Voices (Hall & Oates album)

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Studio album by Hall & Oates
Released July 29, 1980 (1980-07-29)
Recorded November 1979 – April 1980
Genre Synthpop, pop rock, blue-eyed soul
Length 43:55
Label RCA Records
Producer Daryl Hall, John Oates
Hall & Oates chronology
Private Eyes

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.

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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Track listing[edit]

Side One
  1. "How Does It Feel to Be Back" (Oates) - 4:35
  2. "Big Kids" (Hall, Oates) - 3:40
  3. "United State" (Hall, Oates) - 3:08
  4. "Hard to Be in Love with You" (Hall, Neil Jason, Oates) - 3:38
  5. "Kiss on My List" (Janna Allen, Hall) - 4:25
  6. "Gotta Lotta Nerve (Perfect Perfect)" (Sara Allen, Hall, Oates) - 3:37
Side Two
  1. "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" (Barry Mann, Phil Spector, Cynthia Weil) - 4:37
  2. "You Make My Dreams" (Sara Allen, Hall, Oates) - 3:11
  3. "Everytime You Go Away" (Hall) - 5:23
  4. "Africa" (Oates) - 3:39
  5. "Diddy Doo Wop (I Hear the Voices)" (Hall, Oates) - 3:43
Bonus tracks on Japanese reissue
  1. "Kiss on My List" (Remix) - 5:41
  2. "Everytime You Go Away" (Remix) - 5:06


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 -



The Band[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


  • Hall & Oates: "Voices" CD Liner Notes. 1980, RCA Records.