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Interpreting the Masters, Vol. 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall & John Oates

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The last time Inara George and Greg Kurstin (a.k.a. the bird and the bee) made a full-length album, their acclaimed self-titled debut, they weren’t certain anyone would ever hear it. “We made our first record for ourselves,” says George, “we didn’t expect to get signed to a label and have it be released.” But it was heard, and then released by Blue Note ... Read more in Amazon's The Bird and the Bee Store

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  • Audio CD (March 23, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B0036U0BUK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,997 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Bird and The Bee have been known to recreate '80s Pop hits into unique and contemporary gems for the new millennium. With Interpreting The Masters Volume I, Greg Kurstin and Inara George go one step further and pay homage to one of the greatest duos of that time: Darryl Hall and John Oates. Classic material is reinvented through Kurstin's sleek production and George's sweet lyrical delivery. Features eight reinterpretations of Hall & Oates classics plus one new track: 'Heard It On The Radio'.

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kiss on my list March 23, 2010
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The Bird and the Bee (aka Greg Kurstin and Inara George) is one of the few bands in existence who can cover a great song and make it their own.

So it was pretty much inevitable that someday they'd put out a cover album -- in this case, "Interpreting The Masters Volume 1: A Tribute To Daryl Hall And John Oates." It's pretty much what you'd expect after their past covers: a string of Hall and Oates' hit songs, which have metamorphosed into sensual, delicate electronic pop with angelic vocals.

Well, it goes without saying that the songwriting is excellent. Each Hall & Oates song that Kurstin and George selected seems to have a different kind of romantic relationship in it: love-that-wasn't, a lover who craves too much, love for a "Rich Girl," a hot-and-cold romance, a lovelorn request for a smile, and even an ode to a "lean and hungry" "Maneater." Lots of complex, bittersweet feelings.

And it kicks off with the funky, twittery sounds of "Heard it on the Radio," with George singing sweetly, "When we first met/It wasn't what you said/And still I loved you like mad... Now every time/I hear it playing/I think of you/And those summer days."

From there on, the band bounces merrily into the sprightly "Rich Girl," the sharp-edged "I Can't Go For That," the slow sensual "Sarah Smile," the flowing electropop of "Kiss on my List," the shimmering "She's Gone," and the delicate finale "One on One." They even get into the clubbier stuff with the sexually-charged, beat-heavy "Maneater."

Don't worry, the songs have the same infectious, fun melodies as the original Hall & Oates versions... more or less.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Interpretations of Great Music!!!! March 26, 2010
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I've always been a fan of covers. It's always interesting to see how another artist interprets a tune, and makes it his/her own. As for the reviewer giving one star, suggesting this duo is "copping out" by doing a whole album of covers, and not coming up with original material... that is complete bunk! The Bird and the Bee have come up with loads of their own wonderful songs. And just because material is "new" doesn't make it good. There's a LOT of "new" S#*& out there for sure.

Simply a joy to listen to for any B&B and/or H&O fan.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars end the embarrassment... April 21, 2010
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the bird and the bee show you why you weren't so stupid to love hall & oates after all.
they showed me. i love this record. a true homage.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Bird Eats Oates As The Bee Buzzes Down The Hall March 28, 2010
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I'll admit, I was a little hesitant coming in, but if you're a fan of The Bird & The Bee or their style of music, you should be a fan of what you hear. Hall & Oates fans may also find it interesting just because these takes are usually so different, yet so in line with the originals. The sound is trippy, chill, synth & decidedly 80s. Even if you don't like Hall & Oates, you should like this album. In addition to the hits that everybody knows, Bird & the Bee also take on their lesser known hits which I'm now discovering and loving, which is always a joy of a cover album.

Overall, I don't know how much longevity this project will have for its listeners, but this is a great covers album that is both true to the bands covering and being covered. Remember, this is only volume 1 so expect more great covers from The Bird & The Bee soon.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just makes me happy! April 15, 2010
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If you asked me before I listened to this album whether I knew all the words to Hall & Oats songs, I would have said, "No way!" Turns out, I was very wrong. Not only that, but I love these songs.

This is a perfect album for spring- singing along with the windows down. Get it, I bet it will make you happy too.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite Simply, A Perfect Cover Album! March 23, 2010
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If, to you, the neo-jazz/pop stylings of The Bird and the Bee seem like an unlikely fit for the music of Hall and Oates, welcome to the club. My first thought when I saw that one of my favorite new groups of the last few years would be covering an entire album of "the masters'" music was one of complete bewilderment. But once I began listening to the end result, my fears were put to rest. The first few notes of "Heard it on the Radio" say it all: this is a Bird and the Bee album! Simply put, the duo has done a fantastic job of taking these classic and instantly-recognizable songs and filtering them through their own unique style.

The lead-off track is a gorgeous song that is just as catchy as one would expect. It's bouncy digital production is reminiscent of some of Bird and the Bee's earlier stuff, but the 70s disco vibe sets it apart from the band's other tracks. It eases any fears that a skeptical listener may have and proves that even though many may not understand why the group chose to make this album, they at least know what they are doing. "Rich Girl" is just as exciting. I could easily see a bunch of teen girls (or hipsters for that matter) singing along to this song and not realizing that it's a cover of a much older song. That says a lot about how perfectly a lot of these songs are constructed and presented.

For the most part, Interpreting the Masters is a flawless cover album, if such a thing can even exist. Still, some songs, though good, can't hold their own to the original recording. Specifically, "She's Gone" lacks the earnestness and power of the original. Instead, it comes off as plastic and unassured - the standard trappings of a cover song.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I L<3VE It!
I give this album 5 stars because I enjoy listening to their whole album. I recommend this to fans of The Bird and the Bee and to those who don't know them.
Published 2 days ago by Gazelle
5.0 out of 5 stars A bonbon for Hall and Oates fans
My wife and I enjoy Hall and Oates, but the original production so often sounds dated that we're always on the lookout for covers. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andrew Lindemann Malone
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Obsessed
A year ago, I heard Van Sessions with Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers covering Hall & Oates' I can't go for that. It's awesome. You should watch it. Nicki busts out with a kazoo. Read more
Published 9 months ago by BookNerd Extraordinaire
5.0 out of 5 stars Hall and Oates!
If you like Hall and Oates you will love this remake from the Bird and the Bee. Her voice is amazing and the use of just the a drum machine and synthesizer works well with the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by mikeju
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Great interpretation. Love the sound. Perfect fit. It has a very refreshing feel that makes me want to listen to these masters once again.
Published 14 months ago by whoisjet
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing out there quite like this!
This highly original take on Hall & Oates is faithfully poppy and terrifically creative. Everything this duo does is really fun, cool and smart.
Published 15 months ago by NYTbookreviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Reimagining Hall & Oates
This album is my first introduction to The Bird and The Bee. What sold me was the Hall & Oates songs that I like very much, and the result is good -- I'm going to go find some of... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Sonoma's Davey
3.0 out of 5 stars Broken Case
The CD was a little scratched and I figured it was because the things that would keep the CD in place were broken. Read more
Published on February 12, 2012 by earthuranus
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid cover.
Inara George, the vocalist for The Bird and the Bee, does great justice to these Hall and Oates classics. Read more
Published on January 26, 2012 by Samuel C. Harmon
5.0 out of 5 stars Always a pleasure!
This is my 4th Bird & the Bee cd and I must say they have never let me down. I'm not what you would call a big fan of Hall & Oates but with this mix and those great vocals who... Read more
Published on August 31, 2011 by peter everson
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