Full Length related records Sales – Summary
Here is the most underestimated indicator of an album’s success – the amount of compilation sales of all kinds it generated. Due to the dependency of sales of the original studio albums on these releases, they are a key piece of the jigsaw.
The number of sales created by Eagles, Desperado, One Of These Nights and of course Hotel California are enormous. The latter is responsible for 37 million sales of compilations and this doesn’t even factor in the boost it gave to Their Greatest Hits 1971-75 thanks to its smash. We need to keep in mind that their early albums sold about 3 million units on their own, which shows just how much they have been cannibalized by the cult 1976 compilation.