“Starting All Over Again”: Lost R&B Treasure

Mel and Tim Starting All Over AgainDaryl Hall and John Oates’ love of vintage R&B music has never been questioned.  Who can forget their rich harmony on “Sara Smile”, their Live At The Apollo collaboration with Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin of The Temptations. Daryl Hall’s sweet soulful vocals on songs like “She’s Gone” and “One on One” stand up as some of the greatest blue-eyed soul music of all-time.    For their last album for Arista Records, “Change Of Season”, the duo dug deep into the archives and resuscitated a hidden treasure R&B classic from an obscure duo named Mel And Tim.   “Starting All Over Again” became a Top 5 hit in 1972 for the Stax artists after recording it at the legendary Muscle Shoals studio.   Check out their incredible soulful harmony and you’ve got to love that old-school spoken word breakdown midway through the song.   I’ll let you compare the original to Hall & Oates incredible cover from 1991.


“STARTING ALL OVER AGAIN”   Mel & Tim   vs. Hall and Oates