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Abandoned Luncheonette

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The duo's sophomore album from 1974 just might be their masterpiece. Hear them perfect their blend of blue-eyed Philly soul and huge pop hooks on classic hit She's Gone . Other memorable moments on this Arif Mardin-produced platter include Las Vegas Turnaround (The Stewardess Song); When the Morning Comes , and Everytime I Look at You .
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  • Audio CD (May 20, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino Flashback
  • ASIN: B0017CW5CQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,276 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on November 5, 2001
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ABANDONED LUNCHEONETTE, for an Hall and Oates's second album, is great. However, for a followup to their debut, the disappointingly dull WHOLE OATS, ABANDONED LUNCHEONETTE is simply amazing. The duo had certainly matured a lot since WHOLE OATS, too. Filled with enough strong tracks, this album is one of their best, thanks to strong songwriting and a fabulously low-key production by Arif Mardin. The songs seem to reflect the atmosphere of the time when it was recorded: quiet and humble, but happy and joyful at the same time.
All Hall and Oates albums have a lost gem or two hiding around, and ABANDONED LUNCHEONETTE's opening track seems to be one. "When the Morning Comes" is one of the best folk songs Hall and Oates wrote, and even the synthesized oboe it featured made it all the more strong. "Had I Known You Better Then" acts mainly as a flashback to one of John Oates's love affairs, and his lyrics, though mundane, tells the story well. "Las Vegas Turnaround" is a nod to the pop music of the time with a giggly subject about his girlfriend Sara (of "Sara Smile" fame) as an airline stewardess. "She's Gone," though, is a seamless songwriting collaboration between Hall and Oates. Poignant and with memorable lyrics and a greaceful melody, it is the best song on ABANDONED LUNCHEONETTE, and perhaps this is the only place to find it in its original five-minute length (with an exception of THE ATLANTIC COLLECTION).
This album is also great because "She's Gone" is not its only strong track. The title song has some of Hall's best lyrics, while the mandolin-driven "Lady Rain" has a somewhat sad and serious melody.
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"Abandoned Luncheonette" features the kind of music at which Daryl & John are most adept-Philly Soul. All the songs here are excellent, with the cream of the crop being "When The Morning Comes", "Las Vegas Turnaround", "I'm Just A Kid (Don't Make Me Feel Like A Man)", the title track, "Lady Rain" and "Laughing Boy". "Everytime I Look At You" is the most soulful track on this CD, which has a "hillbilly" banjo and violin-laden instrumental at the end. This is probably as close to country that H & O ever got! This has to be the best CD in their entire catalog. Oh, and "Abandoned Luncheonette" also contains their first hit single, "She's Gone", which appeared on the Billboard charts on two separate occasions. If you are a fan of soul and/or pop music, you can't go wrong here. Please buy this CD!
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Interview Hall & Oates, and they will tell you they feel like Voices is their first album!! While I agree that the period between WarBabies and Xstatic was not brilliant,there was some flourishes of brilliance such as Ennui On The Mountain from 75. ABANDONED LUNCHEONETTE was undoubtedly their masterpiece!!!.This album is mostly acoustic, and takes some getting used to if you've only heard Private Eyes kind of stuff.This album sounds more like Cat Stevens , Dan Fogelberg,Carole King,etc . I had thought of H&O as kind of throwaway pop,the way I currently think of Britney,until I bought a used vinyl of this in the early 80's, I suddenly took them very seriously.My favorite is the title track simply because of the storyline and the constant time changes.There is a new DVD of them live in 1976 called Musikladen that has an outstanding version of this song where the ending kicks into hard rock.Buy this and you will find yourself humming "Will you survive,learn to drive,I know you cant describe the dreams-im just a kid dont make me feel like a man". Las Vegas turnaround is also a standout track.you should also get Whole Oates and the various collections of demos that cover the 69-71 years (Past Times,Really Smokin,Lot Of Changes comin,Backtraks).The songs on these are even better, just recorded poorly.If you like these early albums, seek out newer artists like Bernard Butler , Edwyn Collins, Five For Fighting,Train,Stereophonics.I guarantee you will like them. I personally thought the Voices album pulled the keys out of the ignition that was keeping them aflight-It's A Laugh-and the funny thing is everyone thought the Abandoned Luncheonette would be open forever!!! (pun intended)
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The only album Hall & Oates have released that comes close to this album is Change of Season, and that was nearly eighteen years later. With the exception of two songs, this album is almost perfect. The violin solo on "Everytime I Look At You," is amazingly well crafted. The opening song, "When The Morning Comes," defines their style, and is maintained throughout the album. Noteworthy songs also include their first hit, "She's Gone," "Las Vegas Turnaround," "Lady Rain," and the title track "Abandoned Luncheonette" which does a great job of contemplation over wasted years. This is still an excellent album almost twenty years later.
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This was the best album i heard in college back in 1973 and is still one of the top albums today.....your missing something if your never heard this or their previous album whole Oates!
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