Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine

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Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine
Studio album by Daryl Hall
Released August 1986
Recorded October 1985
Genre Rock, Pop
Length 47:38
Label RCA Records
Producer Daryl Hall, David A. Stewart, Tom "T-Bone" Wolk
Daryl Hall chronology
Sacred Songs
Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine
Soul Alone

Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine is a 1986 solo album by Daryl Hall. The album features his only Top 10 solo single, "Dreamtime", which peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100. The single, "Foolish Pride", reached the Top 40, peaking at number 33.[1]

The two sides of the vinyl record album were not labeled "Side 1" and "Side 2", nor "Side A" and "Side B", but rather, "Side 1" and "Side A", a convention which was maintained on the cassette tape release.[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Dreamtime"   Daryl Hall, John Beeby 4:45
2. "Only a Vision"   Hall 4:34
3. "I Wasn't Born Yesterday"   Hall, David A. Stewart, Sara Allen 4:24
4. "Someone Like You"   Hall 5:33
5. "Next Step"   Hall, Stewart, Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, Arthur Baker 4:48
6. "For You"   Hall, Stewart, Wolk 5:49
7. "Foolish Pride"   Hall 3:57
8. "Right as Rain"   Hall 4:23
9. "Let It Out"   Hall, Stewart 3:51
10. "What's Gonna Happen To Us"   Hall 5:39

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau (C)[4]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of allmusic gave the album 4/5 stars, commenting that "(3 Hearts) is a record tied to its time", and that "although he couldn't quite pull it together at the time, of interest as a portrait of where Hall was in 1986." Robert Christgau was far more critical, giving the record a C and stating that the album was "bloated by endless codas, superfluous instrumentation, hall upon hall of vocal mirrors, and the artist's unshakable confidence that his talent makes him significant."


  • Produced by Daryl Hall, Dave Stewart & T-Bone Wolk; "What's Gonna Happen To Us" produced by Daryl Hall
  • Recorded between October 1985 and May 1986
  • Engineer at Studio de la Grande in Armee, Paris, France: Manu Guiot; assisted by Frederick & Serge
  • Engineer at The Church in Crouch End, London, England: Jon Bavin; assisted by Stephen Gallifent
  • Engineer at Marcus Studios, London: Manu Guiot; assisted by Dick Beetham & Tim Burrell
  • Engineers at Right Track Studios, New York City: Frank Filipetti & Manu Guiot; assisted by Noah Baron & Paul Hamingson
  • Engineer at Electric Lady Studio, New York City: Manu Guiot; assisted by Ken Steiger
  • Mixed by Bob Clearmountain at Electric Lady Studio, except "For You": mixed by Frank Filipetti at Electric Lady; Filipetti was assisted by Ken Steiger
  • Mastered by Bob Ludwig


  • Daryl Hall: vocals, guitars, keyboards, mandolin, drum programming
  • Additional backing vocals: Kate St. John & June Montana (on "Dreamtime"), Bob Geldof (on "Next Step" & "Only A Vision") and Joni Mitchell (on "Right As Rain")
  • Robbie McIntosh: lead guitar on "Someone Like You"
  • Ric Morcombe, G.E. Smith, Jamie West-Oram: guitars
  • Dave Stewart: guitars, lead guitar on "Dreamtime", drum programming
  • Keyboards: Robbie Kilgore, Mike Klvana, Patrick Seymour
  • Mike Klvana: Synclavier programming
  • Patrick Seymour & Stephen Gillifant: Emulator II sampling
  • Tom "T-Bone" Wolk: guitars, bass guitar, mandolin
  • Tony Beard: drums
  • Michel De La Porte: percussion
  • Drum programming: Jimmy Bralower, Manu Guiot, Steve Harvey, Bob Riley
  • Saxophone: Lenny Pickett, Dick Morrissey (solo on "I Wasn't Born Yesterday")
  • Strings on "Dreamtime" arranged & conducted by Michael Kamen