having most of their music due to liking most of their hits. I have HOTEL CALIFORNIA and I like the album well enough. After re-listening to HOTEL CALIFORNIA, I enjoy the album especially the hits: "Hotel California", "Life in the Fast Lane" and "New Kid in Town", however, since I am an album oriented person, the remaining 2/3 (6 songs) are decent, but are not consistent enough to hold up the three major hits. The six non-hits seem almost like filler, but actually a little better than that. I think that is true for all or most of their albums and that the reason why I am only a casual fan and not a die-hard one. In 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, there is the debut album, EAGLES (1972) in the book #260. Rate Artist: EAGLES (4) Rate Album (Year): HOTEL CALIFORNIA (1976 Original) (4) Rate Album (Year): HOTEL CALIFORNIA (2017 2CD 40th Anniversary) (4.5)

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Many bangers

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Classic. Really enjoyed the exploration of the theme of the destruction of paradise, loss of innocence etc. Much more urban than their earlier cowboy themes. Gets better with every listen. Cover art: 4.5/5 iconic cover picking up on musical themes.

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i've only ever listened to the song "hotel california" so we'll see.... this album feels so damn long bc the first few songs r sooo long enjoyed!!! more than expected

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This is actually a great album. Lots of good songs especially "Hotel California" which everyone knows. 8/10.

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Agradable. Muchos puntos extra por Hotel California que me sigue gustando aunque esté ya muy quemada. 3.5 que sube a 4 porque es muy buena música. Songs: Hotel California, Life in the Fast Lane, Victim of Love

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Great '70 band. Hotel California was its hit.

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Het album van de gelijknamige wereldhit. Op Bospop ooit een Eagles cover band gezien en dat was ook erg leuk. Dit album heeft een aantal bekende nummers maar ook best leuke onbekende nummers. Heel toegankelijke "middle of the road" muziek. ****

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I love Henley's voice and the lead guitar backing on almost every song. Hotel and Fast Lane are GD masterpieces, but a couple tracks come in on the boring side as well.

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The Eagles are a band that while they don't appeal to my personal preference for music I like to come back to over and over, I can acknowledge and appreciate their talent in their songs. This was a pretty solid album, until the last song. I'm all for a protest song but found The Last Resort so bland and blatant that i feel it drags down the rest of the album.

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4

very good record. very nice and chill with some iconic songs

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I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this album and although I have heard of the Eagles, I haven't really listened to much and thought they were just American Country. Hotel California is a great concept album by their own admission. It embodies all of the themes and connotations of what California encompasses, the allure of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood but it also speaks to the illusion of it all. Best: Hotel California; The New Kid in Town Worst: The Last Resort

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Album good

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The first side of this record and Victim of Love are all pretty good. The Last Resort is a little embarrassing, maybe more so now than it was then. But I LOVE the story that The Eagles had to stop recording this sometimes because Black Sabbath was being too loud in an adjacent studio. Anyway, I don't hate the Eagles and the songs are pretty catchy. I like the song Hotel California mostly for the eerie weirdness of the story. It's close enough to a horror movie to enjoy. And I like Life in the Fast Lane because I dig a good Hollywood live-fast-die-young story. I also like the production stories on this one. Is the music worth 4 stars? I don't know. But the whole package of this one gets it there, I think.

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4

Great. Worth coming back to across the board.

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The title track is one of my favorites, and frequently wins radio station polls. The rockers are always fun, and make this one of my top picks. The Eagles reliably deliver the full, polished sound of a real rock band, even in the songs where they're whining instead of rocking. I appreciated the slow songs more this time, since I listened more consciously than I usually do. All in all, I greatly enjoyed the album. I was a little exasperated by Don Henley's perpetually bleeding heart, but that might just be a lack of patience with his slow ones. I loved every song on the Boys of Summer alblum, and I don't have as much trouble with Rufus Wainwright's bleeding heart.

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I liked this more than I thought I would but it's not the kind of thing I can see myself putting on often... ... although if I ever do get a nice little home to call my own, with a little area I can sit and watch the rain bucket down and batter the windows, I could see this spinning on vinyl as I had a cup of tea and settled into my favourite comfy chair.

