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The Essential Daryl Hall & John Oates Original recording remastered

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Essential Daryl Hall & John Oates is a comprehensive 2 CD collection that fully represents the stunning string of hits of these pop superstars. Crowned as the most successful pop duo of all time by the RIAA in 1984 'a title they retain today' Daryl Hall & John Oates remain highly active and visible on stage, in the studio, and on television. Their songs are part of the cultural fabric of American radio. Pop, Adult Contemporary, R&B, smooth jazz, classic dance, and 80s formats are just some of the places where you can still hear classic songs like "She's Gone," "Sara Smile," "Rich Girl," "Out of Touch," "One On One," "Maneater," "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)" and many, many others. BMG. 2005.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 14, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: June 14, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: RCA / Arista / Legacy
  • ASIN: B0009ML256
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,719 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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maybe you're like me and you're looking for the most complete Hall & Oates collection. well, let me save you some time. After looking through the 5 or 6 "greatest hits" collections in their catalog, THIS 2-CD set has virtually ALL of the songs that the other collections have and then some. Nothing is left out.

In fact, there are two 2-CD sets here (ESSENTIAL Hall & Oates and ULTIMATE Hall & Oates) and THEY HAVE THE EXACT SAME TRACK LISTING. What the hell's the point in that? LOL So buy whichever one is cheaper.

You're welcome. :-)
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(This is the same collection as what was originally released as "The Ultimate Daryl Hall and John Oates," with an altered title and different cover art.)

Who would have thought a duo from Philly with a couple of modest blue-eyed soul hits would become a pop juggernaut? Even more so, who'd have even dared predict that these songs would have maintained their integrity almost two decades later? Those are the questions begged by this "Essential" collection, that, for once, comes pretty darn close to deserving the moniker. Daryl Hall and John Oates get the royal treatment on this two disc set, the first American release that covers all three of their major label gigs and even a few choice cuts from their more recent forays back into music making.

While it is easy to hear the seventies attempts at hard core soul in "She's Gone," "Sara Smile" and the underrated "Do What You Want, Be Who You Are," there's also the dabs of folk that popped up in their best early albums. I'd heartily recommend "Abandoned Luncheonette" from that period, but it didn't take long before their pop sense began to emerge. Like so many other acts in the seventies, Hall and Oates had no problems pushing their styles around. It made a softer rock single like "Rich Girl" instantly memorable. It also made their middle seventies output commercially rocky, at one point they joined a chewing gum promotion to play concerts in high schools based on student gum wrapper collections! So while modestly successful singles like the terrific "It's a Laugh" and commercially questionable albums like "Beauty On A Back Street" and "Live Time" were making the duo look like they were on their way to the history books, Hall and Oates decided that the only people who could properly understand their sound was - themselves.
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Wow. In just a few short years we went from one very dated 1983 collection to four. Hey, fine with me. Hall & Oates are one of those groups that when you look at a tracklist like this, you forget just how many hits they really had. Then when you give it a listen, you remember how great they really are, and how much you've always enjoyed them. I usually tend to listen to more alternative and hard rock, but being a child of the 80's, and a music lover in general, I can't help but love Hall & Oates. This 2-disc collection is a generous 37 tracks, half of which is easily recognizable to any radio listener. My personal favorites are "You Make My Dreams", "Private Eyes", "Family Man", and of course "Maneater". I also really like the songs "Out Of Touch", "Method Of Modern Love", and "Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid", all from the same album. The great thing with an "Essential" type collection though, is that you get all the hits, as well as the early and later songs. In short, it's an excellent collection of Rock & Soul.
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Note - this is a re-packaging of the earlier Ultimate Daryl Hall and John Oates. The track listing is identical.

Daryl Hall and John Oates are generally classified as white soul singers but this description is too simplistic - they adapted their style to suit changing musical fashions. This double CD shows just how varied their music was. While they had six number one hits (Rich girl, Kiss on my list, Private eyes, I can't go for that no can do, Man-eater, Private eyes, Out of touch) and many other big hits in their American homeland, they never came close to that level of success internationally. In Britain, they had just two top ten hits (I can't go for that no can do, Man-eater) with nothing else getting close although they had plenty of minor hits while Paul Young made the UK top five with a cover of Every time you go away - the very different original Hall and Oates version is included here.

Apart from their six American number ones, this collection includes all the other important hits that they recorded together but not Daryl's solo hit Dreamtime. Here you can find their covers of Family man (Mike Oldfield) and You've lost that loving feeling (Righteous brothers) as well as their original classic songs such as She's gone, One on one, Did it in a minute, Say it isn't so, Adult education, Method of modern love, Everything your heart desires, So close and Sara smile.

Many less famous tracks are also to be found on this fantastic compilation of the best of the music that Daryl Hall and John Oates recorded together.
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For so many acts, hits collections can often tell a good story about the life of the artist, or can just be re-packaged into something that was just a missed opportunity by any artist. Since Sony & BMG merged in 2004, the move was conjured into one big company that thought they just knew a good thing about making so much for so many acts. For one of the greatest duos of all time, Hall & Oates, that just didn't seem to add up all the way. Back in 2004, Hall & Oates had a magical collection of their hits simply put as Ultimate Hall & Oates. Unfortunately, this is that package re-made over again.

What was then 2004's Ultimate Hall & Oates, now The 2005 Essential Hall & Oates, is the exact same double album of the duos biggest songs of all. The album still does reflect what made Hall & Oates fantastic. The collection includes so many of their big hits including Sara Smile, One On One, Maneater, She's Gone, and other great tracks Hall & Oates have made. Unfortunately, there are a few disadvantages with this collection. Instead of adding new and recent tracks like I'll Be Around, Man On A Mission, and Getaway Car, this collection overshadows them. Another disadvantage, is that the songs weren't remastered as well as the previous Ultimate Hall & Oates package. It just doesn't sound as organic and fresh as it did before.

For so many who have purchased other Hall & Oates packages, you're just better off with the original Ultimate Hall & Oates package. If you can't find the previous editon, this colection will just have to do.

Songs: B

Album Cover: B+

Remastering: B-

Price: C 1/2+

Overall: C-
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