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  • Audio CD (24 Jun. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B002YUR2FA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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Although seen as a slick 80's MOR artist, Hall's work (with or without Oates) is worthy of investigation. From early Americana like Abandoned Luncheonette (a seriously underrated and beautiful piece of folk-soul) to their recent stripped-down versions of Soul tunes (Our kind of Soul, Hall's work has always taken more risks than his image would suggest. Sacred Songs was recorded in 1977, and shares a lot in common with Bowie's Low in its mix of electronica and introspective rock, but was shelved for three years as the record company believed it might harm the cash cow that was Hall and Oates. When released, it was well-reviewed but was considered less radical than it would have been had it been released earlier.

It's a pretty uneven album. The first song has honky tonk piano and sounds like avant garde Chas & Dave, but it's a definite grower. Babs and Babs is quirky pop with an eerie undertone. NYC is a weird punk stomper. Best of all though are the ballads. Northstar is what Albatross by Fleetwood Mac would sound like with a soul balladeer on vocals, Survive is prototype Jeff Buckley, and 'The Farther away I am' is breathtakingly gorgeous, a fragmental piece which predates Chill-out by a couple of decades.

So, it's well worth taking a punt on this even if you are not a fan of Fripp or Hall. At its best, it's quirky and thought-provoking pop or accessible avant-garde. Imagine Marvin Gaye singing replacing Tom Verlaine in Television or Jeff Buckley recording Brian Eno songs.
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Absolutely brilliant. Great songs and the combo of Mr Hall's voice with Mr Fripp's Frippertronics just cuts the mustard. Phily soul meets King Crimson. It just doesn't get better than this. Buy buy buy.
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It's the voice really, first aware of Daryl with the hits in mid 70's.
Fripps's "Exposure" as well as Hall contains PJAH & Peter Gabriel.
After early Crimson, work with Eno & Bowie, guesting on Blondie's "Parallel Lines", Robert knows his stuff. This is a very american sounding record but is well worth a listen if you have any interest on any of the previous named individuals. A little gem.
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Fripp and Daryl Hall? What an extraordinary combination! Had it ever been suggested as a pairing then I would have not believed in its likelihood/possibility. Being a KC lover, and at the same time possessing a much-liked Daryl Hall solo album, I couldn't see where they might meet. I needn't have worried. This album not only expands the horizons of Daryl Hall's talents but shows how Robert Fripp's skills and music can be applied in multitudinous situations.
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When this album came out I was not a Hall & Oates fan, although I had seen performances on Whistle Test that I liked. I had heard about it and by the time of its release I had already bought and really enjoyed Exposure (2 Cd) and Peter Gabriel 2 [2002 Remaster]. These three albums were concieved as a trilogy, Robert Fripp produced Peter Gabiel (2) and Sacred Songs. Interestingly the new 2CD version of Exposure has all the songs that Daryl Hall recorded lead vocal for (the original had some of these with others taking lead vocal because Hall's management thought too close an association with that project would undermine his career)

This album, therefore has close links to both the other albums mentioed. There are some brilliant songs which are well outside Hall's usual genre. His record label, RCA, thought that this was so uncommercial that it took 3 years before it finally came out (delayed by dinosaurs was Robert Fripp take on that situation) and here it is on remastered CD in all its glory. It is very difficult to pigeonhole but who cares, it's all just music, enjoy!
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worth it for North Star alone ! Quite different from the pop he was making with OAtes.Daryl's voice
to the fore with great laidback songs.
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Unlikely collaberation between blue eyed soul boy Hall and King Crimsons experiment willing guitar master Robert Fripp. Beautiful songs mixed with sonic try-outs makes this a rewarding and interesting listen. Babs and Babs rule!
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'Sacred Songs' is a good title because the album lives up to it.
With erstwhile old progger Robert Fripp involved, I was expecting 12 versions of 'I Talk to the Wind', but this is a harder music altogether; more edge.
I love being surprised by music, and despite the rampant cynicism and seeming lack of optimism in my reviews - I am quite often. That this is such an unlikely collaboration thrills me; and the fact that it works so well, makes the hours wasted wading through other desperate musics all the more worthwhile.

Mostly it's straightly geetared bluesy rock'n'soul, with a fair amount of honky-tonk piano, but with enough Fripp flourishes and finesse to lift it far above and beyond the mediocre and mundane limits of that rather confining and over-simplistic genre. Hall's a major talent on his own, but add the seriously disturbed Fripp to the proceedings and you're fast-tracking to a classic.

The diversity of 'SS' is micro-cosomed in the last two songs; 'You Burn Me Up Like A Cigarette' which is a racy, almost punk-like thrash-in-the-r-n-r basement, and the seriously beautiful 'North Star', with its iron-cable strong hook and Hall's almost country vocal, making sure the album doesn't fade away at the death. Point of fact - the stronger songs tend to come towards the end. It's as if they're lying in wait: while the McCartney-esque 'Babs and Babs' and the ambient Frippery of 'Urban Landscape' lull us into a false sense of security; songs like 'Why It Was So Easy' and the astonishing 'Survive' (the standout here, against some top opposition) hit like trains. Their immediacy can't be random, no capitulation to fate.

'SS' reminds overwhelmingly of those superb Ian Hunter solo albums.
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