DARYL HALL – ” Before After ” 2-Disc Retrospective

Posted: February 26, 2022 in MUSIC

Daryl Hall will be releasing his first solo retrospective with the release of “Before After”. The two-disc set arrives April 1st, 2022 via Legacy Recordings.  On the same date, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will also embark on his first solo tour in a decade, performing with the Daryl’s House Band on historic stages like NYC’s Carnegie Hall and Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, with a special guest and newly inducted Rock Hall member Todd Rundgren supporting. Compiled and sequenced by Hall, “Before After” features 30 tracks spanning all five of his solo albums, from the 1980’s Robert Fripp-produced “Sacred Songs” through 2011’s “Laughing Down Crying”, which was co-produced with long time Hall collaborator T-Bone Wolk, who passed before the album was released Of Fripp, whose adventurous work with King Crimson may have seemed an odd bedfellow alongside Hall’s soulful style, Hall says, “We were friends before we did ’Sacred Songs” and have a lot of common ground — more than people realize. He would just play things and I’d sing lyrics out of the blue and come up with things spontaneously. We had the ability to do that together and do something that I think was pretty unique.” 

Additionally, the collection features six never-released performances from the web and television series “Live From Daryl’s House“, which Hall launched in 2007 with the then-novel idea of “playing with my friends and putting it up on the internet.

“I picked this collection of songs from my solo albums because I feel they encapsulate certain periods of my career.” says Hall. “It also shows the diversity of working with collaborators like Robert Fripp or Dave Stewart. And, having some tracks from “Live From Daryl’s House” on it, really makes the compilation complete.”  A version of “North Star” with singer/guitarist Monte Montgomery. “It just blew me away,” Hall says of the latter. “I see ‘Live From Daryl’s House’ as much a part of my body of work as any of my recorded albums I’ve done.”

“I’m all about deeper cuts,” he says. “I play ‘Do What You Want’ a lot on stage with Hall and Oates and there’s a good chance I’ll play that on the solo tour too. On ‘Live From Daryl’s House,’ I’d always say to the guest, what do you want to do? And they’ll say, let’s play ‘You Make My Dreams,’ and I’d say, ‘No. no. Go deep. Find a song you just discovered and we’ll play that.’”

As for “Live From Daryl’s House,” which began life as a web show in 2007 and more recently begin airing on AXS-TV, Hall says he is “very much into the idea of bringing it back” after a 2020 pandemic-related hiatus. The show has featured collaborations with everyone from Cheap Trick and Smokey Robinson to Chromeo and Aloe Blacc. “We have some plans and they have not been finalized, but I’m trying to get it back out into the world again.”

Hall has shared one of the collection’s exclusive previously unreleased tracks, a recording of Eurythmics’ 1984 hit, “Here Comes the Rain Again,” performed with that song’s co-writer, Dave Stewart.

The version featured on “Before After”, was performed on “Live From Daryl’s House” Episode 46 in 2012, and reflected Hall and Stewart’s deep collaborative roots. Stewart produced Hall’s 1986 album, “Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine”, and co-wrote three songs on the album.

Hall has already written nine songs with Stewart for a new solo project, which he plans to work on throughout the year. 

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