Written By: Braddon S. Williams
EAGLES: HOTEL CALIFORNIA
Joe Walsh joined the Eagles and they created Hotel California (1976), so thanks, Joe! You took a great band and made them even better. Even if the rest of the album was garbage, the title track alone would have made the list.
Of course, the album also contains Life In The Fast Lane, The Last Resort, New Kid In Town, and Victim Of Love.
Eagles had vocals for days…Don Henley and Glenn Frey were both absolute aces, and then they had Joe to bring out for comic relief and Randy Meisner was good for a song when needed.
Then they had the harmonies and that was the icing on the cake. Having Joe Walsh to trade lead guitar duties with Don Felder was pretty amazing, too.
Hotel California sold around a gazillion copies and somehow lost the Grammy Award for album of the year to Rumors by Fleetwood Mac (one of the best head to head battles in the history of the award show).
This album is going to be listened to for generations to come. Like they say in the song, “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.”