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Hall & Oates

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Private Eyes

 
          

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Not that I expect you to feel sorry for them, but Daryl Hall and John Oates are victims of the pretty-boy syndrome. Gratuitous prettiness arouses primal jealousies and unflattering suspicions about intelligence, moral fiber and how some people gain undeserved breaks because of high cheekbones.

Not only are Hall and Oates pretty, but they make music that matches their looks. No matter what stylistic phase they're going through (pop-folk, soft soul, R&B, AOR-rock, gussied-up New Wave), their stuff has always been terminally well-groomed, impeccably… Read More

crafted and professional, oh yes. Even the albums that didn't sell so hot (quite a few, actually) sounded pierced by the Billboard bullet. Private Eyes does, too.

Like the two LPs that preceded it, the new record features a bizarre hybrid of island rhythms, arena rock, Al Green, the Four Tops, the Raspberries and a smattering of Suicide. Most of this aural intrigue will probably be ignored, though, because the music is so pretty. That's okay. For the most part, Private Eyes deserves to be ignored.

Hall and Oates' best projects have generally been a Mexican standoff between steam and frost. In contrast to last year's quirky Voices, however, Private Eyes' fascination with posturing and being cool snuffs out the flame. The title tune is a perfect example. As usual, it's a story written from the foxholes of psychic intimacy. Also as usual, there's a wonderfully literate economy to the lyrics. The hard-pop music kicks in fast, punctuated with the imaginative percussion that Hall and Oates have taken such an interest in over the past few years. All signs point to an imminent arrival, a peak, a grudging display of heart. None comes. Same story in the Four Tops-style "Looking for a Good Sign," "Some Men," "Head above Water" and the rest of the cuts, to a lesser degree.

Speaking of fire and ice, few pop singers can capture their fusion like Daryl Hall, when he puts his mind to it. Hall has all the mannerisms and sensuous agility of a soul crooner – and the distance of a taciturn extra in a Scandinavian art film. The latter characteristic dominates Private Eyes. "Your Imagination" percolates with irritation over a paranoid lover, especially at the hair-raising start of the sax solo. But Hall's vocal nonchalance seems out of place, and this casualness cripples the entire album.

Still, even with LPs like Private Eyes, Hall and Oates deserve more respect than they generally get. Daryl Hall is such a natural singer that sometimes the sheer gorgeousness of the sound is enough: e.g., "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)." Hall and Oates' songwriting certainly doesn't put a premium on originality, yet there aren't many composers who can curl all those strands of popular music around each other and avoid knots ("Tell Me What You Want"). Comparatively speaking, these guys represent a bright and lucid moment on today's commercial


