Wednesday 10/5/22 11pm ET: Feature LP: Daryl Hall & John Oates – Voices (1980)

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. In 2020, the album was ranked number 80 on The Greatest 80 Albums of 1980 by Rolling Stone magazine.

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.

1. “How Does It Feel to Be Back” 4:35
2. “Big Kids” 3:40
3. “United State” 3:08
4. “Hard to Be in Love with You” 3:38
5. “Kiss on My List” 4:25
6. “Gotta Lotta Nerve (Perfect Perfect)” 3:37
7. “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” 4:37
8. “You Make My Dreams” 3:11
9. “Everytime You Go Away” 5:23
10. “Africa” 3:39
11. “Diddy Doo Wop (I Hear the Voices)” 3:43

Daryl Hall – lead vocals (2-9, 11), backing vocals, mando-guitar, keyboards, synthesizers (including ARP String Ensemble), vocoder, percussion
John Oates – lead vocals (1, 4, 7, 10), backing vocals, 6 and 12-string guitars, percussion, Roland CR-78 drum machine
G.E. Smith – lead guitars
John Siegler – bass guitar
Jerry Marotta – drums
Chuck Burgi – drums, percussion
Charlie DeChant – saxophone