This is a feature where we will take a closer look at the history and design of one of the most iconic album covers of all time. Faded loss of innocence and decadence.
Hotel california album cover hotel california proves the eagles are more than the new kid in town.
Hotel california album cover. This is behind the cover brought to you by pure music. According to don henley the sleeve of the eagles 1976 album hotel california was intended to convert an atmosphere of faded glory loss of innocence and decadence. Writing credits for the song are shared by don felder music don henley and glenn frey lyrics.
Photographer david alexander and i set out to scout suitable locations. Their fifth studio album was not just their best selling but one of the worlds best selling records of all time. American rock band the eagles released hotel.
I was trying to use california as the microcosm for the rest of the nation. It was their first album with guitarist joe walsh who had replaced founding member bernie leadon and is the last album to feature bassist randy meisner. Hotel california is the title track from the eagles album of the same name and was released as a single in february 1977.
The eagles original recording of the song features henley singing the lead vocals and concludes with an extended section of electric guitar interplay between felder and. For the album cover don wanted me to find and portray the hotel california a hotel which would best exemplify a classic california hotel and to portray it with a slightly sinister edge. But this could be said about the eagles 1976 album hotel california.
Hotel california is the fifth studio album by american rock band the eaglesthe album was recorded by bill szymczyk at the criteria and record plant studios between march and october 1976 and then released on asylum in december. For the cover of this album don henley wanted to convey. Why don henleys album cover idea led to two photographers sitting in a cherry picker 60 feet off the ground.
The cover photo of the eagles 1976 album hotel california was taken by photographer david alexander with art director kosh. Rarely does an album cover become more famous than the band itself. Thats not to say the eagles werent one of the most revered rock bands ever.