Eagles ‎– Hotel California

Asylum Records ‎– 7E-1084
Vinyl, LP, Album, SP - Specialty Pressing

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A1 Hotel California
Lead Vocals – Don HenleyPercussion – Don HenleySoloist [Guitar Solos] – Don Felder, Joe WalshWritten-By – Don Felder, Don Henley, Glenn Frey
A2 New Kid In Town
Electric Guitar – Don FelderElectric Piano, Organ – Joe WalshGuitarrón [Guitarone] – Randy MeisnerLead Vocals – Glenn FreyWritten-By – Don Henley, Glenn Frey, John David Souther
A3 Life In The Fast Lane
Clavinet – Glenn FreyLead Guitar – Joe WalshLead Vocals – Don HenleyWritten-By – Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh
A4 Wasted Time
Guitar – Don FelderLead Vocals – Don HenleyOrgan – Joe WalshPiano – Glenn FreyWritten-By – Don Henley, Glenn Frey
B1 Wasted Time (Reprise)
Arranged By [Strings Arranged], Conductor [Conducted By] – Jim Ed NormanWritten-By – Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Jim Ed Norman
B2 Victim Of Love
Lead Guitar – Don FelderLead Vocals – Don HenleySlide Guitar – Joe WalshWritten-By – Don Felder, Don Henley, Glenn Frey, John David Souther
B3 Pretty Maids All In A Row
Lead Vocals – Joe WalshPiano – Joe WalshSynthesizer – Glenn Frey, Joe WalshWritten-By – Joe Vitale, Joe Walsh
B4 Try And Love Again
Guitar [Gretsch Guitar] – Joe WalshLead Guitar – Glenn FreyLead Vocals – Randy MeisnerWritten-By – Randy Meisner
B5 The Last Resort
Lead Vocals – Don HenleyPedal Steel Guitar – Don FelderSynthesizer – Don Henley, Joe WalshWritten-By – Don Henley, Glenn Frey

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Comes in a gatefold sleeve with color printed inner sleeve. Includes a foldout 3 panel poster of group in B&W Sepia.

Recorded at Criteria Studios, Miami & the Record Plant, Los Angeles, March-October 1976.
Mixed at Miami.

This release has "SP" in the label matrix, denoting a Specialty Records Corporation pressing.
Other matrix/pressing variations for U.S. release with same cat#:
Hotel California has "CSM" printed on labels.
Hotel California has "PRC" printed on labels.
Hotel California has "PRCW" printed on labels.
Hotel California has both AS 53051 and 7E-1084 printed on release.
Hotel California has "Not For Sale" printed on labels.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Label Side A): 7E-1084-A SP
  • Matrix / Runout (Label Side B): 7E-1084-B SP
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching Side A, Variant 1): 7E 1084 A RE SP -3 "IS IT SIX O'CLOCK YET? STERLING LH
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching Side B, Variant 1): 7E 1084 B -1 RE SP "V.O.L. IS FIVE PIECE LIVE" STERLING LH
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching Side A, Variant 2): 7E 1084 A14 - SP "IS IT SIX O'CLOCK YET?
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching Side B, Variant 2): 7E 1084 B14 - SP "V.O.L. IS FIVE PIECE LIVE"
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching Side A, Variant 3): 7E 1084 A RE SP \-3 "IS IT SIX O'CLOCK YET?" STERLING LH
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching Side B, Variant 3): 7E 1084 B -1 RE SP \-2 "V.O.L. IS FIVE PIECE LIVE" STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching Side A, Variant 4): 7E 1084 A RE SP 1-1 "IS IT SIX O'CLOCK YET? LH
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching Side B, Variant 4): 7E 1084 B-1 RE SP 1-2 "V.O.L. IS FIVE PIECE LIVE" LH
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped, Sides A & B, Variant 4): SRC (Large S with the R and C in the loops)
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped, Sides A & B, Variant 4): STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched, Side A Variant 5): 7E 1084 |X̶̷̲̅| A-1RE SP 1-3 "IS IT 6 O'CLOCK YET?" LH
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched, Side B Variant 5): 7E 1084 B RE SP 1-2 "V.O.L. IS FIVE PIECE LIVE" {Upside Down Cursive: "Scia OK")
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped, Sides A & B Variant 5): STERLING, (Specialty Record Co. Logo)
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched, Side A Variant 6): 7E 1084 |X̶̷̲̅| A-1 RE SP 1-1 "IS IT 6 O'CLOCK YET?" LH
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched, Side B Variant 6): 7E 1084 B RE SP 1-1 "V.O.L. IS FIVE PIECE LIVE"
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped Sides A & B Variant 6): STERLING, (Specialty Record Co. Logo)
  • Other (On Hype Sticker): 7E-1084

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
6E 103, 6E-103 Eagles Hotel California(LP, Album, Gat) Asylum Records, Asylum Records 6E 103, 6E-103 Canada 1976 Sell This Version
103-2 , EUR 253 051 Eagles Hotel California(CD, Album) Asylum Records, Asylum Records 103-2 , EUR 253 051 US Unknown Sell This Version
E2 103 Eagles Hotel California(CD, Album, Club, RE, RP) Asylum Records, Columbia House, Elektra E2 103 Canada 1996 Sell This Version
6EC-103 Eagles Hotel California(LP, Album, Club, Gat) Asylum Records 6EC-103 Canada 1976 Sell This Version
MFSL 1-126 Eagles Hotel California(LP, Album, RE, RM) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Asylum Records MFSL 1-126 US 1984 Sell This Version


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July 3, 2018
Underneath an accidental black light inspection, I noticed that my copy is all kinds of gray and black marbled. Groovy.


April 24, 2018
So, what's best to own ?
2009 KG or 2015 BG ?


