The Very Best Of
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The Very Best Of

February 6, 2007

  Song Title
Listen To The Music (2006 Remastered Single Version)
Jesus Is Just Alright (2006 Remastered Single Version)
Rockin' Down The Highway (2007 Remastered Album Version)
Long Train Runnin' (2006 Remastered)
China Grove
South City Midnight Lady (2006 Remastered)
Another Park, Another Sunday (2006 Remastered)
Eyes Of Silver (2006 Remastered)
Nobody (Single Version) (2006 Remastered)
Black Water
Take Me In Your Arms [Rock Me A Little While] (2006 Remastered)
Sweet Maxine (Single Edit) (2006 Remastered)
I Cheat The Hangman (2006 Remastered)
Takin' It To The Streets (2006 Remastered)
Wheels Of Fortune (2006 Remastered)
It Keeps You Runnin' (2006 Remastered)
Little Darling (I Need You) (2006 Remastered)
Echoes Of Love (2006 Remastered)
What A Fool Believes
Minute By Minute (2006 Remastered)
Dependin' On You (2006 Remastered Single Version)
Real Love (2006 Remastered)
One Step Closer (2006 Remastered)
Wynken, Blynken And Nod (2006 Remastered)
Keep This Train A Rollin' (2006 Remastered)
Here To Love You (2006 Remastered)
You Belong To Me (2006 Remastered)
The Doctor (2006 Remastered LP Version)
South Of The Border (2006 Remastered Single Version)
Need A Little Taste Of Love (2006 Remastered Single Version)
Dangerous (2006 Remastered LP Version)
Rollin' On (2006 Remastered Album Version)
Ordinary Man (2006 Remastered LP Version)

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: February 6, 2007
  • Release Date: February 6, 2007
  • Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 2006 Warner Bros. Records Manufactured & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Co. A Warner Music Group Co.
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  • Total Length: 2:07:28
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  • ASIN: B00122LXTM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,338 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen to all of the music March 18, 2007
Format:Audio CD
The Doobie Brothers started out life as a greasy California biker band and took their name after a fondness for getting high. That ethic led to big riff rockers like "China Grove" and "Long Train Runnin'," but was lacking in the eventual slick sophistication of Michael McDonald's urbane soul. The original 1976 "Best Of The Doobies" included songs up to "Taking It To The Street," which meant that the number one "What A Fool Believes" was after the cut off date. This time The Doobie Brothers recognize the debut album a year before "Toulouse Street" by including one song, the acoustically flavored "Nobody."

Once McDonald joined, the band entered a second era and began to move more towards urban soul and Steely Dan jazz. Tom Johnston split after "Living On The Faultline" over the Doobies' new direction with Jeff Baxter and McDonald, and the resulting "Minute By Minute" bore little resemblance to the mellow hippy-vibes of "Rocking Down The Highway."

What this CD does is successfully chronicle both Johnston's biker bar band and McDonald's more soul dominated period. When the Doobies broke up after "One Step Closer," it put the band on ice until a 1989 Doobie Brothers reunion that yielded "Cycles" and a hit in "The Doctor." The band soldiered on minus McDonald, which meant that Johnston and Patrick Simmons were able to regain the steering wheel and make bar-band riff-rock once more. (Even if - IMHO - "Cycles" was pedestrian and "Brotherhood" worse, but "Sibling Rivalry" is OK.)

For my money, this double CD rates a full star over the 1976 set by virtue of the extra songs post "Taking It To The Streets" and remastered sound. But then again, I totally lost interest in the band when they started churning out factory made classic rock like "The Doctor.
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81 of 89 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beware of Radio Edits April 23, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Beware if you choose to purchase this set. I did without realizing that some of the songs are completely chopped up, namely 'Jesus Is Just Alright.' It sounds nothing like the album version. If the individual albums are remastered, I will burn my own version of the cd with unedited album cuts replacing the butchered songs here. Pretty pathetic and unforgivable when two discs are used to compile the set. The remastering is ok, but there is still not enough low end on the older songs. The Doobie Brothers are like Chicago. You get a recycled greatest hits package every year. Again, beware.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All the hits, not enough of the misses March 18, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Without saying so, what this 2-CD set includes is every Billboard chart single the Doobie Brothers ever notched - something no other album (except their boxed set) can boast. That means that 'Very Best Of' collects songs like 'Eyes Of Silver' (#52, 1974), 'I Cheat The Hangman' (#60, 1975), and 'Wheels Of Fortune' (#87, 1976) that were never included on similar previous collections. It even picks up 'Wynken Blynken and Nod' (#76, 1981) from the Sesame Street LP 'In Harmony.' And, two key non-hits ('Rockin' Down The Highway' and 'South City Midnight Lady') get tossed in, plus some stuff from the group's latter day albums.