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  HALL & OATES   Private Eyes
August 4, 2009 , 3 copies
  CD   NEW GrooveNet
United States
$6.99     Details
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886974883128 compac t Disc New Copy/ Barcode: 886974883128 Releasedate: 8-4-2009 Style:rock Ti... Special Order
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  HALL & OATES   Private Eyes: Best Of
October 27, 2009
  CD   NEW GrooveNet
United States
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886976040024 compac t Disc New Copy/ Barcode: 886976040024 Releasedate: 10 27 2009 Style:rock Ti... Special Order
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Netherlands
$19.49     Details
  HALL & OATES   Private Eyes
2014 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Original Master Recording, Numbered Limited Edition, 11 Track Hyb..., 50 copies
  CD   Jack Wolak's
United States
$28.84     Details
HALL & OATES - Private Eyes   HALL & OATES   Private Eyes
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CD   NEW NORTH ATLANT
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United States
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United States
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Brand New From A Seller With A High Star Rating 08/04/2009 , 2 copies
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Rca 44545-2
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United States
$10.00     Details
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Uk, Sony Uk, 886976040024
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United States
$16.98     Details
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Delivery In 2-4 Weeks From Usa, Item Available To Send Right Away 0755174661822
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Canada
$24.35     Details
Private Eyes - Hall & Oates   Hall & Oates   Private Eyes
3 copies
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Japan
$26.16 - $39.24      Details
Private Eyes - Hall & Oates   Hall & Oates   Private Eyes
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Japan
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Hall & Oates - Private Eyes Album   Hall & Oates   Private Eyes
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Japan
$32.70     Details
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Jap Promo Only 1 Trk Cd For Tv Ad, Unique Promo Sleeve Pts1024
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Japan
$39.24     Details
Hall & Oates - Private Eyes Record   Hall & Oates   Private Eyes
Hall & Oates Private Eyes (official Sony Japanese 1-track Promotional Only Cd Issued To Prom...
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United Kingdom
$32.72     Details
  Hall & Oates,Daryl Hall & John Oates   Private Eyes (20bit)
Delivery In 2-4 Weeks From Usa, Item Available To Send Right Away 4988017054901
  CD   VERY GOOD AMZ Music
Canada
$32.08     Details
  hall daryl & john oates   Private Eyes
Rca 44545x424 cd Rare! Cond: Mint- Title: Private Eyes 755174454523 Rock Special Order
  CD   CDExpress
Netherlands
$32.56     Details
  HALL,DARYL & JOHN OATES   Private Eyes
11 Tracks 1. Private Eyes 2. Looking For A Good Sign 3. I Can't Go For That (no Can Do...
  CD   NEW Horizons
United States
$15.00     Details
  Hall,Daryl John Oates   Private Eyes
  CD   USED Used CD Univ
United States
$9.00     Details
  HALLEY SHOENBERG   Private Concert
January 1, 2014 , 2 copies
  CD   NEW GrooveNet
United States
$18.89     Details
  HALLEY SHOENBERG   Private Concert
Brand New, In-stock Cd. Ships Fast And Secure. Add To Cart With Confidence! Cdb, Cdb5638220481.2,..., 2 copies
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United States
$34.95     Details
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3 copies
LP   M- Krohn's Boul
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$4.40 - $8.80      Details
  Hall & Oates   Private Eyes
L vscw Rca Afl1-4028, 1981 , 2 copies
  LP   M- Krohn's Boul
United States
$4.40     Details
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R inner Sleeve / Faces Label Rca Afl1-4028, 1981 , 2 copies
  LP   NM Krohn's Boul
United States
$5.50     Details
  Hall & Oates   Private Eyes
Dh black Label / Lyric Sheet Rca Acalp-6001, 1981 , 2 copies
  LP   NM Krohn's Boul
United States
$8.80     Details
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Rca Afl4028 Rca Afl , 2 copies
  LP   VG+ Weird Harold
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3 copies
LP   CDExpress
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$11.87 - $19.49      Details
  hall & oates   Private Eyes
L-3425 lp Rca Afl1-4028 1981 M- Very Slight Cover Wear Special Order, 2 copies
  LP   CDExpress
Netherlands
$11.87     Details
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R-3426 lp Rca Afl1-4028 1981 Nm Inner Sleeve / Faces Label Special Order, 2 copies
  LP   CDExpress
Netherlands
$14.05     Details
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Dh-19022 lp Rca Acalp-6001 1981 Nm Black Label / Lyric Sheet Special Order, 2 copies
  LP   CDExpress
Netherlands
$19.49     Details
HALL & OATES - Private Eyes CD   HALL & OATES   Private Eyes
1981 Venezuela Rca 10201527 Venezuela, Rca 10201527
  LP   NM NM Latin Collec
Argentina
$24.00     Details
  HALL & OATES   Private Eyes
2014 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Individually Numbered Limited Edition, Original Master Recording..., 50 copies
  LP   Jack Wolak's
United States
$31.93     Details
  HALL & OATES   Private Eyes (ltd (ogv))
January 18, 2014 , 21 copies
  LP   NEW GrooveNet
United States
$37.98     Details
HALL & OATES - Private Eyes -hq-   HALL & OATES   Private Eyes -hq-
=180gr= Numbered Limited Edition Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Mfsllp1412, 6/30/1990
  LP   MINT importvinyl
Netherlands
$42.46     Details
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M01746 lp/ New Copy/ =180gr= Numbered Limited Edition Usa Barcode: 0821797141215 Title: Private ... Special Order
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Netherlands
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Netherlands
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  hall & oates   Private Eyes (ltd (ogv))
2 copies
LP   CDExpress
Netherlands
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821797141215 vinyl Lp New Copy/ Barcode: 821797141215 Releasedate: 01 18 2014 Style:rock Title:... Special Order
