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The Doobie Brothers: Tolouse Street (1972)

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Artist:

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Title:

Tolouse Street

Originally Released: 1972
This Reissue: 1975
Label: Warner Bros
Catalog: BS 2634
Genre: Rock
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Listen To The Music
02 Rockin' Down The Highway
03 Mamaloi
04 Toulouse Street
05 Cotton Mouth
06 Don't Start Me To Talkin'
07 Jesus Is Just Alright
08 White Sun
09 Disciple
10 Snake Man
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Album Review

by Bruce Eder [allmusic.com]

Toulouse Street was the album by which most of their fans began discovering the Doobie Brothers, and it has retained a lot of its freshness over the decades. Producer Ted Templeman was attuned to the slightly heavier and more Southern style the band wanted to work toward on this, their second album, and the results were not only profitable -- including a platinum record award -- but artistically impeccable. Toulouse Street is actually pretty close in style and sound at various points to what the Eagles were doing during the same period, except that the Doobies threw jazz and R&B into the mix, as well as country, folk, and bluegrass elements, and (surprise!) ended up just about as ubiquitous as the Eagles in peoples' record collections, especially in the wake of the singles "Listen to the Music" and "Jesus Is Just Alright." But those two singles represented only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what this group had to offer, as purchasers of the album discovered even on the singles -- both songs alan_parsonsear here in distinctly longer versions, with more exposition and development, and in keeping with the ambitions that album cuts (even of popular numbers) were supposed to display in those days. Actually, "Listen to the Music" (written by Tom Johnston) offers subtle use of phasing and other studio tricks that make its seemingly earthy, laid-back alan_parsonsroach some of the most complex and contrived of the period. Johnston's "Rockin' Down the Highway" shows the band working at a higher wattage and moving into Creedence Clearwater Revival territory, while "Mamaloi" was Patrick Simmons' laid-back Caribbean idyll, and the title tune (also by Simmons) is a hauntingly beautiful ballad. The band then switches gears into swamp rock for "Cotton Mouth" and takes a left turn into the Mississippi Delta for a version of Sonny Boy Williamson II's "Don't Start Me Talkin'" before shifting into a gospel mode with "Jesus Is Just Alright." Johnston's nearly seven-minute "Disciple" was the sort of soaring, bluesy hard rock workout that led to the group's comparison to the Allman Brothers Band, though their interlocarole_king vocals were nearly as prominent as their crunching, surging double lead guitars and paired drummers. And it all still sounds astonishingly bracing decades later; it's still a keeper, and one of the most inviting and alluring albums of its era.


The Doobie Brothers - The Captain And Me [Warner Bros BS 2694] (1973)

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Title:

The Captain And Me

Released: 1973
Label: Warner Bros
Catalog: BS 2694
Genre: Rock, Classic Rock, Pop Rock


T R A C K L I S T:
01 Natural Thing
02 Long Train Runnin'
03 China Grove
04 Dark Eyed Cajun Woman
05 Clear As The Driven Snow
06 Without You
07 South City Midnight Lady
08 Evil Woman
09 Busted Down Around O'Connelly Corners
10 Ukiah
11 The Captain And Me
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Bruce Eder [allmusic.com]

The Doobie Brothers' third long-player was the charm, their most substantial and consistent album to date, and one that rode the charts for a year. It was also a study in contrasts, Tom Johnston's harder-edged, bolder rocking numbers balanced by Patrick Simmons' more laid-back country-rock ballad style. The leadoff track, Johnston's ''Natural Thing,'' melded the two, opening with interlocking guitars and showcasing the band's exquisite soaring harmonies around a beautiful melody, all wrapped up in a midtempo beat -- the result was somewhere midway between Allman Brothers-style virtuosity and Eagles/Crosby & Nash-type lyricism, which defined this period in the Doobies' history and gave them a well-deserved lock on the top of the charts. Next up was the punchy, catchy ''Long Train Runnin','' a piece they'd been playing for years as an instrumental -- a reluctant Johnston was persuaded by producer Ted Templeman to write lyrics to it and record the song, and the resulting track became the group's next hit. The slashing, fast-tempo ''China Grove'' and ''Without You'' represented the harder side of the Doobies' sound, and were juxtaposed with Simmons' romantic country-rock ballads ''Clear as the Driven Snow,'' and ''South City Midnight Lady.'' Simmons also showed off his louder side with ''Evil Woman,'' while Johnston showed his more reflective side with ''Dark Eyed Cajun Woman,'' ''Ukiah'' and ''The Captain and Me'' -- the latter, a soaring rocker clocking in at nearly five minutes, features radiant guitars and harmonies, soaring ever higher and faster to a triumphant finish.


