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The Bird and the Bee – Interpreting the Masters, Vol. 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates

The Bird and the Bee - Interpreting the Masters, Vol. 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John OatesThe Bird and the BeeInterpreting the Masters, Vol. 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall & John Oates (Blue Note)

Get your Friday Facial from Glorious Noise in the latest installment of our ongoing series, Faces Don’t Lie: Expressive Record Reviews with Dylan Burr.

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Sweet Soul Music: Daryl Hall & John Oates Do It For Love

Daryl Hall and John Oates - Do It For LoveThe accepted history goes that the Blues gave birth to Rock and Roll. But what isn’t as often noted is that there is another sibling of the Blues, which is Soul. For those who (1) aren’t from Detroit or Philadelphia or (2) think that the term may have something to do with Christian music, Soul is a type of music that emerged from the Black community, primarily in the late ’50s and early ’60s and gave rise to such performers as Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, and Marvin Gaye. The music these people produced is generally sweet and heart-felt, sassy and smooth. With the rise of Motown Records, the individual performers, for the most part, gave way to groups. The Temptations. The Four Tops. The Miracles. The music that these groups performed included layered voices, gradated harmonies, and a funky back beat. Horns. A strong bass line. This early music—”(I Know) I’m Losing You,” “Standing in the Shadows of Love,” “The Tracks of My Tears”—was often about girlfriends gained and lost. It was about love. One part of the “loving” of this music was expressed in dancing. Not only would, say, the Tempts do the “Temptation Walk,” but listeners managed to master the moves, as well, and they danced at clubs and gymnasiums, basements and bedrooms. And there was slow dancing. It was music that was heard coming out of rolled-down windows as vehicles rolled down Woodward and Telegraph. It is an unforgettable sound. But with few exceptions, it is echoes.

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