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Best of the Doobies

Doobie BrothersAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)

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There's no separating the unparalleled legacy of the Doobie Brothers from their upcoming HOR Records release World Gone Crazy – not that anyone would want to. Nevertheless, the new album may be most remarkable for the extent to which it stands completely on its own. Yes, World Gone Crazy is another chapter in one of the great American music stories, but it's neither comeback nor ... Read more in Amazon's Doobie Brothers Store

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002KHW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,583 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. China Grove
2. Long Train Runnin'
3. Takin' It To The Streets
4. Listen To The Music
5. Black Water
6. Rockin' Down The Highway
7. Jesus Is Just Alright
8. It Keeps You Runnin'
9. South City Midnight Lady
10. Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While)
11. Without You

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The Doobie Brothers' career is best be divided into two camps. The band originally started out as a good-time party band, as their name implies, churning out a string of rock hits like "Jesus Is Just Alright," "Take Me in Your Arms," and "Black Water." The guitar intro to "China Grove" is a rock classic, lending itself to every bar band in the world. There was something infectious about the early hits--strong melodies, great harmonies, and a genre-bending beat lifted the songs above the ordinary. That rollicking, rocking edge was all but abandoned when Michael McDonald joined. McDonald brought an urban, white-funk feel to the band, as best exemplified by "It Keeps You Runnin'" and "Takin' It to the Streets." Best of The Doobies draws more heavily upon the hits before his arrival, which, to many, should make the collection almost perfect. --Steve Gdula

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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC Rock 'N' Roll from the 70's!!!! :) April 19, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Oh man, I remember this album from when my older brother bought it back in 1976. It was great then and is great now. Sure, I do prefer the Tom Johnston songs to the Michael McDonald ones, but even the MM songs are still pretty damn good!
The Doobies back in the '70's, as has already been described in other reviews, were a good-time party bar 'n' biker band (as opposed to the late 70's/early 80's when they metamorphosed into a studied jazz/R&B band). Although I do like some of their later songs (specificallly "What A Fool Believes" and "One Step Closer"), this collection is by far better than "Best Of The Doobies , Volume 2."
From the opening hard-rock crunch known as "China Grove" (still the bitchin'-est song the Doobies have EVER done- I mean, come on, who HASN'T seriously played air-guitar to THIS one??) to the soaring harmonies of "Long Train Runnin'" to the jazzy "Takin' It To The Streets" to the acoustic-driven "Listen To The Music" and "Black Water" (which was actually THE very first song I ever heard by The Doobie Brothers, and which made me think that they were a country group), every song on here is a 70's classic. The Doobies were extremely diverse in their music, from the backwater country sound of "Black Water" to their great version of the Holland-Dozier-Holland 60's classic "Take Me In Your Arms."
If you get only ONE Doobie Bros. CD, then THIS IS THE ONE TO GET!!!! :)
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Greatest Hits CD of all time October 22, 2001
A Kid's Review
Format:Audio CD
I wasn't even born when this album came out, but it's my favorite of all time. It has never left my cassette deck. You have Hard Rock with songs like China Grove, Without You and Jesus is Just Alright. You have catchy, acoustic rock with Long Train Runnin' and Listen to the Music. You've got fast driving rock with Rockin' Down The Highway, and Take Me In Your Arms And country/folk/rock classics in South City Midnight Lady, and the immortal #1 hit Black Water. Michael McDonald's tunes are so different, yet Takin' It To The Streets is a great boogie song as well as the emotional It Keeps You Runnin'. If you think you can find a better collection of songs to show off a band - any band, you must be living a dream. My only complaint is that Sweet Maxine, Another Park Another Sunday, and I Cheat The Hangman are not on here, but the Old LP's couldn't hold that many minutes of song. All I can say is that if you like classic rock, there's only one thing to do - "Listen to the Music" of The Best of The Doobies (one of the first albums in history to recieve the Diamond Award signifying 10 million copies sold).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Doobie Era April 16, 2002
Format:Audio CD
1976's The Best Of The Doobies culls together the band's hits from their first era of 1971-76. Most of the tracks are from the Tom Johnston & Patrick Simmons led era including the classic "China Grove", the number one hit "Black Water", the rolling "Jesus Is Just Alright" and the pure AM Gold of "Listen To The Music". Michael McDonald joined the band in 1976 for the end of this first era and contributes two songs, the brilliant "Takin' It To The Streets" and "It Keeps You Running". If you are a fan of the more rocking version of the Doobies, then this album is for you.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Live the Doobie Brothers March 24, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This disc has been around since I was a kid and it helped form what was the best of AM/FM radio in the 70`s.Not too heavy,not too folky but good enough music to play at any time for any occasion.

