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Sunday, 19 June 2011

Daryl Hall And John Oates - Beauty On a Back Street (1977)

From The Lost Record Covers Club
Following "Bigger Than Both Of Us" (which oddly didn't include a track of that name but this does).  This opens with the poppy "Why Do Lovers Break Each Others Hearts?" but moves through the mix of soul and rock that perhaps defines them (their 80's retrospective is called "Rock n Soul Part 1").  An excellent album but tracks of note are "Winged Bull" - which sound like Hall has been influenced by Bowie/Eno Berlin period - taking them into new less traditional territory; "Bad Habits And Infections" a glorious rocker with two style alternating as the track moves on - wonderful stuff.  Probably one of their low key albums - not issued on CD until 1996.  I also recommend "The Girl Who Used To Be" the closing track, a tender John Oates song with a simple arrangement

LP: PL12300 - RCA UK Issue (international AFL1- 2300)

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