Daryl Hall – "Someone Like You" (live on Late Night with David Letterman, 10/29/86)

This is a superb performance, apparently the first one Daryl did live as a solo artist: his voice is as creamy as ever, but with a touch of gospel-y grit (most noticeable at the song’s end, when he really starts testifying), his impressive mane was never more lion-like, and G.E. Smith delivers some tastefully blistering guitar work. I especially love his solo, the definition of economy. The song is probably my favorite from Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine, a classic Dave Stewart overproduction (read that both ways) which definitely deserves, and needs, a good remastering job. (Thanks, as ever, to Soto for directing me to this clip.)

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