The Essential Daryl Hall & John Oates

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
RCA/Arista/Legacy's 2005 release The Essential Daryl Hall & John Oates is a repackaging of BMG Heritage's excellent 2004 compilation Ultimate Daryl Hall + John Oates. Spanning two discs and 37 tracks, the set contains all 18 songs from 2001's The Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates, which was a single-disc, 18-track collection that contained all of the duo's big hits from the '70s and '80s three tracks were in alternate single mixes on that collection; they're presented in their original album mixes here, along with "She's Gone" absent on The Very Best and two other Atlantic tracks from the early '70s, selections from their Arista recordings of the late...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
RCA/Arista/Legacy's 2005 release The Essential Daryl Hall & John Oates is a repackaging of BMG Heritage's excellent 2004 compilation Ultimate Daryl Hall + John Oates. Spanning two discs and 37 tracks, the set contains all 18 songs from 2001's The Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates, which was a single-disc, 18-track collection that contained all of the duo's big hits from the '70s and '80s three tracks were in alternate single mixes on that collection; they're presented in their original album mixes here, along with "She's Gone" absent on The Very Best and two other Atlantic tracks from the early '70s, selections from their Arista recordings of the late '80s and early '90s, as well as cuts from 1997's Marigold Sky and 2003's excellent comeback single, "Do It for Love." While there are still plenty of great album tracks, particularly from the Atlantic years, that would have been welcome additions, that's something only the hardcore fans who already have all the albums will quibble about. For the less dedicated listener, all that matters is that there are no major hits missing on The Essential Daryl Hall & John Oates there are a couple of low-charting singles from the late '70s that have been left behind, but their absence isn't notable and that the remastered sound is very good, making this an ideal compilation for fans looking for a thorough, career-spanning collection of hits.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/2005
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828766923827
  • Catalog Number: 69238
  • Sales rank: 3,886

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Daryl Hall & John Oates Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Arthur Baker Producer, Audio Production
Jon Bon Jovi Composer, Audio Production
Mike Oldfield Composer
Paul Pesco Composer
David Foster Audio Production
Daryl Hall Arranger, Composer, Producer
Barry Mann Composer
Tim Cross Composer
Phil Spector Composer
Maggie Reilly Composer
Janna Allen Composer
David Bellochio Audio Production
Christopher Bond Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Bob Clearmountain Producer, Audio Production
Rick Fenn Composer
Mike Frye Composer
Porter Howell Composer
Neil Kernon Producer, Audio Production
Danny Kortchmar Composer, Audio Production
Arif Mardin Producer, Audio Production
Gerald O'Brien Composer
Dwayne O'Brien Composer
John Oates Arranger, Composer, Producer
Richard Page Composer
Morris Pert Composer
Andy Sheppard Audio Production
Cynthia Weil Composer
Phillip Mitchell Composer
Billy Mann Composer
Laura Levine Cover Photo
Darcy Proper Mastering
David Tyson Composer
Rick Iantosca Composer
Ken Gioia Producer, Audio Production
Sara Allen Composer
Warren Pash Composer
T-Bone Wolk Producer, Audio Production
Jana Allen Composer
Ryn Maartens Art Direction
Sheppard Gioia Producer
George Green Composer
Dave Tyson Audio Production
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A worthwhile compilation, mainly because of the inclusion of "She's Gone'' and a couple of other selections from Hall & Oates' Atlantic catalog. Since I previously had zero Hall & Oates material in my collection, it worked out well. Better to have a little more in the holster than necessary, rather than not have enough.
    At the time they were on their early '80s roll, I often couldn't hit the buttons on my car radio fast enough to elude some of these overplayed songs. But they seeped into the bloodstream, anyway, and looking back from 25 years in the future, it turns out Hall & Oates put out some of the catchiest AM pop of that period, not that it was such a lush landscape.

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