Our Kind of Soul [Bonus Tracks]

Our Kind of Soul [Bonus Tracks]

by Daryl Hall & John Oates
     
 

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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 CitySee more details below

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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 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.

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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.]

Product Details

Release Date:
06/03/2008
Label:
U-Watch Records
UPC:
5037300483320
catalogNumber:
2500

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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
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   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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