Label: Buddha Records
Sacred Songs is one of those weird little records you come across now and then. Produced by and featuring the guitar work of Robert Fripp, this solo album was recorded in 1977 but RCA sat on it until 1980, citing a lack of singles. It is often more than a little left-of-center, with the partnership of a pop master and an experimentalist powered by Hall's radio-perfect vocals and a revved-up take on soul music that's not far from what Hall & Oates were up to at the time. For starters, see the breakdown in "Something in 4/4," and don't miss "Survive."