February 4, 2017 I Hear Voices


Hall & Oates, Voices, RCA AOL1-3646, 1980

As the jacket might indicate, times have changes since this album was released.  Hall & Oates were not exactly a hot property when this record came out, proven by the first single released from Voices, How Does It Feel To Be Back, struggled to reach #30 on the charts.  A remake of You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling, climbed to #12, but still, the album was barely holding on to the top 100.


For some reason, RCA went for a third single.  Kiss On My List started off slowly, but hit #1 about 9 months after the album came out.  It was so big that RCA changed the cover of Voices from a black and white montage to this bizarrely styled, very 80s photo.  A fourth single, You Make My Dreams, hit #5, and Hall & Oates were suddenly huge pop stars.  Voices stayed on the album charts for 100 weeks, just shy of two years.


There was another #1 song on the album.  In 1985, Paul Young covered Everytime You Go Away, and it topped the charts.  Not that looking back into the Hall & Oates catalogue will turn up any other million sellers, it’s a pretty remarkable achievement to have.

Today’s Summary:
Cost: $3, $433 Remaining