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Album Review

Continuing the more rock-oriented approach of Beauty on a Back Street, Along the Red Ledge is more successful than its predecessor, as the duo landed on a polished melodic pop/rock style that managed to retain their Philly soul influences without drowning their voices in distorted guitar flourishes. They would refine this sound two years later on Voices, the record that established them as pop/rock superstars.

Customer Reviews

Not the best-a few notable songs though

This follow up to Beauty on a Back Street has a very different feel-less rock, and more straightforward lyrical style. It is much softer in focus. The A side (when we had A and B sides) has by far the better songs; the latter tracks are in my opinion weak by comparison, apart from the closing beautiful Daryl Hall slow piece, 'August Day'. The production is more lush and there is less experimentation musically and lyrically than on the previous album released. Guitar is generally less pronounced-still a few 'rockers' in there ('Don't Blame it on Love' sounds brill- a bit of Frippertronics from Robert Fripp, who else?').

We are definitely on the way to a more pop sound as will emerge on 'Voices', when commercial success will finally set in for the duo. Top tracks here would be 'Melody for a Memory', 'I Don't wanna Lose You' and 'Have I been away too long', though 'Its a laugh' is a popular track for many.
I was always a bit disappointed by this album compared to the three previous outings, but it does have enough decent tracks to make it worth a listen.

along the red ledge halland oates

one of the best pop lps cd .


Formed: 1972 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

From their first hit in 1974 through their heyday in the '80s, Daryl Hall and John Oates' smooth, catchy take on Philly soul brought them enormous commercial success -- including six number one singles and six platinum albums. Hall & Oates' music was remarkably well constructed and produced; at their best, their songs were filled with strong hooks and melodies that adhered to soul traditions without being a slave to them, incorporating elements of new wave and hard rock. Daryl Hall began performing...
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