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  hall & oates   Private Eyes (ltd (ogv))
821797141215 new Copy/ Barcode: 821797141215 Label: Mobile Fidelity Mofy412.1 Releasedate: 18 1... Special Order
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Netherlands
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  HALL & OATES   Private Eyes -hq-
=180gr= Numbered Limited Edition Usa, Mobile Fidelity Soun, Mfsllp1412 Special Order
  LP   NEW CD Euroxpres
United States
$61.87     Details
  HALL & OATES   Private Eyes (ltd (ogv))
Brand New, In-stock Vinyl Record. Ships Fast And Secure. Add To Cart With Confidence! Mofy, Mofy4..., 9 copies
  LP   NEW NORTH ATLANT
United States
$66.43     Details
  HALL & JOHN OATES,DARYL   Private Eyes
Cover Is Creased. Vinyl Has Slight Wear But In Very Good Condition Uk, Rca, Rcalp6001, 1981, 2 copies
  LP   VG/VG+ Desirable
United Kingdom
$4.46     Details
  Hall & Oates   Private Eyes
Lyric Sleeve. Rca, Afl1-4028, 1981
  LP   VG+/VG+ Assumption R
United States
$2.99     Details
  Hall & Oates   Private Eyes (w/original Inner)
Uk, Charisma, Cas 1111, 1975
  LP   EX(-)/EX(-) denmark reco
Denmark
$3.00     Details
  HALL & OATES   Private Eyes
Rca, Afl4028
  LP   VG+/NM Nick's World
United States
$3.54     Details
  Hall & Oates   Private Eyes
0 stereo--inner Sleeve--rw (m-) Ca, Rca, 4028
  LP   VG+ / NM RECORD KINGD
Canada
$4.00     Details
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2 copies
LP   EX/M- LPJUNKIE
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  HALL & OATES   Private Eyes
1981 Rca, Afl1-4028
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United States
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Rca, 4028
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United States
$25.02     Details
  Hall & Oates   Private Eyes
Includes The Custom Inner Sleeve With Lyrics. Usa, Rca, 54028
  LP   /NM/VG+ Jads Jams
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$4.40     Details
  HALL & OATES   Private Eyes
3 copies
LP   VG/VG Finyl Vinyl 
Canada
$4.60 - $10.35      Details
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Rca
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Canada
$4.60     Details
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Coh % Rca
  LP   VG/VG+ Finyl Vinyl 
Canada
$5.75     Details
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Rca
  LP   VG+/VG+ Finyl Vinyl 
Canada
$10.35     Details
  Hall & Oates   Private Eyes
2 copies
LP   VG+/EX Solid Viper
United States
$4.95 - $5.95      Details
  Hall & Oates   Private Eyes
1981,'i Can't Go For That',lyric Sleeve,slrw Rca Afl1-4028
3 copies
  LP   VG+/EX Solid Viper
United States
$4.95     Details
  Hall & Oates   Private Eyes
1981,'i Can't Go For That',lyric Sleeve,slrw Rca Afl1-4028
3 copies
  LP   VG+/M- Solid Viper
United States
$5.95     Details
  Hall & Oates   Private Eyes
Rca
  LP   EX/F Maxxcollecta
United States
$5.95     Details
  Hall & Oates   Privaye Eyes
0 stereo--inner Sleeve---in Shrink With Custom Stickers (shrink) M- Ca, Rca, 4028
  LP   NM / NM RECORD KINGD
Canada
$6.00     Details
  Hall & Oates   Private Eyes
Includes Original Inner Sleeve Us, Rca Victor, Afl1 4028, 1981
  LP   VG+ VG+ Bad Cat Reco
United States
$6.24     Details
  Hall & Oates   Private Eyes
2 copies
LP   VG++ GoJohnnyGo
United States
$7.69      Details
  Hall & Oates   Private Eyes
Custom Printed Inner Sleeve; With Merchandise Insert Rca Victor, 4028, 1981
  LP   VG++ GoJohnnyGo
United States
$7.69     Details
  Hall & Oates   Private Eyes
Phillipines Pressing Rca Victor, 1005, 1981
  LP   VG+ GoJohnnyGo
United States
$7.69     Details
  Hall & Oates   Private Eyes
Record Sleeve In Good Condition Uk, Rca Records, Rcalp 6001, 1981
  LP   VINYL IN EXCELLENT CONDITION MyRecordBox
United Kingdom
$7.42     Details
  Hall & Oates   Private Eyes
In Stock. Usually Shipped Within 24 Hours. Confirmation Email After Shipping. Number Of Media (di...
  LP   USED/GEBRAUCHT Total Recall
Germany
$7.07     Details
  HALL & OATES   Private Eyes
Us, Rca, Afl1 4028
  LP   M-/M- Bill Owens
United States
$8.80     Details
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Rca, Afl14028
  LP   LP:VG+, CVR:VG Recordsonthe
United States
$8.95     Details
  HALL & OATES   Private Eyes
11 Selections Lyrics On Inner Sleeve Cover Excellent. Usa, Rca, 4028, 1981
  LP   EXCELLENT (EX) Record Wareh
United States
$9.00     Details
  HALL & OATES   Private Eyes
17 copies
LP   S/7/7/5// CyrCo
United States
$9.92 - $12.48      Details
  HALL & OATES   Private Eyes
Hall & Oates private Eyes Rca, Afl1-4028, 1981
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United States
$9.92     Details
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Hall & Oates private Eyes Rca, Afl1-4028, 1981
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$10.40     Details
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Hall & Oates private Eyes Rca, Afl1-4028, 1981
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$10.99     Details
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Hall & Oates private Eyes Rca, Afl1-4028, 1981
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$11.23     Details
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Hall & Oates private Eyes Rca, Afl1-4028, 1981
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Hall & Oates private Eyes Rca, Afl1-4028, 1981
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Hall & Oates private Eyes Rca, Afl1-4028, 1981
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Hall & Oates private Eyes Rca, Afl1-4028, 1981
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Hall & Oates private Eyes Rca, Afl1-4028, 1981
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Hall & Oates private Eyes Rca, Afl1-4028, 1981
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Hall & Oates private Eyes Rca, Afl1-4028, 1981
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Hall & Oates private Eyes Rca, Afl1-4028, 1981
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Hall & Oates private Eyes Rca, Afl1-4028, 1981
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Hall & Oates private Eyes Rca, Afl1-4028, 1981
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Hall & Oates private Eyes Rca, Afl1-4028, 1981
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Hall & Oates private Eyes Rca, Afl1-4028, 1981
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