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Music Storytellers - HALL & OATES
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ALBUMS:

Studio albums

1972 Whole Oats
1973 Abandoned Luncheonette
1974 War Babies
1975 Daryl Hall & John Oates
1976 Bigger Than Both of Us
1977 Beauty on a Back Street
1978 Along the Red Ledge
1979 X-Static
1980 Voices
1981 Private Eyes
1982 H2O
1984 Big Bam Boom
1988 Ooh Yeah!
1990 Change of Season
1997 Marigold Sky
2003 Do It for Love
2004 Our Kind of Soul
2006 Home for Christmas

Compilations/Greatest hits
1977 No Goodbyes
1983 Rock 'n Soul Part 1
1989 Special Mix on CD
1991 Looking Back – The Best of Daryl Hall + John Oates
1995 The Best of Times – Greatest Hits
1996 The Atlantic Collection
The Early Years
1997 Starting All Over Again – Best of Hall & Oates
Romeo Is Bleeding, What's in Your World – The Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates
1998 With Love from... Hall & Oates – The Best of the Ballads
Rich Girl
2001 The Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates
The Ballads Collection – RCA 100th Anniversary Series
Definitive Collection
The Essential Collection
2002 Legendary
VH1 Behind the Music: The Daryl Hall and John Oates Collection
Starting All Over Again – The Best Of
2003 12 Inch Collection
12 Inch Collection Vol. 2
2004 Ultimate Daryl Hall + John Oates
The Collection
2005 The Essential Daryl Hall & John Oates
2006 The Platinum Collection
2008 Playlist: The Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates
The Singles
2009 Do What You Want, Be What You Are: The Music of Hall & Oates


Hall & Oates - 

From their first hit in 1974 through their heyday in the '80s, Daryl Hall and John Oates' smooth, catchy take on Philly soul brought them enormous commercial success -- including six number one singles and six platinum albums -- yet little critical success. Hall & Oates' music was remarkably well constructed and produced; at their best, their songs were filled with strong hooks and melodies that adhered to soul traditions without being a slave to them by incorporating elements of new wave and hard rock.
 
Daryl Hall began performing professionally while he was a student at Temple University. In 1966, he recorded a single with Kenny Gamble and the Romeos; the group featured GambleLeon Huff, and Thom Bell, who would all become the architects of Philly soul. During this time, Hall frequently appeared on sessions for Gamble and Huff. In 1967, Hall met John Oates, a fellow Temple University student. Oates was leading his own soul band at the time. The two students realized they had similar tastes and began performing together in an array of R&B and doo wop groups. By 1968, the duo had parted ways, as Oates transferred schools and Hall formed the soft rock band Gulliver; the group released one album on Elektra in the late '60s before disbanding.

After Gulliver's breakup, Hall concentrated on session work again, appearing as a backup vocalist for the Stylisticsthe Delfonics, and the Intruders, among others. Oates returned to Philadelphia in 1969, and he and Hall began writing folk-oriented songs and performing together. Eventually they came to the attention of Tommy Mottola, who quickly became their manager, securing the duo a contract with Atlantic Records. On their first records -- Whole Oates (1972), Abandoned Luncheonette (1973), War Babies (1974) -- the duo were establishing their sound, working with producers like Arif Mardin and Todd Rundgren and removing much of their folk influences. At the beginning of 1974, the duo relocated from Philadelphia to New York. During this period, they only managed one hit -- the number 60 "She's Gone" in the spring of 1974.

After they moved to RCA in 1975, the duo landed on its successful mixture of soul, pop, and rock, scoring a Top Ten single with "Sara Smile." The success of "Sara Smile" prompted the re-release of "She's Gone," which rocketed into the Top Ten as well. Released in the summer of 1976, Bigger than the Both of Us was only moderately successful upon its release. The record took off in early 1977, when "Rich Girl" became the duo's first number one single.

Although they had several minor hits between 1977 and 1980, the albums Hall & Oates released at the end of the decade were not as successful as their mid-'70s records. Nevertheless, they were more adventurous, incorporating more rock elements into their blue-eyed soul. The combination would finally pay off in late 1980, when the duo released the self-produced Voices, the album that marked the beginning of Hall & Oates' greatest commercial and artistic success. The first single from Voices, a cover of the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," reached number 12, yet it was the second single, "Kiss on My List" that confirmed their commercial potential by becoming the duo's second number one single; its follow-up, "You Make My Dreams" hit number five. They quickly released Private Eyes in the summer of 1981; the record featured two number one hits, "Private Eyes" and "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)," as well as the Top Ten hit "Did It in a Minute." "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" also spent a week at the top of the R&B charts -- a rare accomplishment for a white act. H20 followed in 1982 and it proved more successful than their two previous albums, selling over two million copies and launching their biggest hit single, "Maneater," as well as the Top Ten hits "One on One" and "Family Man." The following year, the duo released a greatest-hits compilation, Rock 'N Soul, Pt. 1, that featured two new Top Ten hits -- the number two "Say It Isn't So" and "Adult Education."

