Year 4, Day 34: Hall and Oates – Abandoned Luncheonette
- When the Morning Comes
- Had I Known You Better Than
- Las Vegas Turnaround [The Stewardess Song]
- She’s Gone
- I’m Just a Kid [Don’t Make Me Feel Like a Man]
- Abandoned Luncheonette
- Lady Rain
- Laughing Boy
- Everytime I Look at You
About the Album
Abandoned Luncheonette is the second studio album from Philadelphia rock duo Hall & Oates. The album was recorded in 1973 and released on November 3rd 1973 through Atlantic Records. The album, twenty nine years after it was released was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Thoughts on the Album
Everyone has their own favorite Hall & Oates song or album. Hall & Oates is one of the few bands everyone likes/loves.When I think of music from Philadelphia, Hall & Oates is one of the first musical acts to come to mind. They were the pioneers of Philadelphia Soul, a particular and unique variety of blue-eyed soul. Today’s album is their second album, Abandoned Luncheonette.
Hall & Oates have a knack for creating sleek, blue-eyed Philadelphia soul infused rock. Abandoned Luncheonette is the first indication of this duo’s talent for it. Highlighted by the single She’s Gone, which would later become a massive hit in 1975/76 when it was released. Speaking of She’s Gone, from the organ in the intro to the duo’s shared vocals on the great and soaring chorus, the track has a very warm sound. There is a tenor saxophone solo that leads up to the track’s climax: the duo swapping alternating cries of “She’s gone” as the song fades out. It is single-handedly the best song the duo ever wrote. Period. End of discussion.
The track, I’m Just a Kid [Don’t Make Me Feel Like A Man], is one of the best songs that Oates ever wrote. It’s a quiet acoustic number. Hall belts out the words like there’s no tomorrow. The track builds itself into a crescendo for the final overture, the last chorus where the drums and keyboards kick in and Hall croons…
I’m just a kid, don’t make me feel like a man
Considering it is a song about robbing the cradle, it’s pretty damned good.
Regardless of how many copies that Abandoned Luncheonette actually sold, it was the record in which the duo found themselves and their sound. The cream of the crop from this album are: When the Morning Comes, She’s Gone, Las Vegas Turnaround, I’m Just a Kid [Don’t Make Me Feel Like a Man], and the title track, Abandoned Luncheonette.
It’s funny that after the album War Babies, the Philly soul would be melted down and recast as slick, sleek, and polished pop-rock of the late 1970s/1980s. Abandoned Luncheonette is the pinnacle of Philadelphia soul and something that the duo would not recreate despite their stratosphere rise to the top of the Billboard charts in the 1980s.