In 1976, the Eagles had a new lead guitarist, Joe Walsh, who was already a star. They put out an album at the end of the year, "Hotel California," that went on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide. One of the band's singers, Don Henley, later said that the band "probably peaked on 'Hotel California. After that, we started growing apart as collaborators and as friends." So this is a particularly good time to hear a concert for them, especially for hearing their earlier songs done with Walsh's lead guitar.
The 40th Anniversary Edition of "Hotel California" has included a concert in Los Angeles in October 1976. But that one only has ten songs on it, whereas this one has 17. I think that makes this a better listen, especially since the sound quality is outstanding. It so good that at times you'd think this was a studio session instead.
There were no problems with this bootleg. However, I did boost the audience noise after most of the songs. The soundboard was so pristine that the amount of cheering didn't sound right. Also, I cut out some dead air between songs, but not much. There is hardly any between song banter. I guess the band members just weren't feeling talkative that day.
Only two of the songs played were from the "Hotel California" album, which would get released a month later. But one of those is the song "Hotel California" itself, which of course would go on to become an all-time classic. Also, the concert is interesting in that four of the songs were done by Walsh outside the Eagles: "Turn to Stone," "Funk No. 49," "Rocky Mountain Way," and "Walk Away."
This concert is an hour and 38 minutes long.
01 Hotel California (Eagles)
02 Lyin' Eyes (Eagles)
03 talk (Eagles)
04 Wasted Time (Eagles)
05 Take It to the Limit (Eagles)
06 Desperado (Eagles)
07 Midnight Flyer (Eagles)
08 Turn to Stone (Eagles)
09 Already Gone (Eagles)
10 One of These Nights (Eagles)
11 Funk No. 49 (Eagles)
12 Good Day in Hell (Eagles)
13 Rocky Mountain Way (Eagles)
14 Witchy Woman (Eagles)
15 James Dean (Eagles)
16 talk (Eagles)
17 The Best of My Love (Eagles)
18 Walk Away (Eagles)
19 Tequila Sunrise (Eagles)
I couldn't find any really good photos of the band in concert in 1976. This one is from a concert in Rotterdam, Netherlands, in May 1977.