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A masterpiece

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4.25

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I have a playlist of my favorite songs of all time. Only one song allowed per band. Hotel California is the first song I put on that list, and I think it still belongs on there. The rest of the album is in the 3-4 range for me. Maybe a few too many ballads, I like them but as a spice rather than the full meal.

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A great classic album. The A-side is a collection of great songs, but it honestly drags a little bit on the B-side. I expected to have more to say about such a classic album but I don't. But it is still a great album.

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The Eagles made some classic songs and they will always hold a place in my nostalgia folder but they never took any chances. All their songs are just "safe" so they safely appeal to everyone but there is nothing cutting edge about them or awesome. They are just chill and mellow.

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I'm not the biggest Eagles fan in the world, but this was pretty good, and I'm glad I checked it out. I think the title track was a strange choice as an opener. Anyway, the band's chiller vibe is kind of hit or miss for me, but the album was still a good listen, even if I don't expect to return to its deep cuts anytime soon.

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Overplayed but still great

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You know it's a hugely popular album when you're intimately familiar with 6 of the 9 songs, even though you've never actually listened to the album. I've never been a huge fan, but I have to give them credit for what I'm sure everyone would consider their pinnacle. I think Joe Walsh was good for the band. Without him I suspect they would have been firmly in the soft rock/easy listening category, but he gave them a bit more of an edge. Enough at least that I enjoy listening. 4 stars.

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A classic. Trails off a little there at the end, but still a good album

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A pleasant journey. I would say it's a perfect road trip album. I was exposed to it many times before - when I was a kid my parents used to play it from a MC while driving. Hotel California brings the good vibes. It's a bit melancholic, laid-back and 70s. However, I don't find it particularly ear-wormy apart from the title song. Highlight: Victim of Love

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Love the first song.

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Neither quite as inspired as other similar albums from this era (don't get why it is so popular) nor as bad as some critics would have you believe.

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Lol I got the album 1960 something. I like the song hotel California but, the album I listened to was alright too.

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On the better end of the rock trends of the late 70s. Lyrics are a little cringey in general and the instrumentation and guitar solos overwrought at times, but still has character, good singing, and strong melodies. The flow from theme to theme within songs is a little jumbled at times, and isn't very sonically or conceptually cohesive. I also think the album isn't as playful as it could be; it takes itself a little too seriously. This album seems to exist in the strange in-between from classic rock of the earlier 70s to the soft rock/metal of the 80s - its a reflection of its time, but not always in a bad way. Not really to my taste, but I can see why a lot of people like it! Definitely good driving music, not the greatest for a standalone listen. 2.5 but I'm feeling generous so I rounded up.

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Pleasant enough to listen to but a bit forgettable, except for the classics of course

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Yes, it bangs!

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en trea får det bli även om det var en del tråk

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I like „Hotel California“. But the rest of the album is a bit boring.

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Not for me

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You know, I was a little dissapointed.

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album started off strong but dies off. what is up with wasted time and the last resort? These songs were completely out of character with the rest of the album.

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Very safe rock. Title track is still great though.

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Classic, uplifting rock shit. Good harmonies on some songs. Ballads were a little meh

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A bit dreary, great song sad album.

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Its the eagle. But it’s pretty ok.

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entendo o apelo mas não é meu tipo de música

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Solid, great music

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I had a rough night and I hate the fuckin eagles

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the title track's legendary status is deserved. the rest of the album just feels like exposed chest hair, wide collars, gold chains, and feathered hair. like a bunch of other albums in this list, it just screams of its time. for me, in this case, it's not something i love.

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A couple bangers, but otherwise a little too chilled out to be universally memorable.

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A couple classics, but pretty average other than that.

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This is one of the first albums I recall as a kid. There isn't a lot of depth but it's pretty good for just chilling. It'll never make my regular rotation, but I like it and how it takes me back to the 70s as a kid.

