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Editors’ Notes

The Doobies’ third album was fuller-bodied and more energetic than the works that came before it. With the auxiliary support of Steely Dan’s guitarist Jeff Baxter and Little Feat’s keyboardist Bill Payne, The Captain and Me is the product of a highly accomplished and animated musical ensemble. The heavy songs got heavier (“Evil Woman,” “Without You”), the groovy songs got groovier (“Long Train Runnin’”), and gentle songs got gentler (“South City Midnight”). The Doobies’ specialty was combining several different threads of music — hard rock, folk, funk and jazz — but even more impressive was their ability to make pop singles out of such complex mixtures. Amazingly, the catchiest songs on The Captain and Me are the ones that have the most ingredients. “Natural Thing,” “China Grove” and “The Captain and Me” feature cyclical, enthralling rhythms and complex instrumental parts, but they also work as snappy radio singalongs. Such is the creative genius of the Doobies — they delivered to the listener a musical education in the guise of a Top 40 thrill.

Customer Reviews

where is my bic lighter?

this has got to be one of the best albums ever! Didn't we all wear out our cassettes and 8 tracks on this? Who says 70's music was all disco? Rock at its best my friends.

better without mike

thank god there was a doobie bros. without michale mcdonald

Still makes my heart sing

This is definitely one of the best albums of all time! Every song is great. Ukiah has always been one of my favorites. My husband doesn't love very many albums, but he loves this one as much as I do. I also agree with John Lea about Michael McDonald. And the 70's was NOT all about disco. The best music from the 70's was before disco, which only reigned at the end of the decade and quickly burned out. Rock and roll will live forever.


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 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...
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