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Southern Rock: California Style

  • Nov 13, 2005
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The Doobie Brothers are an odd little outfit. They've survived countless lineup changes, breakups, and style changes and have managed to remain successful. Also, they're predominantly a California-based band, but their early, pre-Michael McDonald music sounds like it rolled out of the Mississippi Delta and took a trip down Beale Street in Memphis, TN.

This album opens up with some great tunes like "Listen To The Music," "Jesus Is Just Alright," and "Rockin' Down The Highway." We also get to hear the wonders that are "China Grove," and "Nobody." Not to mention countless other hits, including late songs like "The Doctor" and "Dangerous."

My personal favorite Doobies tune is "Black Water." To me, it captures the essence of the great South. This song belongs in any Southern rocker's playlist. It is, hands down, one of the best tunes ever.

Of course, no Doobies collection would be complete without selections from the McDonald years. This is where the band dropped its Southern/Folk Rock sound and took up a jazzier, bluesier R&B sound. Look folks, "Takin' It To The Streets" and "What A Fool Believes" are great songs, but I just can't stand to listen to Michael McDonald's "soulful" sound. It sounds like the dude has asthma sometimes.

Anyways, aside from McDonald, this band was one of the greatest of its time. I highly recommend this CD for anyone introduced in some good times 70's rock.

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September 26, 2010
I loved this CD. The first two tracks were great but then McDonald kicked in and I wondered who the hell it was when I was still new to these guys. Later best ofs that the Doobs have offer a much larger and better selection of songs but for a first best of, this is good and it's a 10 million seller Diamond Certified so it better be.
 
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Listen to the music! The first truly complete single-disc retrospective covering the Doobies' extended career. Twenty hits released between 1971 and 1991, including "Jesus Is Just Alright," "China Grove," and "What A Fool Believes."

TRACK LISTINGS
  1. Listen To The Music (Single Version)
  2. Jesus Is Just Alright (Single Version)
  3. Rockin' Down The Highway
  4. Long Train Runnin'
  5. Without You
  6. China Grove
  7. Nobody (Single Version)
  8. Black Water
  9. Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me)
  10. It Keeps You Runnin' (Single Version)
  11. Takin' It To The Streets
  12. You Belong To Me
  13. Echoes Of Love
  14. What A Fool Believes
  15. Minute By Minute
  16. Dependin' On You (Single Version)
  17. One Step Closer
  18. Real Love
  19. The Doctor
  20. Dangerous
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Label: Rhino, Wea
Release Date: September 4, 2001

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