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.