With music as timeless as theirs, it is almost impossible to imagine that it has been 40 years since Daryl Hall and John Oates released their first album. For those who saw them play to a sellout crowd of almost 7,000 baby boomers on a perfect Thursday night in Atlanta at Chastain Park Amphitheatre Hall and Oates music is as fresh as ever.
Daryl Hall and John Oates’ place in musical history was assured in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s when their string of number 1 hits reached six in quick succession.
In that time period Hall and Oates style of music, that they dubbed as “Rock and Soul” was hugely influential, not just on the pop singles charts but also through their seven successive platinum albums. Billboard Magazine has rated them the greatest duo of all-time and 15th on the list of 100 greatest artists of all-time.
Given that pedigree and a catalog of songs that includes 34 that made it into the Billboard 100 it’s not surprising that their set list for the live performance at Chastain Park on Thursday was one hit after another. From the opening riffs of “Out of touch”to the crowd singing along with the last encore, “Private eyes” every song was one their hits providing the crowd with a lot of “a-ha” moments as in “…a-ha, I just love this song!”
What made it really memorable however was they way they changed the songs up for the live performance. For example, “Maneater” was real funky much more so than I ever remember the original being.
Similarly the last song of the set, “I can’t go for that (no can do)!” became an extended version of almost 12 minutes that seemed to meander through various music styles but which settled down into a heavy funk influence.
The song allowed for various band-members to contribute either vocally or through their instruments. Charlie DeChant played a brilliant saxophone solo as he strutted across the stage while all the time Daryl Hall provided the musical underpinning on the keyboards.
The band came back for two separate encores. “Rich Girl” and “You make my dreams come true” had the audience on their feet dancing while the second encore of “Kiss on my list” and “Private eyes” provided a perfect end to the evening of memorable hits.
If there was one complaint it was that the concert seemed to be over all too soon. Hall and Oates played for almost an hour and a half but it seemed to go much quicker than that, kind of like thinking these guys have been around for 40 years!
The full set list is provided below:
Out Of Touch
Say It Isn’t So
Las Vegas Turnaround
How Does It Feel to Be Back
I Can’t Go For That
You Make My Dreams
Kiss On My List