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Hotel California - vibes. New Kid in Town - didn't like at first but story got pretty interesting, chorus started to grow on me. Life in the Fast Lane - felt some soul in this one. also musically sound like cars the movie the song. story cool too. Wasted Times - Aight. Kinda forgot what it sounded like but i think it was good. Victim of love - kinda forgot this song already. Pretty Little Maids - OK Try and Love Again - great. good vibes. The Last Resort - nice

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Rock extremadamente lento

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The 3ist of 3's I ever did see

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Actually pretty good overall, but the weakest song is the second and right after the title track so it feels like it drops sharply. Life in the Fast Lane was pretty good, hadn't heard that before.

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Tried to check out from this album, but I could never leave

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Probably three stars, tailed off towards the end

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What else can be said about the Eagles that hasn't already been said? Obviously the title track is great. The rest of the album is uninterestingly solid. Do you think Hotel California is the most-played radio song of all time? If I let my mind wander I could almost convince myself I had just flipped the radio on to 102.5 fm. Does anyone care about the Eagles' other albums? Does any other album than Hotel California even matter? Are we living our own lives or just trapped in a simulation? Hotel California is sign, signified, and signifier. Simulacra and simulation of a shared experience that we all never really experienced. You can never check out and you can never leave.

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Ah, The Eagles, AKA, music for hillbillies to fuck to. I don’t care what anyone says, Hotel California is an amazing song—reggae, country, classic rock, dual soloing guitars, great build up and climax. I don’t care if it’s not about anything and it’s a made up place. But, alas, you can’t give a 5 for just one song. After Hotel California you’re fucking hyped then you get the proto-margaritaville trash in New Kid in town and it instantly goes from a 5 to a 3. Then you get Life in the Fast Lane, great hook, drum beat, and your back, it’s at least a 4 now. Then the rest of the album happens and it has four too many love ballads. You get a momentary reprieve with Try and Love. As much as I want to give this album a 4 for two songs, I can’t. The Eagles are a best of band, their best album is their best of album, they can’t pull together a full album that is great, even with the addition of Joe Walsh. This album shines in fleeting moments, but the rest is just Dusty Springfield and therefore It’s a 3 for me.

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It's the music business, and business is GOOOOD. The Eagles deliver a masterclass 9 slide Power Point presentation on music as a multi-generational investment strategy. Was Woodstock a bit scary? Did the Summer of Love go too far? Do you wanna lay down in the SoCal sunshine with Henley/Frye? Do you prefer khakis? EAGLES. They defined 70s California rock. They wrote hook after hook. Walls of vocal harmonies. This record shines like a perfect stack of gold bricks. New Kid in Town is a near-perfect song. The double guitar solos on Hotel California are iconic. The OOoooOOOs on Wasted Time are heavenly. It's too easy to hate the Eagles. It's too easy to like the Eagles. I can accept music and greed living side by side. It's a great album. B

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Bog standard 70's rock album.

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Didn't give it much of a listen, but got a few good ones

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Starts with a bang, but then just seems to drift.

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I like the fantasticalness of the hotel, like the way it's described and the feel of it and that, the spookyness of the fact that you can't leave (is that a metaphor?). This kind of slow rock isn't really a genre I connect with in general so didn't get a lot of the album, but I do like the storytelling aspect of it.

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Not necessarily my thing but can see the appeal. Strong start with a few classics.

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Most of this is so familiar that it now sounds quite cliched, but it’s a collection of good tunes nonetheless.

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bara pga låten?

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Definitely not their best album.

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Enjoyable enough, not raving about it like a lot of people

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After listening the first time, I was a but underwhelmed because of Hotel California and Life in The Fast Lane being overplayed. However, the 3rd listen through I got it. Wasted Time and Victim of Love are my two favorites. Try and Love again is magical

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I mean I listened to it Kinda boring idk Favorite songs: Hotel California, Life I in the Fast Lane, your mom

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Here’s a familiar face! Will there be more on here than Hotel California? Yes, I obviously recognize “Life in the Fast Lane” as well. Not too many other standout tracks for me, but hard to deny this overall. It just goes down so smooth. I feel like Hotel California is a meme at this point, maybe even was then, but you gotta love it. Favorite tracks: Hotel California, Life in the Fast Lane, Victim of Love. Album art: Total classic, iconic cover. A pretty beautiful and dreamy picture, and the neon elevates it to something special. No problems here. 3.5/5

