Thursday, March 8, 2007

The Doobie Brothers - The Very Best of The Doobie Brothers (2007 - Classic Rock)

This one's called 'The Very Best of The Doobie Brothers'… Not a very original title for a best of record, but at least you get a sense of what this double album is all about: not just the best, but the very best of this great classic rock band.

Tracks like 'Listen To The Music', 'Long Train Runnin'' and 'China Grove' are probably etched in the collective conciousness of everyone between 8 and 88. The ideal soundtrack for a careless summer... It's The Doobies at their best: soulful, upbeat classic rock songs, simple yet very well crafted. A brilliant formula that even survived the 80's, when Michael McDonald joined the band on vocals. Some of the most memorable tracks from that era are on the album ('Wheels Of Fortune', 'What A Fool Believes').

Obviously, the Doobie Brothers liked to stray from their beaten track once in a while. I was especially surprised by 'I Cheat The Hangman', an intricately woven composition that leans towards progressive rock. As well as some brief exercises in soul, New Orleans blues and soft fusion...
The final part of the compilation is devoted to some of TDB more recent work, which in my opinion is a bit disappointing. It's just stale blues rock and I've heard better...
In conclusion, though, this album will keep you happy for the best part of its 2 hours' running time. So check it out!

Update: I've located links to this album! Check the comments...

3 comments:

sturgut said...

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Anonymous said...

I didnt see your link for this album but I am happy to see it here =)