H2O (Hall & Oates album)

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H2O
Hall Oates H2O.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 4, 1982
Recorded1981–82
Genre
Length47:08
LabelRCA Records
Producer
Hall & Oates chronology
Private Eyes
(1981)
''H2O''
(1982)
Rock 'n Soul Part 1
(1983)
Alternate cover
Hall & Oates H2O vinyl album cover.jpg
Singles from H2O
  1. "Maneater"
    Released: October 31, 1982
  2. "One on One"
    Released: January 29, 1983
  3. "Family Man"
    Released: April 30, 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[2]
Robert ChristgauB−[3]

H2O is the eleventh studio album by American pop music duo Hall & Oates. The album was released on October 4, 1982, by RCA Records. 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.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Maneater"Daryl Hall, John Oates, Sara Allen4:33
2."Crime Pays"Hall, Oates, S. Allen4:31
3."Art of Heartbreak"Hall, S. Allen, Janna Allen3:43
4."One on One"Hall4:17
5."Open All Night"Hall, S. Allen4:35
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."Family Man"Mike Oldfield, Tim Cross, Maggie Reilly, Rick Fenn, Mike Frye, Morris Pert3:25
7."Italian Girls"Oates3:17
8."Guessing Games"Hall, J. Allen3:15
9."Delayed Reaction"Hall, Oates, S. Allen3:59
10."At Tension"Oates6:16
11."Go Solo"Hall4:35

Personnel[edit]

Production

  • Produced by Daryl Hall and John Oates
  • Engineered and Co-produced by Neil Kernon
  • Assistant Engineers – Bruce Buchalter, Barry Harris and Michael Somers-Abbott.
  • Recorded at Electric Lady Studios (New York, NY).
  • Mixed by Hugh Padgham
  • Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Masterdisk (New York, NY).
  • Art Direction – Mick Haggerty and Geoffrey Kent
  • Cover Photography – Hiro (51)
  • Inner Sleeve Photography – Larry Williams
  • Management – Tommy Mottola

Chart performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 33 on the Billboard 200 the week of October 30, 1982 as the highest debut of the week; after eleven weeks it reached and peaked at number three on the chart on January 15, 1983; the album remained on the chart for sixty-eight weeks.[5][6] By December 1982 the album sold one million copies and it was certified Platinum on December 16, 1982, it was certified double Platinum by the RIAA on April 1, 1985 denoting shipments of two millions.[7]

In the United Kingdom the album opened at number 31 on October 23, 1982, the next week it reached and peaked at number 24.[8][9] The album remained on the chart for thirty-five weeks and it was certified Gold by the BPI on March 29, 1983 for shipments of 100,000.[9][10]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Album[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[23] 3× Platinum 300,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[10] 1× Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[7] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Singles[edit]

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

# Title Hot 100 UK Singles[24]
1. "Maneater" 1 6
2. "One on One" 7 63
3. "Family Man" 6 15

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Berger, Arion (2004). "Daryl Hall & John Oates". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon and Schuster. p. 358. ISBN 0743201698.
  3. ^ "CG: Artist 555". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  4. ^ "RIAA Gold and Platinum Database". 1985-04-01. Retrieved 2009-06-07.
  5. ^ "Top LPs & Tape". Billboard - October 30, 1982. Billboard Magazine. Google Books. p. 71. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  6. ^ "Top LPs & Tape". Billboard - January 15, 1983. Billboard Magazine. Google Books. p. 55. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "American album certifications – Hall & Oates – H 2 O". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved August 23, 2017. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  8. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. October 23, 1982. Retrieved 2017-08-20.
  9. ^ a b "DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2017-08-24.
  10. ^ a b "British album certifications – Daryl Hall & John Oates – H2O". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved August 23, 2017. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type H2O in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  11. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  12. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 6284a". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
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  21. ^ Canada, Library and Archives (2013-07-17). "Image : RPM Weekly". Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  22. ^ "1983 Billboard Year-End Chart-Toppers". rockonthenet.com. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  23. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Hall & Oates – H20". Music Canada. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
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