RELEASE
November 25, 2008
LABEL
Shout! Factory
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Adult Contemporary, Soft Rock, Soul, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Blue-Eyed Soul

Album Review

Daryl Hall and John Oates came back to the Troubadour to record and film the material for this combination CD/DVD 35 years after they played their first Los Angeles show at the club. Taken from performances on May 22 and May 23 of 2008, the 19 songs occupy two CDs, the accompanying DVD presenting a filmed document of the same versions of the tunes. Most of their biggest hits are executed, along with a few of their more warmly regarded lesser-known titles, like "When the Morning Comes," which was on their Abandoned Luncheonette album the year they first played the Troubadour. Hall & Oates had already issued some live recordings prior to this release, but for what it's worth, six of these songs were never before available on a concert release, including "Everything Your Heart Desires." The duo sing well and professionally as expected, and while the arrangements might be a little less fancy than those heard on the studio prototypes (it's a little odd to hear their guitars take such prominence on "Maneater," for instance), the backing of horns and rhythm section from their band creates a pretty full sound. With better and more definitive versions of the famous songs here having been long available elsewhere, it's hard to recommend this as a necessary purchase, though devoted Hall & Oates fans should be pleased. The well-filmed DVD differs from the CD, incidentally, in the inclusion of separate interviews with Hall and Oates about various aspects of their career, each lasting about five minutes each.
Richie Unterberger, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Everything Your Heart Desireshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/everything-your-heart-desires/id346627171?i=346627172&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. When the Morning Comeshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/when-the-morning-comes/id346627171?i=346627173&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Family Manhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/family-man/id346627171?i=346627174&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Say It Isn't Sohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/say-it-isnt-so/id346627171?i=346627175&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. It's Uncannyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/its-uncanny/id346627171?i=346627176&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Had I Known You Better Thenhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/had-i-known-you-better-then/id346627171?i=346627180&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. She's Gonehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/shes-gone/id346627171?i=346627182&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Getaway Carhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/getaway-car/id346627171?i=346627183&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Cab Driverhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/cab-driver/id346627171?i=346627219&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. One on Onehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-at-the-troubadour/id346627171?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Sara Smilehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-at-the-troubadour/id346627171?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Maneaterhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-at-the-troubadour/id346627171?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. Out of Touchhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-at-the-troubadour/id346627171?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)http://itunes.apple.com/album/live-at-the-troubadour/id346627171?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. Rich Girlhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-at-the-troubadour/id346627171?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. Kiss on My Listhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-at-the-troubadour/id346627171?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  17. You Make My Dreamshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-at-the-troubadour/id346627171?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  18. Abandoned Luncheonettehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-at-the-troubadour/id346627171?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  19. Private Eyeshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-at-the-troubadour/id346627171?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  20. Everything You Heart Desires [DVD]http://itunes.apple.com/album/live-at-the-troubadour/id346627171?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  21. When the Morning Comes [DVD]http://itunes.apple.com/album/live-at-the-troubadour/id346627171?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  22. Family Man [DVD]http://itunes.apple.com/album/live-at-the-troubadour/id346627171?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  23. Say It Isn't So [DVD]http://itunes.apple.com/album/live-at-the-troubadour/id346627171?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  24. It's Uncanny [DVD]http://itunes.apple.com/album/live-at-the-troubadour/id346627171?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  25. Had I Know You Better Then [DVD]http://itunes.apple.com/album/live-at-the-troubadour/id346627171?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  26. She's Gone [DVD]http://itunes.apple.com/album/live-at-the-troubadour/id346627171?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  27. Getaway Car [DVD]http://itunes.apple.com/album/live-at-the-troubadour/id346627171?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  28. Cab Driver [DVD]http://itunes.apple.com/album/live-at-the-troubadour/id346627171?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  29. One on One [DVD]http://itunes.apple.com/album/live-at-the-troubadour/id346627171?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  30. Sara Smile [DVD]http://itunes.apple.com/album/live-at-the-troubadour/id346627171?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  31. Maneater [DVD]http://itunes.apple.com/album/live-at-the-troubadour/id346627171?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  32. Out of Touch [DVD]http://itunes.apple.com/album/live-at-the-troubadour/id346627171?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  33. I Can't Go for That (No Can Do) [DVD]http://itunes.apple.com/album/live-at-the-troubadour/id346627171?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  34. Rich Girl [DVD]http://itunes.apple.com/album/live-at-the-troubadour/id346627171?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  35. Kiss on My List [DVD]http://itunes.apple.com/album/live-at-the-troubadour/id346627171?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  36. You Make My Dreams [DVD]http://itunes.apple.com/album/live-at-the-troubadour/id346627171?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  37. Abandoned Luncheonette [DVD]http://itunes.apple.com/album/live-at-the-troubadour/id346627171?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  38. Private Eyes [DVD]http://itunes.apple.com/album/live-at-the-troubadour/id346627171?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  39. Bonus Materials [DVD][*]http://itunes.apple.com/album/live-at-the-troubadour/id346627171?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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