Saturday, March 7, 2015

5. Eagles - Hotel California

The original album cover art design is at right. At left is the same image processed with the glowing edges and flipped. Actually the bottom of each image has been cropped off so that two
10x10s could fit into an 18x10 frame. The cropping took with it part of the album title so the bottom portion was darkened in order to hide the obvious.
The title was then selected and cut from another image and pasted in its proper place.

I think I have somewhat captured the essence of the title song with this image. Like "some 'glance' to remember, some 'glance' to forget."
For now, at least, all I've done is imagine. "Such a lovely place!"

This is the original album cover art design.

No. 22, Billboard, The 300 Best-Selling Albums of All Time; No. 37, Rolling Stone, The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time;
No. 67, The Virgin All-Time Album Top 1000; No. 69, Rate Your Music, The 100 Greatest Albums of All Time.

No. 6 Rolling Stone, The Greatest Album Covers; No. 37, Music Radar, The 50 Greatest Album Covers of All Time.

Art direction by John Kosh, photo of The Beverly Hills Hotel by David Alexander. Album produced by Bill Szymszyk. Asylum 1976.

John Kosh: "For the album cover, Don (Felder) 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." "We photographed three hotels
that fit the brief including some with a rather 'seedily genteel' character. The shot of The Beverly Hills Hotel
against the golden sunset was deemed the favorite." More

(A) Hotel California - New Kid in Town - Life in the Fast Lane - Wasted Time 

(B) Wasted Time (Reprise) - Victim of Love - Pretty Maids All in a Row - Try and Love Again - The Last Resort

"Hotel California" live from User666 on YouTube. 

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