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!!!! :)