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Editors’ Notes

In retrospect, the second Doobie Brothers album sounds like an amalgamation of all early-‘70s rock styles. Toulouse Street combines the breezy acoustic sheen of the Eagles (“Listen to the Music”), the revved-up grit of Creedence Clearwater Revival (“Rockin’ Down the Highway”), and the honeyed, jazz-inflected jams of the Allman Brothers (“Mamaloi”). In addition, group leaders Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons had a great affinity for the singer-songwriter movement epitomized by artists like James Taylor. Among the album’s best songs are “Toulouse Street,” “White Sun” and “Snake Man,” three pared-down acoustic performances. Few bands from this era were as adept as weaving together strands of folk, gospel and hard rock, but the secret ingredient in Toulouse Street is the subtle shades of R&B. While the Doobies were never considered a funk ensemble, songs like “Cotton Mouth” are elevated by the rhythmic interplay between bassist Tiran Porter and dueling percussionists John Hartman and Michael Hossack. Johnston and Simmons made these songs shine, but the rhythm section is what makes them move.

Customer Reviews

The Doobies!!!

I can't believe no one has left a review for this album yet. This is a great album by a great band. They just don't make records like this anymore. Do you hear that kids? Real instruments played by real musicians. Put down the "guitar hero" and pick up a real guitar!

Missing key

The only thing wrong with this is that it's not the FULL nearly 5 minute version of Listen To The Music. Now, since this is the "original album," shouldn't it be the full album 100%?

I Question The One Edit

The song “Listen To The Music” is the single edit, not the 4:44 album length version. The album is a bit quiet as an overall master but that said it’s still a great album, just wish the edit wasn’t here.


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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