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!