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  • Audio CD (April 10, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: Mobile Fidelity Koch
  • ASIN: B007RJ91Y8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,790 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This album is consistent on excellence.
Bill Appel
The audio quality is fantastic when played on a SACD audio player, the DSD digital sound is like being in the studio.
JOHN
The chord progressions, lyrics, melody, rhythm section, and fantastic guitar work compliment their best songs.
Dave

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Lucifer Sam on March 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The Doobie Brothers have always been known, especially throughout the Tom Johnston era, to have strong, catchy beats that hook you in and won't let you go. This 1974 release is full of these classic Doobie songs. Some of the songs sound the same, however, such as "Pursuit on 53rd Street" and "Down in the Track." The similarities here detract from the overall creativity of the album, especially since these two songs are very similar to some of the weaker songs on the Doobies' previous three albums. Even with the inclusion of such similar songs, tracks like "Eyes of Silver," "Road Angel," and the Doobies' first #1 hit, "Black Water" will keep you coming back to this album. The strength of the album's last two songs are really what set this recording apart from previous, as well as future Doobie Brothers albums, however. "Daughters of the Sea" and "Flying Cloud" are a perfect end to this set of songs, particularly because they epitomize the laid-back but explosive style of the Doobies. "Flying Cloud," written by Doobies bassist Tiran Porter, is one of the rare instrumental tracks from the Doobies, and they make the best of the opportunity, with very spacy guitar and a relaxing feel to it.

BEST SONGS: "Daughters of the Sea," "Flying Cloud," "Black Water"

SONGS TO SKIP: "Pursuit on 53rd Street"

Overall, this is an incredible album, full of memorable, upbeat songs. The only better Doobie Brothers album is The Captain and Me, released in 1973. Highly recommended for fans of the Doobie Brothers, or upbeat, catchy classic rock in general.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By BOB on July 16, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I purchased a Japanese import of one of the Doobie titles in error. When I received the disc, I decided that returning it would be too much of a hassle.

However, when I played the CD, I got a pleasant surprise: It is remastered and sounds fantastic.

The only title in the domestic Doobie catalog that has any sonic improvement is the Rhino "Long Train Runnin'" box set.

I A/B'd this disc against the set and they sound identical.

I picked up the remainder of the Japanese import Doobie albums, and they're all upgraded.

So, FINALLY, the Doobie catalog has been properly brought into the digital world. Leave it to the Japanese to finally get it right, because there's nobody at Warner Brothers who gives a damn.
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Format: Audio CD
With such a large gap between "Takin' It To The Streets" and "What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits" I had given up that Mofi was going to release any more SACDs of classic Doobies albums. I'm glad to be wrong.

"What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits" has always been one of my favorite Doobies albums and Mofi does justice to this great album with a top notch sounding SACD and redbook CD layer of the album. The soundstage, depth and detail are remarkable but, more importantly, Mofi achieves this without sacrificing dynamics or the warm analog sound of the source tape.

I've compared this to the Japanese CD remaster (which came out about two or three years ago) and while that release sounds pretty good, the Mofi blows it away in all categories.

For those that are interested in the packaging this release is in a cardboard sleeve. We get a booklet with photos and credits included (and also photos on the inside of the gatefold packaging). There isn't any attempt to replicate the poster that came with the original LP or the Japanese mini-LP CD release of a couple of years back if that's important to you. It would have been a nice touch but I'm pretty happy with the packaging here (I usually take out the CD and store it in a jewel case anyway with the booklet).

This is another top notch SACD release from Mofi. Recommended (and I'm looking forward to their remaster of "Stampede"--here's hoping that comes to pass).
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By BOB on July 16, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The Japanese imports of the Doobie catalog are remastered.

Warner Brothers here in the U.S. is still selling the old LP-EQ'd, terrible-sounding masters they released on CD in 1990.

If you love these albums, get a set of the Japanese editions. They cost more, but they're worth it.

Here is the link to the Japanese remaster of What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bill Appel on April 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The Doobie Brothers are one of the greatest American bands of all time. They are awesome-they have always been since their first album came out in 1971. They simply connected by combining elements of jazz, R&B, rock and even gospel into a unique, coherent, energizing musical synthesis with absolutely superb stylistic diversity.
Though not an easy decision, 1974's "What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits" is my favorite Doobies album. Every single track of this masterpiece - one of the most underrated albums of the 70's - is purely fantastic. They flat out rock with that great combination of excellent songwriting, uninhibited, raw power and sonic polish on gems such as the opener "Song To See You Through" hammering down the line through "Pursuit On 53rd Street", "Eyes Of Silver", "Road Angel", "Spirit", "Down The Track", "You Just Can't Stop It" along with the fine, softer "Tell Me What You Want (And I'll Give You What You Need)", sandwiched inbetween with their first #1 single, "Black Water" as well as simply one of the greatest songs personally of all-time to me, the smooth, gorgeous, breath of fresh air, "Another Park, Another Sunday". Ending this great set is the floating, dreamy combination of "Daughters Of The Sea" and "Flying Cloud". Simply amazing! This album is consistent on excellence. A must have..........
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