- Audio CD (July 29 2008)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording remastered, Import
- Label: RCA
- ASIN: B001AWV2FY
- Other Editions: Audio CD | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
|1. It's a Laugh|
|2. Melody For a Memory|
|3. The Last Time|
|4. I Don't Wanna Lose You|
|5. Have I Been Away Too Long|
|6. Alley Katz|
|7. Don't Blame It On Love|
|8. Serious Music|
|9. Pleasure Beach|
|10. August Day|
Some people poke fun at John Oates, but he proves every bit of his worth in the duo with his contributions to "Along the Red Ledge". "Melody for a Memorory", "Alley Katz", "Serious Music" and "Pleasure Beach" are all strong tunes. At this point, I must add one other comment. I have read the various reviews of other Hall & Oates CD's on the site. More than one reviewer has called songs performed by John Oates on those CD's as "token" songs. First, not true! Secondly, on "Along the Red Ledge", Oates' songs are a major part of why the CD is a great one, not just a good one. John Oates is a excellent song writer, and this may prove it to those with open ears.
Some may turn up their nose when you see that David Foster produced this, but your missing out if you push this one aside. Production is an A+. How about musicianship? The line up includes, but not limited to, some of the best ever! Steve Lukather, Steve Porcaro, Robert Fripp, George Harrison, and Todd Rundgren!
Let's face it. Most people identify H & O with the radio hits. But there is a lot more substance to them. From "It's a Laugh" to "August Day' and everything between, there is not a clinker on the disc.
I love the radio hits as much as anyone else, but there are other great Hall & Oates tunes out there to be discoverd by the casual fan. Try this one, you might like it.
Unfortunately, first their musical output and much later their commercial success began to sputter. Soon they became yesterday's news.
While they WERE on top of the world, Hall & Oates were a pop duet seldom daring to be the least bit unpredictable, preferring instead to be safe and mainstream, lest they be passed over as industry cash cows. For better or worse, this record bucked that trend in a major way. Thank God!
For this record Hall & Oates had the good sense to bring in some special guests that included Robert Fripp ("Don't Blame It On Love") and Todd Rundgren ("Have I Been Away Too Long"). But there are plenty more than a couple of highlights here. The playing and singing are inspired throughout, leaving the listener yearning for more at the conclusion of the record. Can you say that about any other Hall & Oates record? Perhaps not. (Note: their latest record, including the inspired cover of "Someday We'll Know," may be an exception.)
If you only buy one Hall & Oates record, you'd be well advised to make ALONG THE RED LEDGE that record. It is the musical highlight they have yet to duplicate, some 20-plus years later.