Every song is great,sweet harmonies and great playing make this an absolute classic.If you ask me,South City Midnight Lady is one of the most beautiful songs they ever did.Buy it for someone you love or for the rock and roll fan in your life and pass those good times along.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Hits March 6, 2010
Format:Audio CD
This is an excellent "Greatest Hits" collection from the Doobies with their 'original lead-vocalist" - Tom Johnston. These songs are great for driving, relaxing or doing whatever to. These were the hits before the Band changed styles and became more 'bluesy-commercial sounding'.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some classic rock n roll! February 12, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I'm a new passenger on the Doobie Brother bandwagon, but I must say I'm glad I jumped aboard. The music on this city, to me, epitomizes rock n roll--music that is pure, honest, and downright fun.

Such tunes as "China Grove," "Listen to the Music," "Black Water," "South City Midnight Lady," and "Take Me In Your Arms" are undeniable classics. In fact, this entire album is a classic--great music from a great band. BEST OF THE DOOBIES represents rock n roll as it should be--the way the Doobie Brothers did it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boy, does this album take you back February 12, 2005
By Obi
Format:Audio CD
Headbands, sunglasses, bellbottoms, "right on brother", this was cool music of the seventies. The music has an interesting combination of energy and spunk. Who can't listen to "Listen to the Music" and not smile or "Long Train Runnin" and not start tapping your feet.

No collection of 70's rock n roll music is complete without these wonderful songs. The older I get, the better this music sounds. I just love this stuff.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best "Best Of" CD's October 7, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you're a fan, it is truly the BEST of the Doobie Brothers. Every track is one you want to hear.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Is as it says
Including all their biggest hits pre "Minute by Minute" album, this really is the best of the Doobies. Recommend this and part 2 if you are a Doobie Brothers fan.
Published 5 days ago by D Wolfe
5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection
Worth every penny, saves me time searching for favorites. Recommend it to anyone who listened to the Doobies back in the day.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Quality! Well packaged. Very happy!!
What a great album this is. It arrived it PERFECT quality. I mean not even a speck of dust. The sound quality is also amazing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars Ain't it a Crying Shame
These guys are one of several groups worthy of the RRHOF and yet get snubbed time and time again. I met these guys after a concert a few years back when they were still touring. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jeffery Shoell
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Doobies
Music takes me back, brings joy to my heart and makes me dance. The Doobies are in a league of their own.
Published 2 months ago by C. Ann
4.0 out of 5 stars Listen to the music!
This is a great album. It's Fun to dance to or to run to which is why I bought it
Published 2 months ago by D. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great driving music
I always loved the group. I had the album years ago and I missed their songs. Its great driving music.
Published 2 months ago by E ALAN GUTIERREZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Classic Rock
It's an album full of first-rate classic rock and R&B. One hit after another. If you like this kind of music you can't go wrong.
Published 2 months ago by E. S. Kleinberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music of the 80's
The item is an iconic history of music. The delivery time was excellent. This item is recommend to anyone that likes real music.

R.Luis - Miami
Published 2 months ago by theking1
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cd
Really a great cd.the Dobbies are the best group.Really love it. Love all their songs. Would tell people to buy it.
Published 3 months ago by cora plummer
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