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Livin On The Fault Line/ Minute By Minute [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Doobie Brothers Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Sep 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Edsel/DMG
  • ASIN: B005EVVEU0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,673 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. You're Made That Way
2. Echoes Of Love
3. Little Darlin' (I Need You)
4. You Belong To Me
5. Livin' On The Fault Line
6. Nothin' But A Heartache
7. Chinatown
8. There's A Light
9. Need A Lady
10. Larry The Logger Two - Step
Disc: 2
1. Here To Love You
2. What A Fool Believes
3. Minute By Minute
4. Dependin' On You
5. Don't Stop To Watch
6. The Wheels
7. Open Your Eyes
8. Sweet Feelin'
9. Steamer Lane Breakdown
10. You Never Change
See all 13 tracks on this disc

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The Doobie Brothers were one of the most commercially-successful bands of the 1970s, charting albums and singles around the world, with songs that are radio staples to this day. With principal songwriters Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons, and later Michael McDonald, the band incorporated an amazing array of musical styles, from rock to R&B, via country and folk.

This coupling of their seventh and eighth Warner Brothers albums is the fourth in the Edsel series of reissue packages. On “Living On The Fault Line” (1977), Michael McDonald moved to centre stage, providing most of the lead vocals, although Patrick Simmons sang the hit “Echoes Of Love”, co-written with Hi Records’ Willie Mitchell.

“Minute By Minute” (1978) delivered the band’s biggest hit in the worldwide smash “What A Fool Believes”, written by McDonald and Kenny Loggins, along with the title track and “Dependin’ On You”. The bonus tracks include the five minute 12” remix of “What A Fool Believes”.

The 24 page booklet features all the lyrics and musician credits, photos and annotation by Alan Robinson.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...No More Loneliness...No More Emptiness...." 13 Oct 2011
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
UK released Monday 26 September 2011 as a 2CD set (4 Oct 2011 in the USA) - Edsel EDSD 2107 breaks down as follows...

Disc 1 (35:12 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 10 are their 7th studio album "Livin' On The Fault Line" (and 2nd with Michael McDonald in the line-up). It was released September 1977 on Warner Brothers K 56383 in the UK - Warner Brothers BS 3045 in the USA

Disc 2 (45:52 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 10 are their 8th studio album "Minute By Minute" - a Number 1 record in the USA and a Grammy Winner in several categories. It was released December 1978 on Warner Brothers K 56486 in the UK - Warner Brothers BS 3193 in the USA
Tracks 11 and 12 are bonus tracks - "Here To Love You" (Single Remix) and "What A Fool Believes" (12" Remix)

The booklet is a great deal more substantial than what's gone before - 24-pages of original album artwork (including inner sleeves), UK and European labels pictured, the lyrics, musician credits and an informative 6-page history by ALAN ROBINSON on both albums and their impact. It's superbly done. But the really big news is the fabulous new SOUND...

I've had all of the 2006 Japanese Remasters (in 5" card repro sleeves) to have the music - but here the remaster by PHIL KINRADE at ALCHEMY in London is stunning and far better. The clarity is amazing. It helps of course that the original production on each album by Ted Templeman was so razor sharp in the first place (he's long been associated with the band and more famously with Van Halen).

Music - when the Doobies made their tentative steps into change with "Takin' It To The Streets" in 1976 - the old Tom Johnston riffage-crowd were appalled (some even riled against the new hybrid Soul/Rock sound with derogatory tee-shirts telling the band where to get off).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT REMASTERING JOB 13 Feb 2012
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there are remasters and there are remasters this is a remaster!! definite improvement on sound and worthy of buying for this reason only good notes a job done well
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure class 11 Jan 2014
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I'm listening to the "Fault Line " as i'm writing this and it's a very under rated album which hasn't been available in the UK for the last 20 years or so. Mike McDonald really comes to the forefront and has transformed the style of the band. Listen to the track "Nothing but a heartache" and like me you wonder why this wasn't a hit almost 40 years ago, Minute by Minute was a highly acclaimed album and rightly so. There are some gems on there as well which never made it to a single, pity. A fantastic addition to my collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I do love this one. 18 Aug 2013
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It was a real blast from the past. I had it on vinyl, it was bought for me by a friend.
I loved it from the first time I played it and I still listen to it now.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...No More Loneliness...No More Emptiness..." 13 Oct 2011
By Mark Barry - Published on Amazon.com
UK released Monday 26 September 2011 as a 2CD set (4 Oct 2011 in the USA) - Edsel EDSD 2107 breaks down as follows...

