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Minute By Minute

July 14, 2009 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: February 5, 2008
  • Release Date: July 14, 2009
  • Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
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  • Total Length: 36:32
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  • ASIN: B002FUBW32
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,231 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Missing Person on December 27, 2004
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"Minute By Minute", originally released in December of 1978, was the third official studio album from the Doobie Brothers with Michael McDonald as a member of the band, and I think it's clear that the third time was the charm, both artistically and commercially--although the previous two albums certainly weren't without solid commercial success in the US, this one was a bonafide blockbuster, topping the US charts, having gone platinum within the first four months of its original release, and having gone triple-platinum by 1985.

I think the report of the band being dissatisfied with this album can be attributed to them feeling emotionally drained at the time of its recording/ release. The sessions weren't exactly smooth sailing--in the booklet for the Rhino "Greatest Hits" CD, Michael McDonald recalls how the band did countless takes just for "What A Fool Believes" alone and that they "almost gave up".

Without a doubt, the huge success of this album was deserved. It's really amazing how much better of an album "Minute By Minute" is compared to the first two Doobies' albums with McDonald--1976's "Takin' It To The Streets" and 1977's "Livin' On The Fault Line" respectively. Although respectable albums, the Doobies sound rather burnt out on "...Streets" and "...Fault Line" and often seem to be coasting on their (admittedly hugely respectable) instrumental chops to try and mask a lack of quality songwriting. With "Minute By Minute", energy and enthusiasm are back in a big way--it's like the band suddenly got a second wind.

Michael McDonald's gasping, soulful vocals here pack a major wallop and are simply infectious, and he handles the lead vocals on a handful of classic tracks from this album.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Paul Martin on September 13, 2000
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"Love" being the predominant theme of the ten songs that make up this CD, Minute by Minute is a milestone work for the Doobie Brothers, and provides the listener with an audio snapshot of a rock band in a period of unsurpassed, creative excellence.
Beginning on the first track with an urgent, precission drum beat that commands attention, and ending on the tenth track with a never-to-be-equaled, 1-take, studio guitar solo, Minute by Minute is a masterpiece.
Winning Record Of The Year at the 22nd Annual GRAMMY awards in 1979, the Doobie Brothers/Minute by Minute also won GRAMMY awards for Best Pop Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus, Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocals (Michael McDonald: Arranging "What A Fool Believes"), Song Of The Year (Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins: "What A Fool Believes").
When Jazz guitar great Larry Carlton covered an instrumental version of the song Minute by Minute, on his album "Discovery", he thanked Michael McDonald in the liner notes for providing "the real thing." That is, he had access to the best keyboard players in the business, but no one could play it with as much soul and feeling as Michael does. And feeling, and emotion, and soul, and spirit, are all driving forces behind this CD.
This is the Doobie Brothers at their very best, and they'll never top this moment in their recording history.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Davenny on February 27, 2001
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This album ended up being a seminal pop recording, prefacing the pop/fusion of the 80's. Even so, Minute by Minute's quality, though tremendous, was even lost on the band members after the long hours spent recording it. Perhaps it was the unprecented length of time it took to record it, but the band thought it didn't work. Imagine their surprise at the phenomenon it turned into.
Anti-Mike McDonald Doobie fans like the one reviewer on this page don't stop to consider that each of the Tom Johnston Doobie albums each were an evolution themselves. Stampede, the last pre-McDonald recording, featured an eclectic blend of tunes that, while guitar-based, still had elements like the Condoli brothers playing jazz trumpet licks on Pat Simmons' "I Cheat the Hangman." And, if anyone wants to blame someone for Tom Johnston's departure, blame Tom: he got sick from hard living, and the band would have broken up without Skunk Baxter's idea to bring ex-Steely Dan mate McDonald aboard to save a big concert tour.
The best pre-McDonald Doobie work featured Bill Payne's (Little Feat) keyboard playing anyway, so McDonald's arrival on the scene was not that out of character. But they didn't know McDonald's awesome voice and musical ability would take over the band. Good thing it did: it gave the band new life, which extends to the present day.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John Nelson on July 27, 2005
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I didn't think it was possible for this to happen, but it did. One of the Doobie Brothers best albums has gotten the 24kt treatment for superior sound quality and mastering. Lets face it if your still listening to the tinny, muffled version of the CD that came out years ago and only has so many tracks remastered for compilation discs and Best ofs, then this is the CD for you. I only got this disc for one reason, to get a clear, crisp and fabulous version of "How Does the Fool Survive?" and I was amazed at the rest of the disc as well. From every little clatter in the back to any minute horn or vocal, you can hear everything on this CD. It also just simply sounds the way it should. Sometimes in mastering everything just comes out sounding loud or extranious. Minute by Minute isn't a loud album, it's a soft groovy kind of one that doesn't need just a big volume, mixers and faders are used to put everything where they need to be. Whats also nice is you get the full booklet to slip in for the jewel case and everything is where it should be. There are no extended cuts or demos or anything, just the album that many people own and love. My only hope is that STAMPEDE the great fifth album is just around the corner. How awesome it will be to hear Neal's Fandango and I Cheat the Hangman in the same treatment as the band got here. I suspect that if it hasn't been done already CAPTAIN AND ME will be next, but that would be okay too. Definetly a buy.
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