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    70s Soft Rock Classics
    Volume One

    Table of Contents:

    A Horse With No Name

    Joni Mitchell


    Garden Party
    Ricky Nelson


    He Ain’t Heavy, He’s my Brother
    The Hollies


    Hotel California
    The Eagles


    If You Could Read My Mind
    Gordon Lightfoot


    L.A. Woman
    The Doors


    Eric Clapton

    Lean on Me
    Bill Withers

    Long Train Runnin
    The Doobie Brothers

    Maggie May
    Rod Stewart

    Morning Has Broken
    Cat Stevens

    No Woman, No Cry
    Bob Marley & The Wailers


    Piano Man
    Billy Joel

    Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time)
    Elton John

    Saturday in the Park


    Scarborough Fair
    Simon and Garfunkel


    Stuck in the Middle with You
    Stealers Wheel


    Sweet Caroline
    Neil Diamond

    The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia
    Vicki Lawrence

    Time in a Bottle
    Jim Croce

    Sample Song Profile

    Hotel California

    The Eagles

    “Hotel California”  was the title song from the band album of the same name and was released as a single in early 1977.  Both were amongst the most commercially successful of any single, album, and combination of single and album in the history of popular music.

    The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week in May 1977 and just three months after its release it was certified Gold representing 1 million copies shipped. The Eagles also won the 1977 Grammy for the best album of the year.

    According to Felder, he came up with the idea for the song while playing on the beach. He had the chord progressions and basic guitar tracks, which he played for Henley and Glen Frey, who helped finish it. He said that they recorded the song about a year after he did the original demo, and in the session, he started to improvise the guitar part at the end. Henley stopped him and demanded that he do it exactly like the demo, so he had to call his housekeeper and have her play the cassette demo over the phone so Felder could remember what he played.

    The group describe “Hotel California”  as a metaphor for the perceived decline of America into materialism and decadence.  On the surface, the track tells the tale of a weary traveller who becomes trapped in a nightmarish luxury hotel that at first appears inviting and tempting but where:

    “You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.”

    The line, “This could be Heaven or this could be Hell”, is an allegory about hedonism, self-destruction, and greed in the music industry of the late 1970s.

    Don Henley said that it is a song about the dark underbelly of the American dream. California is used as the setting, but it could relate to anywhere in the US.

    Don Felder had huge doubts about whether it would work as it’s success surprised everyone. The reason was that AM radio had a formula – the single had to be 3 minutes and 30 seconds with a 30 second intro which the DJs liked, and so on.  “Hotel California” was no formula song. It was over six minutes long and had a two-minute guitar solo on the end with a quiet breakdown section in the middle. But you could also dance to it. It broke all notion of songs having genre barriers.

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