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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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."