November 17, 2017
edited 11 months ago
Specific release reviewed: https://www.discogs.com/Eagles-Hotel-California/release/2541203
Yet another budget audiophile record. The mastering work on these are superb as Sterling usually did on big releases of the mid 70s. Find yourself a US copy in NM condition by them, you wont be dissapointed, unless it suffers from groove wear. Preferably you should have somewhat of an idea of how the record has been treated over the years. The closer to the original the better, but as long as STERLING stamp runouts are involved it should be great.

Equipment used:
Rega RP1 with Nagaoka MP-110 cartridge
Cyrus 2 amplifier
System Fidelity SF5030 tower speakers
Custom made HQ speaker cables


November 17, 2016

This is a review that I’ve been putting off for far too long ... but with Hotel California on my stereo, and the warm smell of colitas rising up through the air, perhaps on my drive across the desert, here in the passenger seat, tonight is the night.

Every artist, either visual or musical, has a piece of work that will essentially forever be linked with them ... that painting, that picture, that film, that album, against which all of their other work stands in judgment ... and this is by no means a negative aspect, or the fault of the public, this simply, in the purest of essence, means that this is the greatest work to rise from an artist, or in this case The Eagles ... the jewel in their crown, a body of work that will live long into the future of rock n’ roll.

The reasons for this are critical, and many artists fall short, because they either miss this fine nuance, or perhaps lightning just didn’t strike for them ... but here, on Hotel California, lightning did strike, and it lit up the sky for miles. Hotel California is more then a grouping of rock songs, the songs are personal, the songs are extremely well done, and executed ... but more, the songs capture a moment in time, when we all were shaking our heads in wonder about life and what was going on around us, as if we were waking from a deep sleep.

Unfortunately for the public, The Eagles were ahead of the curve, and it would take several more years before the seamy underbelly of society would be seen for all of its relentless, mindless excess and would be called to task by the Punk movement ... but at its zenith, The Eagles captured a snapshot of not only their personal lives, but that of all our lives ... and showed it to us in a manner from which we could not turn away ... it was more as if we reveled in the looking. February 26, 1977, the year Hotel California was released was only a couple of years after the end of the war in Vietnam, a war that tore this nation more then in half ... 1977 was only eight years after the famed Woodstock, and the fall of Flower Power, the end of the Psychedelic Music scene, and the tired endings of the protest movement ... people just wanted to numb themselves, sleep, and conspicuously consume, to allow themselves to feel something, even if it was false, to fool themselves into feeling good ... and life in the fast lane with cocaine, and mindless disco filled the bill.

When The Eagles, who blossomed at the end of the hippy heyday, embraced the sweet harmonies of country rock, building on artists like The Byrds, Townes Van Zant, and Graham Parsons, got caught up in the trappings of the excess [the new kids in town], they were certainly one of the first to sound the alarm ... attempting to wake the numbed and sleeping masses, before the fires consumed us forever.

The addition of Joe Walsh brought a much harder rock edge to the material of The Eagles ... gone were the bluegrass and country western themes, in favor of a more overt rock posture. The title cut has a dash or reggae incorporated within it, that is almost felt rather then heard, and when Glenn Frey matches his clavinet with the guitar of Joe Walsh, “Life In The Fast Lane” is propelled into the stratosphere ... and while slowed down ever so slightly, “Victim Of Love” rolls on with amazing brilliance. All of the magnificent harmonies from earlier outings were still in tact, with the blending and mixing of vocal styles continuing to be a constant source of pleasure. The Eagles worked as a single unite on this release, and what sounds so effortless took more then eight months of studio time to complete. If anything was to rise form the onslaught of compact discs, it is the ability to actually hear what had gotten muddied and mixed when the album was release on vinyl ... and a source of comparison I never tire of showing friends.

I think that people, fans, and critics, want to dismiss a successful release, especially when it was so successful at showing such a shocking picture in such a beautiful manner. So, no matter how you feel, when you finally sit yourself down and listen, Hotel California is a body of work to be reckoned with for years to come.

Almost 2 A.M., big moon out here on the back roads, lots of stars in the sky, just passed through Pie Town on Route 60 ... about another hundred miles to Gallup.

Review by Jenell Kesler


March 5, 2016
I have a copy of K 53051, K53051, 7E 1084, 7E-1084 but the label is blue and not the same as in issues on Discogs. There is also etching with GERRY.O . on the runoff....anyone else got the same or can explain? thanks!


February 8, 2016
Almost (but not quite) entirely schlocky, mid-tempo Don Henley bloviations. I have nightmares of looking in the mirror and seeing his face looking back at me, realizing I am him. Calling friends frantically, begging for someone to hook jumper cables up to a car battery and torture me back to my senses.


November 13, 2015
"Is it 6 o clock yet?" inscription


August 23, 2015
This album unfortunately is disappointing to me. There are great moments on this album but they are surrounded by lacklustre remains. All the engaging pieces are on the first half of the album leaving the second half to be on a downhill. After hearing all the hype, love and attention this album gets, it was a great shame for me to sit there and feel bored after a while. Best piece on the album is "Life In The Fast Lane" followed by "New Kid In Town". the song "Hotel California" itself has a great start, impressive ending, and a good set of verses that create an engaging mood and atmosphere, but is let down greatly by the chorus, which feels extremely out of place. The second half of the album is not engaging at all. It washes over you a bit. Worst part of this album is the song "The Last Resort". This song actually annoyed me because of how boring it is. The band's playing ability on this album is in great form. The album shows the talent the band has for playing the instruments really well, it's just the material and songs they are playing I have a problem with. I feel this album is overrated a bit, but with the amount of love and support this album has from many other people, other opinions and reviews might be better for you to read. Not the worst album I've heard, but not the best.