The Doobie Brothers - What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits [Warner Bros Records W 2750] (1974)

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Title:

What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits

Released: 1974
Country: US
Label: Warner Bros Records
Catalog: W 2750
Genre: Rock, Soft Rock, Classic Rock


T R A C K L I S T:
01 Song To See You Through
02 Spirit
03 Pursuit On 53rd St.
04 Black Water
05 Eyes Of Silver
06 Road Angel
07 You Just Can't Stop It
08 Tell Me What You Want And I'll Give You What You Need
09 Down In The Track
10 Another Park Another Sunday
11 Daughters Of The Sea
12 Flying Cloud
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Bruce Eder [allmusic.com]

The Doobies team up with the Memphis Horns for an even more Southern-flavored album than usual, although also a more uneven one. By this time, Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons, and company had pretty well inherited the mantle and the core (and then some) of the audience left behind by Creedence Clearwater Revival and John Fogerty, with Johnston songs like ''Pursuit on 53rd Street,'' ''Down in the Track,'' and ''Road Angel'' recalling pieces like ''Travelin' Band,'' while Simmons' ''Black Water'' (their first number one hit) evoked the softer side of the ''swamp rock'' popularized by CCR. Actually, in some respects, given the range of instruments employed here, including an autoharp (courtesy of Arlo Guthrie) and viola, the songs on the original LP's first side suffer somewhat from a sameness that makes What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits a little less interesting than the albums that preceded it. The original side two had a lot more variety, which is as good as any full album the band ever recorded: Simmons' ''Tell Me What You Want (And I'll Give You What You Need)'' and Johnston's ''Another Park, Another Sunday,'' which both outdo the Eagles and Poco at their respective country-rock games (and keep a certain soulful edge, too), Simmons' lyrical, ethereal, slightly spacy ''Daughters of the Sea,'' and the very spacy, shimmering instrumental ''Flying Cloud'' (written by bassist Tiran Porter). In all, despite the weakness of its original first side, it's got a lot more to offer than the single hit, and has at least six numbers (out of 12) that rate with the better album tracks the group has ever done.


Doobie Brothers - Best Of The Doobies [Warner Bros BSK 3112] (1976)

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Artist:

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Title:

Best Of The Doobies

Released: 1976
Label: Warner Bros
Catalog: BSK 3112
Genre: Rock


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Matrix / Runout (Side B):
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T R A C K L I S T:
01 China Grove
02 Long Train Runnin'
03 Takin' It To The Streets
04 Listen To The Music
05 Black Water
06 Rockin' Down The Highway
07 Jesus Is Just Alright
08 It Keeps You Runnin'
09 South City Midnight Lady
10 Take Me In Your Arms
11 Without You
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The Doobie Brothers - Best Of The Doobies Volume II [Warner Bros Records BSK 3612] (1981)

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Artist:

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Title:

Best Of The Doobies Volume II

Released: 1981
Country: US
Label: Warner Bros Records
Catalog: BSK 3612
Genre: Rock, Soft Rock, Classic Rock


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T R A C K L I S T:
01 Little Darling (I Need You)
02 Echoes Of Love
03 You Belong To Me
04 One Step Closer
05 What A Fool Believes
06 Dependin' On You
07 Here To Love You
08 One By One
09 Real Love
10 Minute By Minute
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Album Review

Stephen Thomas Erlewine [allmusic.com]

The second volume of Doobie Brothers greatest hits arrived in 1981 -- five years after the first installment, which was enough time for the group to release three albums: 1977's Livin' on the Fault Line, 1978's Minute by Minute, and 1980's One Step Closer. This is the era when Tom Johnston slowly backed out of the group, leaving after Livin', and Michael McDonald became the Doobies' frontman, so this is when the band sounded softer and soulful, less concentrated on the boogie. Ironically, Best of the Doobies, Vol. 2 isn't quite packed with hits the way Best of the Doobies is; the ten tracks here are highlighted by ''Real Love,'' ''What a Fool Believes,'' and ''Minute by Minute,'' the first two being Top Ten hits, but the rest of the record is filled up with lesser-known singles and worthy album tracks like ''You Belong to Me'' and ''One on One.'' Given this low concentration of blockbusters, some fans may choose to bypass this 1981 LP and go for a more comprehensive CD like 2001's Greatest Hits or 2007's The Very Best of the Doobie Brothers, which balances this era with the first plus the group's turn-of-the-'90s comeback, but anybody looking for a good portrait of the band at its smooth-sailing yacht rock peak should turn here.

