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Stampede/ Takin It To The Streets [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: B005EVVEX2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,937 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Sweet Maxine
2. Neal's Fandango
3. Texas Lullaby
4. Music Man
5. Slat Key Soquel Rag
6. Take Me In Your Arms
7. I Cheat The Hangman
8. Precis
9. Rainy Day Crossroad Blues
10. I Been Workin' On You
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Wheels Of Fortune
2. Takin' It To The Streets
3. 8th Avenue Shuffle
4. Losin' End
5. Rio
6. For Someone Special
7. It Keeps You Runnin'
8. Turn It Loose
9. Carry Me Away
10. Takin' It To The Streets [demo]
See all 11 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 fifth and sixth Warner Brothers albums is the third of the Edsel series of reissue packages presented with a selection of rare additional tracks. Jeff Baxter joined the band from Steely Dan for “Stampede” (1975), which includes the epic “I Cheat The Hangman” and the band’s hit version of Gladys Knight’s “Take Me In You Arms” along with five bonus tracks including two songs that were never re-recorded.

Michael McDonald joined the band for “Takin’ It To The Streets” (1976), his title song providing another massive hit. The demo version is one of the two bonus tracks.

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


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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...You Don't Know Me...But I'm Your Brother..." 12 Oct 2011
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
UK released Monday 26 September 2011 as a 2CD set - Edsel EDSD 2106 breaks down as follows...

Disc 1 (57:48 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 11 are their 5th studio album "Stampede" - released May 1975 on Warner Brothers K 56094 in the UK - Warner Brothers BS 2835 in the USA
Tracks 12 to 16 are bonus tracks - all are taken from the 4CD Box Set "Long Train Runnin': 1970-2000" released on Rhino in September 1999 in the USA. All were new to CD at the time with 12 being the 'Single Remix' of "Sweet Maxine" and 13 to 16 being Previously Unreleased album 'Outtakes'

Disc 2 (45:40 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 9 are their 6th studio album "Takin' It To The Streets" - released March 1976 on Warner Brothers K 56196 in the UK - Warner Brothers BS 2899 in the USA
Tracks 10 and 11 are bonus tracks - both as per 12 to 16 on Disc 1

The 24-page booklet is far more substantial than I had expected - original album artwork including inner gatefolds is shown for both LPs, the lyrics, musician credits, UK LP labels pictured and an informative history on each album by ALAN ROBINSON. The booklet is superbly done. But the big news is the fabulous new SOUND...

I've had all 10 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 by Ted Templeman was so razor sharp (he's long been associated with the band and more famously with Van Halen).

Some tracks are shockingly better - that great guitar solo in "Neal's Fandango" rocks as does the cover of the Holland-Dozier-Holland Motown classic "Take Me In Your Arms...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Music 11 Feb 2014
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Superb! I have a number of CD issues of Stampede and own an original vinyl mint copy but the remastering on these cd's is quite astounding! Want two drum kits blasting out from each speaker, you get it. Want glorious harmonies, same again. Acoustic guitars that sound as though someone is actually playing live in your lounge, its there! Another reviewer here, Mark Gerard Barry, has detailed the significance of this release perfectly (you are obviously a fan!).

If you are a Doobie's fan and an audiophile look no further, this is the real deal! 'Stampede' is one of the greatest albums to come out of the USA and this release captures the music perfectly. It is not 'digitised' and clinical like some remastered material from the 70's. It has depth warmth and realism. Sweet music!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stampede to this bargain 30 Sep 2011
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Following the success of 'The Captain & Me' & 'What Were Once Vices' the Doobies critical star sunk without trace in the UK - this was a travesty which this double aims to redress. 'Stampede' from the mid 70s is a superb Americana record (whatever that means) featuring Ry Cooder & Curtis Mayfield with stand tracks such as 'Music Man', 'I Cheat The Hangman' & 'Rainy Day Crossroad Blues' it's undiscovered gem of a record. The second record 'Takin' It To The Streets' sees the band shift away from their country/folk roots to a more sophisticated soul sound with Michael McDonald at the helm - that said it does contain some fine songs 'Losin' End' being MM's best ever song. There are half a dozen bonus songs and for once these enhance the record.
Over 70 minutes with hardly dud song - highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...You Don't Know Me...But I'm Your Brother..." 12 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 2106 breaks down as follows...

Disc 1 (57:48 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 11 are their 5th studio album "Stampede" - released May 1975 on Warner Brothers K 56094 in the UK - Warner Brothers BS 2835 in the USA
Tracks 12 to 16 are bonus tracks - all are taken from the 4CD Box Set "Long Train Runnin': 1970-2000" released on Rhino in September 1999 in the USA. All were new to CD at the time with 12 being the 'Single Remix' of "Sweet Maxine" and 13 to 16 being Previously Unreleased album 'Outtakes'

Disc 2 (45:40 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 9 are their 6th studio album "Takin' It To The Streets" - released March 1976 on Warner Brothers K 56196 in the UK - Warner Brothers BS 2899 in the USA
Tracks 10 and 11 are bonus tracks - both as per 12 to 16 on Disc 1

The 24-page booklet is far more substantial than I had expected - original album artwork including inner gatefolds is shown for both LPs, the lyrics, musician credits, UK LP labels pictured and an informative history on each album by ALAN ROBINSON. The booklet is superbly done. But the big news is the fabulous new SOUND...

