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Along the Red Ledge Original recording remastered, Import


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  • 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

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Format: Audio CD
This is easily my favorite H&O cd. I have the 8-track, the vinyl,and CD. It contains some of their best compositions, ever. Even though there is only one "hit" on the disc, "It's a Laugh", this is really a masterpiece.
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.
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When you mention Daryl Hall & John Oates, most people snicker while memories of cheesy videos and slick soul-tinged 80's pop dance around in their heads. Too bad no remembers this gem of an album. It's an artistic triumph that reaches heights H&O never quite acheived again (although the two albums the proceeded it, 'X-Static' and 'Voices' came close). I was just a kid when 'Red Ledge' came out but even back then, I was blown away. Twenty-something years later have done nothing to diminish my enthusiasm. Songs such as "Don't Blame It On Love", which features Robert Fripp's ethereal Frippertronic guitar trills, a sick Caleb Quaye buzz-saw guitar solo, mad chord modulations and an unreal multi-layered vocal harmony break right in the middle of Quaye's solo, will leave you with your jaw on the floor- whether you like H&O or not!! "Serious Music", with more stellar harmonies, classical-styled harpsichord and another killer Quaye solo, is one of John Oates' finest songs. They band gets their soul shoes on for "The Last Time" (featuring a Spectoresque intro and George Harrison on acoustic guitar!!) and the Gamble & Huff-like rave of "I Don't Wanna Lose You". But these songs aren't the slicker pop-soul oriented efforts H&O produced in the '80's. These are tough, complex tunes with meaningful and sometimes poetic lyrics that reveal different meanings long after you've first heard them. RCA records probably thought that this would be the album that brought H&O into the big time, but instead, it was the worst selling album they'd had up to that point.Read more ›
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For a time in the 1970s, Hall and Oates were as successful as almost any pop outfit. For awhile it didn't seem to hurt them artistically. For awhile ...
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.
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ALONG THE RED LEDGE, a Hall and Oates recording made in 1978, may be one of their finest, beaten only by their finest work, such as ABANDONED LUNCHEONETTE, MARIGOLD SKY, and BIG BAM BOOM.The reason this is so overlooked is that in the late 1970s, their records were in a commercial decline, thus not matching the successes made by the "silver" album or BIGGER THAN BOTH OF US. But strangely, the late '7os Hall and Oates albums had better selections, quality, and more experimentation. ALONG THE RED LEDGE would prove to be the best of them.
There are plenty of strong tracks here, and this record's first tune, the #20 hit "It's a Laugh" may be the least of them. Hall and Oates try quite a bit of different music here, ranging from raging punk-like guitars ("Alley Katz," and "Don't Blame It on Love") to swirling string arrangements ("Serious Music")to their hometown Philly-style soul ("I Don't Want To Lose You"). And while those are strong, Hall and Oates do very best on this album with the lighter songs, particularly "August Day," and "Have I Been Away Too Long." But the absolute highlight of ALONG THE RED LEDGE has to be "Melody For a Memory," a definite lost H&O classic that, to this date, has gotten almost no attention. The melody itself is powerful, while it eventually builds from calm, quiet instrumentation to loud, heavy rock guitars.
There are a few questionable elements, such as the vocals in "Have I Been Away Too Long," or just "Pleasure Beach." That song is a very underrated piece of music, and while it remains not a really great H&O song, it is certainly better than some paint it to be.
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