H2O [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Private Eyes solidified Hall & Oates' status as one of the most popular acts in America in the early '80s, and with 1982's H2O, they capitalized on its success, delivering an album that turned out to bigger than its predecessor, as it climbed higher on the charts and launched three Top Ten singles with "Maneater," "One on One," and "Family Man." Bigger isn't necessarily better, though, and in comparison to the glistening pop of Private Eyes, H2O pales somewhat, coming across as a little too serious, with its ambitions just being a little too evident. Take the claustrophobic, paranoid "Family Man" -- covering an art rocker like Mike Oldfield suggests a far ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Private Eyes solidified Hall & Oates' status as one of the most popular acts in America in the early '80s, and with 1982's H2O, they capitalized on its success, delivering an album that turned out to bigger than its predecessor, as it climbed higher on the charts and launched three Top Ten singles with "Maneater," "One on One," and "Family Man." Bigger isn't necessarily better, though, and in comparison to the glistening pop of Private Eyes, H2O pales somewhat, coming across as a little too serious, with its ambitions just being a little too evident. Take the claustrophobic, paranoid "Family Man" -- covering an art rocker like Mike Oldfield suggests a far different agenda than crafting a tribute to the Temptations, and while "Family Man" isn't as key to the album as "Looking for a Good Sign" was to Private Eyes, it does indicate the relatively somber tone of H2O. Not that the album is a tortured dark night of the soul -- how could it be, when John Oates kicks off the second side with the proudly silly "Italian Girls"? -- but the production and performances are precise and deliberate, effectively muting the pop thrills that spilled over on its predecessor. Even if the album was recorded with Hall & Oates' touring band -- something that the duo and their co-producer Neil Kernon confirm in the excellent liner notes by Ken Sharp in the 2004 reissue -- H2O feels as if most songs were cut to a click track, and are just slightly too polished for their own good; when the productions open up a bit, the band still sounds terrific, but they never are given the opportunity to sound as big and bold as they do on Private Eyes. This, coupled with a few drawn-out duds such as the vaguely atmospheric "At Tension" means H2O isn't quite as sharp and bracing as anything the duo had released since X-Static, and the fact that two of the best moments are huge hits -- the prowling "Maneater" and "One on One," perhaps the most seductive song Daryl Hall ever wrote -- may suggest that this is closer to singles-plus-filler than it really is. The best of the rest of H2O reveals that Hall & Oates are at a near-peak in their creativity, writing tuneful, soulful fusions of pop, soul, and new wave. "Crime Pays" has an appealing robotic synth pop groove, "Art of Heartbreak" rides a tense guitar line to a great horn line on the chorus, the jealous anthem "Open All Night" slinks by on a stylized late-night groove, "Go Solo" hails back to Hall's arty Sacred Songs, and "Delayed Reaction" is a sterling piece of propulsive near-power pop. Even if they don't gel into an album as strong as Voices or Private Eyes, they're pretty terrific pop in their own right. They're not just evidence that Hall & Oates' popularity in the early '80s was earned and well deserved, they hold up very well decades after H2O ruled the charts. [In 2004, RCA/BMG Heritage released a much-needed remaster of H2O, containing three bonus tracks -- 12" mixes of "Family Man," "Maneater," and "One on One."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972677620
  • Catalog Number: 726776
  • Sales rank: 30,457

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Maneater - John Oates (4:32)
  2. 2 Crime Pays - John Oates (4:31)
  3. 3 Art of Heartbreak - John Oates (3:44)
  4. 4 One on One - John Oates (4:17)
  5. 5 Open All Night - John Oates (4:34)
  6. 6 Family Man - John Oates (3:26)
  7. 7 Italian Girls - John Oates (3:17)
  8. 8 Guessing Games - John Oates (3:15)
  9. 9 Delayed Reaction - John Oates (3:59)
  10. 10 At Tension - John Oates (6:16)
  11. 11 Go Solo - John Oates (4:39)
  12. 12 Family Man - John Oates (5:47)
  13. 13 Maneater - John Oates (6:00)
  14. 14 One on One - John Oates (5:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Daryl Hall & John Oates Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor
Daryl Hall Synthesizer, Guitar, Mandolin, Keyboards, Vocals, Track Performer
Mickey Curry Drums, Group Member
Charles DeChant Group Member
John Oates Guitar, Mandolin, Drums, Electric Piano, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Track Performer
G.E. Smith Guitar, Group Member
Thom Bone Mandolin
T-Bone Wolk Group Member
Technical Credits
Mike Oldfield Composer
Daryl Hall Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Audio Production
Tim Cross Composer
Maggie Reilly Composer
Janna Allen Composer, Lyricist
Larry Fast Programming
Rick Fenn Composer
Mike Frye Composer
Neil Kernon Producer, Engineer
Mike Klvana Equipment Technician
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Tommy Mottola Direction, Management
John Oates Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Audio Production
Morris Pert Composer
Bob Santos Reissue Producer
Mike Thorne Remixing
Ken Sharp Liner Notes
Darcy Proper Mastering
Chris Eselgroth Reissue Design
Mick Haggerty Art Direction
Sara Allen Composer, Lyricist
Hiro Cover Photo
Jeremy Holiday Reissue Producer, Memorabilia
Jonathan Marsh Memorabilia
Larry E. Williams Sleeve Photo
Bill Goodliff Memorabilia
Geoffrey Kent Art Direction
Larry Andrew Williams Sleeve Photo
Hiro Cover Photo
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