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Powrot do klasycznego rocka, tym razem Eagles z ich piatym albumem, najwiekszym komercyjnym sukcesem, a wiec hotel california, na tym materiale banda odchodzi od swojego country brzmienia na rzecz bardziej popowego rokowania, jest to tez pierwszy album bez leadona, ktory byl glownym zrodlem ciagot wiejskich w bandzie, za niego do skladu wszedl joe walsh, czyli jedna z legendarnych gitarek hamerykanskiego rockowania, z pewnoscia pomoglo to zmienic brzmienie eaglesowe w tym materiale, o samym koncepcie hotelu california sie juz nasluchalem wystarczajaco od daj hardowych fanow, ze nie bede znowu sie zaglebial w te krolicza nore, jesli chodzi o brzmienie to dominuje gitarka, co nie jest dziwne, jesli czterech na pieciu czlonkow bandy ma swoje partie gitarowe na krazku, glownym wokalem jest pan henley, ale frey, walsh i meisner takze po swoim traku, jedynie bez kawalka zostal fedler, choc i tak kazdego mozna uslyszec na backujacych woklach chocby w otwierajacym klasycznym traku hotel california, gdyby sie nie wsluchac za dobrze, to mozna stwierdzic, ze na plycie wystepuje tylko jeden wokal, to zasluga albo wina pana szymczyka i jego charakterystycznej produkcji, ktora mozna uslyszec nie tylko na wiekszosci eaglesowych materialow, ale takze chocby u B.B. kinga, czy walsha, pan wiedzial jak stworzyc dzwiek ktory bedzie sluchalny, ale jednak traci sie w tym unikalnosc brzmienia, to samo mozna by powiedziec o lirycznej stronie plyty, bo operuje ona mocno na niejasnosciach i wielorakim znaczeniach tekstu, wiec tak jak w ambitnym popie byc powinno byc, bo radiowy sluchacz uslyszy songa o raju na ziemi w hotelu kalifornijskim, a inny bedzie slyszal opisy branzy muzycznej okiem eaglesowym, interpretacja dowolna, z plyty moim ulubionym kawalkiem, jest zdecydowanie life in the fast lane, wiec laduje on na plejce razem z kawalkiem walshowym, to jest pretty maids all in a row

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American old school movie feel. Good. Redneck

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The Dude said, "I hate the f*ckin Eagles, man!" But this album is alright. I always wondered why the Dude hates the Eagles. I mean, they seem laid back like him. Maybe he had a bad experience. Or maybe they're too corporate. Maybe they're "a buncha a$$holes" like Metallica (he did roadie for them). Whatever the case, the guitar solo on the title track is worth the price of admission even though they stole the chord progression from Jethro Tull. (Maybe the Dude is a Tull fan...)

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Brilliant start but loses its way in the second half.

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As bland as it comes and for some reason I like it 👍🏼

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Not a huge Eagles fan, but it was nice to hear some of their deeper cuts that never made it to single status.

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Was surprised how many songs I’d already heard, but on the whole the rest of the album sort of blended into a less than memorable 70s soft rock blur. It was fine, but didn’t make me feel the need to do more Eagles deep dives.

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I got this as my first album on this website and it has me not wanting to continue

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Over half this album are radio heavy hitters. The album itself though, meh, doesn't feel like you're listening to an album. It's a lot more sleepy than you'd otherwise think. I'm realizing the Eagles in general have sleepier hits than I thought, and listening to them a bunch in a row, rather than interspersed among heavier songs, actually makes them less interesting and less worth listening to. For what I would expect to be a solid 5-star on the strength of the hit machine this album was, it's more like a collection of singles that don't play that well together. After a front-to-back listen, I'm rating it shockingly low for what I would have predicted.

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Hotel California and Life In The Fast Lane cement this album in the American psyche. Wasted Time is just one of those lazy ballads. I hear that Parliament synth tone in Pretty Maids All In A Row. The Last Resort is another overly saccharine effort.

