As John Oates recalled during a recent conversation with Ultimate Classic Rock, it proved a pivotal experience. They got to do it in some pretty elite company, too. Not only had Mardin arranged for a coterie of well-known studio vets including such '70s liner notes mainstays as Hugh McCracken, Bernard Purdie, and Richard Tee , but he'd brought his young charges into Atlantic Studios, where Oates recalls mingling with some of the most famous musicians of the era. It was a very exciting time, because we were at the epicenter of what was going on in New York recording at the moment. Guitarist Chris Bond, who'd end up wearing a number of different hats during the sessions, proved a key component of the expanded blueprint the band laid out for Luncheonette , which boasted a far more layered sound than anything they'd attempted for Whole Oats. Unlike later albums, which found Hall moving further into the spotlight, Abandoned Luncheonette contains a relatively even songwriting split, with both partners contributing a handful of their own songs while still making room for a few co-writes. Perhaps my songs rose to the top," he conceded.
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So now I am finally going to keep my promise to my faithful readers and tell the story in its complete form, with the help of my friend Matt Simmons! The next part is basically what I wrote for Roadside, with a few new tweaks……. The album cover featured a photograph of an abandoned diner. This cover had always intrigued me whenever I came across it in music stores. Between tunes, the DJ mentioned how he liked diners, which definitely got my attention, and then he played the Abandoned Luncheonette song. For the first time, I really listened to the lyrics.
Buy Abandoned Luncheonette. For all the success that this Philadelphia-based duo would experience later on in their career, Daryl Hall and John Oates struggled to find a commercial footing early on. Despite only reaching 33 on the album charts during its initial run, this album slowly grew in stature and would finally reach platinum-selling status about three decades after its release. The duo first met in while each was leading a separate group during a band competition. They later discovered that they had common musical interests and that both attended Temple University. Their debut album, Whole Oates , was produced by Arif Mardin and released in November but failed to have any commercial success. Rhythmically, the song is kept moving by the drums of the legendary Bernard Purdie. A true duet, the atmosphere continues building atmosphere through its duration with horns introducing the strong outro section.