Hall and Oates already live in history as a revered duo of Philly Soul, and with good reason. They simply were extraordinary in their music. On their first album, before the ear-catching Abandoned Luncheonette, and the following War Babies, and plenty before the first hit-yielding RCA debut with “Sara Smile,” Hall & Oates were cutting their teeth with a decent album called Whole Oats.
Whole Oats was released by Atlantic Records in 1972, and was produced by noted in-house producer, Arif Mardin. Its collection of eleven originals were the forerunner of what we would come to expect from the very talented duo. There are songs on this album that dynamically hint at what the two singers would become, some more so than others. “I’m Sorry” embodies the familiar sound pretty well
American Beat Records has saw fit to return this embryonic album to the people who loved the duo throughout their successful run on the charts. Although Whole Oats doesn’t elicit the whole of what Daryl and John would become, it certainly gives some insight to the formation and development of the Hall and Oates sound. Consider this album the ultrasound of a healthy baby.