July 25, 2011
Pop/Rock, Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Pop/Rock
Rhino/Edsel’s 2011 double-disc set The Atlantic Albums combines Hall & Oates’ three albums for the label -- 1972’s Whole Oats, 1973’s Abandoned Luncheonette, 1974’s War Babies -- adding four bonus tracks that popped up on the 1977 No Goodbyes compilation and Rhino’s 1996 The Atlantic Collection, all presented in sterling new remasters, the whole package buttressed with new liner notes from Alan Robinson. While there is no undiscovered unreleased material -- it seems that the vaults have been picked pretty clean -- this is the best-sounding, most affordable package of Hall & Oates' earliest work and it’s worthwhile either for the curious or the dedicated looking to replace their old CDs.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi