Private Eyes – Daryl Hall and John Oates (1981)

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RCA Records RCALP 6001

Daryl Hall & John Oates, also known as just Hall & Oates, are an American musical duo from Philadelphia USA. The lead vocalist is Daryl Hall who plays many instruments including guitars and keyboards. John Oates primarily plays electric guitar, bass, multiple instruments and provides backing vocals. They both contribute to the song writing, along with Oates’ one time partner, Sara Allen. This release is their tenth album, at a time where their popularity in the US was gaining momentum, having already amassed two #1 singles. This album cemented them as global artists gaining them another two #1 singles in the US. The album was recorded during March to June 1981 and produced by Hall & Oates, with Neil Kernon.

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                             Side 1

“Private Eyes” the title track opens the album. Released as a single (US #1, Canada #6, UK #32) has a handclap chours. “Looking For A Good Sign” in the liner notes is dedictaed to “The Temptations” who they cite as being influential. The track does have a feel of Motown. “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” brings the pace down and has some great harmany vocals and a saxophone solo. An edited version was released as a single (US #1,Canada #2,UK #8).”Mano A Mano” is upbeat pop, with percussion to the fore during the chorus. “Did It In A Minute” (US #9) has a catchy repeatitive chorus and closes side 1.

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                             Side 2

Side 2 begins with a bit of Rock-Pop called “Head Above Water”. “Tell Me What You Want” starts off bass and drums. Lots of percussion. Next is “Friday Let Me Down” which I’ve chosen as a featured track. Pop-Rock song. Tells the story of someone ringing a number and being disappointed when getting an answer phone.

“Unguarded Minute” More Rock-Pop. “Your Imagination” (US #33) follows which contains saxophone solo. The album ends with the drum and electric guitar lead “Some Men”.

This album peaked at #5 in the US, #8 in the UK, and #27 in Australia, and top 10 in New Zealand and The Netherlands.

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