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Best of the Doobies

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The Doobie Brothers' career is best be divided into two camps. The band originally started out as a good-time party band, as their name implies, churning out a string of rock hits like "Jesus Is Just Alright," "Take Me in Your Arms," and "Black Water." The guitar intro to "China Grove" is a rock classic, lending itself to every bar band in the world. There was something infectious about the early hits--strong melodies, great harmonies, and a genre-bending beat lifted the songs above the ordinary. That rollicking, rocking edge was all but abandoned when Michael McDonald joined. McDonald brought an urban, white-funk feel to the band, as best exemplified by "It Keeps You Runnin'" and "Takin' It to the Streets." Best of The Doobies draws more heavily upon the hits before his arrival, which, to many, should make the collection almost perfect. --Steve Gdula

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The Doobie Brothers' career is best be divided into two camps. The band originally started out as a good-time party band, as their name implies, churning out a string of rock hits like "Jesus Is Just Alright," "Take Me in Your Arms," and "Black Water." The guitar intro to "China Grove" is a rock classic, lending itself to every bar band in the world. There was something infectious about the early hits--strong melodies, great harmonies, and a genre-bending beat lifted the songs above the ordinary. That rollicking, rocking edge was all but abandoned when Michael McDonald joined. McDonald brought an urban, white-funk feel to the band, as best exemplified by "It Keeps You Runnin'" and "Takin' It to the Streets." Best of The Doobies draws more heavily upon the hits before his arrival, which, to many, should make the collection almost perfect. --Steve Gdula
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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002KHW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (322 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,286 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Robert J. Schneider on April 19, 2001
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Oh man, I remember this album from when my older brother bought it back in 1976. It was great then and is great now. Sure, I do prefer the Tom Johnston songs to the Michael McDonald ones, but even the MM songs are still pretty damn good!
The Doobies back in the '70's, as has already been described in other reviews, were a good-time party bar 'n' biker band (as opposed to the late 70's/early 80's when they metamorphosed into a studied jazz/R&B band). Although I do like some of their later songs (specificallly "What A Fool Believes" and "One Step Closer"), this collection is by far better than "Best Of The Doobies , Volume 2."
From the opening hard-rock crunch known as "China Grove" (still the bitchin'-est song the Doobies have EVER done- I mean, come on, who HASN'T seriously played air-guitar to THIS one??) to the soaring harmonies of "Long Train Runnin'" to the jazzy "Takin' It To The Streets" to the acoustic-driven "Listen To The Music" and "Black Water" (which was actually THE very first song I ever heard by The Doobie Brothers, and which made me think that they were a country group), every song on here is a 70's classic. The Doobies were extremely diverse in their music, from the backwater country sound of "Black Water" to their great version of the Holland-Dozier-Holland 60's classic "Take Me In Your Arms."
If you get only ONE Doobie Bros. CD, then THIS IS THE ONE TO GET!!!! :)
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I wasn't even born when this album came out, but it's my favorite of all time. It has never left my cassette deck. You have Hard Rock with songs like China Grove, Without You and Jesus is Just Alright. You have catchy, acoustic rock with Long Train Runnin' and Listen to the Music. You've got fast driving rock with Rockin' Down The Highway, and Take Me In Your Arms And country/folk/rock classics in South City Midnight Lady, and the immortal #1 hit Black Water. Michael McDonald's tunes are so different, yet Takin' It To The Streets is a great boogie song as well as the emotional It Keeps You Runnin'. If you think you can find a better collection of songs to show off a band - any band, you must be living a dream. My only complaint is that Sweet Maxine, Another Park Another Sunday, and I Cheat The Hangman are not on here, but the Old LP's couldn't hold that many minutes of song. All I can say is that if you like classic rock, there's only one thing to do - "Listen to the Music" of The Best of The Doobies (one of the first albums in history to recieve the Diamond Award signifying 10 million copies sold).
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1976's The Best Of The Doobies culls together the band's hits from their first era of 1971-76. Most of the tracks are from the Tom Johnston & Patrick Simmons led era including the classic "China Grove", the number one hit "Black Water", the rolling "Jesus Is Just Alright" and the pure AM Gold of "Listen To The Music". Michael McDonald joined the band in 1976 for the end of this first era and contributes two songs, the brilliant "Takin' It To The Streets" and "It Keeps You Running". If you are a fan of the more rocking version of the Doobies, then this album is for you.
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This disc has been around since I was a kid and it helped form what was the best of AM/FM radio in the 70`s.Not too heavy,not too folky but good enough music to play at any time for any occasion.

Every song is great,sweet harmonies and great playing make this an absolute classic.If you ask me,South City Midnight Lady is one of the most beautiful songs they ever did.Buy it for someone you love or for the rock and roll fan in your life and pass those good times along.
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Being a traveler to Branson, Missouri many times a year, a song the city uses to attract tourists is "Listen to the Music," performed there by Bucky Heard. However, I wanted to find the original artist and song, so that's how I came upon the Doobie Brothers. I originally bought this CD because of that one song, and because my two-year old foster girl loved it so much, but soon discovered just how great the group really is and I enjoyed every cut on the CD, and highly recommend it to anyone. There's no better way than this CD to "Listen to the Music"!!!!
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This is an excellent "Greatest Hits" collection from the Doobies with their 'original lead-vocalist" - Tom Johnston. These songs are great for driving, relaxing or doing whatever to. These were the hits before the Band changed styles and became more 'bluesy-commercial sounding'.
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I'm a new passenger on the Doobie Brother bandwagon, but I must say I'm glad I jumped aboard. The music on this city, to me, epitomizes rock n roll--music that is pure, honest, and downright fun.

Such tunes as "China Grove," "Listen to the Music," "Black Water," "South City Midnight Lady," and "Take Me In Your Arms" are undeniable classics. In fact, this entire album is a classic--great music from a great band. BEST OF THE DOOBIES represents rock n roll as it should be--the way the Doobie Brothers did it.
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I love the Doobies... Obviously I love them more than they love their music because they are too lazy to push for an HDCD or SACD offering.
The Doobies are great, but is this a CD copy of the 20 thousandth copy? It's lost all it's full potential for the kind of wide open audio experience that any true Audiophile would expect and want.
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