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The BOX SET SERIES is a range of brand new 4CD releases packed with original hit recordings by the biggest artists in music history. For the first time, the classic recordings of these household names are now packaged in affordable box sets. Daryl Hall & John Oates had the third most Top 40 hits in the 1980s (after Michael Jackson and Madonna, but AHEAD of Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Phil Collins, Lionel Richie, Billy Joel, Lionel Richie, Elton John, etc.) This four CD collection offers a generous collection of 44 of Hall & Oates' best and best-known songs, offering all their singles and a good cross-section of their catalogue. This package contains their six No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100: "Rich Girl", "Kiss on My List", "Private Eyes", "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)", "Maneater", and "Out of Touch", as well as many other songs which charted in the Top 40.
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So my gripe about this box set isn't about the quality of music. My disappointment is with Sony Records. They could have really hit the ball out of the park by adding a few tracks that the last box set left off. For instance; the JackSwing remix, or even the original version of "Love Train". A very rare track from the Earth Girls Are Easy soundtrack. And what about "Missed Opportunity" and the remixed version of "Downtown Life"? They were left off of this boxed set, too. The remixed version to "Downtown Life" is what really lifted this song into the Top 40. And the live version of "Me And Mrs Jones" and soulful chugging hit "Your Imagination"?
Sony left off singles in favor of album cuts on this set. Not good. This is a complete collection for the casual listener, but not for die hard fans. All the big Top 10 hits are here. But there are singles and hits that have never been put on a greatest hits collection. I'm sure like me, other die hard fans are giving Sony the stink eye on this one.
The booklet included has a cople of nice photos and a well written intro--although nothing new there, and the author has written liner notes for a number of previous Hall & Oates albums--don't expect a large, career spanning tome like the one that comes with the "Do What You Want, Be What You Are" box set.
The deep cuts are what really make this a great compilation, and that is the reason to purchase it. I'd suggest it for people just finding Hall & Oates after being introduced to them by one of the newer artists sampling and covering their tunes, or those who have had the opportunity to work directly with Daryl or John. It's a great introduction to a decades long body of work.
The liner notes say Vic Anesini from Battery Studios ,New York did the mastering for this .
Do i blame him or the record company that supplied him the source tapes?