Whole Oats

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Whole Oats
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 12, 1972
GenreSoft rock, Philadelphia soul
ProducerArif Mardin
Hall & Oates chronology
Whole Oats
Abandoned Luncheonette
Singles from Whole Oats
  1. "Goodnight and Goodmorning"
    Released: 1972
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

Whole Oats is the debut studio album by American pop music duo Hall & Oates. The album was released on November 12, 1972, by Atlantic Records.

The duo consisted of Daryl Hall and John Oates, both of Philadelphia. Prior to making this album the duo made numerous demos, some of which were released on the Past Times Behind collection. It was released on CD for the second time on February 12, 2008 by American Beat Records, putting it back in print after the original Atlantic Records CD release went out of print.[citation needed] On February 24, 2017, Friday Music released a remastered version of the album along with their third studio album, War Babies.[2] The music on this record is a combination of soft rock, folk, and soul.

"I'm Sorry" was recorded eight years later by Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues for his solo album Night Flight in 1980. Cecilio & Kapono used "Goodnight and Goodmorning" as the lead-off track of their second album, Elua, in 1975, and Jim Capaldi recorded "Goodnight and Goodmorning" in 1976, though his version was only released as the A-side to a USA-only single.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."I'm Sorry"Daryl Hall, John Oates3:06
2."All Our Love"Hall, Oates2:41
4."Fall in Philadelphia"Hall3:58
Side two
7."Goodnight and Goodmorning"Hall, Oates3:18
8."They Needed Each Other"Hall3:59
9."Southeast City Window"Oates2:31
10."Thank You For..."Oates4:36
11."Lilly (Are You Happy)"Hall, Oates4:10


  • Daryl Hall – vocals, keyboards, synthesizer, guitar, mandolin, vibraphone, arrangements, cello and arrangements on "Southeast City Window"
  • John Oates – guitars, vocals, arrangements
  • Bill Keith – pedal steel on "All Our Love" and "Southeast City Window"
  • Jim Helmer – drums, percussion
  • Arif Mardin – horn and string arrangements
  • Mike Patto – bass
  • Jerry Ricks – guitar on "Southeast City Window"


  • Produced by Arif Mardin
  • Recorded and Engineered by Lewis Hahn and Gene Paul
  • Mixed by Gene Paul
  • Mastered by Stephen Innocenzi
  • Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at Atlantic Recording Studios (New York, NY).
  • Art Direction and Design – Richard Mantel
  • Photography – John Paul Endress


  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Whole Oats - Daryl Hall & John Oates". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  2. ^ "DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES | WHOLE OATS & WAR BABIES CD (Original Recording Masters/ Deluxe 2 CD Set/Limited Edition)". Friday Music. Retrieved 2017-02-22.