11 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A set of demos (later released as Past Times Behind and now available under many other questionable titles) led to the Philly duo of Daryl Hall and John Oates signing with Atlantic Records. There, they'd start by working with Arif Mardin on their first two albums, Whole Oats and the excellent Abandoned Luncheonette. Atlantic would never find a way to make their sound click with the public, but they gave it a strong effort. Two songs from those early demos—“Fall in Philadelphia,” “Goodnight and Goodmorning”—received serious overhauls from Mardin, who saw the duo’s strengths not as early-‘70s singer/songwriters but as modern-day makers of blue-eyed soul. His work on these songs show he knew what he had to work with, but no blockbuster came. Jim Capaldi covered “Goodnight and Goodmorning” as a single in 1976, and “I’m Sorry” was eventually covered by The Moody Blues’ Justin Hayward for his 1980 solo album Night Flight. But the sweet purr of “All Our Love” and “Waterwheel” and the touching falsetto of “Lilly (Are You Happy)” would remain obscure until the duo broke through a few years later.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A set of demos (later released as Past Times Behind and now available under many other questionable titles) led to the Philly duo of Daryl Hall and John Oates signing with Atlantic Records. There, they'd start by working with Arif Mardin on their first two albums, Whole Oats and the excellent Abandoned Luncheonette. Atlantic would never find a way to make their sound click with the public, but they gave it a strong effort. Two songs from those early demos—“Fall in Philadelphia,” “Goodnight and Goodmorning”—received serious overhauls from Mardin, who saw the duo’s strengths not as early-‘70s singer/songwriters but as modern-day makers of blue-eyed soul. His work on these songs show he knew what he had to work with, but no blockbuster came. Jim Capaldi covered “Goodnight and Goodmorning” as a single in 1976, and “I’m Sorry” was eventually covered by The Moody Blues’ Justin Hayward for his 1980 solo album Night Flight. But the sweet purr of “All Our Love” and “Waterwheel” and the touching falsetto of “Lilly (Are You Happy)” would remain obscure until the duo broke through a few years later.

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