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Nunca lo había escuchado completo. Buenas rolas. solo buenas

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No lo sé. Dos grandes rolas y luego na. Muy grandes las dos pero muy na las demás.

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Enjoyable listen. 3 stars

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This isn't too bad. Yeah it's overplayed dad rock but it deserves a bit more than a big Lebowski quote. 3/5.

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Well, that's a little bit more than that single alone

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A remarkable set of songs from an amazing group of musicians. Trouble is, these songs are so familiar there's almost a sense that I don't need to listen to them any more. Last Resort still kicks all sorts of ass, though.

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Such a lovely place

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Talk about polarizing groups, lots of 5 and 1 stars here. Ok the single Hotel California is a 800 lb monster gorilla, one of the best rock singles ever, nuff said. But the remainder of the album is over-wrought Dad rock that hasn't aged well. This gets 3 stars only because of the gorilla.

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There are lots of popular songs that I never liked that cause me to change the channel when they are played. There are a handful of songs that I really liked initially but were so overplayed that hearing them now makes me noxious. The two most extreme examples are Stairway to Heaven and Hotel California. If a cab driver were playing Hotel Calif I'd insist he change the music and hope I don't get kicked out of the cab, like The Dude did when he informed the cabbie that he "hates the fucking Eagles". Based on what I originally thought of the title track, the first three songs get the album off to a good start but I find the album drops off considerably after that. Most of the songs following those first three songs are sappy. These include songs like Wasted Time, where the excessive orchestration makes it sappy, and the last three songs on side 2 (although Joe Walsh's guitar solo saves Try and Love Again but the vocal harmonies during the fade can make you forget how good the guitar was.) Three big songs might get a four in some cases but I can't get there.

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There is a reason why I only know Hotel California

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I like the rockers on this album (title track, Life in the Fast Lane, Victim of Love), but the ballads all kind of blend together for me.

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ballatone, qualche ci sta come sottofondo cena

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Very top heavy

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Great listening, last song dragged it down a bit

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New a few songs. Good

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Pleasant enough! Hotel California is neat but nothing else stood out.

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A little softer than I expected, but pretty good. 2 recognized songs

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Never been a Eagles fan, but can’t help love the title track.

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Nice album

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Sheesh - Way more ballads on this one that I know what to do with. It's interesting to see what's classified as rock n' roll over the years. A few of the songs piqued my interest, and you can't help but love the title track. Beyond that though, it felt a little flat and dreary. I guess I had to be there to appreciate it.

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Feel really similarly about this as the first Eagles album. Some high highs and then a lot of filler that didnt do too much for me

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Album: 3/5, enjoyable as background music for me. Really liked "New Kid In Town" and "Wasted Time." 1. 3/5 2. 3/5 3. 2/5 4. 4/5 5. 3/5 6. 2,5/5 7. 2/5 8. 2/5 9. 2/5

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чисто заглавный трек норм

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A fine collection of songs although many are of their time. The familiarity of the singles provides them with a longevity, plus they are also significantly better than many of the others.

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Hotel california is great, but the guys voice grates on me a bit

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Kinda borring, but not bad. I may be a pretentious music nerd, but I still enjoy this.

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Inoffensive dad rock. Hotel California obviously slaps and overall the Eagle's are not as bad as the meme wants them to seem

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Rock extremadamente lento

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A very pleasant listen. I obviously knew the hits but also liked things like the little orchestral interlude. Not a band I've ever has much inclination to delve further into, but this is nice.

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Never need to hear Hotel California again. Try And Love Again is a great song.

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I don't hate the Eagles like The Dude does, but some of their songs beat me down; Hotel California is chief among them, with Life in the Fast Lane close behind. The fact that both are on this album makes it a slog, but it was better than I wanted to admit. Still not something I would ever put on voluntarily. Best track: The Last Resort

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Front end is boppy! Last end lost me a bit

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I expected to like this one a lot more than I did. The songs weren't really memorable and some of them didn't really seem to fit the vibe. I thought one of them could've been a Kiss song. Only reason I'm giving it a 3 instead of a 2 is because my Mom loves the eagles so I feel like I owe it to her.

