The Eagles broke new grounds in the highly engineered rock genre on December 8th, 1976, with the release of the album, Hotel California. Upon its release, the band was taken to the top of the charts in 1977 gaining position on the Billboard 200 and landing at #1, and also peaking at #10 for best Country Album. The previous albums released by The Eagles, didn’t have the fullness that they needed to break into the rock scene with Bernie Leadon as their main vocalist. For Hotel California, it was Don Henley who rose to the challenge that would lead the band to success. Henley was the main lyricist for the album as well as main vocalist on all but a few of the tracks. Henley created the atmosphere that set the mood of the album by using life as his example for the basis of lyrics. From darkness and despair, to love and acceptance. The vocals and guitars are very unique to The Eagles’ sound, and continue to be an instantly noticeable characteristic of their music.
As a producer, I listen to the large sound that The Eagles were able to achieve on the song, Hotel California. They utilize at least 4 guitars, multiple percussion instruments, amazing vocal harmonies, and an unparalleled smoothness to their sound. This album has always inspired me when writing music, but now after having an education in music production, it’s easier to distinguish what is taking place in the studio or on stage that is achieving that particular sound. I will continue to utilize songwriting and musical techniques such that are used in this album.
Within the next 5 years, my plan as a producer is to take artists that are passionate about their purpose as talented musicians and songwriters to the next level and get some new ideas and techniques out on the market. We can bypass the big music industry types, and do all the work ourselves.