Our Kind of Soul [Bonus Tracks]

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As their blue-eyed soul peer Michael McDonald did with his Motown collections, Daryl Hall and John Oates revisit the soul music of their youth on this album of covers. Recorded at Hall's home studio in the Bahamas, Our Kind of Soul, recasts a bushel of classics with organic interpretations. Since Hall & Oates hail from the City of Brotherly Love, it's no surprise that some of the songs come from the Philly International vaults of composers/producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff. Among the notable examples of their revamped Philly soul classics is the O'Jays' "Used to Be My Girl," updated with a funky drum-loop, an acoustic reading of the Spinners' "I'll Be ...
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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
As their blue-eyed soul peer Michael McDonald did with his Motown collections, Daryl Hall and John Oates revisit the soul music of their youth on this album of covers. Recorded at Hall's home studio in the Bahamas, Our Kind of Soul, recasts a bushel of classics with organic interpretations. Since Hall & Oates hail from the City of Brotherly Love, it's no surprise that some of the songs come from the Philly International vaults of composers/producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff. Among the notable examples of their revamped Philly soul classics is the O'Jays' "Used to Be My Girl," updated with a funky drum-loop, an acoustic reading of the Spinners' "I'll Be Around," and a romantic, more adult contemporary take on Teddy Pendergrass's "Love TKO." Elsewhere, the dynamic duo lend their timeless harmonies to a stripped-down arrangement of Barry White's "Can't Get Enough of Your Love" and a thumping version of Aretha Franklin's "Rock Steady." Most impressive are the original compositions sprinkled throughout, including the yearning "Soul Violins," distinguished by Hall's ever-soulful falsetto, and the string-laden, electric guitar-accented "Let Love Take Control." With Our Kind of Soul, Hall & Oates continue to honor the R&B legacy that's become such an inextricable part of their rock-'n'-soul sound.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Considering that soul has been at the foundation of Hall & Oates' sound throughout their career -- even their early folk-rock records had soulful underpinnings -- it only made sense for the duo to eventually cut their own soul tribute album. As the title suggests, that's exactly what 2004's Our Kind of Soul is: Hall & Oates' spin on their favorite soul sounds. This includes, of course, heavy doses of Philly soul and Motown, along with other smooth soul of the '70s. Most of the album is devoted to covers -- usually familiar tunes like "Standing in the Shadows of Love," "I'll Be Around," and "Used to Be My Girl," yet there are a couple of more obscure entries and a heavily rewritten "I Can Dream About You" in his excellent track-by-track liner notes Daryl Hall reveals that Dan Hartman wrote the song with the duo in mind -- but there is a handful of originals that fit into the vibe quite well, such as the lush "Soul Violins" and "Let Love Take Control." All the songs, whether they're covers or originals, are given a clean yet warm production similar to the pair's successful 2003 comeback effort, Do It for Love, but this is a little more laid-back and unassuming. Consequently, it doesn't make as big of an impression, but it's a friendly, mellow affair that finds Hall & Oates in good form. It's not quite as strong as Do It for Love, and its tasteful relaxed vibe may strike some fans of their '80s hits as being a little sleepy, but for longtime fans who like the folky Atlantic material as much as their blue-eyed soul, this is a nice, enjoyable listen. [U-Watch's 2008 reissue included two bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2008
  • Label: U-Watch Records
  • EAN: 5037300483320
  • Catalog Number: 2500

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Daryl Hall & John Oates Primary Artist
David Sancious Keyboards, Background Vocals
Daryl Hall Acoustic Guitar, Strings, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Soloist
Jeff Catania Electric Guitar
Stephanie Cummins Cello
Bobby Eli Electric Guitar
John Oates Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Lenny Pickett Horn
Carol Pool Violin
Cenovia Cummins Violin
Greg Bieck Keyboards, Synthesizer Strings
T-Bone Wolk Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Electric Guitar
Steven "Steven J." Jordan Drums
Charlie DeChant Horn
Robert Shaw Violin, Concert Master
Technical Credits
Aretha Franklin Composer
Marvin Gaye Composer
Barry White Composer
Daryl Hall Arranger, Composer, Producer, Track Notes
Phil Hurtt Composer
Willie Mitchell Composer
Thom Bell Composer
Linda Creed Composer
Lamont Dozier Composer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Leon Huff Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Warren "Pete" Moore Composer
Peter Moshay Engineer, Mastering Assembly
John Oates Composer
David Spinozza String Arrangements, String Conductor
Stan Vincent Composer
Jim Weatherly Composer
David Wild Writer
Cecil Womack Composer
Linda Womack Composer
Al Jackson Jr. Composer
Art Smith Drum Technician
Leon Ware Composer
Billy Mann Composer
Robert Rodgers Composer
Greg Bieck Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
T-Bone Wolk Arranger, Producer
Jamie Rosenberg Engineer
Ken Kayamori Art Direction
Eliot Lewis Cover Photo
Eddie Gip Noble Composer
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