Live In Dublin (CD + DVD) By Hall & Oates

September 3, 2015

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Fresh from their induction into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Daryl Hall and John Oates performed in Ireland for the first time in their 40 plus year career. Accompanied by their touring band, they performed a 97 minute set at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin on July 15, 2014. That concert has been released as a two-CD and DVD Box Set.

The concert is basically the duo revisiting many of their hits from the 1970’s and 1980’s. The CD’s and DVD contain the same track list. Some of the hits are changed a bit, especially in the vocals and allowing the different band members to solo. Daryl Hall’s voice has become more soulful as he has aged, which gives many of the songs a different patina. John Oates is the lead vocalist on “Back Together Again” and “Las Vegas Turnaround,” but otherwise provides the tight harmonies that the duo is known for.

For better or worse, their place in rock and roll history is that of a pop/rock band who dominated singles radio in the 1970’s and 1980’s with a series of catchy hits. Songs such as “Maneater,” “Rich Girl,” “I Can’t Go For That (No One Do),” “You Make My Dreams,” “Kiss On My List,” “Private Eyes,” and more may not have been appreciated by hard rock fans but sold millions of records and are considered pop classics today.

The Olympia Theatre is an intimate 1600 seater, so the sound and energy bounces off the walls, which is very apparent on the DVD. Saxophonist Charlie DeChant shines with solos on “She’s Gone” and “I Can’t Go For That,” while guitarist Shane Theriot propels the music along.

Daryl Hall and John Oates have carved out a pop niche for themselves during the past four decades. Live In Dublin updates their career and brings it into the present, proving that they and their music still matter.

 


She’s Gone 45 by Hall & Oates

February 14, 2012

“She’s Gone” by Daryl Hall and John Oates was released during early 1974 and reached number 60 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart. It remained on the chart for a total of eight weeks but never could attain hit status.

Two years later found Hall & Oates signed to the RCA label. Their second single to reach the charts, “Sara Smile” became a big hit reaching number four. The Atlantic label decided to cash in on the duo’s new popularity and rereleased “She’s Gone.” It reached the Singles Chart for the second time during the summer of 1976 and climbed to number seven, becoming a big hit on its own.

It was a wonderful soulful performance that was somewhat difference from many of their straight pop hits. It is one of their songs that has aged well.