Beauty on a Back Street

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Beauty on a Back Street
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Studio album by Hall & Oates
Released September 1977
Recorded 1977
Genre Pop, rock
Label RCA
Producer Christopher Bond
Hall & Oates chronology
No Goodbyes
Beauty on a Back Street

Beauty on a Back Street is the sixth studio album by Hall & Oates, released in 1977.

This album takes a more rock-oriented approach, similar to War Babies, but more streamlined and polished.

Both Daryl Hall and John Oates claim to hate this album, and many of Hall and Oates' most comprehensive compilations, such as The Essential Daryl Hall & John Oates (originally released as Ultimate Daryl Hall + John Oates) and the 2009 box set, Do What You Want, Be What You Are: The Music of Hall and Oates, do not include any songs from this album (although the "3.0" edition of The Essential does contain the album's sole charting single, "Why Do Lovers Break Each Other's Hearts?" as a bonus track).

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Track listing[edit]

Side One
  1. "Don't Change" (Hall, Oates) (3:37)
  2. "Why Do Lovers Break Each Other's Heart?" (Sara Allen, Hall) (3:16)
  3. "You Must Be Good for Something" (Hall, Oates) (3:32)
  4. "The Emptyness" (Oates) (3:35)
  5. "Love Hurts (Love Heals)" (Oates) (3:11)
Side Two
  1. "Bigger Than Both of Us" (Hall, Oates) (4:31)
  2. "Bad Habits and Infections" (Hall) (6:03)
  3. "Winged Bull" (Hall) (4:39)
  4. "The Girl Who Used to Be" (Oates) (4:10)


  • Daryl Hall - vocals, synthesizer, guitar, vibraphone
  • John Oates - vocals, dulcimer, synthesizer, guitar, piano
  • Tom Scott - tenor saxophone
  • Christopher Bond - synthesizer, guitar, arranger, conductor, string arrangements
  • Gary Coleman - percussion
  • Scott Edwards - bass
  • Jim Hughart - bass
  • Tommy Mottola - background vocals, direction
  • Jeff Porcaro - drums
  • Lee Sklar - bass


  • Produced by Christopher Bond
  • Recorded and Engineered by John Mills and Armin Steiner (engineered strings)
  • Assistant Engineer: Linda Tyler
  • Mastered by Pat Martin