Thursday 11 March 2021

On the turntable today...Eagles

It’s a 70’s lockdown...You can check out any time you like but you can never leave. It’s a real cracker on the turntable today folks. Released in February 1977, with punk music on the doorstep, we welcomed in The Eagles who gave us their stupendous multi million selling album Hotel California.

I love this record. It's title track contained one of the most memorable guitar breaks ever along with Don Hen Henley's superb lead vocal belting out above it and having a real poke at the excesses life in the sunshine state of California. Sitting alongside that magnificent opening cut we have the country tinged New Kid In town, the thoughtful ballad Wasted Time and the energetic Life In The Fast Lane. This album is jam packed with great songs, and then you add Victim of Love and Pretty Maids All In A Row which makes this album an even better listen.

The real nugget on this album though is the closing track, The Last Resort. It gives Hotel California the final piece of class and quality to make it stand out and shine as one of the best LP's of it's generation. The Last Resort is a simply stunning song and closes out a great album perfectly.
This has to be in my top five favourite albums of all time. Just a brilliant piece of work that you knew was going to be so tough to follow up for the band. You can’t make music much better than this and they never really did.

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