12 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Released on vinyl in October 1983, Greatest Hits—Rock ’N Soul, Part 1 featured the 12 songs that Hall & Oates' current record label thought the world should have when it came to the extremely popular Philly duo. Two new songs—“Say It Isn’t So” and “Adult Education”—went onto to become hits of their own. Only the band’s sixth and final Top 40 No. 1 hit, “Out of Touch,” had yet to be released; this set showed the company’s sharp instincts for giving casual fans a perfect, succinct collection to play over and over without interruption from those pesky album tracks. Here, even early hits like “Sara Smile” and “She’s Gone” fit the program perfectly. While there are certainly more inclusive and in-depth summaries of the duo’s career, this brief 12-song collection may be the most guilty-pleasure way to enjoy the group. Surely, those who grew up with the album have memorized the sequence—and that’s saying quite a bit.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Released on vinyl in October 1983, Greatest Hits—Rock ’N Soul, Part 1 featured the 12 songs that Hall & Oates' current record label thought the world should have when it came to the extremely popular Philly duo. Two new songs—“Say It Isn’t So” and “Adult Education”—went onto to become hits of their own. Only the band’s sixth and final Top 40 No. 1 hit, “Out of Touch,” had yet to be released; this set showed the company’s sharp instincts for giving casual fans a perfect, succinct collection to play over and over without interruption from those pesky album tracks. Here, even early hits like “Sara Smile” and “She’s Gone” fit the program perfectly. While there are certainly more inclusive and in-depth summaries of the duo’s career, this brief 12-song collection may be the most guilty-pleasure way to enjoy the group. Surely, those who grew up with the album have memorized the sequence—and that’s saying quite a bit.

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