June 16, 2008
Sony BMG
Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Soul, Blue-Eyed Soul, Adult Contemporary

Album Review

This is quite a package, but one that makes little sense in a way. As a way of clearing inventory, Sony/BMG has been assembling five-album sets, calling the entire series Original Album Classics. Simply put, they pack five albums in sequence and reissue them. In the case of Hall & Oates, they don't follow a strict in-sequence release pattern, instead picking five hit albums. This starts with the self-titled album and Bigger Than Both of Us, but then jumps right to Beauty on a Back Street and leaves out Along the Red Ledge, then goes back to order with Private Eyes, leaving out Voices and X-Static. It also includes H2O. This is all well and good but doesn't really fill a void, and anyone who collects Hall & Oates material already has most if not all of these albums. The price point isn't terribly attractive either -- they are standard budget-line prices without a discount for the quantity.
Thom Jurek, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Camellia
  2. Sara Smile
  3. Alone Too Long
  4. Out of Me, Out of You
  5. Nothing at All
  6. Gino (The Manager)
  7. You Know It Doesn't Matter Anymore
  8. Ennui on the Mountain
  9. Grounds for Separation
  10. Soldering
  11. What's Important to Me [*]
  12. Ice [*]
  13. Back Together Again
  14. Rich Girl
  15. Crazy Eyes
  16. Do What You Want, Be What You Are
  17. Kerry
  18. London, Luck and Love
  19. Room to Breathe
  20. You'll Never Learn
  21. Falling
  22. Don't Change
  23. Why Do Lovers Break Each Other's Heart?
  24. You Must Be Good for Something
  25. The Emptyness
  26. Love Hurts (Love Heals)
  27. Bigger Than Both of Us
  28. Bad Habits and Infections
  29. Winged Bull
  30. The Girl Who Used to Be
  31. Private Eyes
  32. Looking for a Good Sign
  33. I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)
  34. Mano a Mano
  35. Did It in a Minute
  36. Head Above Water
  37. Tell Me What You Want
  38. Friday Let Me Down
  39. Unguarded Minute
  40. Your Imagination
  41. Some Men
  42. Your Imagination [Disco Remix][*]
  43. I Can't Go for That (No Can Do) [Extended Club Mix][*]
  44. Maneater
  45. Crime Pays
  46. Art of Heartbreak
  47. One on One
  48. Open All Night
  49. Family Man
  50. Italian Girls
  51. Guessing Games
  52. Delayed Reaction
  53. At Tension
  54. Go Solo
  55. Family Man [Rock Mix]
  56. Maneater [Extended Club Mix]
  57. One on One [12" Version]
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