Song of the Day: Hall & Oates, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”

“You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” is from Hall and Oates’s 1980 album Voices. It’s a cover of The Righteous Brothers’ 1965 hit that spent two weeks at #1 on the Hot 100, one of the few covers that the duo has done. It peaked at #12 on the Hot 100, #15 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and #10 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart.

15 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Hall & Oates, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”

  1. I actually like this version much better. Much more clear without that Spector wall to wall to ceiling to floor reverb. The wall of sound worked on a lot of songs…but not this one to me.

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    1. I wonder how The Righteous Brothers’ version would sound if they removed the “Wall O’ Sound.” They did that with The Beatles’ Let It Be and it sounds much better. Wonder what would happen if they took it out of The Ronettes catalog? (As you can probably tell, I’m not a big fan of the “Wall O’ Sound”…)

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      1. I like reverb but not a ton and a half of it. I do wonder how that would sound. As long as it was put on later and not during the recording they should be able to take it out.
        “A Day In The Life” on John’s voice…that delay is perfect to me…not too much. That could not be taken out because they recorded it with the effect…but today who knows…they might be able to separate it.

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        1. I’m not sure you’d want to touch “A Day In The Life,” to be honest. It’s like John’s parts of the song are going on in a dream, where Paul’s part (“Woke up, got out of bed…”) is like the “real world.” But I would like to hear “Loving Feeling” without the reverb…

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          1. Oh no no no….I wouldn’t touch it. I just used that as an example with some songs that recorded with it live. Oh that song is brilliant.

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  2. I have never heard this either and it’s brilliant, I loved the Righteous Brothers original but always found the vocals laboured where as Hall and Oats are much more tuneful.💜💜

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    1. Hall & Oates had the benefit of a much better recording studio and producer. The Righteous Brothers’ version sounds muddy and overproduced, and always did. Imagine if you heard Bill Medley as clearly as this…

      All that being said, yes, H&O just did the song better… 😉

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