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X-Static Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (March 2 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: SBME
  • ASIN: B0015XAT5M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,713 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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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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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By A Customer on Sept. 24 2001
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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Daryl Hall & John Oates first found American stardom with smooth hits like "Sara Smile", "She's Gone", and "Rich Girl" which went to #1. So convincingly soulful were these songs, that you could have easily found yourself shaking your head in disbelief that these guys were white. But after "Rich Girl", the duo struggled to make the charts, but still kept up their momentum. When Daryl Hall recorded an experimental solo album with King Crimson's Robert Fripp, the duo decided to use that idea for 1979's X-STATIC. That solo effort SACRED SONGS wouldn't see release until 1980 before Hall & Oates finally reached the pinacle of pop success with VOICES. With that, X-STATIC must have come as a bit of a shock for those who knew Hall & Oates from their more traditional soul-based hits. While most bands were embracing disco, the punk and new wave movements were in second place behind it. So Hall & Oates were brave using those cutting edge sounds all throughout X-STATIC. Ethereal synthesized rhythms help carry songs like "Woman Comes And Goes", "Portable Radio", and "Running From Paradise" which expand on the duo's patented look at relationships that have always been their calling card. What's more, the attitude of punk and new wave are brought to fast-paced delights like "Bebop/Drop", "Who Said The World Was Fair" and the wonderful "Intravino", which telling from the lyrics you already know is going to be a fun song. It was a more traditional soul tune "Wait For Me" that became a hit single off of X-STATIC, and later a highlight of the duo's concerts.Read more ›
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