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According to a worldwide survey, “Hotel California” is the most common song in music playlists. Who can blame them? The song is truly a masterpiece, undoubtedly the best song delivered by the Eagles. It’s also one of the most renowned songs globally. “Hotel California” is known for it’s misinterpreted lyrics, and simple, but effective guitar rifts. Just yesterday, I was surfing the web, when I came across a fact stating that there are more than 30 misinterpreted meanings to the lyrics. Weird, huh? Anyways, I’ll be reviewing this masterpiece today. Hope you like it! Let’s get to it!


Eagles (L-R): Joe Walsh, Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Timothy B. Schmit

History: “Hotel California” is a song from the Eagles’ self- titled album. It was released as a single on February 1977. Although the song has lots of misinterpreted lyrics, the Eagles say the song is about “The high life in Los Angeles”. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart for one week in May 1977. This song earned the Eagles the 1977 Grammy Award for Record of the Year at the 20th Annual Grammy Awards in 1978. The song was certified to a platinum rating after successfully crossing 1,000,000 online digital downloads. The guitar solo in “Hotel California” has been rated the Eighth ranking on the Guitar Magazine’s Top 100 Guitar Solos. There is only one *famous* version of the song viz. The Studio Version, having a duration of 6 Minutes and 8 Seconds.

What this song tries to convey to us: There are a LOT of interpretations of the song, and I’m afraid if I go on writing them, I’ll die due to exhaustion. So, I’ve provided a link, so that you can check it out anytime: Misinterpretations of “Hotel California”.

Review: The song starts off with the bass and the acoustic guitar. The song is known for its simplicity, after all. Don Henley kick starts the vocals at 00:52, after the famous ‘door knocking’ sound is heard. The context of the song is smooth, lyrics are simple and rhythm is enchanting. The vocals (Don Harley) also pack a punch, being on the softer side. The first chorus starts at 01:45, and it is the most famous part of the song, with quirky electric guitar rifts added in between. The beats are also completely different for the chorus. With the chorus ending at 02:10, Henley starts the second stanza again; and adds a little “Urgh” (02:18) in between. This verse also contains the notorious “So I called up the Captain, “Please bring me my wine”; He said “We haven’t had that spirit here since 1969″” phrase, which is referred to as a metaphorical phrase. The second chorus will start at 03:03, and just like the previous one, it’ll be added with quirky guitar rifts and high tempo beats. Anyways, the third stanza begins at 03:29; and it is considered to be the most controversial stanza. The vocals end with a bang at 04:20, and an awesome solo (Electric guitar) is initiated from the same. The beats are almost identical, and the guitar solo (From 04:20 – 06:25) just BLOWS your mind off! From highs to lows, from lows to highs – Such ease, such perfection! There are also plenty of looped rifts played, my favorite being the 05:39 – 06:25 loop. The song starts fading off from 06:08, and ends completely at 06:31.

Review: No arguments or pros/cons here, no need for special mentions, just a flat out 10/10 for this epic masterpiece. Rock on, Eagles!


Lyrics for “Hotel California” :

Download link for “Hotel California” : (Right click on link, click “Save Link/Target As)


Album Art

“Hotel California” is a song from Eagles’ self titled album, “Eagles”


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