Whole Oats

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Whole Oats
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Studio album by Hall & Oates
Released November 12, 1972
Recorded 1972
Genre Soft rock, Philly soul
Length 38:08
Label Atlantic
Producer Arif Mardin
Hall & Oates chronology
Whole Oats
Abandoned Luncheonette
(1973)Abandoned Luncheonette1973
Singles from Whole Oats
  1. "Goodnight and Goodmorning"
    Released: 1972

Whole Oats is the debut studio album by American pop music duo Hall & Oates. It was released in 1972 on 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 but it doesn't include any bonus track.[1] The music on this record is a combination of soft rock, folk, and soul.

"I'm Sorry" was covered 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. Jim Capaldi covered "Goodnight and Goodmorning" in 1976, though his version was only released as the A-side to a USA-only single.

Name origin[edit]

Daryl Hall (whose given last name is "Hohl") and John Oates named their partnership "Whole Oats" before signing with Atlantic Records. Accordingly, Atlantic issued a promo single for "Goodnight and Good Morning" in advance of the album, crediting the single to the group Whole Oats.[2] However, by the time the album was issued, the "group" was known (and credited) as Daryl Hall & John Oates, although the "Whole Oats" name was kept for the album title.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]

This album was not as successful as the duo's future projects.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "I'm Sorry" (Hall, Oates) - 3:06
  2. "All Our Love" (Hall, Oates) - 2:41
  3. "Georgie" (Hall) - 2:42
  4. "Fall in Philadelphia" (Hall) - 3:58
  5. "Waterwheel" (Hall) - 3:52
  6. "Lazyman" (Hall) - 3:15
Side two
  1. "Goodnight and Goodmorning" (Hall, Oates) - 3:18
  2. "They Needed Each Other" (Hall) - 3:59
  3. "Southeast City Window" (Oates) - 2:31
  4. "Thank You For..." (Oates) - 4:36
  5. "Lilly (Are You Happy)" (Hall, Oates) - 4:10


  • Daryl Hall - keyboards, synthesizer, guitar, mandolin, vibraphone, vocals, 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