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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

New Matches up at HOF

These are the songs/albums our fans are voting on this week at our sister site HOF.When the voting ends on Saturday, one of these songs will be our Featured Video on our HOF YouTube channel.

1. Daryl versus Daryl
Someone Like You v. What's in Your World

2. Lightweight Tourny
Talking All Night v. Lady Rain

3. Album versus Album
Soul Alone v. Abandoned Luncheonette

4. John versus John
Spinning Down v. Carved in Stone

In order to vote, you must be a member of HOF, so why not sign up and help vote! Let your voice be heard and influence which Hall and Oates classics are our favorites!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Weekly Match Results for the week ending 3/28/09

John v. John: It Girl permanently quiets Unspoken winning 5-3

Lightweight Tourny 2: Don't Change makes Give it Up quit winning 4-3

Album v. Album: Do it For Love breaks Three Hearts winning 5-2

Daryl v. Daryl: Philly Mood shows that pride goes before a fall as it defeats Foolish Pride 8-1

Philly Mood is now our featured video on our YouTube channel;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7-QJi5lrQY&feature=channel_page

Last quarterfinal matches on Tuesday! See ya then!

My commentary:
Unspoken is another great John song that is set within the context of a relationship. I think he's so good at lyrically journaling something all of us understand at one time or another, and in this case, the dangers and destruction that can be forced when we refuse to say, "I love you."

Give it Up is another of the songs from Change of Season that does not have the acoustic flavor. It's a cover song that Daryl greatly modified. I love the opening sax solo. Is the song another one that didn't get a lot of attention because of the Acoustic Power tour? We'll never know!

Foolish Pride, according to Top 40 charts (if you consider that any kind of standard), was Daryl's 2nd biggest hit. I always thought it was odd that his 2nd single was the 2nd song on the B side. Never thought it should've been the 2nd single but I do like the song in it's original form. I have to say that the concert recordings of this song that I've heard, I'm not very fond of it live. I think it's because the key is just too high for Daryl these days and the melody is extremely vocally demanding. It stays in the upper range of the voice the whole way through. Good, strong lyrics though. If he does it more, they really need to lower the key!

Finally, the album Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine. It's Daryl's 2nd solo attempt and my personal favorite of his solo work. Dreamtime was a classic in it's day. Someone Like You is one of the most powerful songs that Daryl sings. I Wasn't Born Yesterday should've been the 2nd single and would have been a major hit. And of course, the aforementioned Foolish Pride. Perhaps, the song the song that grips me is Right as Rain. I love how it starts so sparse, so high, and so soft and then ends in a downpour of sound, vocal cries, and loud accompaniment! This is truly a great album. Glad to see Daryl bringing some songs back like What's Gonna Happen to Us-Daryl please, more??

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Hall and Oates Boxed Set to be released June 2!

The Hall and Oates Boxed Set is coming out, finally! It will be released June 2, but you can pre-order it on Amazon.com:

Straight from Philadelphia [BOX SET]
Hall & Oates

http://www.amazon.com/Straight-Philadelphia-Hall-Oates/dp/B001W63DXW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1237941796&sr=8-1

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

New Matches up at HOF

These are the songs/albums our fans are voting on this week at our sister site HOF.When the voting ends on Saturday, one of these songs will be our Featured Video on our HOF YouTube channel.

1. Daryl versus Daryl
Philly Mood v. Foolish Pride

2. Lightweight Tourny
Give it Up v. Don't Change

3. Album versus Album
Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine v. Do It For Love

4. John versus John
It Girl v. Unspoken

In order to vote, you must be a member of HOF, so why not sign up and help vote! Let your voice be heard and influence which Hall and Oates classics are our favorites!

Monday, March 23, 2009

8/2 Hall and Oates at The Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA

http://www.wolftrap.org/Home/Find_Performances_and_Events/Performance/09Filene/0802show09.aspx

http://www.wolftrap.org/Find_Performances_and_Events.aspx

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Weekly Results for the week ending 3/21/09

Album v. Album: H20 dehydrates Live by Request winning 6-2

John v. John: 1000 Miles of Life outruns The Good Son winning 7-0

Daryl v. Daryl: Cab Driver drops off Northstar winning 9-2

Lightweight Tourny 2: Life's Too Short falls short as Had I Known You Better Than wins 4-3

Next Quarterfinal matches on Tuesday, only 2 left before the semifinals! See ya then!

Cab Driver is now our featured video this week on our YouTube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/HallAndOatesForever

My Commentary:
Live By Request, though a concert CD, began a new season for Hall and Oates as they started taking requests everywhere they went. This brought back some surprises for us for years to come! The show was great and also brought life back to the long forgotten It's a Laugh.

The Good Son is a good song to my ears, but it also sounds like John is doing a cover song. However, I like John exploring new sounds and harmonic sequences in his music. It's fresh and solid too.

Northstar has returned to us via Live From Daryl's House and even in a concert or 2! Because of Daryl's attempt to bring us more of his solo songs, this rarity was played in a "house" show and was simply mesmerizing. The song just kind of lingers-there's really nothing flashy about it. But Daryl sings it with his amazing soul and emotion and it is simply a transcendent moment.

