Styx, Foreigner, And Don Felder Team Up For New Wal-Mart Hits Collection
Coming on May 6th in commemoration of the Styx, Foreigner, Don Felder summer tour will be the joint greatest hits collection, called The Soundtrack Of Summer. The Wal-Mart exclusive disc feature 26 original Styx and Foreigner tracks -- along with a newly recorded version of the Eagles’ "Hotel California’" with Felder, joined by Styx and Foreigner.
The new version of "Hotel California" features Styx guitarist Tommy Shaw, Foreigner frontman Kelly Hansen, and Felder sharing the lead vocal on the 1976 classic. Felder, who wrote the music to the song, told Ultimate Classic Rock: "I didn’t want to do just a remake of the same version of ‘Hotel California’; I thought that had been done twice. It had to be new and fresh. The choruses where the harmonies come in is just stellar, I have to say. I haven’t heard that song sung quite that well in a long time."
Felder explained to USA Today, that re-recording the song took a bit of restructuring: "I was a bit perplexed about how to go about doing it a second time. It grows from this acoustic steel-string version to where the electric guitars come in at the end."
Don Felder recalled how he wrote the timeless introduction to the Eagles' 1976 chart topper, "Hotel California": "I was sitting on the beach in the house I'd rented in Malibu; I had this acoustic guitar -- it was this beautiful July day, my kids were playing in the sand and the beautiful California sun was glistening on the water. I was just tinkering away on this guitar and out came that introduction to the song, and I played it three or four times over and over. And I said, 'I have to record a little bit of this before I forget it.' So, in my back bedroom -- one of my daughter's bedrooms, I had this old reel-to-reel tape recorder and microphone. I ran back there and turned it on and sit and played a couple of times through that progression and turned it off went out and played on the beach. And we were in the process of writing songs for the Hotel California album and I'd started to compile a reel of 15 or 16 other song ideas. So I went back and listened to that introduction about a week later and said, 'I think I'll finish this.'"
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