Eagles – Hotel California – One Step

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Long awaited Huge One-Step Title, 180g 45 RPM 2LP box set.

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Eagles – Hotel California – One Step

Eagles - Hotel California - One Step

The moment the instantly recognisable intertwined guitar passage on the title track to the Eagles’ Hotel California begins, the record’s genius becomes obvious all over again.

Ranked the 118th Greatest Album of All Time by Rolling Stone, certified by RIAA as the third best-selling LP in history, and considered the foundation on which the Golden State’s mid-‘70s music scene was built, the 1976 landmark is a music staple immune to shifts in trends, eras, and styles.

Fearlessly addressing the chaos and consequences of American life, its songs remain strikingly prescient and gain creedence with each passing day.

Mastered from the original analogue master tapes, pressed on MoFi SuperVinyl, and limited to 17,500 numbered copies.

Mobile Fidelity’s UltraDisc One-Step 180g 45RPM 2LP vinyl box set ensures you will want to permanently check into and never leave this particular Eagles – Hotel California – One Step.

Up to the herculean task of standing head and shoulders above all prior reissues, this collectible edition plays with extreme clarity, organic richness, tube-like warmth, massive dynamics, and microscopic levels of detail.

You’ll be able to practically smell the colitas and feel the breeze in your hair.

Songs come across with an epic sweep and feature immersive, front-to-back soundstages that allow the music unprecedented air, roominess, and separation.

As for the noise floor? It’s basically as invisible as the spirits that waft in the corridors of the unforgettable title song.

Aesthetically, the premium packaging and presentation of the UD1S Hotel California pressing befit its esteemed status.

Housed in a deluxe box, it features gorgeous foil-stamped jackets and faithful-to-the-original graphics that illuminate the splendour of the recording.

From every angle, this UD1S reissue exists as a curatorial artefact meant to be preserved, touched, and examined.

It is made for discerning listeners that prize sound quality and production, and who desire to fully immerse themselves in the art – and everything involved with the album, from the renowned cover art to the meticulous finishes.

Indeed, the opportunity to zero in on all the particulars of the 26-million-selling Eagles record dubbed “a legitimate rock masterpiece” by vaunted Los Angeles Times scribe Robert Hilburn has never been better.

A global phenomenon that marked the band debut of guitarist-singer Joe Walsh, Hotel California continues to resonate and connect with listeners of all generations taken by its narrative depth, stark directness, picturesque melodies, daring majesty, and ardent emotionalism.

Adorned with a breathtaking exterior photograph of the Beverly Hills Hotel that serves as the simultaneously haunting and alluring cover art, and rounded out by a rear-cover shot of the Lido Hotel lobby that reinforces a notion that teeters between permanence and transience, Hotel California is brilliantly tied to a specific place that functions as a universally understood metaphor for the American Dream.

Confronting the darker undercurrents and oft-ignored constructs attached to that romantic notion, the record’s songs revolve around a host of shared themes: excess, mobility, stability, illusion, fame, destruction, and idealism included.

Notably, Hotel California appeared at a crucial junction in American history: During the country’s bicentennial and amid escalating controversies related to the Vietnam War, energy crisis, and governmental corruption.

That the Eagles manage to channel such cultural, social, and economical matters into a cohesive, stately, big-picture statement is alone a stupendous feat.

That the album’s reach, boldness, vitality, accessibility, and understated intensity have never waned make it a marvel.

Reflecting on Hotel California 40 years after its original release, and indirectly explaining its enduring appeal and increasing relevance, singer-songwriter Don Henley confirmed the record pertains to the “loss of innocence, the cost of naiveté…the difficulties of balancing loving relationships and work, trying to square the conflicting relationship between business and art; the corruption in politics, the fading away of the Sixties dream of ‘peace, love and understanding.'”

It can be argued that Henley and company squarely hit on and drove home those ideas in the surreal title track, chart-topping “Life in the Fast Lane,” and grand “The Last Resort” alone.

But that would miss the forest for the trees.

Experienced as an unbroken whole, complete with the pristinely shot imagery and physical grooves, Hotel California unfolds like a geography-conscious saga by James Michener and plays like colour-saturated movie shot on 70mm film by Martin Scorsese.

It’s about their collective and individual decisions – and the shape of our past, present, and future. And, just like that conjured by our imaginations, Hotel California continues to take on a life of its own.

More About Mobile Fidelity UltraDisc One-Step and Why It Is Superior

Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab’s UltraDisc One-Step (UD1S) technique bypasses generational losses inherent to the traditional three-step plating process by removing two steps: the production of father and mother plates, which are created to yield numerous stampers from each lacquer that is cut.

For UD1S plating, stampers (also called “converts”) are made directly from the lacquers. Since each lacquer yields only one stamper, multiple lacquers need to be cut.

Mobile Fidelity’s UD1S process produces a final LP with the lowest-possible noise floor.

The removal of two steps of the plating process also reveals musical details and dynamics that would otherwise be lost due to the standard multi-step process.

With UD1S, every aspect of vinyl production is optimised to produce the best-sounding vinyl album available today.

MoFi SuperVinyl

Developed by NEOTECH and RTI, MoFi SuperVinyl is the most exacting-to-specification vinyl compound ever devised. Analogue lovers have never seen (or heard) anything like it.

Extraordinarily expensive and extremely painstaking to produce, the special proprietary compound addresses two specific areas of improvement: noise floor reduction and enhanced groove definition.

The vinyl composition features a new carbonless dye (hold the disc up to the light and see) and produces the world’s quietest surfaces.

This high-definition formula also allows for the creation of cleaner grooves that are indistinguishable from the original lacquer. MoFi SuperVinyl provides the closest approximation of what the label’s engineers hear in the mastering lab.

Track List: Eagles – Hotel California – One Step

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

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