1977 Hall and Oates – 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.

After this small run of hits, Hall & Oates still encountered difficulty getting radio play. Despite touring constantly and recording albums with efficiency, the duo could not find any pop success for a number of reasons, mainly because of the popularity of the disco genre. By the time they released the rock-oriented albums Beauty on a Back Street in 1977 and Along the Red Ledge in 1978, disco music was trendy and taking most of the spots in popular music. Hall & Oates released X-Static in late 1979, which combined rock with dance music but the album did not fare well although “Wait For Me” did hit the top 20. They did release a few hit singles during this period: the follow-up to “Rich Girl” (“Back Together Again”) hit the Top 40, and “It’s A Laugh” (from “Along The Red Ledge”) hit the top 20 in 1978. In 1977, RCA attempted to push Daryl Hall to the fore with his first solo effort Sacred Songs. However, after being presented with the highly experimental recording (produced by Robert Fripp of King Crimson), RCA became unwilling to release what was, in their view, a non-commercial album. “Sacred Songs” was eventually released in 1980.


1  Don’t Change (Daryl Hall, John Oates, Sara Allen) 3:37
Why Do Lovers Break Each Other’s Heart? (Sara Allen, Daryl Hall) 3:16
3  You Must Be Good For Something (Daryl Hall, John Oates) 3:32
4  The Emptyness (John Oates) 3:35
5  Bad Habits and Infections (John Oates) 6:03
6  Bigger Than Both of Us (Daryl Hall, John Oates) 4:31
7  Love Hurts (Love Heals) (Daryl Hall) 3:11
8  Winged Bull (Daryl Hall) 4:39
9  The Girl Who Used To Be (John Oates) 4:10


BassLeland Sklar
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarJohn Oates
MandolinDaryl Hall
KeyboardsDaryl Hall
PianoJohn Oates
SynthesizerDaryl Hall
PercussionGary Coleman

Other Musicians

2 Why Do Lovers Break Each Other’s Heart?

Background VocalsChristopher Bond

3 You Must Be Good For Something

Background VocalsChristopher Bond
Background VocalsTommy Mottola

4 The Emptyness

BassJimmy Hughart
Background VocalsChristopher Bond

7 Love Hurts (Love Heals)

BassScott Edwards
SaxTom Scott

8 Winged Bull

GuitarChristopher Bond
KeyboardsChristopher Bond
SynthesizerChristopher Bond

9 The Girl Who Used To Be

GuitarChristopher Bond
KeyboardsChristopher Bond
SynthesizerChristopher Bond
SaxTom Scott

Liner Notes

Producer – Christopher Bond
Producer (Secretarial Production Assistant) – Candy Van Duser
Arranged By (Arrangements By) – Christopher Bond, Daryl Hall, John Oates
Arranged By (Strings Arranged By), Conductor (Strings Conducted By) – Christopher Bond
Creative Director (Direction) – Tommy Mottola
Engineer (Assistant Engineer) – Linda Tyler
Engineer (Recording Engineer) – John Mills
Mastered By – Greg Calbi
Recorded By (Strings Recorded By) – Armin Steiner

Art Direction – Dick Smith
Photography By – John Beau

Phonographic Copyright (p) – RCA Records
Copyright (c) – RCA Records
Recorded At – Sound Labs, Hollywood
Mixed At – Sound Labs, Hollywood
Copyright (c) – Hot-Cha Music Co.
Copyright (c) – Unichappell Music, Inc.
Mastered At – Sterling Sound
Pressed By – RCA Records Pressing Plant, Indianapolis