Daryl Hall & John Oates, Abandoned Luncheonette (1973)
You lot know I’ve been on a massive Hall & Oates kick of late. Well, it started with this album. Which is to say I grew up with the monster 80s pop hits by this duo but it wasn’t until I heard this album in its entirety that I really got hooked on the sweet blue-eyed soul sound of their early years. Of course I already knew – and loved – She’s Gone – but this, their second album (which I would have wanted just for that song anyone) is chock-full of classic. Not a dud here. Anyway, I’ve bought a few H&O albums recently but “Abandoned” has been hard to find…slight pun not intended. I asked in one of the local record stores and the guy said that it turns up and that you only have to spring a fiver for it – but it’s about when and where it turns up. He thought that checking in the small towns on a drive would work, stopping off at the Sallies and such. Well, the recent record fair answered my call. In fact I was chatting to a record-collector buddy about it – saying that it wasn’t much as far as Holy Grails go, but it was my holy grail. I wanted it, needed to find it. He goes, “oh, I’m sure there’s one in there, I saw it before”. So I dive back in to ask the guy, and yep. He has it. And $5! So I get him to hold it, run down to the cashie and get some coin. And then a few minutes later I’m playing it as part of my DJ set there. Good times. So very happy to have this album. I really love it. Start to finish. And the guy selling it said it was maybe a bit scuffy. I haven’t even cleaned it yet and it plays close to a dream.
Sample Track: When The Morning Comes
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