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Genre: Pop Rock 3/5 Buoyed by one of the most massive singles in rock history, the album Hotel California is one of the best-selling records of all time. Along with their Greatest Hits album that had been released the previous year, another album that’s still one of the highest-selling records ever, The Eagles were flying high, and writing some of the most memorable music of the 70s. However, after the initial headrush of the opening title track, the album leaves much to be desired. Life in the Fast Lane is another good single. The production on this is nice and expensive, as lush strings fill the empty spaces left by the sparse arrangements Helder and Walsh provide throughout the later half of this album. Wasted Times is just that, and the last half of the album wasn’t good until the last few minutes of The Last Resort. As scathing as I sound, this album ain’t half bad, but it’s certainly no crown jewel.

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De un disco que abre con una de las canciones más emblemáticas, no solo de su época, sino de el Rock en general, la neta esperaba muchísimo más. Hotel Claifornia, como canción, tiene muchísimo que ofrecer (incluso pese a lo choteada): Solos de guitarra memorables, largos y muy entretenidos; buenas voces; letra críptica pero de todos modos muy buena; y en general una estructura larga y de muchas partes que la mantienen entretenida. Luego viene el otro sencillo, New Kid In Town… Nada mala, un poco muy soft, pero el toque country es agradable. Pero de ahí, se me cae el disco. No vuelve a tomar nada de lo interesante que ofrece Hotel California y abusa de partes exageradas y la voz, que en la primera es interesante, se vuelve tediosa. Lástima; teóricamente es uno de los grandes discos de la década y a mí me quedó debiendo.

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Good, relaxing album. Every song is about a minute too long, but that’s The Eagle.

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It's long been fashionable to dump on the Eagles. Charges include their insipid songwriting, privilege of facility over feeling and just downright dullness. I think those are fair critiques, to an extent. Side two of 'Hotel California' ticks those boxes; 'Last Resort' being the prime culprit. But side one - it's pretty good, no? The title track is overplayed but, when rationed out, still has a kick to it. 'Life in the Fast Lane' is a genuinely good cautionary tale of excess. The Eagles are a strange duck, as they can be great or terrible, sometimes in the span of the same song. At least this platter didn't contain 'James Dean', in my top five hated rock songs of all time.

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Title track is awesome, of course. Anyone who disagrees has just been overexposed to it. The rest of the album is nice, their harmonies are very good. It's pleasant easy-going rock, which is nice at times but isn't exactly my style.

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Dad Rock at its finest

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-I had a rough night & I hate the fucking Eagles man- Not really but I do always think of that line from the dude. The Eagles are fine, influential & all that.

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Aight. Has nice mellow songs then very country sounds

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Maybe I'm just tired of rock music but this one was meh

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Meticulous production. Lots of filler.

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One really good song but the rest were average and okay not the sort of album that keeps me interested throughout

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I like Hotel California--both the title track and the album. People criticize the Eagles for being basic or "dad music" but this album deserves its hype. That said, I don't love every track and though I'd re-listen to two or three tracks, can't say I'd revisit the album in its entirety. Fave track: Hotel California. It's the most famous track for a reason.

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Stille og rolig rock, afslappende elguitar, rimelig nemt lyt

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6/10 Best song - Hotel California

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...okay I have basically no affection for this kind of soft-rock, country ballad and even I quite enjoyed this. Blah blah obligatory Big Lebwoski joke.

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Hotel California is the one really good song on this album. I'm sure if I paid more attention to the lyrics I'd enjoy the album more but most of the songs just don't have much energy and feel rather bland. Listening to "Already Gone" from a previous album and thinking, why doesn't Hotel CA have more upbeat, country rock songs like this? Why is this one of the biggest selling albums of all time?

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It was ok, def some gems

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Ebenfalls ein 70ies-Album, das ein bisschen lahm daherkommt. Life in the Fast Lane und Victim of Love haben mit gut gefallen, zum Titelstück habe ich seit jeher ein eher ambivalentes Verhältnis. Die Balladen sind verzichtbar.

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Three bangers. The rest is meh.

