Friday, October 13, 2006

Number 776 - Doobie Brothers

Number 776

Doobie Brothers

"Listen To The Music"

(1972)
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Genre:Classic Rock
Toulouse Street (which spawned the hit singles "Listen To The Music," "Rockin' Down the Highway" and "Jesus Is Just Alright"), brought the band their breakthrough success. The album reflected a quantum improvement in the band's material as well as the quality and polish of their studio sound. In collaboration with manager Bruce Cohn, producer Ted Templeman, and engineer Don Landee, the Doobies made their first truly professional recordings. They also made necessary improvements to the line-up. First, they replaced Shogren with the more versatile singer, songwriter and bass guitarist Tiran Porter. Second, they supplemented Hartman's manic and somewhat undisciplined drumming with that of technically proficient Navy veteran Michael Hossack. Porter and Hossack were both well acquainted with the members of the Doobies and stalwarts of the northern California music scene. Pianist Bill Payne of Little Feat contributed his distinctive keyboard stylings for the first time, as well. (He added keys to their studio recordings for many years to come, and occasionally joined their touring band.) With a tight new rhythm section and the dual songwriting talents of Johnston and Simmons, the Doobies' trademark sound - an amalgam of R&B, country, bluegrass, heavy metal and rock and roll - emerged fully formed.
For more Doobie Brothers see Number 868
What does Rolling Stone think about Doobie Brothers?
"In a medium where words lose their value as fast as Nixon dollars, it's hard to convey what's good about the Doobies without resorting to exaggeration. Applying the ultimate criteria of whether a record is worth three, four or five hard-earned bills out of your pocket, this is one of the year's dozen albums that pass the test without reservation. With credentials like that, there's no need to exaggerate" (Nice credos considering you didn't put them on your prestigious 500 list Mr Stone! how does that work?)
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number ( *Type your excuse here Rolling Stone*) and the Album ranked at Number (*Same again*)
This song has a crowbarred rating of 65.2 out of 108

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