The Eagles – Hotel California

Rolling Stone’s definitive list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

Rolling Stone

49The Eagles, ‘Hotel California’

Writers: Don Felder, Glenn Frey, Don Henley

Producer: Bill Szymczyk
Released: Dec. ’76, Asylum
19 weeks; No. 1

The Eagles - Hotel Califorina

The Eagles – Hotel Califorina

“Hotel California” was rumored to be about heroin addiction or Satan worship, but Henley had more prosaic things on his mind: “We were all middle-class kids from the Midwest,” he said. “‘Hotel California’ was our interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles.” (That doesn’t preclude heroin or Satan, of course.) Recording the six-and-a-half-minute song posed its share of problems: Working in Miami, the Eagles were initially unable to re-create Felder’s 12-string intro and elaborate twin-guitar coda. Panicked, Felder called his housekeeper in L.A. and sent her digging through a pile of tapes in his home studio so she could play his demo back over the phone.

 

Appears on: Hotel California (Elektra)

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 The Eagles – Hotel California

Hotel California” is the title track from the Eagles’ album of the same name and was released as a single in February 1977. Writing credits for the song are shared by Don Felder (music), Don Henley, and Glenn Frey (lyrics). The Eagles’ original recording of the song features Henley singing the lead vocals and concludes with an extended section of electric guitar interplay between Felder and Joe Walsh.

The song is considered the most famous recording by the band, and its long guitar coda has been voted the best guitar solo of all time by readers of Guitarist in 1998. The song was awarded the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1978. The lyrics of the song have been given various interpretations by fans and critics alike, the Eagles themselves describing the song as their “interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles”. In the 2013 documentary History of the Eagles, Henley said that the song was about “a journey from innocence to experience… that’s all…”

Since its release, “Hotel California” has been covered by a number of artists and has become a part of international popular culture. Julia Phillips proposed adapting the song into a film, but the members of the Eagles disliked the idea and it never came to fruition. Commercially, “Hotel California” reached the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached the top ten of several international charts.

 

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Sachsenring P70 Coupe

Sachsenring P70 Coupe

Sachsenring P70 Coupe

Sachsenring P70 Coupe

Sachsenring P70 Coupe

Specifications and performance:

Engine: 2 cylinder 2 cycle 700cc
Cooling: Water cooled
Transmission: 3 speed manual non-synchronized
Drive: Front wheel drive
Oil system: Mixed with fuel in tank

Body: Hand made 2 door coupe
Length:
Width:
Weight: 979 lbs

Suspension: transverse leaf springs (1 front and 1 back)
Tires: East German Retreads

Top cruising speed: 100kph (62 mph)
Fuel Economy: ?
Accerleration: ?

History, Price and included items:

The P70 was build by AWZ for 4 years in Zwickau. The same factory built Horch automobiles before World War II. AWZ built cars under the Sachsenring name and then the Trabant name. The P70 uses the same plastic fenders as the Trabant but the doors, hood, trunk and roof are steel. Wood is used to support the structure on a steel frame.
P70’s came in 3 models, sedan, wagon and coupe. A total of 1500 coupes were produced over a 3 year production run. Each coupe was hand built and the metal was formed by hand. In East Germany you had to be someone special to have a P70 Coupe. The interior is simple but trimmed in leather with wool carpets and a mohair headliner.
All P70 models used a 700cc, 2 cycle, 2 cylinder engine that was used by DKW.

This P70 is one of 2 in the US. This car was purchased after the Berlin wall fell and the owner kept the car in “East German” condition including a set of narrow retread tires. At some point a respray was done, the original color was green. After the owner died this car was imported to the US by his nephew and lived in sunny California for a few years.

We wanted to fix a crack in the front fender and have new paint when we got this car. We found some rotten wood in the back and around the rear window. A paint job has turned into a complete restoration.

Currently listed on E-bay

Sachsenring P70 Coupe

An original ad showing the P70 Coupe stating a top speed of 100km per hour…..62 miles per hour.

 

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Sachsenring P70 Coupe Restoration

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What started as a repair to a cracked fender and new paint has turned into a complete restoration.

 

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The wood frame was rotten behind the rear fenders and around the rear window.

 

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After sanding the entire car has been bead blasted. Wood and metal replacement has started.

 

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