The EAGLES – ” Hotel California ” 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Box Set

Posted: October 12, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Late next month Warner Music will issue a 40th anniversary super deluxe edition of the Eagles‘ fifth studio album, Hotel California. The Box set with 5.1 surround blu-ray • unreleased live tracks • remastered, Even though the hit album was released in December 1976, most of its impact came the following year, when the LP shot to No. 1 and two of its singles — “New Kid in Town” and the title track “Hotel California” also topped the chart.

The package will be a three disc set consisting of a remastered version of the original album, a live disc with 10 previously unreleased live tracks (from the 20-22 October ’76 gigs at the Los Angeles Forum) and a blu-ray audio with hi-res stereo and 5.1 mixes of the album. The live recordings were taken the band’s three-night stand at the Los Angeles Forum in October 1976 and feature one of the first ever live performances of “Hotel California” and “New Kid In Town” along with other Eagles classics including  “Already Gone,” “Take It To the Limit” and “Witchy Woman.” 

The box set is not dissimilar to the Led Zeppelin super deluxe editions (although no vinyl) and comes in a ‘Solander’ box. As well as the audio/video content described, it will include a 44-page hardcover book, a 24-page replica tour book (11″ x 11″) and three posters (11″ x 22″): Norman Seef photograph, Pete Frame ‘Family Tree’ and Tour Poster).

The Eagles unveiled a remarkable live version of their classic, “Hotel California,” which will appear on the upcoming 40th anniversary deluxe edition of Hotel California, out November 24th. How Glenn Frey’s drug dealer, Don Henley’s king-size mattress and other behind-the-scenes elements played into band’s dark 1976 masterpiece

Recorded at the Forum in Los Angeles in October 1976 – just months before the album’s release – the live rendition of “Hotel California” finds the Eagles in expert form, with electric guitar injecting a new kind of mystique into the song’s distinct opening acoustic melody. Onstage, Don Henley’s vocals carry grit against the band’s backing harmonies, while Joe Walsh and Don Felder tear through their closing guitar duel with precision and surprising flair.

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Per the Los Angeles Timesthe live version of “Hotel California” is one of 10 tracks recorded at the Forum that will appear on the second disc of the Hotel California 40th anniversary deluxe edition. The set will also include the original album, plus a Blu-ray disc containing a new high-resolution stereo mix of the record. A larger box set will also include a booklet featuring previously unpublished photos of the Eagles from the Hotel California era, a replica tour book and a poster.

A two-CD deluxe edition pairs the remastered album with the live CD and, for what it’s worth, there’s also a one CD remaster.  Hotel California 40th anniversary reissues will be released on 24th November 2017.

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