World Gone Crazy
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Former Doobie Michael McDonald provides harmony and background vocals on Pat Simmons' "Don't Say Goodbye" while Willie Nelson co-writes and sings with Pat on "I Know We Won". Both are terrific songs from Simmons and this is probably the best album with both Johnston and Simmons in the line up since "Stampede". Having Ted Templeman in the chair as producer makes all the difference since he instinctively plays to the band's strengths (as he always has). The mastering for this disc is pretty good avoiding the harsh compression of many contemporary releases.
The DVD includes a short documentary on the band co-directed by Pat Simmons. While it includes some terrific vintage footage and interviews with Simmons, Johnston, McFee and McDonald (as well as brief snippets of the band when they appeared on the TV show "What's Happening!Read more ›
Since "Cycles", they have been trying to accomplish this. Finally, "World Gone Crazy" is an example of what years of effort can achieve. After you get by the Jimmy Buffett toned "A Brighter Day" (nice, but not traditional Doobies), kickin' tail rock & roll makes it appearance in full return. When I saw that Mr. McDonald joined in on "Don't Say Goodbye", I was fearful. Yet the song still carries traditional Doobieistic sound. Even Willie Nelson (on "I Know We Won") can't detract from the fact that this is the Doobies at their best.
If you've ever like the true Doobie Brothers of old, don't miss out on this addition to their discography. Instead, add it to your rotation and indulge yourself to the fact that history can and does repeat itself ... sometimes (as in this case) for the best!
Lead singers, Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons, haven't lost a step and share the vocals throughout the album. Both singers are in fine form and sound terrific. The addition of Michael McDonald on harmony on the cut, "Don't Say Goodbye" and Willie Nelson, the co-writer and performer on "I Know We Won" are great touches. Marc Russo on sax and Guy Allison on keyboards both have their moments to shine on the album.
The album has 13 great cuts (if you get the version with the 2 bonus cuts), but in this reviewer's humble opinion, the strongest songs are the ones that sound the most like the Doobies from the days of "Stampede", "Toulouse Street" and "...Vices", which are "Chateau", "Nobody" (redone from the very first Doobie album), and the superior title cut.
Thanks to HOR Records for bringing the "Brothers" back one more time!
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Outstanding CD by the Doobies. How this thing did not get any airplay is way above my pay grade.
Nice surprise: the re-boot of the song "Nobody" off their very first... Read more
Love it! More great music from the greatest band of all time!Published 5 months ago by James P. Woodworth
Hey Doobie Brothers fans......... this is a must have....... too awesome!!!!Published 8 months ago by djkr