Hall & Oates

Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates

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Track Listing

    Track Title

    Time

  1. Sara Smile
  2. Rich Girl
  3. It's a Laugh
  4. Wait for Me
  5. Kiss on My List
  6. You Make My Dreams
  7. Private Eyes
  8. I Can't Go For That
  9. Did it in a Minute
  10. Maneater
  11. One on One
  12. Family Man
  13. Say It Isn't So
  14. Adult Education
  15. Out of Touch
  16. Method of Modern Love
  17. Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid

Review

There's one thing wrong with The Very Best of Daryl Hall John Oates, and it's minor -- the promotional 12" mix of "Adult Education" is included in favor of the 7" version. This isn't a big deal and it doesn't mar what is the best overview of Hall Oates' RCA years, the era when they became the biggest-selling duo in the history of rock. If the Atlantic years were more adventurous, dabbling in folk and album rock, The Very Best of demonstrates the virtues of consistency, since these blue-eyed soul songs rank among the very finest singles (and songs) of their time. And Hall Oates weren't unadventurous, either, since they deftly blended elements of new wave, contemporary soul, and soft rock into their signature sound. Most impressively, smaller hits like "Wait for Me" and the splendid "Did It in a Minute" (easily one of the greatest songs they ever cut) more than hold their own alongside familiar items like "Sara Smile," "You Make My Dreams," "Private Eyes," and "Maneater." Hall Oates may not have been hip, but they made addictive soul-pop that not only rocketed to the top of the charts but has stood the test of time as some of the best pop made during the early '80s. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi