Big Bam Boom [Bonus Tracks]

Big Bam Boom [Bonus Tracks]

by Daryl Hall & John OatesDaryl Hall & John Oates

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Big Bam Boom is the last of the big Hall & Oates albums, the one that closed their period of greatest commercial success and artistic achievement. Parting from Neil Kernon, their engineer/co-producer for Voices, Private Eyes, and H20, the duo hired Bob Clearmountain as a co-producer and engineer, bringing in hip-hop pioneer Arthur Baker for additional mixing and production, and the change behind the boards is evident on the record. As the title none too subtly implies, this is a bigger, noisier record than its predecessors, with its rhythms smacking around in an echo chamber and each track built on layers of synthesizers and studio effects. Hall & Oates' crack touring band are credited in the liner notes as playing on each track, but this is one of the first mainstream records of the '80s records where it sounds as everything was sequenced and run through a computer -- the sound that came to define the latter half of the decade. There's undeniably interesting things going on in the mix on each of the nine tracks -- frankly, there's too much going on, and the production weighs down many of the songs on this sprawling, diffuse album; it also obscures the dark undercurrent to many of the tunes, several of which seem to foreshadow the duo's long hiatus following this record. Some songs cut through on the strength of their craft, and these are usually the singles: the excellent "Out of Touch," which rivals anything on Private Eyes or Voices; the silly yet engaging "Method of Modern Love"; the haunting "Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid," easily the best ballad on the record; then, the exception to the rule, the hard-rocking "Bank on Your Love," which is one time the production works in the favor of the song, adding muscle instead of diluting its impact. These songs, matched with the ambition of the rest of the record, makes Big Bam Boom an interesting, worthwhile listen, but coming after a trio of records that had very few flaws, it feels like a disappointment, and it was no great surprise that Hall & Oates took a lengthy break a year or so after its release. [In 2004, RCA/BMG Heritage reissued Big Bam Boom in a remastered version with four bonus tracks -- 12" mixes of "Out of Touch," "Method of Modern Love," "Possession Obsession," and "Dance on Your Knees" -- and good liner notes by Ken Sharp.]

Product Details

Release Date: 07/27/2004
Label: Rca
UPC: 0828765861724
catalogNumber: 58617
Rank: 28126

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Daryl Hall & John Oates   Primary Artist
Coati Mundi   Spanish Vocals
Daryl Hall   Synthesizer,Guitar,Vocals
Robert C. Smith   Group Member
Bashiri Johnson   Timbales
Jimmy Bralower   Linn Drum
Jay Burnett   Percussion
Albert Cabrera   Group Member
Wells Christy   Synclavier
Mickey Curry   Drums
Charles DeChant   Saxophone
Robbie Kilgore   Keyboards
Tony Moran   Group Member
John Oates   Synthesizer,Guitar,Vocals,Synthesizer Guitar
Clive Smith   fairlight
G.E. Smith   Guitar
Anthony Aquilato   Keyboards,Synthesizer Drums
Randy Hoffman   Group Member
Jeb Brien   Group Member
T-Bone Wolk   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar
Brian Doyle   Group Member
Randy Kilgore   Keyboards
Charlie DeChant   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Arthur Baker   Composer
Daryl Hall & John Oates   Audio Production
Daryl Hall   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Janna Allen   Composer
Sandy Allen   Composer
Jay Burnett   Engineer,Remixing
Bob Clearmountain   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Robbie Kilgore   Programming
Tommy Mottola   Direction
John Oates   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Ken Sharp   Liner Notes
Rob Santos   Reissue Producer
Mick Haggerty   Art Direction
Sara Allen   Composer
Jeremy Holiday   Reissue Producer,Memorabilia
T-Bone Wolk   Arranger
Arthur Baker   Producer,Remixing
Jonathan Marsh   Memorabilia
Bill Goodliff   Memorabilia

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