What you don't get are enough of the Doobies' great album tracks like 'Spirit' (1974) or 'Nothin' But A Heartache' (1977). For those, you'll need to upgrade to the boxed set - which nevertheless omits 'Without You,' a perennial favorite previously included on 'Best Of The Doobies' and 'Greatest Hits.' Go figure....
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Radio Edits? You've got to be kidding! July 26, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
With a two CD set, there should be no radio edits. In fact, the CD doesn't say so on the back cover. It's only after you start playing the CDs, or load them into I-tunes, that you find out. What a rip off!
There is simply no excuse for not including the full version of the songs listed. None!
This mars what could have been a fantastic collection over two CDs.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best of "The Best of"'s... February 26, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Are you one of those people who disconnected the turntable and threw out all of your old albums when you started collecting CD's? I bet you regret it now, don't you? After all, `new' music isn't exactly what you expected, and it's painfully expensive to replace all of your old albums with digitized versions. This is especially true when it comes to baby-boomer bands like the Doobie Brothers. Back then, I'd bet that you owned at least four or five of their albums and if you're like me, you never (re) bought a single one on compact disc. Granted, the music did sound a bit dated after a while, but every now and then you'd hear one of their hits on the radio and wish that you could drag out the old vinyl and give it a listen. If you did bother, you'd have to wade through twelve studio albums to find the tracks that interest you, or settle for either of two greatest hits packages, each of which told less than half of the band's story.

Problem solved. In one neat little 2-CD set, "The Best of the Doobie Brothers" compiles virtually all of their best tracks in one package. Best of all, it captures the near schizophrenic nature of the band as they veer from classic rock to blue-eyed soul and then back again. The early Doobie Brothers leaned heavily on the songwriting abilities of Tom Johnston. Hits like "Listen to the Music," "Long Train Runnin'," "China Grove" and "Another Park, Another Sunday" were all written by Johnston, and they represent some of the best pop music from the early seventies. Once Michael McDonald came aboard, though, the band's dynamic shifted dramatically toward west-coast soul, featuring mega-hits such as "What a Fool Believes," "Takin' It to the Streets" and "It Keeps You Runnin'.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars IT WON'T DOWNLOAD!
I would love to tell you how great the album is but it won't download. Next time I'll order the CD and autorip it. That seems to work, or use itunes.
Published 14 days ago by WillE
4.0 out of 5 stars Doobies revisited
If you were alive in the 1970s, many of these song will be familiar, as they were played over and over on FM radio. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Luebke
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
So much music. So many memories. You cannot go wrong with this collection of Doobie Brothers classics. For a great compilation of Doobie hits, this is one great value.
Published 1 month ago by Teresa Hodder
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock on!
Excellent selection. This anthology of songs recreates the "good ol' days" of honest rock/ Love the CD's and recommend it to young and old alike. Read more
Published 1 month ago by sharon johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars It is the Very Best of!
The Ultimate CD for any Doobie Brothers fan. This Double CD has most of the Doobie Brothers hits. This CD is the DEFINITIVE COLLECTION. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rachel M. Friend
5.0 out of 5 stars Doobie Bros CD a hit!!
Great CD of all the Doobie Brothers hits. Lots of fun to listen to again and again, exactly what I wanted. Very enjoyable with all their hit songs.
Published 2 months ago by RICH
This album contains all of the "DOOBIE BROTHERS" hits that they have had over the years!!!.
I would DEFINITELY recommend this album to any Classic Rock fan!!!.
Published 2 months ago by todddjreese
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mix of dubie
This is a great mix of the Dubie bros. If you like their classic music, this will give you a great mix of stuff. All the classics that you want
Published 2 months ago by Anne Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars Doobies Rule!
Love it! Re-mastered, sounds great on my CD and on my phone. Classic songs, classic sounds, CLASSIC GROUP! Worth the purchase.
Published 3 months ago by Beachcomber
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I am glad I bought this album. Love every song on the album. Good jams from a top grade band.
Published 3 months ago by Donald J. Koller
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