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Editors’ Notes

Nineteen seventy-five marked a turning point in the evolution of the Doobie Brothers. Guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter had joined as a full-time member, but shortly after the release of Stampede medical ailments forced group leader Tom Johnston to cede control to new hire Michael McDonald, who would take the band in a new direction. Thus Stampede is something of a last hurrah for the original incarnation of the Doobies. “Sweet Maxine,” “Neal’s Fandango” and “Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)” follow in the footsteps of favorites like “China Grove” and “Rockin’ Down the Highway.” As usual, the band shows superb taste in collaborators. Ry Cooder’s tangy git-fiddle lends authentic flavor to “Rainy Day Crossroad Blues,” and Victor Feldman’s marimba playing lights up the corners of the songs. Stampede contains songs quiet and understated (Baxter’s “Precis”), and torrential epics (“I Cheat the Hangman”). The biggest coup of all was getting Curtis Mayfield to arrange “Music Man.” The song’s slick funk groove presages the music the Doobies would go onto make with McDonald in the captain’s chair.

Customer Reviews

absolutely breathtaking

many would say that captain and me is the best album put out by the doobie brothers, and while i agree that it is in fact an awesome piece of work, i would have to say that stampede just about trumps that album. Many albums you see out there on the market will have one amazing song and the rest just garbage. However when you listen to stampede you will find that every single song is perfect, one song after another each having its own different aspect of portraying itself. all the while capturing a western feel. I can easily say that this is one of the best albums i have ever heard "period". Believe me this is a work of art from start to finish.

Maybe the best, and most underappreciated, Doobie Brothers album

I burned through two copies of this in vinyl, reducing them to scratchy replicas of a bowl of Rice Krispies. Thank goodness for digital. Sweet Maxine, Neal's Fandango, and I Been Workin' On You are three fantastic Doobie songs that should still be in the rotation on classic rock stations, but somehow get missed. After this the group changed direction with Michael McDonald's influence, and it wasn't the same feel until they regrouped in the very late 80s with Tommy Johnston back up front.

Lost gem

I'm not too much for nolstagia or sticking only with classic rock, but this album was a personal fav when i was a kid. I had it on 8 track and I would lay in my bed looking up at a massive Oak Tree "over my head" and listen to Texas Lullaby. And coming back to this now, so long ago. It's cool to have these watersheds out there.


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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