Big Bam Boom

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Big Bam Boom
Studio album by Hall & Oates
Released October 12, 1984
Recorded Electric Lady Studios, Summer 1984
Genre Pop, rock, dance-rock, new wave[1]
Length 40:13
Label RCA Records
Producer Daryl Hall, John Oates, Bob Clearmountain, Arthur Baker
Hall & Oates chronology
Rock 'n Soul Part 1
(1983)
Big Bam Boom
(1984)
Live at the Apollo
(1985)

Big Bam Boom is the twelfth studio album by Daryl Hall & John Oates, released on RCA late in 1984. It marked the end of one of the most successful album runs by a duo of the 1980s. BMG Heritage released a remastered version in July 2004 with four bonus tracks. The song "Out of Touch" (the first single) was a #1 pop hit, and charted in several other areas (#24 Hot Black Singles, #8 on the Adult Contemporary charts and #1 on the dance charts, #48 in the UK). Another song taken from the album, the Daryl Hall/Janna Allen-penned "Method of Modern Love" reached a high point of #5.

Big Bam Boom peaked at No. 5 and sold over three million copies worldwide.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
Robert Christgau B link

Track listing[edit]

Side Bam
  1. "Dance on Your Knees" (Hall, Arthur Baker) - 1:27
  2. "Out of Touch" (Hall, Oates) - 4:21
  3. "Method of Modern Love" (Hall, Janna Allen) - 5:34
  4. "Bank on Your Love" (Hall, Oates, Sara Allen) - 4:18
  5. "Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid" (Hall) - 5:26
Side Boom
  1. "Going Thru the Motions" (Hall, Oates, Janna Allen, Sara Allen) - 5:40
  2. "Cold Dark and Yesterday" (Oates) - 4:40
  3. "All American Girl" (Hall, Oates, Sara Allen) - 4:28
  4. "Possession Obsession" (Hall, Oates, Sara Allen, Janna Allen) - 4:36
Remastered CD Bonus Tracks
  1. "Out of Touch (12" version)" - 7:42
  2. "Method of Modern Love (12" version)" - 7:49
  3. "Possession Obsession (12" version)" - 6:31
  4. "Dance on Your Knees (12" version)" - 6:40

Personnel[edit]

  • Daryl Hall - vocals, synthesizer, guitar, Synclavier 9600 workstation, vibraphone
  • John Oates - vocals, synthesizer, guitar, synth guitar
  • Brian Doyle - guitars, harmonica
  • Coati Mundi - Spanish vocals
  • Bashiri Johnson - percussion, timbales
  • Jimmy Bralower - synthesizer, drums, saxophone, LinnDrum
  • Jay Burnett - percussion
  • Wells Christy - synthesizer, Synclavier
  • Mickey Curry - drums
  • Charles DeChant - keyboards, saxophone, vocals
  • Robbie Kilgore - keyboards, synthesizer programming
  • Tommy Mottola - direction
  • Clive Smith - Fairlight CMI
  • G.E. Smith - guitar
  • Tom "T-Bone" Wolk - synthesizer, bass, guitar, arranger

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Arthur Baker, Bob Clearmountain, Daryl Hall, John Oates
  • Engineering: Jay Burnett, Bob Clearmountain, Gary Hellman
  • Mixing: Bob Cleamountain
  • Mixing Consultant: Arthur Baker
  • Mastering: Bob Ludwig

Singles[edit]

  • "Out of Touch"
  • "Method of Modern Love"
  • "Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid"
  • "Possession Obsession"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Big Bam Boom" on All Music Guide. Retrieved on August 13, 2009