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EAGLES - HOTEL CALIFORNIA ORIGINAL 1976 ASYLUM RECORDS STEREO LP 7E-1084
ORIGINAL U.S. PRESSING
INCLUDES ORIGINAL THREE-PART POSTER
THIS IS THE ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC, FIRST U.S. PRESSING THIS IS NOT A REISSUE, AN IMPORT, OR A COUNTERFEIT PRESSING.
The record has a Lee Hulko s engineer of this album name or his initials LH clearly stamped or hand-etched in the trail-off vinyl dead wax
ORIGINAL GATEFOLD COVER
COVER IS STILL IN ITS ORIGINAL SHRINK CELLOPHANE WRAP WITH A NIFTY STICKER STILL AFFIXED TO THE WRAP.
CLEAN, WEAR-FREE LABELS
FAIRLY THICK VINYL PRESSING On the scale from 1 to 10 1 being the least, and 10 being the most severe , we assess the thickness of the vinyl as 7.
THE RECORD HAS A STERLING STAMP IN THE TRAIL-OFF VINYL DEAD WAX AREA, WHICH IS GENERALLY CONSIDERED A PROOF OF AUTHENTICITY OF THE FIRST PRESSING.
PLEASE SEE THE IMAGE OF THE COVER, LABEL OR BOTH, SHOWN BELOW
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The Eagles took 18 months between their fourth and fifth albums, reportedly spending eight months in the studio recording Hotel California. The album was also their first to be made without Bernie Leadon, who had given the band much of its country flavor, and with rock guitarist Joe Walsh. As a result, the album marks a major leap for the Eagles from their earlier work, as well as a stylistic shift toward mainstream rock. An even more important aspect, however, is the emergence of Don Henley as the band s dominant voice, both as a singer and a lyricist. On the six songs to which he contributes, Henley sketches a thematic statement that begins by using California as a metaphor for a dark, surreal world of dissipation comments on the ephemeral nature of success and the attraction of excess branches out into romantic disappointment and finally sketches a broad, pessimistic history of America that borders on nihilism. Of course, the lyrics kick in some time after one has appreciated the album s music, which marks a peak in the Eagles playing. Early on, the group couldn t rock convincingly, but the rhythm section of Henley and Meisner has finally solidified, and the electric guitar work of Don Felder and Joe Walsh has arena-rock heft. In the early part of their career, the Eagles never seemed to get a sound big enough for their ambitions after changes in producer and personnel, as well as a noticeable growth in creativity, Hotel California unveiled what seemed almost like a whole new band. It was a band that could be bombastic, but also one that made music worthy of the later tag of classic rock, music appropriate for the arenas and stadiums the band was playing. The result was the Eagles biggest-selling regular album release, and one of the most successful rock albums ever.
EXCERPT FROM AN ONLINE REVIEW BY WILLIAM RUHLMAN, ALL MUSIC GUIDE /ALLMUSIC.COM/
Ladies and Gents, you are looking at the 13th no jynx here biggest selling album in the history of the world. It is official. With 16 million copies sold over the past quarter century, Hotel California easily, and with comfortable margin, outsold the Beatles Red , White and Blue albums, Pink Floyd s Dark Side of the Moon , Bee Gees Saturday Night Fever , Bruce Springsteen s Born in the USA , every single Led Zeppelin album except for Led Zep IV , and so many other multi-million platinum-sellers that it s not funny anymore. Clearly, the boys must have done something right on this one. Alas, one album they could not outdo: their own Greatest Hits 1971-1975 which, with more than 27 million copies sold over the past 26 years, remains the biggest selling album ever.The eagles soar high, indeed.
For its extraordinary contribution to the modern music, superb production, craftsmanship, fine musicianship, revolutionary significance and influence it exerted on numerous generations of musicians, writers and general public, this album was voted one of top-100 albums of all time in one of the largest poll of critics, music reviewers, professionals and producers ever organized: the poll, which was conducted in 1987 by Paul Gambaccini, legendary BBC Radio AR man, surveyed more than 50 top music professionals click here for the complete album listing
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IMPORTANT NOTE: unless otherwise noted, ALL records are graded visually, and NOT play-graded we grade records under the strong, diffuse room light or discrete sunlight
a WE GRADE THE VINYL AS NEAR MINT. Some VERY LIGHT AND SUPERFICIAL abrasions mostly sleeve scuffs - are barely visible, but are probably inaudible, and do not affect visual integrity or beauty of the vinyl. The original luster is very much intact, and the vinyl shines and sparkles almost like new. minor, superficial scuff noted on the title track definitely NOT audible
b The album comes with the original poster still intact.
c The record comes in its original, custom, inner sleeve, which is UNIQUE to this album.
d The record is pressed on a RELATIVELY thick, inflexible vinyl. This is NOT a thin, flimsy dynaflex type , vinyl, but not the thickest, most rigid vinyl, either.
e Of course, this is a full-bodied ANALOG recording, and not an inferior, digital recording
COVER IS STRONG NEAR MINT, STILL IN ITS ORIGINAL SHRINK WRAP A SMALL PIECE OF SHRINK WRAP IS MISSING
The following flaws or imperfections are noted on the cover:
- Visible shelf wear noted on the bottom seam