It is very difficult to understand that Hotel did not make any big impression when they arrive in the mid 70’s. The band was formed in 1973 in Birmingham, Alabama with Marc Phillips (vovals) and Tommy Calton (guitar). Lee Bargeron (keyboards), Mike Reid (guitar), George Creasman (bass) and Michael Cadenhead (drums). In 1977, they signed with Mercury Records, but unfortunately it was nothing more than the single "You Will Love Again", which even though it managed to enter the Billboard 100, did not give them any extended contract.
Fortunately, their producer, Dain Eric met Tony Scott of the Scotti Brothers on an flight, promoted the band that later also gave the band a new deal.
This debut came out in 1979 and the first single was "You've Got Another Thing Coming" which climbed to # 54 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song should have gone much higher with its incredibly catchy and soulful melody, not that far away from Doobie Brothers "What A Fool Believes" and Pablo Cruise "Love Will Find A Way" in style and quality. And unfortunately this was the commercial peak for Hotels, a lot due to the simple fact that MCA quit promoting the band during this period, without given a fair chance.
I really believe that the band could have gone really far with this record as it has all the ingredients for being a hit record. With songs like "Old Silver" and "Hold On The Nights", the band had guaranteed given us two ballads that would be are considered classics from that period. Even the Toto smelling "Not Wise To Say" is an incredibly good song where Marc Phillips shows what a brilliant singer he is, perfect for this genre.
So even though this debut did not become a big success purely commercially, I would say that it is a smaller classic. Like bands like Doobie Brothers, Pablo Cruise and Little River Band, it is a given purchase. And of course, this release from Rock Candy Records is incredibly stylish and informative with its extensive booklet, including a new interview. And as always, it's fully remastered with a clean and balanced sound, done by none other than Jon Astley.