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Yeah, Hotel California is the peak of this album. It goes on a steady slide down from there.

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Well, this won't be a one star album as 'The Eagles' was, as it contains at least one stone cold classic. The title track is great obviously, but also, Life in the Fast Lane is a fun stomper, and The Last Resort is very good too. Clearly evolved past the horror of their debut (though not entirely - Victim of Love is an overlong, self indulgent pile of crap) to make an album that is great when it's great, and inoffensive when it isn't 👏👏👏

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Dobra muzyka do jazdy samochodem, 3 razy słuchałem i przestawałem cokolwiek słyszeć koło 3-go utworu.

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This album and band gets a lot of flack because of a meme, but this album is, objectively, a really good pop/yacht-rock album. Some all-time classics of classic rock radio here and very well produced. It's not as bad as people claim it is because of The Dude doesn't like them. It's....fine. 3.5/5.

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It's pretty decent for a boring band like The Eagles.

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Dakle, jučere kod komše na radiu čujem Hotel California i nije mi išlo iz glave taj refren, i eto sad klinca, dobih ovaj album danas. Zadovoljavajuć score, i to je to.

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Balls…. Sounds the osmonds do country ballads. Just plain old dull!

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Despite myself, I still have a soft spot for the title track. But after that, the album is just pop rock. Competent, sure, but overwrought, especially when the Eagles try to include strings or keys in the arrangement. Stick to something that has a little soul to it.

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2.5

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ingen favorit direkt men kan förstå att vissa uppskattar det.

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Helt okej

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Two are okay. Hotel California is not.

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zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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Production: 9/20 Songwriting: 7/20 Innovation: 4/20 Bangers: 0/20 Emotional response: 5/20 =25 Overblown bollocks

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Aparte del bombazo de la canción que da título al disco solo un par de cosas interesantes. Y eso que me gusta la Americana music y hace muchísimo que no oía este disco y pensé que lo mismo había madurado como para apreciarlo.

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Só Hotel California se salva, o resto por mais bem cantadas que sejam, soam só como um cover de boteco de Bryan Adams.

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Terrible.

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I have such a strange relationship with this band. Absolutely recognize and appreciate the talent they have and work they put in. Vocal harmonies are incredible. But most of their songs...sorry, I just don't get pulled in by them. Totally get why they are revered; just not by me.

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Yeh, alright, recognised the obvious tracks. Hotel California etc. Not really my bag though. 2/5

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Welcome to the most underwhelming album. Such an okay place Least it has some grace

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Saved Prior: Hotel California Off Rip: New Kid In Town Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: Didn't really like this. Hotel California the song is incredible though.

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Hotel Cali Boring Ya

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Listen, they clearly know their way around a song or two. But it is truly all so... perfunctory. Where's the passion lads? Where's the unusual turns? It's all very pleasant. Very competently crafted. Don't get me wrong, music needs its craftsmen - so actually maybe crafted is the wrong word - it's competently designed. Like an Ikea table. As an Ikea table will serve its purpose for people who understand a table is necessary and just want it to put their plates and vases on, so the Eagles serve a purpose as music for people who don't need their music to do anything more than be music.

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Strong start but oof there were some stinkers later on

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Not a big fan before this listen and that's not changed. I can see why the 3 most popular tracks are the only 3 I ever really hear - the rest are average at best

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Hotel California is a great track, but I have heard it way too often. The album has two more great songs, but the rest I don't care about. 2/5

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Starts out with a bang, quickly fades into a whisper. There is only one good track here, the rest is all forgettable dross

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I found this strangely disappointing- I wanted it to be more than it is.

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This is a prime example of a top heavy album. The opening track is incredible, and New Kid in Town is great too, but things just slowly decline from there and the entire B side is just forgettable dad rock

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The first song will make any bbq amazing and then the rest of the album will be playing I guess?

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Eh. Extra star to support eagles learning to play musical instruments…. Live your dreams, birbs

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this sounds like what a white 40-60 year old man who regular abuses people (particularly women) listens to while driving on a sunny day to escape his own problems. hotel california is okay though.

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Hotel California is a bop, was interested to hear some of their other songs... I am no longer interested.

