Spe­cial edi­tion to mark Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia mile­stone

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The Ea­gles’ Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia will be reis­sued in a deluxe 40th-an­niver­sary edi­tion on Nov. 24, pair­ing the re­mas­tered orig­i­nal stu­dio al­bum with 10 live tracks recorded at the Fo­rum in In­gle­wood about the time the work was re­leased.

The 40th-an­niver­sary des­ig­na­tion is be­ing ap­plied some­what loosely. “Ac­tu­ally, it came out in De­cem­ber of 1976, but noth­ing re­ally hit the charts un­til ’77, so we’re not re­ally that late,” Ea­gles found­ing mem­ber and song­writer Don Hen­ley told the Times re­cently. “We’re fudg­ing it a lit­tle bit.”

In fact, the first sin­gle from the al­bum, New Kid in Town, sneaked in just be­fore year’s end, pre­mièring on the Bill­board Hot 100 sin­gles chart on Dec. 18, 1976, on its way to a peak at No. 1 dur­ing its 15-week chart run.

The al­bum’s ti­tle track pre­mièred on Feb. 26, 1977, and spent 19 weeks in the top 100, also reach­ing No. 1. Hen­ley re­called that, be­cause the song clocked in at lit­tle more than six min­utes, “of course, the la­bel said it was too long and that we had to cut it down. We said: ‘No, we’re not. You’re ei­ther go­ing to put it out like it is or you’re not go­ing to put it out.’ ” The band pre­vailed.

A third sin­gle, Life in the Fast Lane, made it as high as No. 11 and re­mained in the Hot 100 for 14 weeks.

The al­bum it­self be­came one of the best­selling al­bums of all time, and logged eight weeks at No. 1 in 1977. Ul­ti­mately, it lasted more than two years — 107 weeks — on the Bill­board 200 al­bums tally. It has sold more than 32 mil­lion copies world­wide, ac­cord­ing to a spokesman at the Warner Mu­sic Group, which is reis­su­ing the al­bum.

The deluxe edi­tion will in­clude two CDs — the orig­i­nal al­bum on one, the live tracks on the other — along with a Blu-Ray con­tain­ing a new high-res­o­lu­tion stereo mix of the stu­dio al­bum, high-res mul­ti­chan­nel sound and a 5.1 Dolby Dig­i­tal sur­round-sound mix pre­vi­ously re­leased in 2001.

The deluxe pack­age also comes with an 11-by-11-inch book, pre­vi­ously un­pub­lished pho­tos from the era, a replica tour book and an 11-by 22-inch poster. That ver­sion car­ries a list price of $99.98 US.

The 40th-an­niver­sary Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia will also be re­leased in a two-CD ex­panded edi­tion (list­ing for $19.98) and a sin­gle CD ($9.98), along with dig­i­tal and stream­ing edi­tions.

Since re­form­ing this year for the Classic West/East Fes­ti­vals in L.A. and New York, fol­low­ing the death last year of found­ing mem­ber Glenn Frey, the Ea­gles have con­tin­ued tour­ing with guest mem­bers Vince Gill and Frey’s son, singer­gui­tarist Dea­con Frey.

The band has five shows sched­uled this month in North Carolina, Ge­or­gia, Ken­tucky and Michi­gan.

The Ea­gles per­form in 2013 dur­ing their His­tory of the Ea­gles tour at Rogers Arena in Van­cou­ver. The band is mark­ing the 40th an­niver­sary of its Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia re­lease.

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