Disc 1 (35:12 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 10 are their 7th studio album "Livin' On The Fault Line" (and 2nd with Michael McDonald in the line-up).
It was released September 1977 on Warner Brothers K 56383 in the UK - Warner Brothers BS 3045 in the USA

Disc 2 (45:52 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 10 are their 8th studio album "Minute By Minute" - a Number 1 record in the USA and a Grammy Winner in several categories.
It was released December 1978 on Warner Brothers K 56486 in the UK - Warner Brothers BS 3193 in the USA
Tracks 11 and 12 are bonus tracks - "Here To Love You" (Single Remix) and "What A Fool Believes" (12" Remix)

The booklet is a great deal more substantial than what's gone before - 24-pages of original album artwork (including inner sleeves), UK and European labels pictured, the lyrics, musician credits and an informative 6-page history by ALAN ROBINSON on both albums and their impact. It's superbly done. But the really big news is the fabulous new SOUND...

I've had all of the 2006 Japanese Remasters (in 5" card repro sleeves) to have the music - but here the remaster by PHIL KINRADE at ALCHEMY in London is stunning and far better. The clarity is amazing. It helps of course that the original production on each album by Ted Templeman was so razor sharp in the first place (he's long been associated with the band and more famously with Van Halen).

Music - when the Doobies made their tentative steps into change with "Takin' It To The Streets" in 1976 - the old Tom Johnston riffage-crowd were appalled (some even riled against the new hybrid Soul/Rock sound with derogatory tee-shirts telling the band where to get off). But by the time the new line-up got to 1977 and their second album with Michael McDonald as lead vocalist (Johnston was gone by then) - the transition was complete and a different chapter truly begun.

While its Number 1 follow-up "Minute By Minute" always gets the lion's share of critical plaudits (and rightly so), I've always felt that "Livin' On The Fault Line" is a bit of a lost gem frankly - a genuinely classy Rock album with a Soulful heart. It also began the great complimentary template that made "Minute by Minute" such an satisfying listen 'overall' - Michael McDonald melodies sitting sweetly alongside Patrick Simmons and Tiran Porter songs with a bit of Keith Knudsen and Jeff Baxter thrown in for good measure too.

Once again produced by Ted Templeman and featuring string and horn arrangements by David Paich of TOTO, "Livin'..." opens with the gorgeous melody of "You're Made That Way" and follows it with a chipper "Echoes Of Love". The lovely "You Belong To Me" is one of 3 McDonald songs (this one co-written with Carly Simon) - "Nothin' But A Heartache" and the beautifully mellow "There's A Light" are the other two. The jazzy Patrick Simmons title track "Livin' On The Fault Line" features the Vibes of Steely Dan sessionman Victor Feldman in a very "Aja" kind-of-way and sounds incredible. The LP ends with an acoustic instrumental called "Larry The Logger Two-Step" in crystal clear audio.

Then comes the "Rumours" of 1978 - "Minute By Minute". Even now the opening Michael McDonald track "Here To Love You" sends chills up my arms - fantastically musical (lyrics above). The Grammy-winning "What A Fool Believes" (a co-write with Kenny Loggins) sounds huge and "Dependin' On You" is a brilliant hybrid of the old sound meeting the new. It's an album that still stands up and is an embarrassment of riches really. The 7" remix of "Here To Love You" (tagged on a bonus track) was originally on the "Long Train Runnin': 1970-2000" 4CD Box Set by Rhino in 1999 - while the 12" Remix of "What A Fool Believes" is a travesty best left alone.

