Along the Red Ledge


Along the Red Ledge is the seventh studio album by American pop music duo Hall & Oates. The album was released on August 21, 1978, by RCA Records. The biggest hit from the album was "It's a Laugh" (U.S. #20, Canada #23). The follow-up single was "I Don't Wanna Lose You" (U.S. #42).

Along the Red Ledge
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 21, 1978
Recorded1978
GenrePop, rock
Length36:49
LabelRCA
ProducerDavid Foster
Hall & Oates chronology
Livetime
(1978)
Along the Red Ledge
(1978)
X-Static
(1979)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB[2]

The album foreshadowed what was to come in a few years for the duo, as they shed their previous producer Christopher Bond and went with a more polished sound with David Foster. Along the Red Ledge was the first studio album on which Hall & Oates used their road band (previously they had relied heavily on session musicians), a trend they would carry through their heyday of the early 1980s.

Former Beatle George Harrison played guitar on the track "The Last Time". Other contributors to the album include Todd Rundgren and Rick Nielsen of the band Cheap Trick. Robert Fripp of King Crimson played on the track "Don't Blame It on Love".

Track listing


Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."It's a Laugh"Daryl Hall3:50
2."Melody for a Memory"John Oates4:54
3."The Last Time"Hall2:53
4."I Don't Wanna Lose You"Hall, Oates3:49
5."Have I Been Away Too Long"Hall4:24
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."Alley Katz"Hall, Oates3:05
7."Don't Blame It on Love"Hall, Oates3:58
8."Serious Music"George Bitzer, Oates4:10
9."Pleasure Beach"Oates3:13
10."August Day"Sara Allen, Hall3:06

Personnel


The Band

  • Daryl Hall – lead vocals (1-7, 10), backing vocals, keyboards, percussion
  • John Oates – rhythm guitars, backing vocals, lead vocals (2, 8, 9)
  • David Kent – keyboards, synthesizers, backing vocals
  • Caleb Quaye – lead guitars
  • Kenny Passarelli – bass guitar
  • Roger Pope – drums
  • Charles DeChant – saxophone

Additional musicians

Production


  • Produced by David Foster
  • Arrangements by Daryl Hall, John Oates and David Foster.
  • Engineers – Humberto Gatica, Tom Knox and Ed Sprigg.
  • Assistant Engineers – Chris Desmond, Mark Linett, Jon Smith and Patrick Von Wiegandt.
  • Recorded at Davlen Sound Studios (North Hollywood, CA), Sunset Sound (Los Angeles, CA) and The Hit Factory (New York, NY).
  • Mixed by Ed Sprigg at The Hit Factory (New York, NY).
  • Mastered by Pat Martin at Sterling Sound (New York, NY).
  • Studio Assistants – Glen Lee and Alan Davis
  • Art Direction – Dick Smith
  • Cover Design – Sara Allen
  • Cover Photography – Eric Kroll
  • Group Photography – Barbara Gray
  • Management and Direction – Tommy Mottola

References


  1. Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Along the Red Ledge - Daryl Hall & John Oates". AllMusic. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  2. Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: H". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 24, 2019 via robertchristgau.com.