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  • Audio CD (26 July 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Bmg
  • ASIN: B0002ADW9E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 294,719 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Format: Audio CD
After about 10 years of almost making it, the boys were on the verge of calling it quits (I assume this means Daryl Hall going solo) when they made this breakthrough LP. It's a bit uneven and I don't play it as much as Private Eyes or H2O, but it has some great songs, most notably the sublime pop of Kiss on My List and the souly You Make My Dreams. H&O's original version of Every Time You Go Away kicks Paul Young's attempt in the knackers, though I'm sure Mr H enjoyed the royalties. Much of the rest has a new wave-type feel. It would be good if H&O could revisit this simpler sound now rather than producing endless slick soul pastiches.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8a49d060) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
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HASH(0x8a4b08b8) out of 5 stars Loud & Clear Voices 29 July 2004
By TomAzon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Daryl & John's re-mastered 1980 initial self-produced Voices album is mainly a labor of packaging in this 2004 release.

The new features are extensive liner notes (which are well-written save for the tired 'blue-eyed soul' moniker that Ken Sharp felt necessary to include). The notes feature recent interviews with Daryl Hall & John Oates about the making of the songs on the album.

Some ads may say this album has 'Extra Tracks' when in fact, there aren't any. (If you want that remix of Every Time You Go Away, I recommend the 12-Inch Collection (Volume One). The remix of Kiss On My List is on the 12-Inch Collection(Volume Two). Therefore, if you already have this album on CD, keep it and get the two 12-Inch Collections.

Best tracks: "How Does It Feel To Be Back, Kiss On My List, Gotta Lotta Nerve (Perfect-Perfect), You Make My Dreams, Diddy Doo Wop (I Hear The Voices).

Buyer beware: I found out that "Hard To Be In Love With You" has the first second of the intro edited out. Wish I knew why, but if you're a purist, I suggest buying a different CD issue of this album. The quality is just as good.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a4b0b04) out of 5 stars Much improved 31 Aug. 2006
By B - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have the originally issued CD (from the early 90's or whenever) of "Voices" and the mastering is ATROCIOUS (like many of those early CD's).

I have it on my playlist with a bunch of other albums, and you have to crank the volume way up for any of those tracks since they're so quiet and tinny sounding. Editing off Daryl's exclamation at the beginning of "Hard To Be In Love With You" makes no sense, but it doesn't bother me that much. I'd much rather have a CD that sounds good..

Now if only someone could reissue "Whole Oats" and "Abandoned Luncheonette"..
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HASH(0x8a4b0d44) out of 5 stars The CD that made Hall & Oates mega-stars 23 Jun. 2007
By R. P. Spretnak - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is where Daryl Hall and John Oates found their groove. This is the one on which the classic pop/soul sound that made Daryl Hall & John Oates Big 80s video-era mega-stars.

Instead of trying to make grand statements, the boys just concentrated on having fun. And the hits are huge fun. "Kiss on My List," with a surprisingly cynical undercurrent, is pure summer fun. (Daryl Hall always said it was an "anti-love" love song, being that "your kiss" was merely on a list, and "one," apparently among others, of the "best things in life.) "You Make My Dreams" is another teleportation device, taking you back to 1981, and Izod shirts, topsiders with no socks, and all the other trappings of the music era immediately before the breaking of MTV.

What sets "Voices" apart from the Hall & Oates predecessor LPs is the quality of the album tracks. Most of the album tracks are equal to the hits is catchiness and sing-along-i-ness (if that's a word). The percussion-driven "Hard to Be in Love with You" is a great mix of doo-wop harmony set to a jerky new wave-flavored beat. "Gotta Lotta Nerve (Perfect Perfect)" is more doo-wop, possibly veering into the world-beat African percussion that was just becoming popular with Talking Heads ("I Zimbra") and Peter Gabriel ("Biko"). "United State" is built around clever wordplay which hold up for the 3:09 playing time. And, of course, the gospel-flavored "Everytime You Go Away" even became a hit when it was whitened up by Paul Young.

Why this works is because Hall & Oates ended two unfortunate tendencies that damaged their 1970s works. They stopped trying to make "grand statements" (see, e.g., "It's A Laugh," off "Along the Red Ledge," or "Do What You Want Be What You Are," off "Bigger Than Both of Us") with their pop tunes. They decided that they were not sage observers of the human conditions, but, instead, were extremely capable of crafting soul-tinged catchy pop tunes. And were they ever! They played to their strengths and it paid huge dividends. Secondly, they stopped trying to "rock out." Again, they found their niche and stayed with it. What they could do better than anyone in the 1980s was pop-flavored "blue-eyed" soul, with occasional new wave influences that have held up over time (and seem more sincere and well-accomplished in retrospect than they did at the time). The 1970s LPs had some truly embarrassing album tracks in which the boys tried to RAAAWWWWKKKK (see, e.g., "Alley Katz," off "Along the Red Ledge," andf "Room to Breathe," off "Bigger Than Both of Us"). They even experimented with one truly embarrassing LP ("Beauty on a Back Street") that was nothing but 1970s era dinosaur-rock pretentiousness. They don't rock out on this one -- even a little -- and the Hall & Oates sound is massively improved by the omission.

It all comes together on the essential "Voices." Of course, the sound would improve even further with their follow-up, their pinnacle achievement, "Private Eyes."
HASH(0x8a4ea0c0) out of 5 stars Finding Their Voices 13 July 2012
By Tim Brough - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After a series of well received critically but commercially successful albums, Daryl Hall and John Oates took matters into their own hands. "Voices" was to be the duo's first effort at self production, figuring if anyone knew what their sound should be like, it was them. It was a gamble that paid off in a big, big way.

Hall and Oates stripped the sound down to an almost new-wave bare-bones structure. Gone where the super-lush soul or the odd Zepplin-esque rock (from "Beauty on a Backstreet") to a sound that could easily be reproduced live. It refocused attention on the always sharp harmonies and Hall's soaring vocals. More than before, Hall was taking center stage, which made an amazing take on Paul Young's "Every Time You Go Away" just before Young had his own hit version.

Showcasing the duo came via touching on the Righteous Brothers "You've Lost That Loving Feeling," one of the four hits "Voices" spun off after a long dry spell. In fact, Hall and Oates struck a writing groove here that continued for almost a decade, as "Voices" knocked off the smashes "Kiss On My List," "How Does It Feel To Be Back" and "You Make My Dreams." Even with a few filler tunes in the middle ("Big Kids," "Africa"), the cream covered any weaknesses.

Hall and Oates effectively reclaimed their career with the album, with followups soon to arrive in the form of "H2O" and "Private Eyes." But it was "Voices" that brought them back to the center stage, and holds up nicely 30 years on.
By JOE - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Hall & Oates are an American musical duo composed of Daryl Hall and John Oates. They achieved their greatest fame in the late 1970s and early to mid-1980s. Both sing and play instruments. They specialized in a fusion of rock and roll and rhythm and blues styles, which they dubbed "rock and soul." Critics Stephen Thomas Erlewine and J. Scott McClintock write,[1] "at their best, Hall & Oates' songs were filled with strong hooks and melodies that adhered to soul traditions without being a slave to them by incorporating elements of new wave and hard rock." On some tours and dates, established soul and blues artists performed in the duo's band. While much of the duo's reputation is due to its sustained pop-chart run in the 1980s, Hall & Oates are also respected for their ability to cross stylistic boundaries.
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