There's no sign at this stage of 1980's "One Step Closer" (their last studio album before disbanding) or the 1983 live double "Farewell Tour" which had the exclusive "Olana" on it - maybe at a latter date.

So there you have it. Doobie Brothers fans have waited decades to see their band's back catalogue on Warner Brothers be given the right reissue treatment - and England's Edsel label (who have struck a licensing deal with WEA) has done them proud.

To sum up - great music, superb remaster, really good presentation and a dirt-cheap price. Buy the lot in confidence.

PS: there are 4 releases in this series to date (all with bonus tracks):
1. The Doobie Brothers (1971) / Toulouse Street (1972) on Edsel EDSD 2104
2. The Captain And Me (1973) / What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits (1974) on Edsel EDSD 2105
3. Stampede (1975) / Takin' It To The Streets (1976) on Edsel EDSD 2106
4. Livin' On The Fault Line (1977) / Minute By Minute (1978) on Edsel EDSD 2107

PPS: Edsel have also re-issued most of the Todd Rundgren catalogue is this series of 2011 2CD sets (also with bonus tracks and extended booklets). And on the strength of these excellent remasters - hopefully Edsel will be able to fill in massive untouched holes in the catalogues of giants like Little Feat, Ry Cooder, James Taylor, Rickie Lee Jones, Prince, Tom Waits etc. We live in hope with the credit card at the ready...
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nice liner notes, neat bonus tracks 28 Oct 2011
By eeric - Published on Amazon.com
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These are two of my favorite albums by the Doobie Brothers, even though some think they are a bit on the light side. The remastering is fine, more detail and not as muffled as the original CD release. The liner notes are very well designed complete with musician detail and lyrics. The two bonus tracks on Minute By Minute are strangely good. They are single editions of two of their songs and I can just imagine hearing them again in 1979 on the AM radio in the third row seat of the station wagon.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal Sound 4 Jan 2012
By K. Carter - Published on Amazon.com
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"Fault Line" has long been a favorite of mine, and the sound quality on these releases is amazing. I'll be ordering the rest of the Doobies remastered catalog shortly - well worth the money.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Change in Music Direction 12 Nov 2012
By Russell Mason - Published on Amazon.com
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Doobies took a new direction when Michael McDonald joined the group to replace Tom Johnson.. He bought the Steely Dan sound with him which took the groups' rock sound to a different plain.. The albums take some getting use to after their earlier releases.
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4.0 out of 5 stars They never sounded better! 24 July 2012
By coachtim - Published on Amazon.com
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After purchasing the Edsel remastering of "Captain and Me"/What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits" (EDSEL 2105) and being absolutely thrilled with the sound, I felt comfortable purchasing this two CD set of the classic Doobie albums, "Livin' On the Fault Line" and "Minute By Minute". While not a huge fan of "Livin'...", there are some solid tracks that I really like, including, "You Belong to Me", "Echoes of Love", and "There's a Light". Each have a clear, crisp clarity that wasn't available in the original albums. Fans of this album will be impressed with the improvement. NOTE: My lack of appreciation for "Livin' on the Fault Line" is the only reason that I gave this CD set a four-star review instead of five. That's my issue, certainly not the album's.

My real reason for this purchase was to get the improved sound of "Minute By Minute". I was not disappointed! Michael McDonald and all the Doobies sound terrific and well-known hits like, "What a Fool Believes", "Sweet Feelin'", the title track, and especially "How Do the Fools Survive" (and its wonderful, two-minute, improvised Snake Baxter guitar solo) are all outstanding! When Patrick Simmons says "Spin it" to start "Steamer Lane Breakdown, you'll swear he's in the room with you. Great acoustics!

True fans of the band will want to add this CD (and probably the other three Edsel "remasters") to their collection. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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