RELEASE
October 13, 2009
LABEL
RCA/Legacy
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Adult Contemporary, Soul, Soft Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Blue-Eyed Soul, Dance-Rock

Album Review

It's telling that Do What You Want Be What You Are, Sony/Legacy's comprehensive, career-spanning Daryl Hall and John Oates box set, takes its title from a moderately successful mid-'70s single from the duo, written and recorded just as the group was hitting their creative stride. The slow Philly groove of "Do What You Want Be Who You Are" may have hearkened back to the duo's soul roots, side-stepping some of the outré pop experiments they had done just two years earlier on War Babies, but Hall & Oates took the title's sentiment to heart, blurring boundaries between rock, pop, and soul in a way that wasn't always easy to appreciate at the peak of their popularity in the '80s. During that decade, Hall & Oates were omnipresent, seemingly dominating every radio format and MTV, racking up so many hits that it was easy to overlook how "Private Eyes" wore bright, angular new wave threads, or how "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" pulsated on electronic rhythms, not to mention the duo's earliest folk-rock records. Do What You Want brings all this into perspective, rounding up all the group's big hits and sharply selected album tracks, enhancing the canon with several rarities ranging from early singles (Hall as a member of the Temptones, Oates as one of the Masters) to a host of live cuts from throughout the years. Many of the live tracks are mildly revelatory -- particularly the lengthy stretch of War Babies material at the end of disc one, which diminishes the Todd Rundgren influence and emphasizes Hall & Oates' muscular melodicism -- as the group's forté was within the studio, where they set the sounds of the time, from the lush early '70s to the synthesized '80s. This, too, is where the box shines, when it traces the duo's remarkable, restless progression from Whole Oates to Big Bam Boom, a narrative that takes up the first three discs of the four-disc set. Like many career-spanning boxes, this does lose a little momentum on the last disc, when the hits start to slow down, but by smartly balancing outtakes and unreleased concert cuts, this final disc makes a convincing argument for Hall & Oates' enduring strengths adding a fitting coda to a box that stands as a testament to the duo's considerable musical legacy.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Girl I Love Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. I Need Your Lovehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Say These Words of Lovehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Perkiomenhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=334186542&id=334186530&at=11l9vR
  5. I'm Sorryhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Fall in Philadelphiahttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Waterwheelhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Lilly (Are You Happy)http://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Had I Known You Better Thenhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Las Vegas Turnaroundhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. She's Gonehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. You're Much Too Soonhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. Is It a Starhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. It's Uncannyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. Love You Like a Brotherhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. Lady Rain [Live][#]http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=334186566&id=334186530&at=11l9vR
  17. Beanie G. and the Rose Tattoo [Live][#]http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=334186567&id=334186530&at=11l9vR
  18. Better Watch Your Back [Live][#]http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=334186568&id=334186530&at=11l9vR
  19. Abandoned Luncheonette [Live][#]http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=334186570&id=334186530&at=11l9vR
  20. When the Morning Comes [Live][#]http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=334186571&id=334186530&at=11l9vR
  21. Camelliahttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  22. Sara Smilehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  23. Alone Too Longhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  24. Gino (The Manager) [2009 Remix][#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  25. Ennui on the Mountainhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  26. Out of Me, Out of Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  27. Back Together Againhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  28. Rich Girlhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  29. Crazy Eyeshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  30. Have I Been Away Too Longhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  31. August Dayhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  32. It's a Laughhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  33. I Don't Wanna Lose You [7" Remix]http://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  34. Wait for Mehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  35. Time's Up (Alone Tonight)http://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  36. The Woman Comes and Goeshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  37. How Does It Feel to Be Backhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  38. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelinghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  39. Kiss on My Listhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  40. Everytime You Go Away [Live][#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  41. You Make My Dreamshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  42. Private Eyeshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  43. Head Above Waterhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  44. Did It in a Minutehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  45. Your Imaginationhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  46. I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)http://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  47. Don't Go Out [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  48. Maneaterhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  49. Family Manhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  50. One on Onehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  51. Go Solohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  52. Say It Isn't Sohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  53. Adult Educationhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  54. Out of Touch [7" Version]http://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  55. Method of Modern Lovehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  56. Some Things Are Better Left Unsaidhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  57. Possession Obsessionhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  58. A Nite at the Apollo Live! The Way You Do the Things You Do/My Girl [7" Vhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  59. Everything Your Heart Desires [Video Mix]http://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  60. Missed Opportunityhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  61. Keep on Pushin' Lovehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  62. Storm Warning [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  63. Change of Seasonhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  64. Starting All Over Again [Live][#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  65. So Close [Live][#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  66. Do It for Lovehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  67. Forever for Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  68. Heartbreak Timehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  69. All the Way from Philadelphia [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  70. Have You Ever Been in Love [#][Demo Version]http://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  71. Me and Mrs. Jones [Live]http://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  72. I Want Someone [Live from Daryl's House] [Live][#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  73. Do What You Want Be What You Are [Live 2007][#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  74. Dreamer ['72-'09 Redux] [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/do-what-you-want-be-what-you/id333746621?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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