Hall and Oates
Hall & Oates
1 x LP
(Originally released in 1980)2013 US MoFi reissue & mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on 180g LP at RTI, Mobile Fidelity’s reissue at last affords this pop classic an expansive, engaging, dynamic reach absent from all prior editions...
Release date: 08-03-2014(Originally released in 1980)
2013 US MoFi reissue & mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on 180g LP at RTI, Mobile Fidelity’s reissue at last affords this pop classic an expansive, engaging, dynamic reach absent from all prior editions. Self-produced, the record’s sonics were key to its success. As evidenced by the greater information and finer details found in this analog edition’s grooves, the polished, sleek, and open sound works hand-in-hand with the arrangements. Hall and Oates’ knack for stylish tones, instrumental placement, and edgy accents has never been clearer—literally or figuratively. This LP is nothing short of a game-changer.
A1 How Does It Feel To Be Back
A2 Big Kids
A3 United State
A4 Hard To Be In Love With You
A5 Kiss On My List
A6 Gotta Lotta Nerve (Perfect Perfect)
B1 You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling
B2 You Make My Dreams
B3 Everytime You Go Away
B5 Diddy Doo Wop
1980 Set First of Duo's Record-Breaking Trilogy of Smash Albums
In the never-ending music of America Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab'm occasionally again to broach. Few albums A duo that has come together through a whimsical twist of fate and that history is valuable to know to complete, is Hall and Oates. MOFI picks remastering and re-releasing their back catalog on from 1980 when Voices appeared.
By the dawn of the 1980s, Hall and Oates had already released more than a half-dozen albums and attached themselves to a folk-pop model they gradually took in blue-eyed soul directions. Hints of a pop/new wave/R&B amalgamation initially appear on 1979’s X-Static, but only fully come into play with confidence, conviction, and commercial flair on Voices. Arriving upon a near-flawless fusion of dance grooves, soft rock rhythms, smooth vocals, romantic sentiments, catchy beats, and spotless hooks, the collaborators simultaneously crossed over into multiple markets and eradicated stylistic boundaries.
Rightly recognized for its four hit singles—the irresistible “Kiss on My List,” building “You Make My Dreams,” cover of the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” and original rendition of the poignant “Every Time You Go Away,” which Paul Young took to the top of the charts years later—Voices towers as both an 80s masterpiece and all-time pop classic.
Independent of the ubiquitous fare, the record holds up courtesy of the deep-album cuts. There isn’t a weak note or false move to be found. Hall and Oates paint “United State” with uptempo assertiveness; “Big Kids” passes as first-rate new-wave rock; “Diddy Doo Wop (I Hear the Voices)” pays loving tribute to the duo’s doo-wop influences; “Gotta Lotta Nerve (Perfect Perfect)” oozes emotional rawness. Their stage set, Hall and Oates would further advance their craft on Private Eyes and H20, also available from Mobile Fidelity.
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"Hall and Oates’ ninth album is brought to life like never before on this Mobile Fidelity pressing. Here’s an enjoyable trip down memory lane, especially with the sonics returned to what they should have been all along.."
—Jeff Dorgay, TONEAudio, Issue 62
Label: Mobiel Fidelity Sound Lab
Originally released: 1980
This release: 2014