In April of 1984, the Recording Industry Association of America announced that Hall & Oates had surpassed the Everly Brothers as the most successful duo in rock history, earning a total of 19 gold and platinum awards. Released in October of 1984, Big Bam Boom expanded their number of gold and platinum awards, selling over two million copies and launching four Top 40 singles, including the number one "Out of Touch." Following their contract-fulfilling gold album Live at the Apollo with David Ruffin & Eddie KendrickHall & Oates went on hiatus. After the lukewarm reception for Daryl Hall's 1986 solo album, Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine, the duo regrouped to release 1988's Ooh Yeah!, their first record for Arista. The first single, "Everything Your Heart Desires," went to number three and helped propel the album to platinum status.

However, none of the album's other singles broke the Top 20, indicating that the era of chart dominance had ended. Change of Season, released in 1990, confirmed that fact. Although the record went gold, it only featured one Top 40 hit -- the number 11 single "So Close." The duo mounted a comeback in 1997 with Marigold Sky, but it was only partially successful; far better was 2003's Do It for Love and the following year's soul covers record Our Kind of Soul. The issuing of "greatest-hits" albums reached a fever pitch during the 2000s, with no fewer than 15 different collections seeing the light by 2008. Live records were in proliferation as well, with the A&E Live by Request release Live in Concert hitting stores in 2003, a reissue of their Ecstasy on the Edge 1979 concert (titled simply In Concert this time around) in 2006, and the Live at the Troubadour two-CD/one-DVD set in 2008. As far as proper studio albums go, the 2000s were lean, with only three releases -- the aforementioned Do It for Love and Our Kind of Soul, topped off by Home for Christmas in 2006.

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/daryl-hall-john-oates-mn0000674887
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FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
11 Fans 
18%a. 10 (Love them)
45%b. 7-9 (Good Stuff)
27%c. 5-6 (Ok)
0%d. 1-4 (No Interest / Never heard of them)
9%e. THEY SUCK!

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#3 | 675 days ago

(Edited by icfeet)
I liked their stuff, from Sara Smile right on through....it's funny seeing Oates without his trademark pornstache now though...
10 (Love them)  
  
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#1 | 675 days ago

Back in the day...yeah they were all right.....lol, most of their stuff made me laugh. They really never fit anywhere, the oddball combo made them famous...
7-9 (Good Stuff)  
#2 | 675 days ago
Nick__ (+)

JenX63 wrote:
Back in the day...yeah they were all right.....lol, most of their stuff made me laugh. They really never fit anywhere, the oddball combo made them famous...
I agree with you there!  I like their 80's stuff, but, that's about it.

I do think that Daryl Hall has a great voice, though.
5-6 (Ok)  
#3 | 675 days ago

(Edited by icfeet)
I liked their stuff, from Sara Smile right on through....it's funny seeing Oates without his trademark pornstache now though...
10 (Love them)  
#4 | 675 days ago

(Edited by Jeff_P)
one of the TOP combos in pop history............enjoyed most of their music...............yes
#5 | 675 days ago

Just learned something new but Gamble & Huff explains their soulful sound. One of the few rock groups who sounds  I could relate toyes
7-9 (Good Stuff)  
#6 | 675 days ago

the more i watch live from daryl's the more i realized their stuff was weird and wonderful. except for that maneater song. that can slide off into the ocean and i won't miss it. i have a massive crush on hall right now.
#7 | 675 days ago
Nick__ (+)

ms_hippie_queen wrote:
the more i watch live from daryl's the more i realized their stuff was weird and wonderful. except for that maneater song. that can slide off into the ocean and i won't miss it. i have a massive crush on hall right now.
funny....because when I hear that Maneater song, you pop into my mind!  cheeky
5-6 (Ok)  
#8 | 675 days ago

Nick__ wrote:
funny....because when I hear that Maneater song, you pop into my mind!  cheeky
Saggittarian minds think alike
7-9 (Good Stuff)  
#9 | 675 days ago

You Make My Dreams is one of the greatest songs ever recorded in the history of mankind
#10 | 670 days ago

All their music is great. Did you guys see the article on yahoo where it says Hall ate off Oates' ear? Wasn't this Hall and Oates, but the puns using song titles was freaking hilarious.
7-9 (Good Stuff)  

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