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  • Hotel California Version question.

    You always hear Hotel California Live demos and wanted to know which is the actual best one. Is it the live version from Hell Freezes Over or from Eagles Live or is there another special higher quality?

  • #2
    Yeah, I've always like the one from the "Hell Freezes Over" album. The DVD has the most dynamics.... unless you have the tape!!!

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    • #3
      Last I saw the original goes for bongo bucks.
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      • #4
        IMHO Hell Freezes Over is quite a bit better than Eagles Live. The DVD-A is excellent - I love how it starts from backstage and then goes all the way through stage chatter, etc. Dynamics on the 24-bit/48kHz PCM track are exceptional compared to all other digital versions.

        However, I prefer the vinyl. Get the original Geffen Dutch pressing if you can find it. Geffen also did a reissue recently, also pressed in Holland. Not sure that I can tell the difference between the $300 album and the $60 one. The Simply Vinyl UK-pressed re-issue is not worth the money at almost the same price as the original. It's just a bit heavier vinyl but I thought a little less dynamic. You might as well get the original.
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        • Joe Pittman
          Joe Pittman commented
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          Gary, how do you tell the difference between the original 1994 and 2014 Dutch pressings? Was the 2014 pressing an unofficial bootleg pressing?

        • garylkoh
          garylkoh commented
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          Next time you're over, I'll show you.... and play both. There are very subtle differences as the two pressings were probably made with the same graphics, etc. coming from the same label.

      • #5
        I have a great live version from direct tv I riped
        i think it was from the palladium channel not sure though
        it starts with a drum . The eagles is one of those bands that got burned into my brain so I don't really play them at all.
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        • #6
          hell freezes over version. I even once heard a cd of it that was pretty impressive.
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          • Boltman92124
            Boltman92124 commented
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            Yes the CD is definitely a demo disc for Redbook that's for sure.

        • #7
          I have a 24/96 version that is superb...cant recall where I got it from. Prolly DVD Audio.

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          • #8
            Hell Freezes Over was digitally recorded/mastered I believe ??? The best version of the Hotel Cali (studio) record is by Steve Hoffman on DCC, imho. I do not have a US original press nor have I heard the obscure dutch version gary alludes too.
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            • JCOConnell
              JCOConnell commented
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              the mofi Hotel California is excellent, haven't heard a DCC to compare.

            • JCOConnell
              JCOConnell commented
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              the Dutch Lp referred to is HFO not HC.

            • garylkoh
              garylkoh commented
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              Yes - the Dutch version is Hell Freezes Over, not Hotel California. IIRC the Dutch pressing is the more common version of the 1st run of HFO.

          • #9
            I recall watching the Hell Freezes Over video on TV back in the day. And that would be the 640/480 vga format we had become accustomed to. What struck me overall was how good that group was live. They seemed just as tight, composed and crafty live as they were on their previous studio albums.

            At the time I was otherwise occupied and not really having much focus on audio. I bought the CD. And I thought it sounded great. Still have it. I just looked on the back outer slip cover and noticed the coding: ADD
            I think this suggests an analog master, unless I misunderstand that coding.

            As I recall I mostly listened to The Eagles while driving. Though I did purchase some of their Lps back in the day. Still have those. Always what really impressed me about this group was their mastery of the instrumentals. Their sound, definitely leaning toward the country side of the rock genre had no problem converting me to their cause. A very good cross-over group. Though I must admit I've never been a fan of country music, while, at the same time, I always found something within that genre that worked well for me.

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            • #10
              Regarding the studio album of Hotel California, I have the early mofi Lp which sounds excellent. I once had a Japanese pressing that was vastly inferior, very hissy and no bass that I sold after I scored the mofi.
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              • #11
                Honestly, I got burned out on the HFO version, because that was the demo track among members of our audio club (and at the shows I attended). I heard it soooo many times, I had nightmares about it! I understand its sonic merits, and it is a very good arrangement, but when I want to hear that track (which isn't often these days), I usually reach for the studio album (preferably, the DCC gold CD).
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                • #12
                  Actually..... I prefer to demo Tequila Sunrise off the Hell Freezes Over album. I think that it is more impressive sonically (the bassline is subtle and involving) and it is much less often played.
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