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X-Static [Original recording remastered]

Hall & Oates Audio CD
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The blue-eyed soul of Hall & Oates took a new-wave turn on this 1979 release, yet another Top 40 album for the most successful duo of the rock era. Includes the #18 hit Wait for Me plus Portable Radio; Number One; Who Said the World Was Fair ; one previously unreleased track, and one ultra-rare B-side!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Who Said The World Was Fair? May 11 2004
By square
Format:Audio CD
Like everyone else who has contributed a review for "X-Static", let me join in to say thanks to Buddha for finally getting this out on CD.
It was a "change of styles" so to speak, as the follow up to "Along the Red Ledge". David Foster is behind the board again for this excellent CD. It contains the one "hit", Wait for Me, but the rest of the CD was largely ignored. It's sad, becuase when this came out in late 1979, radio stations were force feeding me songs like Escape (The Pina Colada Song) and Funkytown! We all could have been listening to X-Static! I was younger and didn't know better. Thankfully, I went to my local Record Bar and bought the 8-track. Later in life, I was fortunate enough to get the CD. If your a H&O fan, so should you.
High spots include "Woman Comes and Goes" and the John Oates' penned "Portable Radio". For the next CD, radio was not able to hold them back any longer, but people who had "X-Static" at that time already knew that these guys had a great sound!
Buddah presents 2 excellent bonus cuts and some nice liner notes. This CD should have been more of a success, but "Who Said the World was Fair?".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Underated one of their best. May 3 2002
Format:Audio CD
This Album holds it's own with the best music Hall & Oates has ever done. You should never expect artists to do the same thing over and over again and this album is way diffrent from the others. This album for me ranks as Hall & Oates big album like "Rumours" to Fleetwood Mac or Supertramps "Breakfast in America". Just because a record company doesn't promote an album doesn't mean it's not worthy of that title. I could play this album over agian and again a must have for die hard fans
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5.0 out of 5 stars I need Intravino April 16 2002
By TC3
Format:Audio CD
One of my favorite Hall and Oates albums and one of their most underappreciated. Most people will recognize Wait for Me, but won't be familiar with the rest of the album. Some of the gems included the "should have been" second single, Portable Radio. The great concert rocker Bebop/Drop and one of the coolest Hall and Oates songs they recorded, Hallofon-Intravino. The CD also includes the tough to find No Brain, No Pain and an unreleased track which almost sounds like a "sequel" to Wait for Me. Buddah did a great job on the CD and the packaging also includes some great liner notes where Daryl and John talk about the songs. Hopefully Buddha will bring out some of the other out of print CD's (Livetime, Beauty on a Back Street, Bigger Than Both of Us) with bonus tracks. Visit them at [another website] and drop them a note telling them you want more Hall and Oates.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unpredictable March 12 2002
Format:Audio CD
I bought this cd to add to my H&O collection. If you're familiar with all of their 80s pop hits, this will be a bit of a shocker but will definitely grow on you.
As most of the reviews have mentioned, you can break this album down into 3 categories:
Pop/Rock - You'll notice that D&J are both doing vocals on these songs which is what makes them sound so different from their 80s hits. Also, some of these songs border on punk because of Robert Fripp's influence from the Sacred Songs albums. There are times when you'll question who's singing (as the liner notes point out, "No Brain, No Pain" could easily be mistaken for a Talking Heads song)!
1. Woman Comes And Goes
4. All You Want Is Heaven
8. Bebop/Drop
9. Hallofon (instrumental intro) / 10. Intravino
12. No Brain, No Pain
Disco - The intros of these songs are almost interchangeable and sound very much like the dance music Dan Hartman was doing in the early 80s
3. Portable Radio
5. Who Said The World Was Fair
6. Running From Paradise
Soul - This portion of the album is standard H&O fare
2. Wait For Me
11. Time's Up (Alone Tonight)
The one stand-out for me was 7. Number One. There's such a strong reggae influence that before the vocals start, you could swear this was a Police tune!
So while, this albums wasn't exactly polished lyrically or musically, it does serve as a very good time capsule of the late 70s punk/disco/new wave sound which would later become the blueprint for so much 80s music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hall & Oates Play It Unsafe! Sept. 24 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
In my opinion, this is probably Hall & Oates' best album overall (my personal favorite), and easily their most forgotten. So many good songs, such as "Wait For Me (Studio version)", "Intravino" "Woman Comes & Goes", and "Portable Radio". The disc was originally released back in the late '70s during the heyday of punk rock. It starts out sounding like standard Hall & Oates, but, track by track, it slowly "degenerates" into being a punk album by the end! Finally, this one is available domestically! RCA hated this disc from the beginning, along with Daryl Hall's "Sacred Songs" LP, and both were reluctantly & barely released by RCA, which probably explains why they've both been out of print in the US for close to 20 years! Definitely the most daring CD that Hall & Oates have ever released A welcome change from the usual play-it-safe Hall & Oates fare. Every song has merit. Put it on and let it degenerate before your very ears! A nice plus is that the last 2 tracks are bonus tracks, and the CD booklet is very nice too... D.Hall & J.Oates both recount tales of the making of this disc 20 yrs after the fact. An overlooked classic album, finally reissued and put into perspective.
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