Our Kind of Soul [Bonus Track]

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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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

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. [Our Kind of Soul was also released in Japan with a bonus track: a cover of Badfinger's "Without You" that has been given a smooth, soulful adult contemporary makeover.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/18/2005
  • Label: Jvc Japan
  • EAN: 4988002469321
  • Catalog Number: 62891

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Daryl Hall & John Oates Primary Artist
David Sancious Keyboards, Background Vocals
Daryl Hall Acoustic Guitar, Strings, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Jeff Catania Electric Guitar
Stephanie Cummins Cello
Charles DeChant Horn
Bobby Eli Electric Guitar
Carol Pool Violin
Cenovia Cummins Violin
Steve Jordan Drums
Greg Bieck Keyboards, Synthesizer Strings
T-Bone Wolk Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Aretha Franklin Composer
Marvin Gaye Composer
Al Green Composer
Barry White Composer
Daryl Hall Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner 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
Elliot Lewis Cover Photo
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 Liner Notes
Cecil Womack Composer
Linda Womack Composer
Al Jackson Jr. Composer
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
Eddie Gip Noble Composer
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