3 Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Arriving just at the end of Hall & Oates' phenomenal streak of success in the early '80s, 3 Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine, Daryl Hall's second solo album, was viewed as the first overture in a solo career but, in retrospect, its kinship with his first solo effort, 1980's Sacred Songs, is apparent. There is some indication that Hall had to make, or wanted to make, some concessions to bring it onto the charts -- how could he not, he was one of the most popular musicians of his era -- but that's not particularly evident on the tremendous lead single, "Dreamtime," a swirling slice of arty new wave psychedelia that stands in direct contrast to anything Hall ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Arriving just at the end of Hall & Oates' phenomenal streak of success in the early '80s, 3 Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine, Daryl Hall's second solo album, was viewed as the first overture in a solo career but, in retrospect, its kinship with his first solo effort, 1980's Sacred Songs, is apparent. There is some indication that Hall had to make, or wanted to make, some concessions to bring it onto the charts -- how could he not, he was one of the most popular musicians of his era -- but that's not particularly evident on the tremendous lead single, "Dreamtime," a swirling slice of arty new wave psychedelia that stands in direct contrast to anything Hall & Oates sent into the Top Ten -- it might have belonged on Sacred Songs or X-Static, but it could only have been cut in the mid-'80s when Hall had the freedom to make a record like this. And this is a result of an artist who is given the freedom to make close to the record that he wants, with a few commercial concessions, plus a desire to make a modern record. That does mean 3 Hearts is a bit tied to the time, particularly in its production with its clean synths and cavernous drum machines, but that's not necessarily a bad thing since it's primarily of interest as a portrait of where Hall was in 1986. He's not as insistently melodic as he is with Oates, nor is he as experimental as he was on Sacred Songs, and that does mean that 3 Hearts falls in a middle ground that's a bit neither here nor there. And that means it's not particularly cohesive, but it does have its moments, the brightest of which is "Dreamtime," one of his greatest achievements. There are other songs here that aren't quite as good, but it does take a bit of searching to find them, particularly because some of the cuts are either failed experiments or just fall flat. But those moments that do work illustrate that Hall had ambitions that couldn't fit Hall & Oates, and needed an outlet like this, even if he couldn't quite pull it all together all the time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/29/2007
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886971076523
  • Catalog Number: 710765
  • Sales rank: 5,238

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dreamtime (4:45)
  2. 2 Only a Vision (4:33)
  3. 3 I Wasn't Born Yesterday (4:23)
  4. 4 Someone Like You (5:33)
  5. 5 Next Step (4:51)
  6. 6 For You (5:48)
  7. 7 Foolish Pride (3:56)
  8. 8 Right as Rain (4:22)
  9. 9 Let It Out (3:51)
  10. 10 What's Gonna Happen to Us (5:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Daryl Hall Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Mandolin, Keyboards, Vocals
Bob Geldof Background Vocals
Joni Mitchell Background Vocals
Tony Beard Percussion, Drums
Michel Delaporte Percussion
Steve Ferrone Percussion
Robbie Kilgore Keyboards
Mike Klvana Keyboards, Synclavier
Robbie McIntosh Guitar
June Montana Background Vocals
Richard Morcombe Guitar
Dick Morrissey Saxophone
Lenny Pickett Saxophone
Patrick Seymour Keyboards, Emulator
G.E. Smith Guitar
Kate St. John Guitar, Background Vocals
Dave Stewart Guitar
Jamie West-Oram Guitar
T-Bone Wolk Bass, Guitar, Mandolin
Technical Credits
Michael Kamen Arranger, String Arrangements
Daryl Hall Producer, drum programming
Jon Bavin Engineer
Jimmy Bralower drum programming
Bob Clearmountain Mastering
Paul Hamingson Mastering
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Bob Riley drum programming
Dave Stewart Producer, drum programming
Dick Beetham Engineer
J.J. Stelmach Art Direction
Manu Guiot Engineer, drum programming
Jeb Brien Art Direction
T-Bone Wolk Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Under Rated Artist

    Love everything this guy does on his own and this is no exception. He really know how to be soulful.

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