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Along the Red Ledge (Original Recording Remastered)
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Along The Red Ledge was a return to the soulful rock sounds that superstars Hall and Oates were known for. It proved to be a huge hit with the fans netting several hit singles and accumulating another platinum chart record... more »
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Along The Red Ledge was a return to the soulful rock sounds that superstars Hall and Oates were known for. It proved to be a huge hit with the fans netting several hit singles and accumulating another platinum chart record for the team. As an eighth album in their extensive catalog, the Philly duo explored a redefined approach to their trademark sound, which would continue their winning streak for the next long run of platinum plus albums into the new millennium.
Enlisting a new producer in David Foster, the new conglomeration got down to business and put together a stellar list of ten new songs and kicked things off with the huge radio hit It s A Laugh. Clocking in less than four minutes, this magical song had the melody, harmony and familiar guitar and piano interplay that only Hall and Oates could create.
Their band included some of the hottest musicians of that era with stellar players like Kenny Passarelli, Caleb Quaye, long time stable mate Charlie DeChant and future superstar producer David Foster.
If that wasn t worth its weight in gold, the duo also brought along some very big heavyweights for the session including the late great George Harrison, Toto s Steve Porcaro and Steve Lukather, King Crimson founder Robert Fripp, Cheap Trick s Rick Nielsen and of course Westbrook Park, PA native and Philly soul brother Todd Rundgren.
The sessions were recorded and mixed in Los Angeles and New York City and proved to be the winning combination to capture some of this collective duo s most powerful recordings from the late seventies. Along with their aforementioned hit It s A Laugh, Melody For A Memory finds Hall and Oates with a very classy nod to the progressive rock style they found on their previous works like Is It A Star, Winged Bull and more of their harder edged material. The Phil Spector influenced The Last Time is a very interesting departure from the rest of the album. Drenched in 12-string rhythm guitars, the wall of sound drum beat , the strategically placed string section, and Hall s strong vocal, made this one of the finest album tracks in their repertoire. If you never heard this song before, you will never stop playing it. It is just one of those carefully crafted hypnotic tunes that you ll remember forever in the record player in your mind.
Growing up in the Philly area back in the sixties and seventies, you had the golden opportunity to have been blessed to listen to and buy the coolest soul and rock sounds ever waxed. Both Hall and Oates had their beginnings as well in several area bands that would eventually lead to their superstar partnership.
Daryl Hall (originally Daryl Hohl) was in the blue-eyed soul band, The Temptones, who had cut a few Temptations influenced sides. Later on, he formed Gulliver with another fine songwriter/vocalist Tim Moore, while John Oates was carrying some very fine melodies himself with his band The Masters. The significance of the second hit single culled from this album, I Don t Wanna Lose You, truly brings all of these rudimentary elements and influences to the forefront and helped deliver a slamming soul rocker that is still one of their finest songs ever.
Don t Blame It On Love captures the essence of their live performances at the time. On the level of 1976 s Room To Breathe from Bigger Than Both Of Us (Friday Music 1976) or from some of the more rocking offerings from 1977 s Beauty On A Back Street (Friday Music 1977), this track displays the incredible range this act could deliver on a consistent basis.
The amazing thing about Along The Red Ledge is that it has been out of print for over a decade in any format, that is until now. As a second installment in the extensive HALL AND OATES REMASTERS series, Friday Music has gone back to the original source tapes and this gem is now presented as pristine remaster. More to follow!
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TomAzon | United States | 08/26/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Don't anybody "R&B" me... this baby ROCKS from start to finish with all kinds of different-flavored rock for anyone's taste. Superb high energy on "Serious Music", "Melody For A Memory" and "Don't Blame It On Love". Daryl slows it down for "August Day" (do I say "Classic" too often? - it's true enough). Plus John brings in the fun with "Pleasure Beach". Good mixture of Daryl AND John for all you "I want more John Oates" types. "The Last Time" features a guest guitar appearance by George Harrison. This is the best album I have ever heard. Period.
Hey! Find the Red Vinyl edition of this album and you'll have a treasure. Try the usual places like Amazon, [...] or places that specialize in rare vinyl. There is also a 12" and 7" remix (both identical) of "I Don't Wanna Lose You" that's also worth finding.
Update: The remix of "I Don't Wanna Lose You" appears on the Legacy CD "The Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates". Beware of another album of the same title.