‘The best album we ever made’: John Oates has never abandoned Hall and Oates’ classic Luncheonette

Longtime Hall and Oates fans will find a treasured favorite, buried inside John Oates’ blues-focused solo sets these days: “Las Vegas Turnaround” from 1973’s Abandoned Luncheonette. In fact, Oates often returns to that project.

“I have a great affinity for the Abandoned Luncheonette album,” Oates tells Paul Cashmere of Noise11. “For me, I think it’s the best album we ever made. That, Along the Red Ledge and Voices are my three favorite albums.”

[ONE TRACK MIND: John Oates stopped in to discuss celebrated Hall and Oates cuts like “She’s Gone” from ‘Abandoned Luncheonette,’ as well as his more recent turn to roots music.]

Abandoned Luncheonette, like its most recognizable hit single, has grown in stature over the years. “She’s Gone,” the Oates collaboration with Daryl Hall, didn’t get to its chart peak of No. 7 until almost three years later in 1976. Similarly, Abandoned Luncheonette eventually went platinum, but it took some 29 years.

Oates is set to appear on February 8, 2013 in Shelby, North Carolina and again on February 9 in Franklin, Tennessee. His latest tandem tour with Hall resumes later on in February. For more information, go here: http://www.hallandoates.com/tour.html.

“Las Vegas Turnaround” isn’t the old deep cut from that album to be included in Oates’ concert sets, either.

“I just think there’s something about the Abandoned Luncheonette that captures the spirit of what Daryl and I were when we really first bonded,” Oates adds. “So even in my solo shows, I tend to do a lot of Abandoned Luncheonette songs. I bring out ‘Lady Rain,’ and do some other things like that. It’s just one of those records that has stood the rest of time, I think.”

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  • James Mario Pizzo

    I love all the Hall and Oates music and John’s solo albums.
    Proud to be fron North Wales.

  • Danny Richmond

    I Have been a long time Fan of Daryl and johns !

    Yall are still going strong after all theese years !

    i wish i could get a autographed picture of yall !

    Keep rocking guys , Danny Richmond

  • Andrew Almond

    Abandoned Luncheonette is just a jamming album. I’m only 21 but my Dad showed it to me last summer and I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s amazing. Before hearing it I knew songs from them like Maneater (quite cheesy to me now) and You Make My Dreams (still a favorite actually) and maybe a couple of others, but Luncheonette is on an a whole other level. Every song. Every single song. Is amazing. Like, I don’t even know what to compare it to. You just gotta listen to it and let it all sink in to your being. It is divine.