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The difficulties associated with the release of "Sacred Songs" is well-documented elsewhere, but let it be said that the world is a better place because this album is available. Hall's incredible musicianship and vocal prowess shines though on this album in ways that was absolutely impossible in the confines of his collaboration with Oates. However, Hall's ability to collaborate reveals unexplored common ground with Fripp. The result is an album with the "blue-eyed soul" that Hall's vocals epitomize driven by Fripp's chunky, riff-driven musical conception.
In some ways, this is a "missing link" album between "Red" and "Discipline." It always seemed that the steps that it took to get from Greg Lake to John Wetton were relatively small. However, the steps from Wetton to Belew seemed to be large. Hall's vocal approach on "Sacred Songs" sits beautifully between the two. For reference, check out "Something in 4/4 Time," "Why Was It So Easy?" and "Without Tears." These tunes cause the mind to reel at the potential of a `78 Crimson with Hall on vocals.Read more ›
Robert Fripp is such an interesting partner for him in this; we don't ordinarily think of Hall & Oates and prog-rock in the same breath. That a prog-rock supergroup featuring Fripp, Tony Levin, Brian Eno, and Jerry Marotta, with Daryl at the helm, was considered, blows my mind, and tells you all you need to know about the respect they had for him. All the details are in the CD....
It's interesting the way that Daryl really opened up on this one, lyrically and in his singing. He wanted something deeper here, and I think he got it. "Sacred Songs" is a killer romp, and a reminder that he actually used to play a pretty mean piano. My favorite is "Why Was It So Easy?" which I've been walking around and singing for a week, since I bought this again. You can't get it out of your head. "Survive" is a lot more cruel than it seems at first.
I had "Sacred Songs" on vinyl, but I haven't hooked up a record player in years, so I probably hadn't heard this in almost a decade, I guess. One wonderful thing is that I owned this album as a teenager, and really didn't appreciate it then. Now, at 29, going back to this album is absolutely wonderful. If you're ready to see a more eclectic side of Mr. Hall, you won't be disappointed.
Intended as part of a Fripp produced trilogy (along with Fripp's 'Exposure' and Peter Gabriel II), 'Sacred Songs' was held up for release until 1980 by image conscious record monsters, severely lessening its impact, and consequential publicity, both as part of the Fripp triology, and as a solo break from the by then outrageously successful Hall and Oates.
If you are a really big fan of Hall and Oates, this is probably not for you. If you like Hall's voice and style, but not the H & O material, try this out for a HUGE surprise of what could have been.
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Had the LP, love the CD and appreciate the cuts from Exposure. The possibilities of the collaboration were quite exciting at the time of the original release (King Crimson with... Read morePublished 6 days ago by M. F. Wheeler
A hole new look at Mr Hall and he look back at the root of his musical style.Published 1 month ago by jkp371
What a surprise! I'm no big Hall and Oates fan; I found this while tracking back into Robert Fripp's back catalogue (he produced this. Wow). Read morePublished 4 months ago by John R.
Why do albums like this exist? I don't mean that in a bad way at all, I mean damn, seriously? This album is so good it's criminal it's not listed in top 100 lists and whatnot. Read morePublished 11 months ago by DQ
Kinda average. Nice music but no "hits". Good background music.Published 14 months ago by foto51dude