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Minute By Minute

The Doobie Brothers

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Album Review

With Tom Johnston gone from the lineup because of health problems, this is where the "new" Doobie Brothers really make their debut, with a richly soulful sound throughout and emphasis on horns and Michael McDonald's piano more than on Patrick Simmons' or Jeff Baxter's guitars. Not that they were absent entirely, or weren't sometimes right up front in the mix, as the rocking, slashing "Don't Stop to Watch the Wheels" and the bluegrass-influenced "Steamer Lane Breakdown" demonstrate. But given the keyboards, the funky rhythms, and McDonald's soaring tenor (showcased best on "What a Fool Believes"), it's almost difficult to believe that this is the hippie bar band that came out of California in 1970. There's less virtuosity here than on the group's first half-dozen albums, but overall a more commercial sound steeped in white funk. It's still all pretty compelling even if its appeal couldn't be more different from the group's earlier work (i.e., The Captain and Me, etc.). The public loved it, buying something like three million copies, and the recording establishment gave Minute by Minute four Grammy Awards, propelling the group to its biggest success ever.

Customer Reviews

One of the Best

This LP was groundbreaking at the time and still sounds fresh today. This was the top of the Game for the Doobies.

One of the Best examples of Great Pop

Some people like to discredit this album because it doesn't all sound like "Toulouse Street" and all the old Doobies records (which are great don't get me wrong). But, when it comes to "selling out", a fan can't hope for their favorite band to sell out better than this. Michael McDonald took over, it was clear, but that must have been because he was at his creative zenith here, and everyone else was probably not bringing much else to the table. This is a very consistent album of cool, grooving, and very soulful songs. The hits like "What a Fool Believes" and "Open Your Eyes" are immortal. But it would be such a folly to overlook gems like "Sweet Feeling" and "You'll Never Change" there's some lovely musicianship and atmosphere created in the sub songs. When it comes to pop, which is what the Doobies were trying to make at this point, it is top notch. It may not be 5 stars of innovation like Dark Side of The Moon or Highway 61, but for 70's pop, this is KING. My only real gripe, is that after a few listens you realize that every song on the album uses the word "fool" at some point, and the word starts to lose its impact. lol

Biography

Formed: March, 1970 in San Jose, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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