Life's Too Short, I have to admit, is not on of my personal favorites. I do like the message of the song and we all should accept its challenge especially in love and family relationships. I like the verses but to me after the very short lyric of "life's too short to be living without you," it just kind of bops along. I never understood when they did this in concert why John didn't do the little echo part on the chorus. Oh well!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

New Matches Up At HOF

These are the songs/albums our fans are voting on this week at our sister site HOF.When the voting ends on Saturday, one of these songs will be our Featured Video on our HOF YouTube channel.

1. Daryl versus Daryl
Cab Driver v. Northstar

2. Lightweight Tourny
Had I Known You Better Then v. Life's Too Short

3. Album versus Album
H20 v. Live By Request

4. John versus John
Good Son v. 1000 Miles of Life

In order to vote, you must be a member of HOF, so why not sign up and help vote! Let your voice be heard and influence which Hall and Oates classics are our favorites!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Weekly Match Results for the week ending 3/14/9

Lightweight Tourny 2: Romeo is Bleeding makes Melody for a Memory a memory winning 7-3

John v. John: Color of Love takes the rainbow from All Good People winning 8-2

Daryl v. Daryl: Stop Lovin' Me, Stop Lovin' You smothers the Wildfire winning 9-2

Album v. Album: Marigold Sky eclipses Big Bam Boom winning 6-5

New matches next Tuesday-see you then!!

Rome Is Bleeding is now our featured video this week on our HOF YouTube channel!
http://www.youtube.com/user/HallAndOatesForever

My commentary:
Melody for a Memory, in my opinion, is one of the best songs from Along the Red Ledge. I love the songs where John sings the lead very smoothly and Daryl breaks in loud and strong. This is another example of how different their voices are and that difference is what makes them so great singing together.

All Good People, to my ear, is the song that sounds the most like a Hall and Oates song to me from Phunk Shui. John is so good about writing those songs that encourage us to look around and try make a difference in our world. He kindly challenges us to "rise into the light and change this hard world."

Wildfire: I've said it before and I'll say it again until you believe me. IT IS IN THE WRONG KEY. If you don't believe me, go listen again. The song, though good, sounds flat, meaning there's no uumphh to it UNTIL the key change. When the key changes, suddenly the mood is alive and the fire feels like it is burning. THAT is the correct key the song should've been in the whole time!!!! Still good lyrics!!

Big Bam Boom, wow, is just that. They call it their "New York City" album. It is solid. It really gets you moving with Dance on Your Knees. Out of Touch is a classic. Method of Modern Love is one of my personal favs and wish it were in every concert!! I simply love Bank on Your Love-now that's a song with a big bam boom! And then the song I need to practice, the wisdom of "Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid." And then, just like turning over the album, it cranks back up again with "Goin' Thru the Motions" and it booms again! Cold, Dark, and Yesterday is a great John song that we know GE Smith is credited with the title. The weakest song follows next with All American Girl and Possession Obession saves the album just in time with great vocals and lyrics. I love that song from Live at the Apollo. And of course, for us purists, the Out of Touch Remix which I always liked better than the original!!!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Weekly Match Results ending 3/7/9

Lightweight Tourny 2: Lady Rain washes Go Solo down the drain winning 6-3

Album v. Album: It's the end of the road of 1000 Miles of Life as Soul Alone wins 5-3

John v. John: Carved in Stone etches out I Found Love winning 5-2

Daryl v. Daryl: What's in Your World knocks I Wasn't Born Yesterday into the outer realms winning 6-3.

Quarterfinals start Tuesday! Down to the final 8 in each tourny! By the way, I don't decide these matches each week. I set up a bracket at the beginning and just follow it if you wonder "how" I do it. Great voting!

Lady Rain is our featured video this week on our YouTube channel!
http://www.youtube.com/user/HallAndOatesForever

My Commentary:
Go Solo for me is one of the highlights of H20. It's a powerful song with lyrics like "shake it up and take it to the break this time." It's hard to let someone you love go. On a personal note, when I was a kid, I was always worried this was the Hall and Oates split up song!!

1000 Miles of Life is great John songwriting. It's him, no frills, no fluff, just John. That's why we love him. His songs are honest and personal. I Found Love is one of those personal testimony songs of his great love for his wife.

I Wasn't Born Yesterday is a standout from Three Hearts and should have been the 2nd single. I think the song is almost perfect really with great instrumentation and a fantastic sax solo. Lyrics include "the joke behind the lie" and "I seem to see both sides when they disagree and neither one seems right." I'm sad to see this song exit the tourny!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

New Matches up at HOF

These are the songs/albums our fans are voting on this week at our sister site HOF.When the voting ends on Saturday, one of these songs will be our Featured Video on our HOF YouTube channel.

1. Daryl versus Daryl
I Wasn't Born Yesterday v. What's in Your World

2. Lightweight Tourny
Go Solo v. Lady Rain

3. Album versus Album
1000 Miles of Life v. Soul Alone

4. John versus John
I Found Love v. Carved in Stone

In order to vote, you must be a member of HOF, so why not sign up and help vote! Let your voice be heard and influence which Hall and Oates classics are our favorites!