9 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Daryl Hall & John Oates’ sophomore album crystallized the duo’s blend of Philly soul and coffeehouse folk. Produced and arranged by Atlantic studio guru Arif Mardin, Abandoned Luncheonette is an immaculate demonstration of playing and engineering. Mardin used only the best studio players, including drummer Bernard Purdie, guitarist Hugh McCracken, and organist Pat Rebillot. The seamless instrumental blend in “Had I Known You Better Then” and “Las Vegas Turnaround (The Stewardess Song)” runs over the listener’s ears like a warm stream of water. Oates wrote folk songs but made them as suave and sexy as something by Al Green —“I’m Just a Kid (Don’t Make Me Feel Like a Man)” might be the finest falsetto duet this side of Prince. Meanwhile, Daryl Hall was an amazing singer who understood how to inject R&B drama into a sweet pop song, as exemplified by the album’s big hit, “She’s Gone.” The album’s most underrated quality is Hall’s talents as a writer. With a keen wit and eye for detail, the title song lays out a lifetime of love and disappointment in few well-crafted stanzas.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Daryl Hall & John Oates’ sophomore album crystallized the duo’s blend of Philly soul and coffeehouse folk. Produced and arranged by Atlantic studio guru Arif Mardin, Abandoned Luncheonette is an immaculate demonstration of playing and engineering. Mardin used only the best studio players, including drummer Bernard Purdie, guitarist Hugh McCracken, and organist Pat Rebillot. The seamless instrumental blend in “Had I Known You Better Then” and “Las Vegas Turnaround (The Stewardess Song)” runs over the listener’s ears like a warm stream of water. Oates wrote folk songs but made them as suave and sexy as something by Al Green —“I’m Just a Kid (Don’t Make Me Feel Like a Man)” might be the finest falsetto duet this side of Prince. Meanwhile, Daryl Hall was an amazing singer who understood how to inject R&B drama into a sweet pop song, as exemplified by the album’s big hit, “She’s Gone.” The album’s most underrated quality is Hall’s talents as a writer. With a keen wit and eye for detail, the title song lays out a lifetime of love and disappointment in few well-crafted stanzas.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
63 Ratings

63 Ratings

delgapbruce ,

One of their best ever.....

This one one of the earliest and still one of their best ever. Caught them on HDNET concert at the Troubadour and they played a few of these great songs. Still have my vinyl copy and this is a must for every H&O afficiando.

Sonic Satori ,

Simply GREAT

An AMAZING record, and if you're a fan of Hall & Oates, and you don't own this - GET IT NOW. Produced, and arranged by the legendary Arif Mardin (who not only won many Grammies, but also a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award) - this is an amazing blend of super-talented people, getting together and making music for the soul.

Salty Bill ,

One of the great duos of the rock era.

Wonderful album with distinctive "soft-rock" songs and soulful flair. A pleasure to listen to on your JBLs on a weekend morning. Enjoy!

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