Neither the front back or gatefold photos used on the eagles album hotel california were photographed at an actual hotel named california. 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.
The cover for the eagles fifth album hotel california was shot here by david alexander using a cherry picker to raise the camera for what is now one of the more famous rock album covers.
Hotel california album back cover. The back cover of the album shows the empty lobby of a hotel with one lone figure sweeping up the floor. For the cover of this album don henley wanted to convey. Hotel california is the title track from the eagles album of the same name and was released as a single in february 1977.
There was no shortage of locations that fitted the bill in the band s home town of los angeles but henley looked further afield for his creatives turning to british art director kosh who made his reputation. We previously wrote all the details about the classic album cover photoshoot at the beverly hills hotel. The rear album cover was shot in the lobby of the lido hotel in hollywood.
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. Revelation 13 4 hotel california is the hit album and song produced in 1976 by the eagles rock band. 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. Writing credits for the song are shared by don felder music don henley and glenn frey lyrics. By raul on march 17 2017 in location music the eagles.
15 16 the gatefold image shows the same lobby but filled with members of the band and their friends. Why don henley s album cover idea led to two photographers sitting in a cherry picker 60 feet off the ground. But this could be said about the eagles 1976 album hotel california.
I wanted a collection of people from all walks of life it s people on the edge on the fringes of society. Hotel california went on to become one of the best selling albums of all time with three singles reaching billboard s hot 100. On the inside of the album cover pictured to the right anton lavey founder of the church of satan in 1966 is seen peering down from the balcony who is circled in red.
I was trying to use california as the microcosm for the rest of the nation. New kid in town hotel california and life in the fast lane. Their fifth studio album was not just their best selling but one of the world s best selling records of all time.
Faded loss of innocence and decadence. That s not to say the eagle s weren t one of the most revered rock bands ever.