Daryl Hall & John Oates (album)

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Daryl Hall & John Oates
Studio album by Hall & Oates
Released August 18, 1975
Recorded 1975
Genre Pop
Length 42:03 (reissue)
Label RCA
Producer Daryl Hall, John Oates, Christopher Bond
Hall & Oates chronology
War Babies
(1974)
Daryl Hall & John Oates
(1975)
Bigger Than Both of Us
(1976)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Daryl Hall & John Oates is the self-titled fourth album by Hall & Oates, released in 1975. This is sometimes labeled The Silver Album because of its metallic glam rock style cover. In 2000 Buddah Records re-released the album with two bonus tracks ("What's Important to Me" and "Ice"). It featured an album cover in which Daryl and John are overly made up with make-up to the point where they looked like women. Hall would later say in an interview for VH1's Behind the Music that he looked like "the girl I always wanted to go out with" on that album cover.

"Grounds For Separation", according to Daryl Hall, was going to be used in the Sylvester Stallone movie Rocky. Frank Stallone, Sylvester's brother, had been in a band with John Oates called Valentine and this connection got them a shot at an appearance on the soundtrack. The movie, however, was slow to get off the ground, and Hall and Oates withdrew the song.

This song contains the lines, "Isn't it a bit like oxygen? Too much will make you high. Not enough will make you die." Two years later, British glam rock band, Sweet, would record the top 10 single, "Love Is Like Oxygen", with the strikingly-similar refrain of, "Love is like oxygen. You get too much you get too high. Not enough and you're gonna die."

"Grounds For Separation" is also sampled by Kanye West in his song "Fight With The Best." "Gino (The Manager)" was about Tommy Mottola, their manager, who later became president of Sony Music.

"Alone Too Long" is the theme song for the television show Hello Ladies, which premiered on HBO in 2013.

In 2009, Sony Music Custom Marketing Group released a triple pack of Hall & Oates albums. Along with this album, the pack included H2O and Ooh Yeah!.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Daryl Hall & John Oates unless noted.

Side One
  1. "Camellia" (Oates) 2:48
  2. "Sara Smile" - 3:07
  3. "Alone Too Long" (Oates) 3:21
  4. "Out of Me, Out of You" - 3:28
  5. "Nothing at All" - 4:24
Side Two
  1. "Gino (The Manager)" - 4:10
  2. "(You Know) It Doesn't Matter Anymore" - 3:07
  3. "Ennui on the Mountain" - 3:15
  4. "Grounds for Separation" (Hall) - 4:12
  5. "Soldering" (Ewart Beckford, Alvin Ranglin) - 3:24
Remastered CD Bonus Tracks
  1. "What's Important to Me (Demo)" (Hall) - 3:46
  2. "Ice (Demo)" (Oates) - 2:57

Personnel[edit]

  • Daryl Hall - vocals, synthesizer, guitar, vibraphone
  • John Oates - vocals, synthesizer, guitar
  • Jim Gordon - drums
  • Sandy Allen - background vocals
  • Michael Baird - drums
  • Christopher Bond - synthesizer, guitar, string & horn arrangements
  • Gary Coleman - percussion
  • Scott Edwards - bass
  • Ed Greene - drums
  • Clarence McDonald - keyboards
  • Tommy Mottola - synthesizer
  • Leland Sklar - bass

Production[edit]

  • Produced By Daryl Hall, John Oates & Christopher Bond
  • Engineers: Barry Rudolph, Armin Steiner
  • Editing, Mixing: Dennis Ferrante
  • Mastering: Elliott Federman

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Daryl Hall & John Oates (album) at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-26.