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Private Eyes [Original recording remastered]

Hall & Oates Audio CD
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1. Private Eyes
2. Looking For A Good Sign
3. I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)
4. Mano A Mano
5. Did It In A Minute
6. Head Above Water
7. Tell Me What You Want
8. Friday Let Me Down
9. Unguarded Minute
10. Your Imagination
11. Some Men
12. Your Imagination
13. I Can't Go For That (No Can Co)

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Their #5 smash from '81 with the hits Private Eyes; Did It in a Minute; I Can't Go for That (No Can Do) , and Your Imagination (including bonus 12" versions of those last two)!

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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic remastered--and it's about time! May 22 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album is one of H&O's best, with smooth Motown harmonies and lots of bracing G.E. Smith guitar licks. The (long-overdue) remastering job makes the sound sparkle. Though the bonus tracks (12" remixes) are forgettable and dispensible, "Private Eyes" is the duo's best album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Private Eyes w/Extra Tracks May 21 2004
By TomAzon
Format:Audio CD
This is the re-issue of 1981's "Private Eyes" that spawned two number one singles with the title track and "I Can't Go For That(No Can Do)". "Did It In A Minute" was also a top five smash.
Plenty of songs here could have been singles in their own right such as "Looking For A Good Sign" and "Head Above Water".
The liner notes are well-written with recent interviews with Daryl & John. (We finally find out why this album was named "Private Eyes" instead of "Head Above Water").
The bonus tracks are extended versions of "Your Imagination" and "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)", but I would recommend getting the "12-Inch Collection" Volumes I and II which also have these remixes as well as many others by Hall & Oates.
Also see the re-issue of "H2O" w/bonus tracks.
Track Listing:
1. Private Eyes
2. Looking for a Good Sign
3. I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)
4. Mano a Mano
5. Did It in a Minute
6. Head Above Water
7. Tell Me What You Want
8. Friday Let Me Down
9. Unguarded Minute
10. Your Imagination
11. Some Men
Bonus Tracks:
12. Your Imagination [12" Version]
13. I Can't Go for That (No Can Do) [12" Version]
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5.0 out of 5 stars I can go for this! Jan. 13 2008
By Namely - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Another toppest album from Hall and Oates' golden years. Has the hard to find classics: "Friday Let Me Down", "Ungaurded Minute", "Head Above Water", and the song that gets me every time "Did it in a Minute".

If you haven't heard those songs, you are missing out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album from the Dynamic Duo! Aug. 19 2004
By Christopher Minjoot - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album just pips Voices to the top spot of my fav Hall & Oates' albums. Why? It sounds more consistent overall although Voices has some superior individual songs.

Side One of the original LP (till Did It In A Minute) consists of the stronger hit material while Side Two has the more experimental tunes. Still, the quality never drops and in Unguarded Minute and Your Imagination, the duo has a couple of excellent overlooked gems. The original album when it first came out challenged me to accept a different Hall & Oates, notably in I Can't Go For That, with its weird mix of soul, rock and Indian vocal stylings (No-oh-oh)! But it grew on me and has now become my favourite Hall & Oates song of all time!

The bonus tracks on this CD are interesting to listen to (altho' not essential) and together with the liner notes and remastered sound, makes this purchase a no-brainer. Now if only BMG would consider releasing Rock 'N Soul Part 1 with the extended versions of Say It Isn't So and Adult Education!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock n' roll with rocking soul Jan. 11 2006
By Dave Mock - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The BMG 2004 reissue of "Private Eyes" brings out the sharpness in what is already one of Hall and Oates' most important albums. There's not a clunker in any of the 11 original songs and two remixes, from the title track to the 12-inch version of "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)."

The sound reproduction, cleaner than either the original RCA CD or 1996 BMG reissue, also lets listeners hear how the duo tried to balance technology and sound effects with live instrumentation, never letting one take over the other. Even when the song is almost all computer and synth -- "I Can't Go For That" -- it's done with such balance that it still sounds perfect a quarter century later. You can hear Daryl and John coming into their own as songwriters and producers.

The reissue also gives the band's fans a chance to hear lost gems sounding better than ever -- especially "Looking For a Good Sign" and "Unguarded Minute." They can also debate the merits of the original "Your Imagination" version vs. its 12-inch remix. While the pounding, heavily-electronic remix was the basis for the single and MTV versions of the song, the album mix (with its acoustic drums and cymbals) wins out on sheer quality.

Also dig Ken Sharp's liner notes, which give listeners an interesting window into the duo's working dynamic, especially from Neil Kernon, their co-producer here and on "H2O."

It's hard to improve on a classic, but BMG does so here.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of their best Feb. 23 2013
By Amy Borgman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Love this album and it remains one of my favorites. The collection is very up-tempo, melodic and energetic. Can't choose just one song as a standout - not even the title track. Fun to listen to when you're in a great mood, great to listen to when your spirits need lifting. Had a hard time finding it but glad I kept searching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing private about this album. Dec 21 2010
By PLU - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I won't waste anybody's time by reviewing this H&O album (OK.....cd) because I would just be repeating countless other reviewers thoughts. What I will say is that I just LOVE THIS ALBUM.....hands down their best ever! Every song could have been released as a single somewhere in the world (a la THRILLER: homage to the late great Michael Jackson). The two remixes are excellent: Imagination remix is better than the original studio cut plus the I Can't Go For That one is damn good, too. I was in NYC at the time when I first heard this album, and just wore the cassette out. (Yes, Lady Ga-Ga lovers, these actually existed before iPODS.) In 2010, I must have played it over like 10 times at a Wayne's Worldish volume 11 on my truck's Pioneer system (w./ 12" subwoofer). In 1981: MTV ruled by actually playing music videos, and one of the featured artist were H&O. (Yeah, I got a little age to me.) PRIVATE EYES brings back the memories of a simpler and innocent time for me, when music had soul. I suspect in 2020, I will crank this album up to an 11 (again!).....with the help of a hearing aid.
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