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Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine
     

Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine

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by Daryl Hall
 
Arriving just at the end of Hall & Oates' phenomenal streak of success in the early '80s, 3 Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine, Daryl Hall's second solo album, was viewed as the first overture in a solo career but, in retrospect, its kinship with his first solo effort, 1980's Sacred Songs, is apparent. There is some

Overview

Arriving just at the end of Hall & Oates' phenomenal streak of success in the early '80s, 3 Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine, Daryl Hall's second solo album, was viewed as the first overture in a solo career but, in retrospect, its kinship with his first solo effort, 1980's Sacred Songs, is apparent. There is some indication that Hall had to make, or wanted to make, some concessions to bring it onto the charts -- how could he not, he was one of the most popular musicians of his era -- but that's not particularly evident on the tremendous lead single, "Dreamtime," a swirling slice of arty new wave psychedelia that stands in direct contrast to anything Hall & Oates sent into the Top Ten -- it might have belonged on Sacred Songs or X-Static, but it could only have been cut in the mid-'80s when Hall had the freedom to make a record like this. And this is a result of an artist who is given the freedom to make close to the record that he wants, with a few commercial concessions, plus a desire to make a modern record. That does mean 3 Hearts is a bit tied to the time, particularly in its production with its clean synths and cavernous drum machines, but that's not necessarily a bad thing since it's primarily of interest as a portrait of where Hall was in 1986. He's not as insistently melodic as he is with Oates, nor is he as experimental as he was on Sacred Songs, and that does mean that 3 Hearts falls in a middle ground that's a bit neither here nor there. And that means it's not particularly cohesive, but it does have its moments, the brightest of which is "Dreamtime," one of his greatest achievements. There are other songs here that aren't quite as good, but it does take a bit of searching to find them, particularly because some of the cuts are either failed experiments or just fall flat. But those moments that do work illustrate that Hall had ambitions that couldn't fit Hall & Oates, and needed an outlet like this, even if he couldn't quite pull it all together all the time.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/29/2007
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886971076523
catalogNumber:
710765
Rank:
35440

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Performance Credits

Daryl Hall   Primary Artist,Guitar,Mandolin,Keyboards,Vocals
Bob Geldof   Background Vocals
Joni Mitchell   Background Vocals
Tony Beard   Percussion,Drums
Michel Delaporte   Percussion
Steve Ferrone   Percussion
Robbie Kilgore   Keyboards
Mike Klvana   Keyboards,Synclavier
Robbie McIntosh   Guitar
June Montana   Background Vocals
Richard Morcombe   Guitar
Dick Morrissey   Saxophone
Lenny Pickett   Saxophone
Patrick Seymour   Keyboards,Emulator
G.E. Smith   Guitar
Kate St. John   Guitar,Background Vocals
Dave Stewart   Guitar
Jamie West-Oram   Guitar
T-Bone Wolk   Bass,Guitar,Mandolin

Technical Credits

Michael Kamen   Arranger,String Arrangements
Daryl Hall   Producer,drum programming
Jon Bavin   Engineer
Jimmy Bralower   drum programming
Bob Riley   drum programming
Dave Stewart   Producer,drum programming
Dick Beetham   Engineer
J.J. Stelmach   Art Direction
Manu Guiot   Engineer,drum programming
Jeb Brien   Art Direction
T-Bone Wolk   Producer

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3 Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
winmichigan More than 1 year ago
Love everything this guy does on his own and this is no exception. He really know how to be soulful.