I've had all 10 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 by Ted Templeman was so razor sharp (he's long been associated with the band and more famously with Van Halen).

Some tracks are shockingly better - that great guitar solo in "Neal's Fandango" rocks as does the cover of the Holland-Dozier-Holland Motown classic "Take Me In Your Arms..." One of my favourite 'in-between-tracks' instrumentals (in the entire Doobies catalogue) is "Slat Key Soquel Rag" which only runs to 1:52 minutes. Here it's absolutely transformed - beautifully produced in the first place, it now has gorgeous clarity - fans will flip for this. Another winner (albeit not quite as successful as the liner notes claim) is the 6:36 minutes of "I Cheat The Hangman" which sounds like The Eagles most uncharacteristic song "Journey Of The Sorcerer" which ends Side 2 of the "One Of These Nights" album (also from 1975). The Eagles stretched out instrumentally and with spectacular results - here The Doobies try the same - about 4 minutes into it - the song goes off into swirling vocals, Nick DeCaro arranged strings and Carl Himmie on trumpet fills. It sounds amazing.

"Music Man" features Soul Legend CURTIS MAYFIELD who contributes Strings and Horns that virtually 'make' the uptempo song. Another fan favourite is Tom Johnston's acoustic "Rainy Day Crossroad Blues" - it now sounds fabulous with slide nylon and steel guitar strings rattling around your music room. Although I always found both the album finishers "I Been Workin' On You" and "Double Dealin' Four Flusher" fairly plodding Seventies Rock - if they have admirers out there - then their gonna love the boogie clarity here.

The introduction of Michael McDonald to the band changed everything - and very much for the better in my opinion. Their 1976 transition album is a soulful rock record. "Losin' End" is fabulous and "Wheels Of Fortune" still retains that Tom Johnston's magic, but my heart lies with an obscurity. I've waited 30 years to hear "For Someone Special" in really great sound - and at last it's here. Because it's a Tiran Porter song (the Bass player) and doesn't feature either Johnston or McDonald on Lead Vocals (Porter handles it himself) - it sort of sounds like a slinky Steely Dan song you've missed. Every instrument is clearer - the Bass and Drums - and suddenly there's the lovely lead of Wayne Jackson from The Memphis Horns. I love it. Every time I feature this track on some 70's Fest CD in the shop shuffle - it brings customers to the counter asking after it.

Featuring Michael McDonald's heartfelt lyrics and gorgeous melody, "Takin' It To The Streets" is beautifully clear - and to this day sends chills up my arms (lyrics above). The funky and fun "8th Avenue Shuffle" sounds amazing too. And then you're hit with two knockouts - demos with just old blue eyes and a piano. The "Takin' It To The Streets" demo is mind-blowing stuff; he has the opening lyrics and just ad-libs the chorus - and yet it's still powerful. "We Would Sail Away (Saint Paul)" is excellent too and sounds not unlike a great Randy Newman outtake (high praise indeed).

So there you have it - for some reason I came to this reissue with low expectations and I leave it with exactly the opposite. Doobie Brothers fans have waited decades to see their band's great back catalogue be given the right reissue treatment - and England's Edsel label (who have struck a licensing deal with WEA) - have 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...
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute masterpiece 10 Mar 2012
By Ramatam - Published on Amazon.com
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I very surprised there are not more reviews of these remasters.
I finally got Stampede/Taken it to the streets after waiting 20 years for the
remasters. All I can say is BRAVO! Phil Kinrade did an incredible job
reviving the brillance of Stampede. The bass,the highs,the vocals bring
this CD to a new level. If your on the fence..trust me..GO GET THEM.
I don't know what the previous poster on here is talking about..must be deaf.
Taken it to the Streets is just as brilliant! I'm just not a fan
of the Micheal McDonald era.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great sound 31 Jan 2013
By Barry Crowley - Published on Amazon.com
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overseas releases have better sound quality from remastering. warner bros, apparently doesn't care if usa gets quality releases or not
5.0 out of 5 stars Much Better Remaster 20 Sep 2013
By APileofRocks - Published on Amazon.com
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These remasters are essential for Doobie Brothers fans as well as occasional listeners. The original CD's are much quieter and have a such a flat EQ: the remaster here was re-EQ'd and the gain was brought to the best level possible, which makes each album sound significantly better. I have not heard the Japanese remasters, but they cannot sound much better than this, and the difference between these two remasters definitely will not justify the price difference.

If you're just unsatisfied with the original CD sound, this remaster will most likely appease your ears. Along with the albums is some surprisingly good packaging and some in-depth history of each album and individual song: a great read for Doobies fans. The fact that these releases come with two albums a piece makes this a necessary buy for any kind of Doobies listener.
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch it ride all over you 30 Mar 2013
By Baljit S. Grewal - Published on Amazon.com
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I was never a fan of the Michael MacDonald era. This was the last album in the 70's before Tom Johnston took a hiatus. Perhaps a little uneven in parts, 'Neals Fandngo' amongst others redeems this album.
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