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Review: Music

Daryl Hall and John Oates

Daryl Hall and John Oates

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Lorraine Wilson

WHILE it's true that Glasgow audiences are generally pretty "up for it", rarely has a band received the rapturous reception given to Daryl Hall and John Oates. The entire set had the celebratory feel of an encore, starting with an immediate statement of intent in Maneater. This was an outright hits show.

Drawn from albums reaching back to 1973 (She's Gone) right up to Out of Touch from the mid-1980s, with only a couple of well-known album tracks breaking up the singles, this was a celebration of pop songwriting at its finest.

With his 68th birthday approaching, Hall's voice might be slightly thinner at the top, unlike his lustrous locks, but the warmth of tone and the downright soul in still sets his pipes apart from anyone else in AOR. John Oates's voice, which in any other combination would be a lead, has its roots in the Philly soul they played as teenagers, particularly on Back Together Again.

The duo have always been a draw to the finest session players and here the eight-piece band includes the likes of Eliot Lewis and Klyde Jones from the recent Average White Band line-up, Porter Carroll on percussion and their longtime band member Charles DeChant on saxophones.

DeChant is an important part of the set-up, but as superb as his playing is, the prolonged sax solo in I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) was the only moment the crowd flagged slightly.

With their central position in the newly hip Yacht Rock genre, the audience had faces who were born after the hits stopped coming. With no filler, this bodes well for their headlining spot at the Rewind festival in a couple of weeks.

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