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Rock'n Soul Part 1 [Bonus Tracks]
     

Rock'n Soul Part 1 [Bonus Tracks]

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by Daryl Hall & John Oates
 

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Released at the peak of Hall & Oates' popularity in the early '80s, 1983's Rock 'n Soul, Pt. 1: Greatest Hits effectively chronicles the time when the duo could do no wrong -- namely, the period between 1980's Voices and 1982's H2O, which includes only one other album, 1981's excellent Private Eyes. While this

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Released at the peak of Hall & Oates' popularity in the early '80s, 1983's Rock 'n Soul, Pt. 1: Greatest Hits effectively chronicles the time when the duo could do no wrong -- namely, the period between 1980's Voices and 1982's H2O, which includes only one other album, 1981's excellent Private Eyes. While this reaches back to their early-'70s work for Atlantic for "She's Gone," the only big hit they had at the label, and also has their two other big hits from that decade, "Sara Smile" and "Rich Girl," the bulk of Rock 'n Soul, Pt. 1 derives from those three albums: "Kiss on My List," "You Make My Dreams," "Private Eyes," "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)," "Maneater," and "One on One." That's a long list of singles, but it still misses some terrific singles from this era, including "How Does It Feel to Be Back," "Did It in a Minute," "Family Man," and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" (the latter two were included as bonus tracks on RCA/Legacy's 2006 reissue). As good as those songs may be, Rock 'n Soul, Pt. 1 doesn't necessarily miss them: with the exception of a live version of "Wait for Me" (good, but not essential), this is the cream of the crop of Hall & Oates' best period, and it makes for a tight, excellent listen, and it's bolstered by the sublime "Say It Isn't So" and the good rocker "Adult Education." Latter-day compilations like 2001's Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates and 2004's Ultimate (which was reissued a year later under the title Essential) may cover their entire career in more detail -- and the duo certainly made great music before and after this era -- but as a snapshot of Hall & Oates at their finest, Rock 'n Soul, Pt. 1: Greatest Hits can't be beat. [Rock 'n Soul, Pt. 1: Greatest Hits was reissued by RCA/Legacy in 2006 with the aforementioned bonus tracks ("Family Man," "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling"), along with excellent new liner notes from the duo's bassist, T-Bone Wolk, a replica of the album-cover calendar insert that came with the initial LP, plus replications of the four variations of the album's artwork.]

Product Details

Release Date:
01/17/2006
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0828767539720
catalogNumber:
75397
Rank:
1479

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Daryl Hall & John Oates   Primary Artist
Daryl Hall   Synthesizer,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals,Vocoder
Mickey Curry   Track Performer
Charles DeChant   Track Performer
John Oates   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
G.E. Smith   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Joan Jett   Composer
Mike Oldfield   Composer
Daryl Hall   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Barry Mann   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer
Maggie Reilly   Composer
Janna Allen   Composer
Christopher Bond   Arranger,Producer
Bob Clearmountain   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Rick Fenn   Composer
Mike Frye   Composer
Neil Kernon   Producer
Arif Mardin   Producer
John Oates   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Rob Santos   Reissue Producer
Ron Kellum   Art Direction
Jeb Brien   Art Direction
Nancy Dwyer   Art Direction,Illustrations
Sara Allen   Composer
Warren Pash   Composer
Jeremy Holiday   Reissue Producer
Lily Lew   Packaging Manager
T-Bone Wolk   Liner Notes

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