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The Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates (Remastered)

Daryl Hall & John Oates

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Few groups have understood the power of the fun and funky hit single as well as Hall and Oates who took fearless glee in creating silly, infectious pop music meant for the car radio where everyone would drive just a little bit faster. Their emergence in the 1970s as a sure-fire platinum hit machine wasn’t immediate, but once locked into the winning formula they commanded the turn of the decade into the 1980s running at full Philly Soul speed. Sure, they could emulate the emotive blue-eyed soul of the Righteous Brothers with “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” but the duo’s true strengths were letting it fly with the AM radio funk of “Rich Girl,” “You Make My Dreams,” and “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do),” the euphoric rush of “Kiss On My List,” the brainwashing hook of “Maneater,” and the exquisitely over-produced keyboard wash of “Out of Touch.” Singer Darryl Hall was that unusual lead singer blessed with a notable and elastic voice that was never overbearing, serving the song above all else. 

Customer Reviews

It Should Be Subtitled The Best Of The R.C.A. Years

This collection highlights the strongest work Hall & Oates recorded for R.C.A.. None of their sides for Atlanta, namely "She's Gone," and nothing from their post R.C.A. association with Arista, which would become part of R.C.A. appears here, all of these songs except for "Adult Education" which is supposed to be a 12" inch single but is an edit, are full length versions, for the full length "Adult Education" refer to "Rock & Soul Part One." This cd is a chronological collection of singles, the disc is filled to capacity and very well mastered. For the casual fan of radio pop this is an excellent collection, for the die-hard this serves as a good reference but doesn't contain a cut rare enough to peak interest.

One Very Best is Missing...?

I love everything these guys put out over the years, but my all time favorite song by them, "She's Gone" is not included for some reason. Bummer.


Their songs remind me of my childhood. I've seen them in concert twice within the last three years. "Method of Modern Love" is one of my all time favs, plus "I Can't Go for That..."


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...
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