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"Hotel California" by The Eagles was a must as well as an honour to cover, when we chose our three favorite Californian songs for our EP "California Dreaming". Check the tabs below for more info, audio sample and lyrics.

Single Download: Hotel California - 1 Track
Download Format: zip file with MP3 and M4A (iTunes+ Format)
From Album: California Dreaming

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From Album: California Dreaming
Release Date: 30 Jan 2009
Publisher: MonaLisa Twins
Label: MonaLisa-Records
Download Format: zip file with MP3 and M4A (iTunes+ Format)


Original: The Eagles, 1976
Cover Arrangement, Performance, Engineering and Production: MonaLisa Twins
About the Song

After our stay at the "Hotel California" we knew that we too could check out any time we like, but never really leave. In our case it's certainly not because of drug abuse but because of the beauty of the country and the nice people living there.

Before we went to Los Angeles in 2008 we picked three of our favorite California songs and recorded them at our studio in Austria. During our stay in the States we shot some music videos, which we also put on YouTube.

Out of these three songs, "Hotel California" by The Eagles was probably the hardest to do. It took Lisa a lot of time, practice and patience to get the guitar parts right, but in the end it turned out the way we wanted to. It is definitely not the easiest song to play, and the guitar solo at the end is legendary, so we hope we did the song justice.
California Dreaming Album Cover Hotel California

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 face
Plenty of room at the Hotel California
Any time the year, you can find it here

Her mind's Tiffany-twisted, she got a Mercedes Benz
She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys that she calls friends
How they danced 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 face
They're livin' it up at the Hotel California
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 stabbed 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 checkout any time you like
But you can never leave

Album: "California Dreaming"
Cover: MonaLisa Twins
Released: Jan 2009
Original: The Eagles, 1976

About Audio Quality
We did extensive listening tests to choose file formats that come very close to CD quality and can get played back on almost any device like your computer, your smart phone, your iPad or your MP3 player. As you might know there is always a trade-off between file size and sound quality when it comes to file compression. We decided to go for quality rather than for file size because modern computers and other devices usually have more than enough space for audio files.

Our File Formats

At last we decided to provide our music in 2 different formats: MP3 (128 kbit/s) and M4A (256 kbit/s)
For those who don’t know, you recognize the file by its ending, the abbreviation after the “.” of the file title. (e.g. title.mp3, title.m4a)
MP3 is the most common audio file. It will work on any MP3 player, iPod, computer and most mobile phones.
M4A is the typical iTunes (Apple) format, which means it works great for iPods and the iTunes players on your computer. We chose the new “iTunes+ (plus)” quality.

In both formats we could hardly hear any difference to the original master but the M4A is technically better. The MP3 format on the other hand is the most compatible and also very close to the original quality.

Format Conversion

If, for some reason, you need a different format, you can either write us or use a program to convert it (just put “ needed format -converter” in your search engine). There are a lot of free programs that will do the job nicely. However, when you convert you should prefer the M4A file as source file because it is technically better and also has a higher streaming rate than the MP3.

As long as you’re using regular equipment and operating systems you should be fine with those two formats. If you are working on an Apple computer or use iTunes as your audio player though we would generally suggest you to use the M4A files.

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