H2O (Hall & Oates album)

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H2O
Studio album by Hall & Oates
Released October 1982
Genre Rock, pop rock, dance-rock, blue-eyed soul, new wave[1]
Length 47:08
Label RCA
Producer Daryl Hall, John Oates, Neil Kernon
Hall & Oates chronology
Private Eyes
(1981)
H2O
(1982)
Rock 'n Soul Part 1
(1983)
Alternate cover

H2O is the eleventh studio album from Daryl Hall and John Oates, released in 1982. A hit, it featured three top 10 US singles, one being "Maneater", which was the biggest hit of their career, spending four weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The album title is a play on the chemical formula for water, where "H" is for Hall, and "O" is for Oates.

H2O is certified double platinum by the RIAA with sales of over two million copies.[2]

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

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars link
Robert Christgau B− link

Track listing[edit]

Side A
  1. "Maneater" (Hall, Oates, Sara Allen) – 4:33
  2. "Crime Pays" (Hall, Oates, S. Allen) – 4:31
  3. "Art of Heartbreak" (Hall, S. Allen, Janna Allen) – 3:43
  4. "One on One" (Hall) – 4:17
  5. "Open All Night" (Hall, S. Allen) – 4:35
Side B
  1. "Family Man" (Mike Oldfield, Kim Cross, Maggie Reilly, Rick Fenn, Mike Frye, Morris Pert) – 3:25
  2. "Italian Girls" (Oates) – 3:17
  3. "Guessing Games" (Hall, J. Allen) – 3:15
  4. "Delayed Reaction" (Hall, Oates, S. Allen) – 3:59
  5. "At Tension" (Oates) – 6:16
  6. "Go Solo" (Hall) – 4:35
Bonus tracks on 2004 compact disc re-release
  1. "Family Man" (Rock Mix) – 5:47
  2. "Maneater" (Special Extended Club Mix) – 6:00
  3. "One on One" (Club Mix) – 5:31

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Daryl Hall by John Oates
  • Engineered and Co-Produced by Neil Kernon
  • Assistant Engineers: Bruce Buchhalter, Michael Somers-Abbott, Barry Harris
  • Mixed by Hugh Padgham
  • Mastered by Bob Ludwig

Peak Chart Positions[edit]

Album[edit]

  • #3: US Billboard Albums Chart

Singles[edit]

The following singles were released from the album, with the highest charting positions listed.

# Title Hot 100 UK Singles
1. "Maneater" 1 6
2. "One on One" 7 63
3. "Family Man" 6 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Allmusic Guide review". Retrieved 2009-06-06. 
  2. ^ "RIAA Gold & Platinum Database". 1985-04-01. Retrieved 2009-06-07.