Ed, I don't know you, but I like your take on this. The Verlaine/Garcia connection is clear to me, too. I love Lucinda's voice AND songwriting, but for me, and this'll piss off this crowd, Steve Earle is overrated. His is the Professional Southerner voice that makes me cringe. Your take on the Doors is great.
What I like about Hotel California is the sound. The instruments on that record killed me before I even knew anything about music or sound or recording. The production is nailed on that. The fact that I graduated high school in '76 tells you all you need to know about how many times I listened to Hotel California without thinking about it. I'm just a sucker for it.