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The Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates
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Hall and Oates often enlivened '70s and '80s radio with sharp pop concoctions that drew on a wellspring of R&B influences picked up in their hometown of Philadelphia. They scored frequently enough, in fact, that this 20-track collection--intended to supplement or replace the earlier Rock 'n Soul, Part 1 with post-'83 winners--doesn't capture all their finest moments. (Where, for instance, are "She's Gone," recorded for another label but licensed by RCA for Rock 'n' Soul, and the terrific new wave/funk fusion "Your Imagination"?) Still, much of what's here is fine music that should appeal not only to those who carry fond memories of radio and MTV playing it the first time around, but also to a good-sized handful of their kids. --Rickey Wright

Customer Reviews:

  • Pure chewing satisfaction
    "Wait for Me" and "It's a Laugh" are okay. "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" is a bad song with too many apostrophes in the title.

    But every song after that is perfect. I mean, how can you resist the chorus to "Method of Modern Love" (with that cool horn bit)? And what about "Kiss on My List" and "You Make My Dreams"? The best!

    After a long day of listening to The Melvins and John Zorn, I need John Oates and that other guy to lighten the mood a little bit. Works every time....more info

  • a generous helping of pop's biggest duo
    It's only fair that Hall & Oates would release a true and generous Top 40 collection after all these years. After all, songs like "Wait For Me" (#18 Pop in 1980) and "It's A Laugh" (#20 Pop in 1978) may not have represented their very best, but were unavailable except for vinyl until recently.

    As a small child in the early '80's, I used to hear these funky, R&B flavored tunes that instill many memories in me. I rediscovered this group in the 1990's after hearing "I Can't Go For That" on a jukebox one night. There is no doubt that "Kiss On My List", "Private Eyes", "Maneater" and "I Can't Go For That" are their best. Not only that, but these songs DEFINE the Hall & Oates sound, something that is missing from most of their other hits. Though a complete anthology (box set) would be ideal, by far this is a perfect collection of the songs that Hall & Oates fans love and know by heart. Almost every hit is here from 1975-1985 that hit the Top 20, so it is definitely worth it until if or when a box set comes along....more info

  • ~Can't stop singing~Maneater~
    My beautiful daughter gave this CD to me as an early Mother's Day gift,she said it reminded her of a time of driving and singing and just having a great time! I believe I've already worn the thing out. Playing it over and over again to recapture those carefree days of the "80's".
    The worst part is..........I can't stop singing....Maneater! I hadn't thought about Hall and Oates since forever and as soon as I put the CD into my car, I couldn't get enough. This is just the ticket for someone in need of a little nostalgia and just plain good music!...more info
  • One of the Greatest of the 80s
    Although I was a teen in the 80s, there aren't really much musical greats from that era... new wave, synth sound, Madonna... well, ho-hum... not as rich as the sound of the 70s. There is one group, however, that can bring some redemption to the 80s... Hall and Oates (Kenny Loggins was a creature of the 70s). They churned out not just hits but great rich and deep sounds. Its a good thing us 80s people have a duo like the Hall and Oates... at least the 80's wasnt really that much of a loss, musically.

    I would've wanted to see other great songs like She's Gone and Possession Obsession included in the compilation....more info

  • NOT WORTH TWO CENTS
    I am a casual fan of the duo. I started looking for a compilation of their greatest hits and came upon "The Very Best Of Daryl Hall & John Oates". I thought great. Then I started looking at the tracks for my all time favorite "She's Gone". It was no where to be found on this compiliation. What? Are you kidding me; no "She's Gone" on "The Very Best of Daryl and John Oates". That song is arguably their greatest hit. Omitting it from the collection is a major infraction. As such this compiliation is not worth two cents to me....more info
  • Daryl Hall and John Oates
    I bought this CD for my girlfriend because she loves Hall and Oates. Luckily, she loves this compilation as well. In my opinion, this is way more Hall and Oates than anyone would ever seriously need, but she, being a fan, gave it her stamp of approval so that must mean something. If you want even more Hall and Oates, then you are probably already in their fan club and wouldn't be shopping Amazon anyway....more info
  • The "Definite" Best of Hall & Oates!
    It is the very best, other than the fact that the song "She's Gone" is not on this collection!...more info
  • Hall Of Oates
    There is no denying the classic simple pleasures of the music of the 1970's and 80's. There were just so many groups that still continue to make that stride in full focus from Chicago and Pink Floyd, to classic artists like Paul Simon and Elton John. But there really aren't that many artists that have made it from Philly and are still rocking today. In the case of Hall & Oates, they're still rocking it all the way through. In the 70's and 80's, they made some of the biggest music known to man within the past, that still continues to influence artists today.

    The 2001 Very Best Of Hall & Oates is a compilation of 18 of their biggest hits on one album. Although this collection only reflects the RCA years, the songs here are still as timeless as guilty pleasures in the sunlight. The songs range from traditional Soul from hits like Rich Girl, Out Of Touch, and Sara Smile, to lesser known hits like Private Eyes, and Method Of Modern Love. Still, there are just so many of those hit collections that've been made that are still just as unbelieveable as you could expect. In fact, in the past couple of years, there have been about 4 different greatest hits collections reflecting Daryl Hall & John Oates musical partnership, and this one takes the cake.

