Along the Red Ledge Import, Original recording remastered
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
The first H&O album I ever bought and ranks with Voices as one of my favorites. This was also the first tour I saw. I saw Daryl and John at Western Carolina University. Read morePublished on March 25 2002 by TC3
This is the Hall & Oates album I can still listen to and not get tired of hearing. "It's a laugh" is a great song to sing along with with some nice sax in the... Read morePublished on July 6 2001
With their #1 hit "Rich Girl", Daryl Hall & John Oates moved from blue-eyed soul journeymen to certified pop stars. Read morePublished on April 23 2001 by 35-year old wallflower
Don't anybody "R&B" me... this baby ROCKS from start to finish with all kinds of different-flavored rock for anyone's taste. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2001 by TomAzon
If you are an ex-Philadelphian in the diaspora, this is the album to play when you're homesick. Just the sound of H&O brings "home" right back full force. Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2000 by Poniplaizy
Hall & Oates' 70's releases are like musical schizophrenia...sometimes Pop, sometimes Rock, sometimes Soul or R&B. Read morePublished on July 18 2000 by J. Collins
I love this album. The album is mostly lite rock on side one and hard rock on side 2. David Foster produced this, so it has to be good. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2000 by Mike S
Daryl Hall plays a mean guitar on"Don't Blame It On Love" with Johnand Robert.Most of the songs aretheir very best since War Babies. Read morePublished on Oct. 5 1999