Randy Meisner 来自美国内布拉斯加,他是老鹰合唱团 (Eagles) 的贝斯手,歌手,词曲创作人,今年已经是 62 岁的阿公了, 1961 年 15 岁的 Meisner 首次与乐团 The Dynamics (后来更名为 The Drivin' Dynamics) 在家乡公开演出,四年后他搬到加州跟随乐团 The Poor,投入录音室工作, 1969 年 Meisner 出现在乡村摇滚团 Poco 的第一张专辑 Pickin' Up the Pieces,他是原始团员之一,不过这张专辑发行前 Meisner 退出乐团,他的位置由 Timothy B. Schmidt 递补, Meisner 只出现在唱片封底的文字,没有在唱片封面中.
1970 年 Meisner 加入 Rick Nelson 的 Stone Canyon Band,参与 Rick Nelson in Concert (The Troubadour, 1969) 和 Rudy The Fifth 专辑录制,同时加入 Linda Ronstadt 的伴奏乐团,成员有 Don Henley, Glenn Frey 和 Bernie Leadon,与 Linda Ronstadt 巡迴演出的过程,不知不觉培养出默契与自组乐团的想法, 1971 年 Henley, Frey, Leadon 与 Meisner 便组成老鹰合唱团.
1972 年发行首张 同名专辑,老鹰合唱团开始发光发热,享受成功滋味, Meisner 不得不离开 Linda Ronstadt 的伴奏乐团,他在老鹰合唱团担任贝斯手和合音,录制如 Desperado (1973 年), On The Border (1974 年), Hotel California (1976 年) 等专辑,为乐团的前五张专辑填词谱曲,较著名的有 One of These Nights (1975 年) 专辑中的 Take It to the Limit,亦担任一些歌曲的主唱.
长期巡迴演出与录音, Meisner 思乡心情与日俱增,遂萌生退出乐团之念,想要回到家人身边生活,老鹰合唱团前吉他手 Don Felder 说 Meisner 一直有离团的念头, 1976 年 Hotel California 专辑发行后, Meisner 终於在巡迴中途耗尽热情,巧的是他的位置还是由 Poco 时期的 Timothy B. Schmidt 递补.1977 年 2 月厂牌 Asylum 发行 Hotel California 专辑的同名单曲,是老鹰合唱团的代表作,这歌陪伴许多人度过无数感动的夜晚,相信大家一定不陌生 !
Hotel California 曖昧不明的隐喻双关与谐音歌词引发广大乐迷讨论,歌曲指的加州旅店是否存在 ? 加州旅店到底是旅店 ? 戒毒所 ? 还是精神病院 ? 也有一说认为歌词是影射好莱坞音乐产业的快乐主义和自我毁灭 (因为声名狼藉的文化与过量的豪华旅店).
撇开不同版本的歌词涵义,十二弦空心吉他绵长重复的旋律开啟音乐主题,带领乐迷重返时光隧道,心头充满感动, Joe Walsh 和 Don Felder 的吉他独奏真是好得没话说,此曲的吉他独奏获得多次『史上最佳吉他独奏』奖项, 1978 年 Hotel California 获得葛莱美年度最佳唱片奖,被滚石杂誌评选为 史上最佳单曲 第 49 名,重新詮释过这首歌的乐手 (团) 包括 Gipsy Kings, Bob Marley, Rascal Flatts,可见受欢迎之程度.
Hotel California 旋律明显受到 Jethro Tull 专辑 Stand Up (1969 年发行) 的歌曲 We Used to Know 影响,两个乐团在 Hotel California 发行前曾一同巡迴, Jethro Tull 的 Ian Anderson 在许多访问中声明,他们正在等待老鹰合唱团缴交 (取样或抄袭的) 版税.
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Community biography from SoundUnwound - Eagles
American rock band the Eagles are one of the biggest-selling bands ever. Their catalogue of country-tinged songs have found their way to the upper reaches of the charts and their seminal album, the 16x platinum Hotel California, is ranked 37th in the Rolling Stone list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
The Eagles were assembled by Linda Ronstadt's manager, John Boylan, and joined her on tour, helping her to record the album Silk Purse (1970). After signing with Asylum Records they released their debut album Eagles in 1972. The album reached No.22 in the charts and spawned the hits "Take it Easy"
(predominantly written by Jackson Browne), "Witchy Woman" and "Peaceful Easy Feeling".
They followed-up with Desperado, a themed album based on the outlaws of the wild west. Though it proved to be less successful than their debut, two hits were forthcoming: "Tequila Sunrise" and the title track. On the Border was to be a something of a departure from their initial country music style, evidenced by the tracks "Best of My Love" and "Already Gone". One of These Nights continued the move to a rockier sound and was notable for its title track, plus "Lyin' Eyes" and "Journey of the Sorcerer" which became better known as the theme tune to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
However, the band were beginning to argue and Bernie Leadon left in 1975; he was replaced by Joe Walsh.
Hotel California was released in 1976 and was the band's tour de force. "Life in the Fast Lane" and the title track became firm favourites, with the latter winning a Grammy and becoming the Eagles' signature song. Also released in 1976 was Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975), which has sold even more than Hotel California. At an estimated 40 million units shipped worldwide, it is one of the biggest-selling LPs ever. The Eagles' next studio album, The Long Run (1979), was their last before they took an extended break, and though it yielded the hit "Heartache Tonight" they split acrimoniously soon after. Eagles Live (1980) completed their commitment to the record company but their trademark harmonies were recorded in separate States.
The members undertook solo careers during the break-up, but after 14 years the dust had settled and the band reformed in 1994. They undertook a series of tours throughout the following years and released a series of live and Best Of collections. The new studio release was a long time coming, but in 2007 they released what they profess will be their last album, Long Road Out of Eden.
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My copy of the Japanese SACD arrived today. Owning two Oppo BDP-93s, I hooked both up to the same receiver and compared both editions. Confirming another review, the SACD is indeed presented a bit louder than the DVD-Audio. However after over an hour of listening, I can hear no discernable difference between the audio portions of these discs. Yes, both come from the exact same 5.1 master. In fact, even the disc labels on both are practically identical, one indicating SACD emblems and the other DVD-Audio. So no new sonic revelations over the 2001 DVD-Audio release. One advantage for the SACD is that it will play in all CD players as it is a hybrid. One advantage to the DVD-Audio is the on-screen presentation of the lyrics and
many photos. The best news is that, even at Amazon's current price, the SACD is a steal compared to the prices being asked for the out of print DVD-Audio. My biggest hope is that these discs from Japan will bring about renewed interest in 5.1 sound music, so that we may be fortunate enough to see other timeless classic recordings released (not just rehashes of previous DVD-Audio releases) in multi-channel SACD....please, please, please!
01. Hotel California
02. New Kid in Town
03. Life in the Fast Lane
04. Wasted Time
05. Wasted Time (Reprise)
06. Victim of Love
07. Pretty Maids All in a Row
08. Try and Love Again
09. The Last Resort