Daryl Hall, Three Hearts In The Happy Ending Machine (1986)
What was Daryl Hall trying to say when he posed next to a cow for the cover inlay here? That he didn’t need John Oates at all? That he could make music with anyone? That he was, erm, milking it…
We may never know. But I’m enjoying hearing this product of the mid-80s because I never heard it at the time. At the time – 1986 – we had probably only just got over a collective family Hall & Oates fixation. Just the 80s pop stuff, mind. My dad had the tapes in the car for long drives. And we all liked what we heard.
Only recently have I gone back to the real blue-eyed soul years of the Hall and the Oates. And then to some of Daryl Hall’s solo records. This one was gifted to me a while back and I had – possibly by accident – relegated it to a box of duds and double-ups. So it was nice to find this over the Christmas holidays and give it a whirl. Or two. It’s dated, production-wise, tied to its time, sure. But I’m really digging it. Some pretty great songs on here. Big pop singles. Well, I grew up with those. But poor John Oates. I hope he was okay with the inside cover. I hope he thought it was silly and nothing more.
Sample Track: Dreamtime
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