Friday, September 18, 2009

"Live From Daryl's House" : THE WEEKEND MIX



One of my favorite vocalists of all time, Daryl Hall, has been aging gracefully with his internet-only series, "Live From Daryl's House," a perfectly executed, monthly hour, which features Daryl, his stellar band, and special guest du mois, jamming loosely but respectfully on the songs of both the host and the invitees. I have seen all 23 episodes, with special guests that have included Smokey Robinson, Ray Manzarek & Robby Krieger, Nick Lowe, Chuck Prophet, Plain White T's, and The Bacon Brothers to name 6, and every single one has offered a revelation or two, no matter how surprising or off-putting the guests may seem at first. I credit the class and professionalism of its host, who shows respect for both the artists' material, and his fans, by consistently offering surprises with hits, old & new, deep album tracks, rarities and covers.

This month's episode continues with something else off of my "bucket list," the pairing of Daryl with Todd Rundgren. Todd and Daryl, or "Marvin & Marvin," as they are referred to by producer and bandmate, T-Bone Wolk, go way back, both growing up in Philly and cutting their teeth on the same Philly soul that has influenced so much of their output over the last 35 years. Rundgren produced Hall & Oates' 1974, brilliant, psychedelic soul classic, "War Babies," and now 35 years, Todd & Daryl successfully make some magic again.



This is one killer show, which you should watch HERE.

Full audio soundtrack is below, with a set list that includes covers of The Soul Surviviors' "Expressway To Your Heart" and "You Got It," by the Average White Band.

TRACK LIST

EXPRESSWAY TO YOUR HEART
SWEET
THE WANT OF A NAIL
SOMETIMES I JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT TO FEEL
CAN WE STILL BE FRIENDS
YOU GOT IT
BETTER WATCH YOUR BACK
WAIT FOR ME


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13 comments:

Anonymous said...

You really think "War Babies" is a psychedelic Soul" album?

Dave Spinozza

Sal Nunziato said...

Yes Dave, I do. At the root of songs like "Can't Stop The Music," "Is It a Star," "You're Much Too Soon" and "70's Scenario" are songs that could have easily fit onto a Curtis Mayfield or Isley Brothers' record. Maybe not the whole record, but a lot of it.

Anonymous said...

But you used the word "Psychedelic"?, i don't hear that in their music.

Dave Spinozza

Sal Nunziato said...

I don't hear "psychedelic" in Hall & Oates music either. But, I do hear it all over "War Babies." Listen to Todd's solos and arrangements in "70's Scenario," & "Beanie G." The sound effects--sirens, phasing, --the almost fusiony break in "Screaming Thru December"--all sounding very psychedelic to me

Anonymous said...

Soul, i hear but "psychedelic" is very far from the music of Hall & Oates on "War Babies".

Dave Spinozza

Sal Nunziato said...

Ok then.

Anonymous said...

Peace.

Dave Spinizza

soundsource said...

Psychedelic or post psychedelic, soul music or neo soul music, public health option or not thank you Mr. Wood for this tremendous songfest from the Marvin's. I watched the episode and loved it and now i can enjoy it in the confines of my automobile as I drive from the far northern reaches to new york city fro my weekly musical love fests. Thanks again and by the way loved your Beatles review and download as well.

jeff said...

so i moseyed around the daryl shows (so far enjoying the rundgren, robinson and doors sets the most). The Doors set led me to poke around the solo careers of the various doors, and in one door I heard a few cuts from Tribaljazz, a kind of world-jazz cd by John Densmore, who I gather is no longer speaking to his bandmates.

Has Sal or anyone heard the entire CD? I liked what I heard but am curious about the rest.

artlazarus said...

I don't care what you call it, but listening to this music makes me wish TR and Daryl Hall had teamed up to make much more music over the years. War Babies was a heavy-handed TR production, and remains one of my favorite H&O albums. In this short concert at "Daryl's House," early Philly influences of Gamble and Huff can be heard, as well as Motown. Todd and H&O have played frequently at the Atlantic City casinos in recent years, and they have covered a lot of 1960s Philly soul music. The early rock and soul influences on all 3 musicians is very transparent.

Anonymous said...

Wow, thanks. I check out the Live From Daryl's House and they're really rockin'..

Always thought maybe there was more to Daryl & Oates and it's true.
Thanks!

pattirules said...

hey Sal you insoire me to blog and you share my love of good music. Can you re-up the todd daryl hall audio file pleeeze?
thanks

Sal Nunziato said...

Patti, thanks!

But the file is there. Working fine.