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Classic Album Review: The Doobie Brothers | Doobies’ Choice

The California rockers come up with a whole new way to listen to the music.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Here’s an interesting variation on the old best-of compilation: Rather than collect all The Doobie Brothers’ biggest hits, this set compiles the band members’ favourite tracks.

Which means it isn’t crammed with all those ’70s and ’80s hits you’re just as sick of hearing as they probably are of playing. So instead of the power-chord crunch of China Grove, you get the light-jazz Chinatown from Livin’ On The Fault Line; instead of the soul-pop Takin’ it To The Streets, you get the acoustic breeze of Toulouse Street, and so on. The unique journey through the band’s varied back catalogue encompasses everything from Delta blues (Snake Man) to bluegrass (Steamer Lane Breakdown) to Memphis soul (Song to See You Through) to hard-driving pop-rock (Sweet Maxine). Think of it as a whole new way to listen to the music.