Voices (Hall & Oates album)

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Voices
Hall Oates Voices.jpg
Studio album by Hall & Oates
Released July 29, 1980 (1980-07-29)
Recorded November 1979 – April 1980
Genre
Length 43:55
Label RCA Records
Producer Daryl Hall, John Oates
Hall & Oates chronology
X-Static
(1979)X-Static1979
Voices
(1980)
Private Eyes
(1981)Private Eyes1981

Voices is the ninth studio album by American pop music duo Hall & Oates. The album was released on July 29, 1980, by RCA Records. It spent 100 weeks on the Billboard 200, peaking at number 17.[1]

Background[edit]

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" (number 30 in summer, 1980), "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" (number 12 in fall, 1980), "Kiss on My List" (number 1 for three weeks in spring, 1981), and "You Make My Dreams" (number 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 number 1 on the Hot 100 on 27 July 1985. Singers Elisa Chan and Danny Summer covered this song in Cantonese in 1985 and 1986.

Voices was the first album that Hall & Oates produced by themselves, working in conjunction with renowned engineer Neil Kernon.

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 stars[3]
Robert ChristgauC+[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."How Does It Feel to Be Back"John Oates4:35
2."Big Kids"Daryl Hall, Oates3:40
3."United State"Hall, Oates3:08
4."Hard to Be in Love with You"Hall, Neil Jason, Oates3:38
5."Kiss on My List"Janna Allen, Hall4:25
6."Gotta Lotta Nerve (Perfect Perfect)"Sara Allen, Hall, Oates3:37
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
7."You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"Barry Mann, Phil Spector, Cynthia Weil4:37
8."You Make My Dreams"Sara Allen, Hall, Oates3:11
9."Everytime You Go Away"Hall5:23
10."Africa"Oates3:39
11."Diddy Doo Wop (I Hear the Voices)"Hall, Oates3:43

Personnel[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Jeff Southworth – lead guitar on "Kiss On My List"
  • Ralph Schuckett – organ on "Everytime You Go Away"
  • Mike Klvana – synthesizers on "Africa", equipment technician

Production and design[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

The album debuted at number 75 on the Billboard 200 the week of August 16, 1980 as the highest debut of the week.[5] After ten months since its debut on the chart, it reached and peaked at number 17 on June 13, 1981, making it their highest charting album since 1975 when Daryl Hall & John Oates peaked at number 17 too.[6][7] It remained on the chart for one hundred weeks, more than any other album by the duo.[6][7] It was certified gold by the RIAA on May 6, 1981 for shipments of 500,000 units, it reached platinum status on January 22, 1982 denoting shipments of one million.[8]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
position
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[9] 19
US Billboard 200[6] 17

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[10] 1× Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[8] 1× Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Singles[edit]

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 -

Bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oates, John (2017). "I Hear The Voices". Change of Seasons: A Memoir. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Daryl Hall & John Oates: Voices". AllMusic. Retrieved September 3, 2017. 
  3. ^ Berger, Arion (2004). "Daryl Hall & John Oates". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon and Schuster. p. 358. ISBN 0743201698. 
  4. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: Artist 555". www.robertchristgau.com. Retrieved July 25, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Top LPs & Tape". Billboard - August 16, 1980. Billboard Magazine. Google Books. p. 70. Retrieved September 3, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c "Daryl Hall John Oates Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Daryl Hall & John Oates – Chart history". Billboard 200 for Daryl Hall & John Oates. Retrieved September 21, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "American album certifications – Hall & Oates – Voices". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved August 24, 2017.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  9. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  10. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Hall & Oates – Voices". Music Canada. Retrieved August 24, 2017.