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The Atlantic Albums - Whole Oats/Abandoned Luncheonette/War Babies...Plus Import

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Import only remastered double disc that includes the three albums WHOLE OATS (1972), ABANDONED LUNCHEONETTE (1973), and WAR BABIES PLUS (1974) at a budget price.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I'm Sorry
  2. All Our Love
  3. Georgie
  4. Fall in Philadelphia
  5. Waterwheel
  6. Lazyman
  7. Goodnight and Goodmorning
  8. They Needed Each Other
  9. Southeast City Window
  10. Thank You for
  11. Lilly (Are You Happy)
  12. When the Morning Comes
  13. Had I Known You Better Then
  14. Las Vegas Turnaround (The Stewardess Song)
  15. She's Gone
  16. I'm Just a Kid (Don't Make Me Feel Like a Man)
  17. Abandoned Lucheonette
  18. Lady Rain
  19. Laughing Boy
  20. Everytime I Look at You

Disc: 2

  1. Past Times Behind
  2. It's Uncanny
  3. I Want to Know You for a Long Time
  4. Love You Like a Brother
  5. Can't Stop the Music
  6. Is It a Star
  7. Beanie G and the Rose Tattoo
  8. You're Much Too Soon
  9. 70's Scenario
  10. War Baby Son of Zorro
  11. I'm Watching You (A Mutant Romance)
  12. Better Watch Your Back
  13. Screaming Through December
  14. Johnny Gore and the C Eaters


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 2, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Edsel Records UK
  • ASIN: B0057EYA6E
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,927 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Mark Barry TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 2, 2011
For an album as beloved and as famous as "Abandoned Luncheonette" to not be on a straightforward CD remaster somewhere in the world at a reasonable price is downright odd. Up until now Hall & Oates fans have had to put up with bits of it on a 'Best Of' or 'Live Versions' on a pricey Box Set. But this superb two-disc reissue from Edsel of the UK which gathers up their first 3 albums on Atlantic (including "Abandoned Luncheonette") - puts an end to that - and how. All three LPs are remastered to great effect and you even get 4 bonus tracks from 2 compilations covering the period. Here are the details...

Released as a 2CD set on 25 July 2011 in the UK, the import Edsel EDSD2103 breaks down as follows:

Disc 1 (75:35 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 11 are their debut album "Whole Oats", released November 1972 in the USA on Atlantic SD-7242.
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I have been a fan of Hall & Oates "War Babies" album since shortly after is was released in 1974. So here we have Hall & Oates first 3 albums (their Atlantic Records era) beautifully restored and re-mastered with this newly-released and long-overdue package.

I don't pretend to know "Whole Oats" and "Abandoned Luncheonette" very well, as I have never previously owned either record. So my focus here is mainly on the very under-rated and overlooked "War Babies," my personal favorite Hall & Oates record.

"War Babies" has been available as an import CD for quite a few years, but is so compressed and distorted at the higher frequencies that it is not the enjoyable listening experience it should be. Therefore it is not representative of what the album really sounds like (remember - I was first exposed to it on vinyl). Finally those major sonic blunders have been corrected; wrongs have been righted.

This entire package sounds open and spacious and allows you for the first time on CD to experience H&O's early period as it was meant to be heard. Fans of "Abandoned Luncheonette," a favorite of many early devotees of H&O, can finally experience that entire album remastered on CD for the first time.

I openly admit that I am a huge Todd Rundgren fan: both for his work as a recording artist (solo and with Utopia) and as a talented and prolific producer, particularly during the 1970s and 1980s. His production work here on "War Babies" is daring, confident, and a bit edgy. And it works magnificently. This album transcends the traditional Hall & Oates formula sound and takes you on a unique journey all its own.

Here is a wonderful ROCK record the likes of which H&O have never come close to duplicating.
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This compilation collects all of Hall & Oates' Atlantic album discography including an out-take from Whole Oats - Past Times Behind (the Atlantic No Goodbyes compilation is not included here BUT the 3 tracks exclusive to that set are - It's Uncanny, I Want To Know You For A Long Time and Love You Like A Brother). Whole Oats, Past Times Behind and Abandoned Luncheonette are definitely remastered and they sound great.

The not so good news: War Babies sounds just like the 1998 German Digipak Import that I have (although the treble is reduced slightly). I don't think it is remastered although it sounds ok. More importantly, the segue between the first 2 tracks is not there... Can't Stop The Music stops abruptly!

Sadly too, the three No Goodbyes tracks are in MONO! I have the Japanese press of the No Goodbyes CD from many years ago and those tracks are in STEREO. More recently too, the 1996 Atlantic Collection CD compilation and the Do What You Want Box Set have 2 of the 3 tracks each and they are all in STEREO. What gives?

I was in Japan recently (Oct 2011) and I saw SHM-CD versions of Whole Oats and Abandoned Luncheonette. I didn't get them as War Babies was not pressed in SHM-CD. My hunch is that the Japanese only pressed those 2 CDs as they were remastered whereas War Babies wasn't - trust the Japanese and their quality control.

Overall, the compilation is a hit and miss affair. I recommend it for the remastered tracks and the excellent booklet with extensive liner notes and lyrics to all the songs! Personally, I am disappointed because I think War Babies and the 3 No Goodbyes tracks deserve to be heard in their full glory.

UPDATE 2015

The Japanese have finally released the 3 Atlantic albums (excl.
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