The Doobie Brothers' Biography

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine [allmusic.com]

As one of the most popular California pop/rock bands of the '70s, the Doobie Brothers evolved from a mellow, post-hippie boogie band to a slick, soul-inflected pop band by the end of the decade. Along the way, the group racked up a string of gold and platinum albums in the U.S., along with a number of radio hits like ''Listen to the Music,'' ''Black Water,'' and ''China Grove.''

The roots of the Doobie Brothers lie in Pud, a short-lived California country-rock band in the vein of Moby Grape featuring guitarist/vocalist Tom Johnston and drummer John Hartman. After Pud collapsed in 1969, the pair began jamming with bassist Dave Shogren and guitarist Patrick Simmons. Eventually, the quartet decided to form a group, naming themselves the Doobie Brothers after a slang term for marijuana. Soon, the Doobies earned a strong following throughout Southern California, especially among Hell's Angels, and they were signed to Warner Bros. in 1970. The band's eponymous debut was ignored upon its 1971 release. Following its release, Shogren was replaced by Tiran Porter and the group added a second drummer, Michael Hossack, for 1972's Toulouse Street. Driven by the singles ''Listen to the Music'' and ''Jesus Is Just Alright,'' Toulouse Street became the group's breakthrough. The Captain and Me (1973) was even more successful, spawning the Top Ten hit ''Long Train Runnin''' and ''China Grove.''

Keith Knudsen replaced Hossack as the group's second drummer for 1974's What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits, which launched their first number one single, ''Black Water,'' and featured heavy contributions from former Steely Dan member Jeff ''Skunk'' Baxter. Baxter officially joined the Doobie Brothers for 1975's Stampede. Prior to the album's spring release, Johnston was hospitalized with a stomach ailment and was replaced for the supporting tour by keyboardist/vocalist Michael McDonald, who had also worked with Steely Dan. Although it peaked at number four, Stampede wasn't as commercially successful as its three predecessors, and the group decided to let McDonald and Baxter, who were now official Doobies, revamp the band's light country-rock and boogie.

The new sound was showcased on 1976's Takin' It to the Streets, a collection of light funk and jazzy pop that resulted in a platinum album. Later that year, the group released the hits compilation The Best of the Doobies. In 1977, the group released Livin' on the Fault Line, which was successful without producing any big hits. Johnston left the band after the album's release to pursue an unsuccessful solo career. Following his departure, the Doobies released their most successful album, Minute by Minute (1978), which spent five weeks at number one on the strength of the number one single ''What a Fool Believes.'' Hartman and Baxter left the group after the album's supporting tour, leaving the Doobie Brothers as McDonald's bacarole_king band.

Following a year of auditions, the Doobies hired ex-Clover guitarist John McFee, session drummer Chet McCracken, and former Moby Grape saxophonist Cornelius Bumpus and released One Step Closer (1980), a platinum album that produced the Top Ten hit ''Real Love.'' During the tour for One Step Closer, McCracken was replaced by Andy Newmark. Early in 1982, the Doobie Brothers announced they were breaking up after a farewell tour, which was documented on the 1983 live album Farewell Tour. After the band's split, McDonald pursued a successful solo career, while Simmons released one unsuccessful solo record. In 1987, the Doobies reunited for a concert at the Hollywood Bowl, which quickly became a brief reunion tour; McDonald declined to participate in the tour.

By 1989, the early-'70s lineup of Johnston, Simmons, Hartman, Porter, and Hossack, augmented by percussionist and former Doobies roadie Bobby LaKind, had signed a contract with Capitol Records. Their reunion album, Cycles, went gold upon its summer release in 1989, spawning the Top Ten hit ''The Doctor.'' Brotherhood followed two years later, but it failed to generate much interest. For the remainder of the '90s, the group toured the U.S., playing the oldies circuit and '70s revival concerts. By 1995, McDonald had joined the group again, and the following year saw the release of Rockin' Down the Highway. But the lineup had once again shifted by the turn of the new millennium. In 2000, the band -- Hossack, Johnston, Knudsen, McFee, and Simmons -- issued Sibling Rivalry, which featured touring members Guy Allison on keyboards, Marc Russo on saxophone, and Skylark on bass. The late-'70s incarnation of the band -- Simmons, Johnston, McFee, and Hossack (with Michael McDonald guesting on one track) -- reunited once again to put out World Gone Crazy in 2010.
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