Along the Red Ledge

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Along the Red Ledge
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Studio album by Hall & Oates
Released August 21, 1978
Recorded 1978
Genre Pop, rock
Length 36:49
Label RCA Records
Producer David Foster
Hall & Oates chronology
Along the Red Ledge
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Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Along the Red Ledge is the seventh studio album by Hall & Oates, released in 1978. The greatest hit from the LP was "It's a Laugh" (U.S. #20, Canada #23). The follow-up single was "I Don't Wanna Lose You" (U.S. #42).

This album foreshadowed what was to come in a few years for the duo, as the duo shed previous producer Christopher Bond and went with a more polished sound with David Foster. The album is the first studio album where Hall & Oates used their road band in the studio (previously they would rely heavily on session musicians), a trend they would carry through their heyday of the early 1980s.

George Harrison, of The Beatles, plays guitar on the track "The Last Time." Todd Rundgren also plays on this album, as does Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick. Robert Fripp, of King Crimson, plays on the track "Don't Blame It On Love."

Track listing[edit]

Side One
  1. "It's a Laugh" (Hall) (3:50)
  2. "Melody for a Memory" (Oates) (4:54)
  3. "The Last Time" (Hall) (2:53)
  4. "I Don't Wanna Lose You" (Hall, Oates) (3:49)
  5. "Have I Been Away Too Long" (Hall) (4:24)
Side Two
  1. "Alley Katz" (Hall, Oates) (3:05)
  2. "Don't Blame It on Love" (Hall, Oates) (3:58)
  3. "Serious Music" (George Bitzer, Oates) (4:10)
  4. "Pleasure Beach" (Oates) (3:13)
  5. "August Day" (Sara Allen, Hall) (3:06)


The Band
Additional musicians


  • Produced by David Foster
  • Arrangements by Daryl Hall, John Oates and David Foster
  • Engineers: Humberto Gatica, Tom Knox, Ed Sprigg
  • Assistant Engineers: Chris Desmond, Mark Linett, Jon Smith, Patrick Von Wiegandt
  • Recorded at Davlen Sound Studios (North Hollywood, CA), Sunset Sound (Los Angeles, CA) and The Hit Factory (New York, NY)
  • Mixing: Ed Sprigg at The Hit Factory (New York, NY)
  • Mastering: Pat Martin at Sterling Sound (New York, NY)
  • Studio Assistants: Glen Lee, Alan Davis
  • Art Direction: Dick Smith
  • Cover Design: Sara Allen
  • Cover Photography: Eric Kroll
  • Group Photography: Barbara Gray
  • Management and Direction: Tommy Mottola


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