Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine
Daryl Hall THITHEM.jpg
Studio album by Daryl Hall
Released August 1986
Recorded October 1985-May 1986
Genre Rock, pop
Length 47:38
Label RCA
Producer Daryl Hall, David A. Stewart, Tom "T-Bone" Wolk
Daryl Hall chronology
Sacred Songs
(1980)Sacred Songs1980
Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine
Soul Alone
(1993)Soul Alone1993

Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine is a 1986 solo album by Daryl Hall. The album features his only Top 10 solo single, "Dreamtime", which peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100. The single, "Foolish Pride", reached the Top 40, peaking at number 33.[1]

The two sides of the vinyl record album were not labeled "Side 1" and "Side 2", nor "Side A" and "Side B", but rather, "Side 1" and "Side A", a convention which was maintained on the cassette tape release.[2]

Track listing[edit]

1."Dreamtime"Daryl Hall, John Beeby4:45
2."Only a Vision"Hall4:34
3."I Wasn't Born Yesterday"Hall, David A. Stewart, Sara Allen4:24
4."Someone Like You"Hall5:33
5."Next Step"Hall, Stewart, Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, Arthur Baker4:48
6."For You"Hall, Stewart, Wolk5:49
7."Foolish Pride"Hall3:57
8."Right as Rain"Hall4:23
9."Let It Out"Hall, Stewart3:51
10."What's Gonna Happen To Us"Hall5:39


The album's lead single, "Dreamtime", was the most successful song of the album. It reached #5 on the Hot 100 on October 4, 1986, staying there for a week and remaining on the chart for 15 weeks; consequently it was an airplay hit, peaking at #3 on the Radio & Records CHR/Pop Airplay chart. The song went to number 11 on the Mainstream Rock Songs on August 16, 1986 to stay on the chart for 10 weeks. It was also a club hit, the remix version peaked at #36 on the Dance Club Songs chart on October 15, 1986 and remaining on it for five weeks. The single peaked at #24 on the Adult Contemporary chart as well.[3][4][5][6] The song was ranked as the 53th most successful song of 1986 across contemporary hit radio in the United States by Radio & Records.[7]

The next single, "Foolish Pride", peaked at #33 on the Billboard Hot 100 on the December 6, 1986 issue and it remained on the chart for thirteen weeks. It was a moderate radio hit, reaching #29 on the Radio & Records CHR/Pop Airplay and #21 on the Adult Contemporary charts. It also went to number 91 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs on December 27, 1986 and remained on the chart for nine weeks. The single also reached #29 on the Cashbox Top 100.[3][4][8][9]

The last single, "Someone Like You", went to #57 on the Hot 100 on February 21, 1987 remaining on it for only eight weeks.[3] It was more successful on the Adult Contemporary chart, peaking at #11.[citation needed]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[10]
Robert Christgau(C)[11]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of allmusic gave the album 4/5 stars, commenting that "(3 Hearts) is a record tied to its time", and that "although he couldn't quite pull it together at the time, of interest as a portrait of where Hall was in 1986." Robert Christgau was far more critical, giving the record a C and stating that the album was "bloated by endless codas, superfluous instrumentation, hall upon hall of vocal mirrors, and the artist's unshakable confidence that his talent makes him significant."


  • Produced by Daryl Hall, Dave Stewart & T-Bone Wolk; "What's Gonna Happen To Us" produced by Daryl Hall
  • Recorded between October 1985 and May 1986
  • Engineer at Studio de la Grande in Armee, Paris, France: Manu Guiot; assisted by Frederick & Serge
  • Engineer at The Church in Crouch End, London, England: Jon Bavin; assisted by Stephen Gallifent
  • Engineer at Marcus Studios, London: Manu Guiot; assisted by Dick Beetham & Tim Burrell
  • Engineers at Right Track Studios, New York City: Frank Filipetti & Manu Guiot; assisted by Noah Baron & Paul Hamingson
  • Engineer at Electric Lady Studio, New York City: Manu Guiot; assisted by Ken Steiger
  • Mixed by Bob Clearmountain at Electric Lady Studio, except "For You": mixed by Frank Filipetti at Electric Lady; Filipetti was assisted by Ken Steiger
  • Mastered by Bob Ludwig


  • Daryl Hall - vocals, guitars, keyboards, mandolin, drum programming
  • Additional backing vocals - Kate St. John & June Montana (on "Dreamtime"), Bob Geldof (on "Next Step" & "Only a Vision") and Joni Mitchell (on "Right As Rain")
  • Robbie McIntosh - lead guitar on "Someone Like You"
  • Ric Morcombe, G.E. Smith, Jamie West-Oram - guitars
  • Dave Stewart - guitars, lead guitar on "Dreamtime", drum programming
  • Robbie Kilgore, Mike Klvana, Patrick Seymour - keyboards
  • Mike Klvana - Synclavier programming
  • Patrick Seymour & Stephen Gillifant - E-mu Emulator II sampling
  • Tom "T-Bone" Wolk - guitars, bass guitar, mandolin
  • Tony Beard - drums
  • Michel De La Porte - percussion
  • Jimmy Bralower, Manu Guiot, Steve Harvey, Bob Riley - drum programming
  • Lenny Pickett - saxophone
  • Dick Morrissey - saxophone solo on "I Wasn't Born Yesterday"
  • Strings on "Dreamtime" arranged & conducted by Michael Kamen


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1986–87) Peak
Canada Top Albums/CD's (RPM)[12] 30
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[13] 43
Netherlands Albums Chart[13] 42
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 12
UK Albums (Official Charts Company)[14] 26
US Billboard 200[citation needed] 29


  1. ^ "iTunes - Music - 3 Hearts In the Happy Ending Machine by Daryl Hall". 1946-10-11. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  2. ^ "3 Hearts In The Happy Ending Machine: Daryl Hall: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  3. ^ a b c "Daryl Hall - Chart history | Billboard". Retrieved 2017-02-26. 
  4. ^ a b "Daryl Hall chart history on the Radio & Records Airplay chart". February 26, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Daryl Hall - Chart history | Billboard". Retrieved 2017-02-26. 
  6. ^ "Daryl Hall - Chart history | Billboard". Retrieved 2017-02-26. 
  7. ^ "Radio & Records Contemporary Hit Radio 1986 Year-End Chart". Retrieved 2017-02-27. 
  8. ^ "Daryl Hall - Chart history | Billboard". Retrieved 2017-02-26. 
  9. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 12/13/86". 2016-06-04. Archived from the original on 2016-06-04. Retrieved 2017-02-26. 
  10. ^ Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine at AllMusic
  11. ^ "CG: daryl hall". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2016-08-02. 
  12. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2017-02-26. 
  13. ^ a b c Hung, Steffen. "Daryl Hall - Three Hearts In The Happy Ending Machine". Retrieved 2017-02-26. 
  14. ^ "DARYL HALL | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2017-02-26.