Daryl Hall - vocals, keyboards; John Oates - vocals, guitar; Kenny Passarelli - bass; Todd Sharp - lead guitar; Eddie Zyne - drums; Charles DeChant - saxophone, keyboards; David Kent - keyboards, background vocals
After a series of moderately successful albums for Atlantic Records from 1971 through 1974, and one hit single, "She's Gone," Daryl Hall and John Oates decided it was time for a complete artistic make-over. They returned with a new look and sound in 1975 on RCA Records. This recording was made two years and several hit songs later in 1977. By then, the duo was at the top of the pop charts, alongside acts like Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles, with songs like "Sara Smile" and "Rich Girl."
Because of their hit record status, Hall & Oates was able to assemble an all-star backup band by the time they launched their '77 tour. Guitarist Caleb Quaye and drummer Roger Pope had been with Elton John; bassist Kenny Passarelli had been in Joe Walsh's band; and the other side players, Charles DeChant and David Kent, were among the most in-demand studio musicians of the time.
A lot of the material played at this show includes album tracks from this era that never found a home on radio. Still, there are enough of the big hits - including "Sara Smile," "Rich Girl," "She's Gone" and "Abandoned Luncheonette" - to make this a worthwhile live recording.
Nearly three decades later, this concert proves just how powerful R&B/pop vocalist Daryl Hall was during this period. Although Oates' contribution is not as obvious, he was crucial to the duo's success. Otherwise, Hall alone would have seen success with one of his three solo albums.