See, all you need is a world class backup band and a quarter mil worth of studio equipment...
I've thought much on this in the last 16 hours and there is much truth to your comment. Add to that his Rolodex (do you figure Hall & Oates are on LinkedIn?) Had Jose Felciano and Keb Mo dropped by to jam in front of the fireplace, we'd have had a few more hits.
Yet none of this is a good excuse. [Folks who wish may tune out now. I'm going to do a post-mortem on a failed project. This is a good venue as it was a solo effort. I can't really schedule a meeting in Outlook. But you really don't have to read it.]
I give the Daryl link because he captured what I wanted to do -- I seriously give him props for it. Hall & Oates was just another pop band to me, but the feel of this is just right. I would not have so much persiflage. The cooking and interview segments don't capture me, but the tunes are very good and you are spot on about the backup band. Mercy!
One of the joys of being jk is that I don't live in a world of my sometimes real limitations. No I don't have the quarter mil. But I am experienced in audio and know many ways to make it better. The equipment I use can provide good results with a good tech running it. If not, better equipment is within my means. I play and film and engineer simultaneously -- and fear all of them suffer. I should have hired a tech or stayed away from playing.
I did the crappy logo and graphics to get started, certain that I would get a professional rework in the first few months. That never happened.
The key to the enterprise was never to be my shining talent, but capturing people I know, talented players I run across, then people they knew. That was to make it not only more interesting, but also the key to developing a following by having X's fans click in and seeing that they also liked Y. It was not supposed to have weeks of my solo work, but I got into a habit where that was easier than recruiting.
I love the saying "experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted." I cannot look back with regret because I had quit playing for four years and the stuff I've done was enjoyable and somehow cathartic. I'm glad to have captured the sessions with Sugarchuck, Mike, and some of the Berkeley Square players.
But I wish I had worked harder. It still exists, perhaps I will. I could steal some things from old Daryl. Like having a Chef prepare food...genius!
Actually, Sugarchuck hired a chef for a recording I was part of a few years ago. I should not act surprised because I never did it.
Also, when Curious George assembles a band in the PBS cartoon, he learns that the only way to settle Compass (pidgeon), Charkie (dog), and Gnocchi (cat) down to rehearse is to give them free food.
I had never thought of it before but have you perhaps just revealed the successful pro agent's biggest secret? Free food!