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||Here to Love You||The Doobie Brothers||4:00||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||What a Fool Believes||The Doobie Brothers||3:43||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Minute By Minute||The Doobie Brothers||3:26||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Dependin' On You||The Doobie Brothers||3:45||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Don't Stop to Watch the Wheels||The Doobie Brothers||3:27||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Open Your Eyes||The Doobie Brothers||3:18||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Sweet Feelin'||The Doobie Brothers||2:42||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Steamer Lane Breakdown||The Doobie Brothers||3:25||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||You Never Change||The Doobie Brothers||3:28||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||How Do the Fools Survive?||The Doobie Brothers||5:17||$0.99||View In iTunes|
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.
The liner notes on this album describe how the band, emerging from their final recording session for Minute by Minute, thought the album was probably crap. Turns out it didn't matter what they thought. What they created was a groundbreaking work of soulful, warm, R&B sounds with a folk rock pedigree. As unlikely as the pairing of long-haired bearded guys was with something akin to Luther Vandross, it is a blessing that they created this classic album. It has influenced some of the funk revival music of the 90's and 2000's. The keboards and bass are as plush as can be. Michael McDonald is one of the best vocalists in pop, rock, and now certainly, R&B.
Formed: March, 1970 in San Jose, CA
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s