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Eagles... Best cover ever heard

Discussion in 'Music Videos' started by Aromulus, Mar 20, 2020.

  1. Aromulus

    Aromulus The Don Staff Member

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  2. aposhark

    aposhark Well-Known Member Lifetime Member

  3. aposhark

    aposhark Well-Known Member Lifetime Member

    Very nice :like:
  4. oss

    oss Not Here Staff Member

    Not sure I would call it the best cover ever of this song, although I can't honestly say I've heard all that many covers :)

    It is indeed a lovely cover although I think the words the lyric are very important as well and this is an acoustic folk instrumental cover.
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2020
  5. oss

    oss Not Here Staff Member

    Wow, I was not aware of this link :)

    That Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) thought it was suspiciously like his work a song called "We used to know" and hell it really is similar :D

    but Anderson was gracious and stated this:

    "It was a piece of music that we were playing around the time...

    I believe it was late '71, maybe early '72 when we were on tour and we had a support band who had been signed up for the tour, and subsequently, before the tour began, had a hit single.

    The song, I believe, called "Take It Easy." And they were indeed the Eagles. We didn't interact with them very much because they were countrified laid back polite rock, and we were a bit wacky and English and doing weird stuff.

    And I don't think they liked us, and we didn't much like them.

    There was no communication, really, at all.

    Just a polite observance of each other's space when it came to sound checks and show time.

    But they probably heard us play the song, because that would have featured in the sets back then, and maybe it was just something they kind of picked up on subconsciously, and introduced that chord sequence into their famous song "Hotel California" sometime later.

    But, you know, it's not plagiarism.

    It's just the same chord sequence.

    It's in a different time signature, different key, different context.

    And it's a very, very fine song that they wrote, so I can't feel anything other than a sense of happiness for their sake.

    And I feel flattered that they came across that chord sequence.

    But it's difficult to find a chord sequence that hasn't been used, and hasn't been the focus of lots of pieces of music.

    It's harmonic progression is almost a mathematical certainty you're gonna crop up with the same thing sooner or later if you sit strumming a few chords on a guitar."
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2020
  6. aposhark

    aposhark Well-Known Member Lifetime Member

    Yes, the lyrics of the song were, and still are, quite thought-provoking:

    On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair
    Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air
    Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light
    My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
    I had to stop for the night
    There she stood in the doorway
    I heard the mission bell
    And I was thinking to myself
    "This could be Heaven or this could be Hell"
    Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way
    There were voices down the corridor
    I thought I heard them say

    Welcome to the Hotel California
    Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place)
    Such a lovely face
    Plenty of room at the Hotel California
    Any time of year (Any time of year)
    You can find it here

    Her mind is Tiffany-twisted, she got the Mercedes bends
    She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys she calls friends
    How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat
    Some dance to remember, some dance to forget

    So I called up the Captain
    "Please bring me my wine."
    He said, "We haven't had that spirit here since nineteen sixty nine."
    And still those voices are calling from far away
    Wake you up in the middle of the night
    Just to hear them say

    Welcome to the Hotel California
    Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place)
    Such a lovely face
    They livin' it up at the Hotel California
    What a nice surprise (what a nice surprise)
    Bring your alibis

    Mirrors on the ceiling
    The pink champagne on ice
    And she said "We are all just prisoners here, of our own device"
    And in the master's chambers
    They gathered for the feast
    They stab it with their steely knives
    But they just can't kill the beast

    Last thing I remember
    I was running for the door
    I had to find the passage back to the place I was before
    "Relax," said the night man
    "We are programmed to receive
    You can check-out any time you like
    But you can never leave!"

    Don Henley: "It's our interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles. It's basically a song about the dark underbelly of the American dream and about excess in America, which is something we knew a lot about."
  7. JohnAsh

    JohnAsh Well-Known Member Lifetime Member

    I went to see the Eagles in Stafford in about 1977. Fantastic concert.

    I used to enjoy Joe Walsh’s own stuff too.
  8. aposhark

    aposhark Well-Known Member Lifetime Member

    I was at that concert too, John :like: It was at Bingley Hall (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bingley_Hall,_Stafford) which was a huge shed where they sometimes sell cattle, if you remember?
    I saw Bob Marley and the Wailers there also.
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