What a glorious record. Daryl Hall & John Oates’ second album is a slick concoction of acoustic Philly soul that easily transcends the folk duo format Hall & Oates initially embraced at the beginning of their career. Part of what makes Abandoned Luncheonette so appealing, even after four decades, is the elastic instrumentation, which never follows any set guidelines. Each track, whether buoyed by soft guitars or a sweet string section, seems tailor-made for each tune, showing little regard to anything but artistic intention. That it was still slyly commercial and aesthetically satisfying at the same time is a minor miracle. Daryl Hall’s vocals are beyond compare and those delicate harmonies should be a staple in any playbook. I’ve included “She’s Gone” on the player, even though it’s played out for many people, just as a reminder of how a good song endures in artisans’ hands. Though released as a single in 1973, the tune wouldn’t gain recognition until it was re-released in 1976. Find Abandoned Luncheonette HERE at Amazon (loss leader priced at $4.99, plus free MP3s). Find more H & H&O (War Babies, H2O, Sacred Songs and Three Hearts In The Happy Ending Machine) in the archives, HERE.
When The Morning Comes (3:10)
Had I Known You Better Then (3:26)
Las Vegas Turnaround (The Stewardess Song) (2:59)
She’s Gone (5:15)
I’m Just A Kid (Don’t Make Me Feel Like A Man) (3:19)
Abandoned Luncheonette (3:58)
Lady Rain (4:25)
Laughing Boy (3:31)
Everytime I Look At You (7:02)
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