Hall and Oates:
Amsterdam, Holland, 6/4/1976
(AUD, A/A-, 81 min.)
Beanie G. & The Rose Tattoo
You're Much Too Soon
Better Watch Your Back
Is It A Star
I'am Just A Kid
Alone Too Long
Ennui On The Mountain
Gino (The Manager)
Netherlands, Oor 06/16/1976
Hall and Oates: A Discovery
Summer Open Air Concerts Holland.
Friday afternoon June 4th, Daryl Hall and John Oates played
together with a very capable backingband, for the first time in
the Amsterdam Vondelpark. The Dutch got surprisingly acquainted
with this -originally- Philadelphia Duo.
Hall and Oates’ music is almost unknown in this country, so
unjust. It is difficult to described the sort of music they
make: Hall and Oates give us strong melody-lines, superb
singing, all intercalated on/in a heavy instrumental foundation,
dominated by soul and funk rhythms.
This is not all: sometimes the melodic music is replaced by
heavy rock- guitar-solo’s.
Their power lies within a well dosed variation between
singing-skills -in which the blond Daryl Hall appeared to have a
staggering flexibility- and the instrumental interplays, varied
with rock, spacerock (I guess here he talks about ‘Falling’,
says Wilbert) and funk or a mixture of the three.
Drummer Eddy Zyne, leadguitarist Todd Sharp, bassplayer Steve
Dees and organ/piano/synthesizer-player Dave Kent gave a tight
foundation to there backing-music. The band gave Hall -who
played the electric piano sometimes and Oates (with cap) on
rhythm guitar- enough space for their very ‘penetrating’ way of
singing. During this open air concert of 1 ˝ hours duration, the
sun got stronger, the open air theatre was filled with people,
they played 10 expanded tracks of their albums. Abandoned
Luncheonette and War Babies, which was produced by Todd Rundgren
(Mind You: Todd was a hero in Holland in 1976- says Wilbert).
They also played “Hall and Oates” (Silver Album, says
Striking were “Is It A Star?” and “Betty Jean” (must mean:
Beenie Gee, says Wilbert), a long track in which Hall and
Oates sang on turns, instrumentally backed subtle by the band.
They also sung “She’s Gone” and “Sarah Smile”. The last song is
a hit in the States. However in the Vondelpark it also blew
The smiling Hall, who improvised a lot, even succeeded in
letting the public hum along, they even started to dance (My
oh my, says Wilbert).
The Encore consisted of ‘twist’-starting-up that changed into
“Gino Says”. Hall and Oates and their band made an extremely
good impression on the public.
A concert, that musically and technically reached a very high
level, this all in shrill contrast with all the mass concerts of
the last few weeks…… and it was free of charge as well…………….
by Pieter Franssen
Translation bye Wilbert 04/22/2008, Thanks Wilbert!