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Album Review

One of the most inauspicious debuts by a major rock group, this subdued slice of country boogie might be called the missing link between Moby Grape and the later, revved-up Doobies of "Listen to the Music." Only a handful of West Coast hippies bought this record originally, but it lays the blueprint for the Doobies' future radio-friendly sound: chugging rhythm guitar, stretched-out harmonies, Tom Johnston's joyful R&B vocals, and Patrick Simmons' acoustic picking. A muffled mixing job helped keep this album in the morgue, which is sad, because "Nobody" and "Greenwood Creek" rate with some of Johnston's best tunes, and they deserve issuance on a definitive Doobie Brothers compilation.

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A must have for the complete Doobie Bros. collection

I bought this as a double album in '84 (or so). As a certified Doobies fan, it represented the end of the "classic" Doobs. Sure they've come back a few times since, but this "album" really captures the sound of the Farewell Tour, and the sound of the Doobies Live. Sure it's got some flaws, but it's positives vastly outweigh the few negatives. The highlights: it was nice that they added Echoes of Love to their Farewell set and it sounds great and shows their ability to harmonize. You Belong to Me, while a bit "slow" for a concert, still holds up well. Black Water is tight and has the ending acappella crescendo that they added for the Farewell Tour. Minute by Minute has the excellent guitar solo that they added to it live. South City Midnight Lady is probably my favorite song in this set, it was great live and is very tasty and Patrick Simmons sounds great. Never a favorite of mine from their studio versions, but live it really worked. A bonus is the version of Don't Start Me Talkin' performed by the late Keith Knudsen...I saw the Bros. about 50 times live and never heard it performed, not even when I saw a couple of Farewell Tour performances. Michael MacDonald sounds as strong as he ever did, and you'll love Willie Weeks' bass jams on Takin' It To The Streets and John McFee's guitar, steel guitar and violin work. The late, great Corny Bumpus sings great and plays a wicked sax on a couple of numbers. And the rhythm section of Knudsen, Chet McCracken and the also late Bobbie Lakind are strong. The minuses? I've always felt that it was weird that they threw in Can't Let It Get Away & Olana. Sure they were never released and that makes them intriguing to the 1984 audience. But if you saw the Farewell Tour shows, they added Out On The Streets off of Patrick's solo album and Keep Forgettin' from Michael's solo debut. I also miss Dependin' On You, a favorite live and the nicely reworked for the Farewell Tour, Take Me In Your Arms. I never understood why they pulled Knudsen's version of Listen to The Music for MacDonalds...never heard it before (but it is very well done.) And probably the most controversial are the two finale songs by Tommy Johnston. Sure TJ was the original heart and soul, but I would've loved one of them to be arranged with more vocals from the current (at the time) line up. Oh well.... All in all, a great representation of the Doobies live in concert. If you like them, you gotta have this.

Album is Great - Info is wrong

The release date for this album is wrong. It's listed as 1971. The correct date should be 1983 with a reissue in 2008. One of the best albums The Doobie Brothers ever released, "Takin' It To The Streets", wasn't even released until 1976 when the group was going strong. I have the original album so I know your info is wrong. Please correct it so that iTunes Match works properly.

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Michael McDonald's farewell as a full time Doobie Brother

I have to admit that I am not a McDonald fan, but this farewell album featured the return of Tom Johnston and he sings 2 of his origninals on this farewell. That, alone, made this a must have for me. It was recorded in Berkeley in 1982 and is a great live album. If you like Michael McDonald, you should download it. If you're a Pat Simmons and Tom Johnston fan, you have to download it just to have the last album released by the original band members. Fortunately for me, 5 years later they reformed and the origninal band members decided to keep the band together and it is now fronted by the last two ortiginal members to stick with it: Pat Simmons and the great Tom Johnston. I can die a happy man!!!


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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