Voices (Hall & Oates album)
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|Studio album by Hall & Oates|
|Released||July 29, 1980|
|Recorded||April–May 1979; September–November 1979|
|Genre||Pop, blue-eyed soul|
|Producer||Daryl Hall, John Oates|
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Voices is the ninth studio album by Hall & Oates, released in 1980. It spent 100 weeks on the Billboard 200 Pop Albums Chart, peaking at #17.
The album slowly became a massive hit, spinning off four singles into the top 40 of the American pop charts: "How Does It Feel to Be Back" (#30 in fall, 1980), "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" (#12 in winter, 1980), "Kiss on My List" (#1 for three weeks in spring, 1981), and "You Make My Dreams" (#5 in summer, 1981). "Everytime You Go Away" was not released as a single, but was covered by Paul Young in 1985, when it went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Singers Elisa Chan and Danny Summer covered this song in Cantonese in 1985 and 1986.
The album is seen as a revolution in the Hall & Oates sound, paving the way for future blockbusters like Private Eyes. It was the first album that Hall & Oates produced by themselves, working in conjunction with renowned engineer Neil Kernon.
The original LP album cover was in black & white and had several variations with the duo in different poses and the half circle, sound-like waves were embossed & raised; a marketing technique commonly used in late '70's record sleeve packaging. It was subsequently replaced in 1981 with a color photograph of the duo, excluding the original pose of Hall "escaping" from his white trench coat-like jacket. The album was re-released in 2004 as a remastered version with a slightly different cover photo but no additional tracks. The Japanese re-release version had two extra tracks: a remixed version of "Kiss on My List" that had previously appeared on the album 12 Inch Collection 2 and a remix of "Everytime You Go Away" that was also available on the album The Ballads Collection - RCA 100th Anniversary Series.
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- Side One
- "How Does It Feel to Be Back" (Oates) - 4:35
- "Big Kids" (Hall, Oates) - 3:40
- "United State" (Hall, Oates) - 3:08
- "Hard to Be in Love with You" (Hall, Neil Jason, Oates) - 3:38
- "Kiss on My List" (Janna Allen, Hall) - 4:25
- "Gotta Lotta Nerve (Perfect Perfect)" (Sara Allen, Hall, Oates) - 3:37
- Side Two
- "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" (Barry Mann, Phil Spector, Cynthia Weil) - 4:37
- "You Make My Dreams" (Sara Allen, Hall, Oates) - 3:11
- "Everytime You Go Away" (Hall) - 5:23
- "Africa" (Oates) - 3:39
- "Diddy Doo Wop (I Hear the Voices)" (Hall, Oates) - 3:43
- Bonus tracks on Japanese reissue
The following singles were released from the album, with the highest charting positions listed.
|Release Date||Title||Hot 100||UK singles|
|July 1980||"How Does It Feel to Be Back"||30||-|
|September 1980||"You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"||12||55|
|January 1981||"Kiss on My List"||1||33|
|April 1981||"You Make My Dreams"||5||-|
- Produced by Daryl Hall and John Oates
- Engineered by Neil Kernon and Bruce Tergeson
- Assistant Engineers: Jon Smith and John Palermo
- Mixed by Neil Kernon
- Recorded at the Hit Factory and Electric Lady Studio, New York City
- Daryl Hall: vocals, guitars, keyboards, synthesizers, vocoder, percussion
- John Oates: vocals, 6 and 12-string guitars, percussion, Roland CR-78 drum machine
- G.E. Smith: guitars
- Charlie DeChant: keyboards, saxophone
- John Siegler: bass guitar
- Jerry Marotta: drums
- Chuck Burgi: drums & percussion
- Jeff Southworth: lead guitar on "Kiss On My List"
- Ralph Schuckett: organ on "Everytime You Go Away"
- Mike Klvana: synthesizers on "Africa", equipment technician
- Hall & Oates: "Voices" CD Liner Notes. 1980, RCA Records.