Daryl Hall & John Oates
The Philly Years
Never before in one package, this 2-cd set, recorded between 1968-1971, features 38 digitally restored and digitally mastered songs, including 15 never released sides.
Disc 1 features Daryl Hall and John Oates in their early Philly years, plus 5 songs recorded by Daryl Hall as a solo artist before he and John Oates began their recording career together, one of which is a rare bonus track of a never before heard recording, "Girl Don't Make Me Wait."
Disc 2 features the group, Gulliver, with Daryl Hall, Tom Sellers, Tim Moore and Jim Helmer, 2 songs that have never been released, also recorded before Daryl's teaming up with John Oates.
This collector's edition is presented by renowned record producer/songwriter John Madara, who discovered and recorded the duo before their record deal with Atlantic Records. John Madara is the producer of Danny and The Juniors' hit "Rock and Roll Is Here To Stay," and co-writer and co-producer of other acclaimed hits as "At The Hop" (Danny and The Juniors), "The Fly" (Chubby Checker), "You Don't Own Me" (Leslie Gore), "1-2-3" (Len Barry, who also co-wrote the song), and countless others.
All songs have been digitally restored and digitally mastered.
Own a piece of rock and roll history today! A must have for you Daryl Hall & John Oates collectors. The #1 biggest selling duo in the history of the music business!
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***** GOOD, RARE HALL & OATES. I bought the original "Philadelphia Years" recently but this disc had all those songs plus some extras I never had on CD before like "The Princess & The Soldier" by Daryl Hall w/The Cellar Door. Great stuff for the Hall & Oates fan who must have everything...Reviewer: Tom Mourgos - CD Baby
*****The CD was excellent and has such rare songs as The Princess & The Soldier, Lonely Girl, Vicky, Vicky. It also has some unreleased songs from Gulliver such as Enough, Everybody's Excited and My Old Faithful. This collector's edition gives you 38 songs and it gives you the early years of Hall & Oates, Daryl Hall and Gulliver.
Reviewer: Kenneth - CD Baby
*** Finally got it all together. This 2-CD set finally brings together all of the various recordings that Hall and Oates did (separately, together, and Hall with the group, Gulliver) with producer John Madara before they started recording with Atlantic Records circa 1972.
I can remember my father buying a record called Past Times Behind that had about 11 tunes on it. They were somewhat primitively recorded, and the guys were going through a hippy nature-boy period (as were many others circa 1971), but it was still great "Hall & Oates music". Those tunes are all here and are indeed the best of the 38 recordings. But if you are a Hall & Oates fan, you want to hear it all and it is only here.
Daryl Hall was in a group called Gulliver in the late Sixties, and their recordings take up CD 2. CD 1 is comprised of solo Hall recordings, and stuff he did with Oates.
I was impressed with the remastered sound of these CDs. I had bought a Past Times Behind CD back around 1990 and it sounded awful and I threw it away. But this remastering job restores the warmth of sound present on the LP.
So this is a must-have for the Hall & Oates fan. But for anyone else, most of the songs here are simply not very good. And the recording quality was pretty poor. Hence the 3-star rating. - Reviewer: J.C. Clark - Amazon