Daryl Hall & John Oates (album)

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Daryl Hall & John Oates
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Studio album by Hall & Oates
Released August 18, 1975
Recorded 1975
Genre Pop rock, blue-eyed soul
Length 35:20, 42:03 (reissue)
Label RCA Records
Producer Daryl Hall, John Oates, Christopher Bond
Hall & Oates chronology
War Babies
Daryl Hall & John Oates
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Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars [1]

Daryl Hall & John Oates is the self-titled fourth studio album by Hall & Oates, and their first album released by RCA Records in 1975. It is sometimes referred to as The Silver Album because of its metallic glam rock style cover. This remarkable cover was made by Pierre LaRoche, the same artist who created Ziggy Stardust for the rock-singer David Bowie. It's also been noted by how Hall and Oates were made to look like women (Oates's moustache notwithstanding) on the cover.

In 2009, Sony Music Custom Marketing Group released a triple pack of Hall & Oates albums. Along with this album, the pack included H2O and Ooh Yeah!.


"Grounds for Separation", according to Daryl Hall, was going to be used in the Sylvester Stallone movie Rocky. Frank Stallone, Sylvester's brother, had been in a band with John Oates called Valentine and this connection got them a shot at an appearance on the soundtrack. The movie, however, was slow to get off the ground, and Hall and Oates withdrew the song. "Alone Too Long" is the theme song for the television show Hello Ladies, which premiered on HBO in 2013. "Gino (The Manager)" is about the duo's manager at the time. The record jacket insert reads "And introducing Tommy Mottola as 'Little Gino.' "[2] In 2009, the song was remixed and included on the duo's 4-CD box set Do What You Want, Be What You Are.

It featured an album cover in which Daryl and John are overly made up with make-up to the point where they looked like women. Hall would later say in an interview for VH1's Behind the Music that he looked like "the girl I always wanted to go out with" on that album cover.[3]

In 2000, Buddah Records re-released the album with two bonus tracks ("What's Important to Me" and "Ice").

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Daryl Hall & John Oates unless noted.

Side One
  1. "Camellia" (Oates) 2:48
  2. "Sara Smile" - 3:07
  3. "Alone Too Long" (Oates) 3:21
  4. "Out of Me, Out of You" - 3:28
  5. "Nothing at All" - 4:24
Side Two
  1. "Gino (The Manager)" - 4:10
  2. "(You Know) It Doesn't Matter Anymore" - 3:07
  3. "Ennui on the Mountain" - 3:15
  4. "Grounds for Separation" (Hall) - 4:12
  5. "Soldering" (Ewart Beckford, Alvin Ranglin) - 3:24
Remastered CD Bonus Tracks
  1. "What's Important to Me (Demo)" (Hall) - 3:46
  2. "Ice (Demo)" (Oates) - 2:57


  • Daryl Hall – lead vocals (2, 4-10, 11), backing vocals, electric piano
  • John Oates – backing vocals, lead vocals (1, 3, 12), guitars
  • Jim Gordon – drums
  • Sandy Allen – background vocals on "(You Know) It Doesn't Matter Anymore"
  • Michael Baird – drums on "Grounds for Separation"
  • Christopher Bond – synthesizer, guitars, Hammond organ, string & horn arrangements, backing vocals
  • Gary Coleman – percussion
  • Scott Edwards – bass
  • Ed Greene – drums
  • Clarence McDonald – grand piano on "Sara Smile"
  • Leland Sklar – bass


  • Produced by Christopher Bond & Daryl Hall, John Oates
  • Engineered by Barry Rudolph
  • Strings and horns engineered by Armin Steiner
  • Recorded at Larrabee Sound Studio (North Hollywood, CA) & Western Sound Recorders (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Mixed by Christopher Bond & Barry Rudolph at Sound Labs (Hollywood, CA)
  • Mastered by Allen Zentz at Allen Zentz Mastering (San Clemente, CA)
  • A&R Coordination: Margie Meoli
  • Make-up & Cover Concept: Pierre LaRoche
  • Photography: Bill King
2000 Reissue
  • Producers: Jeremy Holiday & Rob Santos
  • Editing, Mixing: Dennis Ferrante
  • Mastering: Elliott Federman
  • Digital Transfers Technician: Bob Harty


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Daryl Hall & John Oates at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-26.
  2. ^ "Mottola and Music". latimes.com. 
  3. ^ At the 16m15s mark of VH1's Behind the Music: "Hall & Oates" http://www.vh1.com/video/behind-the-music-remastered/full-episodes/behind-the-music-remastered-daryl-hall-john-oates/1653842/playlist.jhtml#vid=1032295