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Let's talk Hotel California.

Post by akg414 » Tue Oct 05, 2010 11:04 am

Just learned that Felder used a 59 Paul for most of his stuff on this album.

So, naturally, I want to know more. Anything and everything about the recording, equipment, instruments, song facts, anything.

Anyone know which guitar was used for "Fast Lane" - Tele or Strat?

Is the song about Lindsey Buckingham & Stevie?

Glen Fry guitars?

Don Henley's afro-hair-care products? :shock:
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Re: Let's talk Hotel California.

Post by JGriffin » Tue Oct 05, 2010 2:51 pm

bradjacob wrote:Just learned that Felder used a 59 Paul for most of his stuff on this album.

So, naturally, I want to know more. Anything and everything about the recording, equipment, instruments, song facts, anything.

Anyone know which guitar was used for "Fast Lane" - Tele or Strat?

Is the song about Lindsey Buckingham & Stevie?

Glen Fry guitars?

Don Henley's afro-hair-care products? :shock:
I remember a story about Felder needing someone to play the demo tape to him over the telephone when he was in the studio and couldn't remember how he played it. Not 100% sure of the details of that story.
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Post by Jarvis » Wed Oct 06, 2010 6:50 am

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Post by E-money » Wed Oct 06, 2010 8:14 am

I love this album, great songs, great sounds, great singing, and great playing.

Don't know a damn thing about it, but I've always loved it.

I heard a story once that Henley wasn't thrilled with one of Walsh's guitar parts and he told Joe he wanted him to take a few more swipes at it. Joe, who thought the part was fine said he would give it a few more tries, but he wanted everybody out of the control room/studio while he did the additional takes.
Once everybody else was in the lounge, Joe had the engineer pipe his existing take out to the studio and control room speakers. They played the existing take 4 or 5 times. Henley finally came in from the lounge, (he could hear the guitar through the walls) and said, "that's the one, that's a keeper".

Don't know if it's true or not, but it always made me smile.
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Post by vvv » Wed Oct 06, 2010 11:11 am

I just read somewhere (GQ mag's 25 Hot Rock Gurrls, mebbe) that "Life in the Fast Lane" was written about Lindsey Buckingham & Stevie.

Not, BTW, that I'm in the habit of reading GQ; it was linked in a article (linked here at TOMB?) about something Albini said about the future of music, radio, vinyl, etc. ...
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Post by Brett Siler » Wed Oct 06, 2010 11:21 am

ha! beat me to it.

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Post by cgarges » Wed Oct 06, 2010 1:47 pm

He's a pretty low-key guy, but I'll see if I can get Bill Szymczyk to jump on here. If not, I'll see about asking him some specific questions.

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Post by JGriffin » Wed Oct 06, 2010 3:46 pm

Just a side note: I kinda prefer "The Long Run." Not sure why.
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Post by E-money » Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:31 pm

Just a side note: I kinda prefer "The Long Run." Not sure why.
Me neither. It "couldn't hold a candle to" Hotel California.
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Post by Aquaman » Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:39 pm

E-money wrote:Once everybody else was in the lounge, Joe had the engineer pipe his existing take out to the studio and control room speakers. They played the existing take 4 or 5 times. Henley finally came in from the lounge, (he could hear the guitar through the walls) and said, "that's the one, that's a keeper".
Joe Walsh is the best. You know he's got something going on when every other guitar player cites him as their favorite guitar player. All the good playing on Hotel California is his.

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Post by E-money » Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:51 pm

Joe Walsh is the best. You know he's got something going on when every other guitar player cites him as their favorite guitar player. All the good playing on Hotel California is his.
I love Joe Walsh, I actually like quite a bit of his solo stuff better than most of the Eagles' stuff, but I think you're selling Don Felder a little short here. Don is a smoking guitar player and according to Walsh, every bit his equal at least.
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Post by Waltz Mastering » Wed Oct 06, 2010 5:00 pm

Aquaman wrote: Joe Walsh is the best. You know he's got something going on when every other guitar player cites him as their favorite guitar player.
James Gang is some great stuff as well...goin back...

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Post by Aquaman » Wed Oct 06, 2010 5:43 pm

Don is a smoking guitar player and according to Walsh, every bit his equal at least.
All due respect to Don, too, of course, but the Eagles' music did nothing for me until Joe showed up. Something about that guy's playing is just plain electrifying.

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