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The Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates

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There's one thing wrong with The Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates, and it's minor -- the promotional 12" mix of "Adult Education" is included in favor of the 7" version. This isn't a big deal and it doesn't mar what is the best overview of Hall & Oates' RCA years, the era when they became the biggest-selling duo in the history of rock. If the Atlantic years were more adventurous, dabbling in folk and album rock, The Very Best of demonstrates the virtues of consistency, since these blue-eyed soul songs rank among the very finest singles (and songs) of their time. And Hall & Oates weren't unadventurous, either, since they deftly blended elements of new wave, contemporary soul, and soft rock into their signature sound. Most impressively, smaller hits like "Wait for Me" and the splendid "Did It in a Minute" (easily one of the greatest songs they ever cut) more than hold their own alongside familiar items like "Sara Smile," "You Make My Dreams," "Private Eyes," and "Maneater." Hall & Oates may not have been hip, but they made addictive soul-pop that not only rocketed to the top of the charts but has stood the test of time as some of the best pop made during the early '80s. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Sara Smile Daryl Hall/John Oates 3:6
  3. 2 Rich Girl Daryl Hall/John Oates 2:22
  4. 3 It's a Laugh Daryl Hall/John Oates 3:43
  5. 4 Wait for Me Daryl Hall/John Oates 4:4
  6. 5 You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' Daryl Hall/John Oates 4:33
  7. 6 Kiss on My List Daryl Hall/John Oates 4:20
  8. 7 You Make My Dreams Daryl Hall/John Oates 3:2
  9. 8 Private Eyes Daryl Hall/John Oates 3:33
  10. 9 I Can't Go for That (No Can Do) Daryl Hall/John Oates 5:7
  11. 10 Did It in a Minute Daryl Hall/John Oates 3:34
  12. 11 Maneater Daryl Hall/John Oates 4:29
  13. 12 One on One Daryl Hall/John Oates 4:14
  14. 13 Family Man Daryl Hall/John Oates 3:22
  15. 14 Say It Isn't So Daryl Hall/John Oates 4:12
  16. 15 Adult Education Daryl Hall/John Oates 4:32
  17. 16 Out of Touch Daryl Hall/John Oates 4:5
  18. 17 Method of Modern Love Daryl Hall/John Oates 5:29
  19. 18 Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid Daryl Hall/John Oates 5:23

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