Private Eyes (Hall & Oates album)

Private Eyes (Hall & Oates album)

Infobox Album
Name = Private Eyes
Type = Studio album
Artist = Hall & Oates

Released = September 17, 1981
Recorded = 1981
Genre = Pop/Rock/R&B/New Wave/Soul.
Length =
Label = RCA Records
Producer = Daryl Hall, John Oates, Neil Kernon
Reviews =
* Allmusic Rating|4.5|5 [ link]
* "Rolling Stone" Rating|3|5 [ link]
Last album = "Voices" (1980)
This album = "Private Eyes" (1981)
Next album = "H2O" (1982)

"Private Eyes" is the 1981 smash hit album from blue eyed soul duo Daryl Hall and John Oates. It stands not only as a definitive album for the duo, but as a notable album for the music of the decade combining pop, rock, R&B and soul genres.

The album includes two number one hits -- the title track and "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)," as well as the Top Ten hit "Did It in a Minute." "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" also spent a week at the top of the R&B charts – a rare accomplishment for a "white" act.

Background and writing

Though the act had hit the upper reaches of the "Billboard" charts with "She's Gone," "Sara Smile," and "Rich Girl", the group didn't return to major mainstream success until they released a cover version of The Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" on its 1980 album, "Voices". The heavy airplay eventually led to the duo's first Number One in four years, the "Voices" release "Kiss on My List" in early 1981.

As the liner notes to the 2004 "Private Eyes" reissue indicate, it was while Daryl Hall and John Oates were recording the follow-up album in their adopted hometown of New York City, during the spring of 1981, that "Kiss On My List" went to Number One in three trade publications. Determined to follow up on their success, the duo produced "Private Eyes" assisted by their co-producer Neil Kernon.

Balancing the voices, guitars and pianos with synthesized instruments, the "Private Eyes" manages to integrate pop, R&B, rock and new wave.

Track listing

# "Private Eyes" (Allen, Allen, Hall Pash) 3:39
# "Looking for a Good Sign" (Hall) 3:57
# "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" (Allen, Hall, Oates) 5:09
# "Mano a Mano" (Oates) 3:56
# "Did It in a Minute" (Allen, Hall, Oates) 3:39
# "Head Above Water" (Allen, Hall, Oates) 3:36
# "Tell Me What You Want" (Allen, Hall) 3:51
# "Friday Let Me Down" (Allen, Hall, Oates) 3:35
# "Unguarded Minute" (Allen, Hall, Oates) 4:10
# "Your Imagination" (Hall) 3:34
# "Some Men" (Hall) 4:15
# "Your Imagination (12" Version)" *
# "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do) (12" Version)" *
* Tracks 12 & 13 are bonus tracks from the 2004 re-release.


*Produced By Daryl Hall, John Oates & Neil Kernon
*Mixed & Engineered By Neil Kernon


*Daryl Hall: Lead & Backing Vocals, Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Mandolin, Keyboards, Synthesizers. Mandocello, Vibraphone, Percussion, Mandola
*John Oates: Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Keyboards, Synthesizers, Lead & Backing Vocals, Mando-Guitars
*Jerry Marotta: Drums, Percussion
*Jimmy Maelen: Percussion
*Charles DeChant: Keyboards, Saxophone
*Larry Fast: Synthesizer Programming
*Ray Gomez: Guitars
*Mickey Curry: Drums, Percussion
*John Siegler: Bass
*G.E. Smith, Jeff Southworth: Additional Electric & Acoustic Guitars
*John Jarett: Backing Vocals
*Chuck Burgi: Drums, Percussion

ingles and notable songs

The following singles were released from the album, with the highest charting positions listed.

The title track of "Private Eyes" builds on the punchy sound of "Kiss on My List." The handclap chorus and vocal/keyboard hooks of the recording were augmented by the promotional video, featuring the band wearing detective garb (trench coats, fedoras, and suits). It was one of the duo's earliest hit videos on MTV.

While the "Private Eyes" tune remains a rock-and-soul signature of the duo, its huge success was eclipsed by the second single from the "Private Eyes" album -- "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)," released in the fall of 1981 before the start of the Christmas season. It topped the pop, R&B and dance club charts. It remains one of the few songs by a white act to top both pop and R&B, and among the most heavily-sampled songs in the history of hip hop (for a list of acts who've covered/quoted from it, see the entry for the song).

The other charted songs from the "Private Eyes" album include the Top 40 hit "Your Imagination," and "Did It in a Minute," a Top Ten hit with a similar rhythm to "Private Eyes" and "Kiss On My List."

Among the other entries on the album is "Looking for a Good Sign," which the duo (in the original liner notes) dedicates to the original lineup of The Temptations, a major influence on Hall and Oates. The duo would eventually perform with classic Tempts vocalists David Ruffin and Eddie Kendrick at Live Aid and on their "Live at the Apollo" album in 1985. Hall & Oates also sang with The Temptations at their Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Hall & Oates' biggest success would come the following year with the album "H2O", but many critics term "Private Eyes" as their creative and cultural peak, not only for its artistic and commercial success but for its influence. [] []


The video of the "Private Eyes" title track was the first to feature the best-known version of the duo's signature backup band -- guitarist G.E. Smith, bassist Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, drummer Mickey Curry, and saxophone/Keyboardist Charlie DeChant (nicknamed "Mr. Casual" by the band).

Interestingly, the actual bass lines for the "Private Eyes" album were credited on the album (and its 2004 reissue) to Wolk's predecessor in the band, John Siegler. Wolk would join the band full-time for the "H2O" sessions, as would Curry, who had split drumming duties with Jerry Marotta for "Private Eyes".

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