Along the Red Ledge Original recording remastered
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|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|
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.
In short, if you want the essence of Philly (not just the music--the Philly *experience*), you can't go wrong with Hall & Oates, and you definitely won't go wrong with this album.
The original "A" side is a collection of tunes in a Pop/Soul vein, though "Melody for a Memory" has it's share of rock guitar. This is the side where Daryl shines most as a vocalist. At times harsh and sardonic, then wistful and contemplative, his vocal arabesques are as impressive as they are unique to him. Of the two singles, "It's a Laugh" and "I Don't Wanna Lose You," the latter is the real winner, awash in a glorious Philly Soul arrangement. Even the gimmicky stereo separation of "The Last Time" seems to pay homage to R&B recordings of yore.
With "Alley Katz," the album turns to a more guitar driven sound, akin to hard rock but miles from Heavy Metal. Oates' more subdued vocals are featured on a couple of tracks from this set, and he sounds fine. Though H&O and their backing band are more than up to the challenge, at least two of these tracks ("Alley Katz" and "Pleasure Beach") are predictable and dull. "Don't Blame It On Love" and "Serious Music" are standouts, along with the atmospheric closing cut, "August Day." This song is one of the most affecting tracks on the album, conjuring images of "heavy grey" skies and wistful regrets.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on Sept. 10 2002 by Guitar Man
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 ... Read morePublished on Aug. 9 2002 by DonB
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
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... Read morePublished on Sept. 7 2001
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
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
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