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This should just be a 45 with the title track on one side and "New Kid on Town" on the other. I'm hard pressed to think of another record that comes out swinging as hard as this one does and then disappoints further and further with each successive track, all the way to the last seconds of its merciful conclusion. How the same decade that gave us Taxi Driver also made this band a gargantuan success is something I'll never fully understand.

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Another album that is impossible to separate from pre-existing impressions, prejudices etc. And I have just heard Hotel California too many times! Can I place myself in the position of someone hearing it for the first time? What would I think? Pretty solid but does not resonate for me. Coincidently - just watched the Big Lebowski - which would get a 4 or even a 5

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"Hotel California" is a stupid song. Fight me. While I don't hate "Life in the Fast Lane" or "Victim of Love" everything else is either too schlocky and/or elevator music. 2.5/5 stars

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I don't like it, and never did.

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i'm not quite as emphatica about it as his dudeness but i don't really like the eagles. Its like country plus.

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C'est une bonne toune hôtel califournia Je connaissais la deuxième aussi mais pas le reste. L'album est pas si pire mais rien accote les deux premières tounes J'aurai écouté l'album complet une fois dans ma vie..

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The famous songs are the good ones. Last song is truly awful. Polar opposite of Rumors - here the bad reputation is well-deserved

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One of the stronger pillars of my parents’ marriage is their shared hatred for Hotel California to the point where I was not allowed to play it on Guitar Hero World Tour in their presence. I don’t share the same level of disdain, but there’s not much to like here either.

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Wow nisam ocekivo ovolko los ostatak albuma

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For the first time, I am abstaining from listening to this album and giving it 1 star

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Sorry, no.

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Naaaaa

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26X Platinum! What an odd duck I must be! I could barely tolerate the first three (hit) songs back in the day (the title track had a good guitar solo) but the rest is unlistenable. So commercial. Bad 70s rock.

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nope, never need to hear this again.

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Most songs blocked in YouTube Music. The Dude was right ... Fuck the Eagles

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it was all glenn fry junk.

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I've listened to too much Eagles growing up on the radio to really enjoy them anymore, but gave this a spin anyway. I can't say that these aren't good songs, but Don Henley's voice is a little too syrupy for my taste and the music is too sweet and smooth to be interesting to listed to. I know. I should like the Eagles. I just don't

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It's so bland compared to their contemporaries and inspirations: none of the politics of CCR, none of the of the romantic complications of Fleetwood Mac, none of the creativity of Steely Dan- just rock ballad after rock ballad

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un pedazo humeante de mierda. tiene 2 rolas chidas, lo demás es basura.

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Not listening to that garbage on my birthday

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Would give it a zero if I could

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Fuck this band. Fuck that song. Fuck this album.

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Painfully bland, only managed about 5 songs. Nnnneeeexxxxxxttttttt.

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Ergh. I don't know. Shit. Hotel California is massive I guess. Got bored instantly. If it was a footballer it would be Romelu Lukaku trying to escape Chelsea, but way less interesting.

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Drôle d'album. Hotel California, je ne suis plus capable de l'entendre. J'ai probablement déjà aimé New Kid In Town étant jeune, vraiment jeune. Aujourd'hui je déteste cette chanson. Je ne comprends pas ce que Life in the Fast Lane fait sur cet album. Elle ne cadre tellement pas avec le reste. C'est la chanson que je préfère. Pas sûr de comprendre pourquoi tout d'un coup, il y a un orchestre pour Wasted Time (Reprise).

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Je n’ai jamais aimé ce band. Le texte de Hôtel California est bien, mais l’ensemble me tape sués nerfs. Le reste de l’album fait un peu danse sociale. Une chance qu’il y a « Life in the fast lane ».

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I had to listen on YouTube because I refuse to stream this and let it fuck up my algorithm. Fucking dreadful album and band.

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To quote The Dude, "I f*ckin hate The Eagles."

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Un chinito pecando.

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i love it

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Right up my ally. This album was unknown to me because it came out before my teenage alternative rock years. I probably wouldn't have listened to it because of the language anyway though.

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