艺人： The Eagles(老鹰乐队)
1976年是Eagles乐队最为辉煌的一年，年底乐队推出的第五张专辑《加州旅店》刚一问世便赢得了一片叫好声，这张专辑被誉为七十年代美国最重要的专辑。在这张专辑里Eagles以一种极为颓废暧昧的方式反映了70年代美国那种世风日下，混沌与散漫的社会风气。在这首标题歌曲中，唐.弗尔德和乔.沃什运用娴熟的吉他技巧，搭配出双吉他的神奇效果，而唐.亨利的嗓音显得异常嘶哑。歌词本身也很玄妙，充斥着一种超现实的意境，更似一个人的梦中呓语。大意是说走了很长很长路的旅客在落日时分见到了这加州旅店，而这旅店十分热情地接待所有客人，只是这里有进无出，你在任何时间都可以去结帐，但你却出不了门。在这张专辑里的另一曲子《小镇上的新丁》（New Kid on Town)双双登上1977年葛莱美最佳录音奖和最佳声乐改编奖。
The Eagles took 18 months between their fourth and fifth albums, reportedly spending eight months in the studio recording Hotel California. The album was also their first to be made without Bernie Leadon, who had given the band much of its country flavor, and with rock guitarist Joe Walsh. As a result, the album marks a major leap for the Eagles from their earlier work, as well as a stylistic shift toward mainstream rock. An even more important aspect, however, is the emergence of Don Henley as the band’s dominant voice, both as a singer and a lyricist. On the six songs to which he contributes, Henley sketches a thematic statement that begins by using California as a metaphor for a dark, surreal world of dissipation; comments on the ephemeral nature of success and the attraction of excess; branches out into romantic disappointment; and finally sketches a broad, pessimistic history of America that borders on nihilism. Of course, the lyrics kick in some time after one has appreciated the album’s music, which marks a peak in the Eagles’ playing. Early on, the group couldn’t rock convincingly, but the rhythm section of Henley and Meisner has finally solidified, and the electric guitar work of Don Felder and Joe Walsh has arena-rock heft. In the early part of their career, the Eagles never seemed to get a sound big enough for their ambitions; after changes in producer and personnel, as well as a noticeable growth in creativity, Hotel California unveiled what seemed almost like a whole new band. It was a band that could be bombastic, but also one that made music worthy of the later tag of “classic rock,” music appropriate for the arenas and stadiums the band was playing. The result was the Eagles’ biggest-selling regular album release, and one of the most successful rock albums ever.