Hall & Oates Greatest Hits Live is a collection of live recordings from their 1982 tour to promote the Private Eyes studio album.
This catches the duo in their peak commercial period although H2O and Big Bam Bam were to increase their stock of hits in thenext few years meaning Greatest Hits Live is a misnomer as a title. It’s also a title that makes me very nervous as it screams “cash-in”.
This is an exception because it serves as an excellent summary of Darryl Hall and John Oates performing live in 1982.
It features the following American #1 singles – Rich Girl, Kiss On My List, Private Eyes, I Can’t Go For That – and more top 10 singles – Sara Smile, She’s Gone, You Make My Dreams and Did It In A Minute – so there’s no shortage of hits.
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Songs On Hall & Oates Greatest Hits Live
Did It In A Minute – 3:55
How Does It Feel To Be Back – 4:40
Diddy Doo Wop – 3:45
Mano A Mano – 3:52
Rich Girl – 3:10
She’s Gone – 5:22
Kiss On My List – 4:42
I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) – 6:45
Sara Smile – 6:08
Wait For Me – 5:46
Private Eyes – 3:20
You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling – 5:33
You Make My Dreams – 4:02
United State – 4:23
While their 1978 live album Livetime was more soulful, this emphasises the rock of their rock’n’soul mix. The slick production sheen of the studio songs is replaced by a tougher, more energetic live sound that I find very appealing. It even has guitar solos.
The best live albums leave you wishing that you were at the concert or remembering just how great it was to be there. This is such an album that may change people’s ideas about Hall & Oates.
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