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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen to all of the music
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...
Published on March 18, 2007 by Tim Brough

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2.0 out of 5 stars Beware of Radio Edits
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...
Published on April 23, 2008 by Rick Schilling


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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen to all of the music, March 18, 2007
This review is from: The Very Best of The Doobie Brothers (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." You will also get a few essential songs dropped from both single disc sets, like "Eyes Of Silver" and "Another Park Another Sunday" (the original A-Side of "Black Water"), and the two-disc set recognizes once again that "South City Midnight Lady" is one of the band's best. Short of the Rhino box-set, this is a solid representation of the Doobies.
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83 of 91 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beware of Radio Edits, April 23, 2008
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Rick Schilling (Denver, Colorado United States) - See all my reviews
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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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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All the hits, not enough of the misses, March 18, 2007
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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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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Radio Edits? You've got to be kidding!, July 26, 2007
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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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best of "The Best of"'s..., February 26, 2007
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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'." Throughout the set, permanent member Patrick Simmons provides the occasional gem and a change of pace with songs like "Black Water" and "South City Midnight Lady." All are included here, making this a one-size-fits-all collection for fans who want to hear the hits.

As this collection makes apparent, the Doobie Brothers were always meticulously produced, so hearing these songs without the snap-crackle-pop of old vinyl can be quite revealing. They may not have been the most consistent outfit, but they certainly did have their moments. Rather conveniently, all of those moments are featured on this collection. So you won't have to buy a new cartridge for your turntable after all, because "The Very Best of the Doobie Brothers" compiles all the Doobie Brothers music that you will ever need. B+ Tom Ryan
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doobies at their best, March 8, 2007
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The Doobie Brothers are one of my Favorite groups of all time and if your a fan like me. you have to get this 2 Disc set it is absolutely worth the price tag. I already own the Doobies greatist hits but decided to purchase this set as a collectors edition. you get remastered sound plus all thier hits!!go get it you wont regret it!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Doobies's Collection, February 14, 2007
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I have been a fan of the Doobie Brothers since 1971. I like everyone else bought all of their greatest hits

CDS, and box sets. The Very Best of the Doobie Brothers is the DEFINITIVE COLLECTION of their career. It

contains all of their hits plus a few bonus tracks that make it THE CD to own. With the inclusion of such

non singles such as South City, Midnight Lady, Eyes of Silver and Need A Little Taste of Love, help establish

this collecrtion as the only one you will ever need by the Doobies. The addition of Ordinary Man, which

is perhaps the best song that the Doobies have recorded in over 20 years, is just icing on the cake. GREAT

COLLECTION. GREAT SOUND. GREAT VALUE.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rhino became a "Warthog" once again with this compilation..., August 5, 2010
This review is from: The Very Best of The Doobie Brothers (Audio CD)
FOR THOSE WHO REALLY KNOW ABOUT CLASSIC ROCK MUSIC:
You already know, the Doobies is one of those front-line bands of the best American Rock music...
You already know, most of the Pre-MMcD (Pre-Michael McDonald) Doobies albums, are a good sample of what 1970s West Coast Rock really is...
You already know, there's not much more to add if you have had the chance to go and enjoy Doobies Concerts, either with their original lineup -or even when Michael McDonald was "Doobie-zed" by Warner moguls.

Therefore, the Doobies deserved a MUCH BETTER compilation effort...
A comprehensive, 4-CD compilation Box would be the most logical -and FAIR option.

I got this 2-CD Doobies collection for sale, a Dutch issue (made in Europe)... Really cheap price.
Honestly, it has an AWESOME audio quality...

BUT... The Bad News Are:
Gettin' so many Doobies classics in SINGLES cut version ("Listen To The Music", "Jesus Is Just Alright", "Nobody", "Wheels Of Fortune", "Dependin' On You", "Here To Love You")... No further comments.

You should better save some extra money, get the original Doobies albums and really ENJOY the full-length version of all the Hits of these talented American musicians.

Don't be cheated by new Rhino music-chopping habits... It's better to go back to the old vices: Enjoy the original, full-lenght versions!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Compilations Do Not Do This Band Justice, September 8, 2012
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If you like the DB, you're doing yourself an injustice by purchasing a compilation, even a 2 disc compilation. Since I grew up with this band, its hard to realize that a lot of people haven't listened to most of their individual albums. Even some of the fans going back to the seventies only own the original Best of the DBs, which sold over 10 million copies. At the very least you should own a copy of The Captain & Me (a double platinum album), which is considered by many to be their masterpiece. This compilation only draws three songs from The Captain & Me, which is a travesty. Even though they had a ton of hits, the DB were not a singles band, they were an album band.

Remastered copies of their original albums were recently released at a very affordable price (I've been waiting for over 20 years for these re-masters). These remastered albums are double CDs with two albums in each package with nice informative booklets & some bonus tracks on each CD. You can actually get The Captain & Me and Vices together; I bought them all (8 albums) for less than $50 total including shipping. Five of those eight albums are platinum or multi-platinum sellers and two were gold albums. These albums have numerous tracks that are as good or better than the hits, so if you're just listening to the hits, you're really missing out on some of the best music that has ever been produced and you don't even know it. If you like the DB well enough to buy this compilation, think about digging deeper you won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!, May 12, 2007
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Michael A. Clark (Londonderry Northern Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This double CD set is one of the best greatest hits compilations I've heard in a long time. If you want Doobies to listen to and don't know what CD to throw on, get this one. You have all the hits and more right here. A must for any Doobies fan!!!!!!!!!!!
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