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Eagles releasing deluxe edition of Hotel California

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Coming on November 24th is the Eagles' Hotel California: 40th Anniversary Collection. The new double-CD/Blu-ray Audio set includes remastered sound, 10 previously unreleased live recordings taped in October 1976 at the L.A. Forum, as well as hi-res stereo and 5.1 mixes. The collection is housed in an 11-by-11 hardbound book, featuring "rare and unseen photos from the era, a replica tour book, and an 11-by-22 poster." The deluxe edition will sell for $99.98. Both a two-CD expanded edition and single disc version will also be available, along with digital download and streaming versions.

The Eagles released Hotel California on December 8th, 1976, and was the group's third chart-topper in a row, following 1975's One Of These Nights and the 1976 compilation Eagles/Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975. Hotel California included two Number One hits featuring the group's main songwriters and distinctive lead vocalists, with late guitarist Glenn Frey taking the lead on "New Kid In Town," and drummer Don Henley singing the album's famous title track. The album's third single, "Life In The Fast Lane," just missed the Top Ten, peaking at Number 11 in the spring of 1977.

Hotel California featured the addition of former James Gang guitarist Joe Walsh, who joined shortly after co-founder Bernie Leadon's departure in the spring of 1975. It turned out to be the only Eagles album featuring the lineup of Henley, Frey, Walsh, guitarist Don Felder, and co-founder and bassist Randy Meisner. The album's themes reflected the state of America through the decaying Los Angeles rock scene, which by the mid-'70s had changed from an earnest singer-songwriter community into a far more decadent lifestyle fueled by celebrity, money, and drugs.

Don Henley is a rarity in rock, having dealt with superstardom both as part of the Eagles, and again as a solo artist. A while back, Henley told VH1 that the amount of fame and notoriety the Eagles attained in the 1970's was hard to deal with on a day-to-day basis: "Y'know, when you're young and you get hit with all this stuff, you, you, you freak out. (Laughs) Because, y'know, things, things get magnified in importance. So it's nice to have survived all that.”

Glenn Frey told us that as the band matured, they were far more comfortable with the public understanding the back story and machinations involved in the Eagles' past and present: "When an Eagles song comes on, people go to a place, that it's their place, it's not our place. They hear these songs and they identify and they think and their thoughts an their feelings. I think it's the same thing with the (History Of The Eagles) movie. Y'know, the difference is is that nobody really knows who we are. And at least they'll get to see a little bit of who the guys in the band are and how we get along and now we interact, so that's kind of nice to share with everybody, 'cause we haven't really done any of that. We've been a pretty private group, really.”

Hotel California went on to top the charts for eight non-consecutive weeks, and to date has sold over 16 million copies.

The track-listing to The Eagles' Hotel California: 40th Anniversary Collection:

Disc One: Original Album

"Hotel California"
"New Kid In Town"
"Life In The Fast Lane"
"Wasted Time"
"Wasted Time (Reprise)"
"Victim Of Love"
"Pretty Maids All In A Row"
"Try And Love Again"
"The Last Resort"

Disc Two: Live At The Los Angeles Forum - October 1976

"Take It Easy"
"Take It To The Limit"
"New Kid In Town"
"James Dean"
"Good Day In Hell"
"Witchy Woman"
"Funk #49"
"One Of These Nights"
"Hotel California"
"Already Gone”

The Eagles tour dates (subject to change):

October 17 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum
October 20, 21 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
October 24 - Louisville, KY - Yum! Center
October 27 - Detroit, MI - Little Caesars Arena

Side Notes:

The Eagles have just packaged their two multi-platinum greatest hits collections together for the first time ever, with the set now renamed, Eagles Greatest Hits 1 & 2.

The band's first compilation, Eagles/Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975, was originally released on February 17th, 1976 and went on to top the Billboard 200 album charts the following March 13th for five non-consecutive weeks.

Eagles/Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 currently stands as the second-best selling album of all time, with 29 million units sold -- four million less than the top seller, Michael Jackson's 1982 masterpiece, Thriller.

1982's Eagles Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 was released on November 13th, 1982, and although it stalled on the Billboard charts at Number 52, the set has sold a whopping 11 million copies to date.

Check it out: Eagles in concert on October 24, 2013 at Scottrade Center

Eagles: October 24, 2013

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The Eagles at Scottrade Center - October 24, 2013
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Todd Morgan,

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