    Although the record doesn't have songs like Everytime You Go Away, which was made famous by Paul Young, or their version of Jingle Bell Rock, there is no doubt that this collection is truly the one for any die hard Hall & Oates fanatic. I truly suggest that if you've never heard of anything by Hall & Oates, now is the time to do so, and get this collection....more info

  • A way excellent Hall & Oates collection!
    Forget my review on the previous brief CD I did of 1983's Rock 'N' Soul Part One Greatest Hits. This is even much better it adds seven songs with all eleven favorites not counting for the missing "She's Gone" which it isn't on here but includes Daryl Hall and John Oates doing a sixties cover ballad classic version of "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" by the Righteous Brothers. Also from the Big Bam Boom album is "Out Of Touch" with "Method Of Modern Love" plus "Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid". There's also "Did It A Minute" a studio not it's live version but the original "Wait For Me" and "Family Man". I really enjoy listening to the rest of the tunes that were very popular like "Maneater", "Sara Smile", "Rich Girl", "Private Eyes" & "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)". So in my own opinion for the improvement and expanded digitally remastered eighteen tracks from it's RCA record label that they did is a pretty good job here. I would give it "Thumbs Up!". Let's see if these two guys I think should release and put out another compilation volume of more song highlights they recorded together from their 70's and 80's albums someday soon!...more info
  • Hall & Oates Greatest
    I was maybe about 3 or 4 when my dad used to play Hall & Oates on 12" LP's. I can still remember songs like "Private Eyes," "Sara Smile," and "You lost that lovin' feelin'." This CD brings all those memories back. YES! I was a rock & soul music lover even at that age. Now that I am older and can "hear" what Hall & Oates are saying in they lyrics. I have a better appreciation for their songs. These fellas got some soul! For a while I thought they were Afro-American. Two thumbs up, 5 stars, and a "10!"...more info
  • The Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates
    For anyone who believes Hall & Oates is just Maneater, Kiss On My List and Private Eyes has to get this CD. Yes those songs are on here too, they are what I call "fun" songs. There are songs on here that only die hard H&O fans have heard. Listen to this and you will understand why there are so many die hards. Everytime You Go Away - written by Daryl Hall but made popular by Paul Young - you have to hear this version. There is something for everyone on this 3 CD set. Some soul, pop, rock, R&B. These guys have done it all. They are the most underrated singer, songwriters ever. Listen to the stories their songs tell. Feel the emotion in songs like Open All Night, Don't Hold Back Your Love, Wait For Me, Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid and others. Give it a listen, you will not be disappointed....more info
  • Thumbs up from a reluctant convert
    By the time Hall & Oates hit their peak in the early 1980s, I was sick of them. I was sick of hearing "You Make My Dreams Come True" on the radio every day. I was sick of "Maneater," and sick of "I Can't Go For That." If I never heard a Hall & Oates song again, it would be too soon. But as time goes by, I find myself re-discovering the musical mastery of this duo, and can see how they took the charts by storm. (It really is too bad the track which I feel is their most inspired, soulful, and enjoyable "She's Gone" is not here.) But listening to this collection, you can see these two certainly are more talented, and you can almost understand why they were played so heavily on the radio in the 1980s. Of course, "Private Eyes" always was a favorite of mine, and now I find myself enjoying almost all the songs on this track. The moral of the story: with the distance of time, you can gain a better appreciation for things. Darryl Hall and John Oates are talented singers/songwriters/musicians. They deserve the acclaim they've received. These tracks are among their all-time best....more info
  • A great album with a few omissions
    Hall & Oates - the very name (OK names) takes me back to the early 80s, and my college years. The songs echo and re-echo through my memories - Sara Smile, Rich Girl, One On One, Did It In A Minute. And now I have them back. This is a very good Best Of album, containing so many great Hall & Oates hits. It has 18 tracks, which adds up to a lot of that great Rock and Soul sound of Hall & Oates.

    Now, though I dearly love this album, but it does have a few omissions that seriously undermine it. I mean, where are Everytime You Go Away and She's Gone? But, that said, it is a great album, and one that I am very glad that I bought it. If you like that great early-80s sound, or just plain like good music, then get this album. I highly recommend it!...more info
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates Forever
    They are and will always be one of the best groups ever in our lifetime. Easy listening, beautiful lyrics and anyone can relate to their songs....more info
  • Brilliant!
    This is one of the best Greatest Hits compilations I've purchased in quite a while. This compilation spans the career of Hall and Oates and includes all their hits in one package. This compilation is a must for everyone....more info
  • The 80's Rocked..
    Before BET a lot of african americans had to admit that other music genres were ok. Hall and Oats made some great music in the 80's. "Out of Touch" was my favorite song by the group. "Say No Go" and "Maneater" were also good tracks..This collection of the groups finest music is still pleasant on the ears.....more info
  • Good, but not complete! Get the Australian import instead!
    Okay, RCA tried, (and failed once again), to release a definitive Hall and Oates "Best of" collection. I'll keep this review short: if you want the best compilation currently available, skip this one and look up the double-disc Australian import, "Starting all Over Again; Best of Hall and Oates", with a generous 36 songs, total. It contains 17 of the 18 tracks on this CD, ("Wait For Me" is missing, but who really cares?), but also features the full-length 5 minute version of "She's Gone", plus tracks from their Arista releases and a couple of songs from Daryl Hall's solo "3 Hearts" album. It's a much better buy than the CD you're looking at right now....more info