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There's no separating the unparalleled legacy of the Doobie Brothers from their upcoming HOR Records release World Gone Crazy – not that anyone would want to. Nevertheless, the new album may be most remarkable for the extent to which it stands completely on its own. Yes, World Gone Crazy is another chapter in one of the great American music stories, but it's neither comeback nor ... Read more in Amazon's The Doobie Brothers Store

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  • Audio CD (4 Oct. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Eagle Records
  • ASIN: B003ZYDSSY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,012 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. A Brighter Day
2. Chateau
3. Nobody
4. World Gone Crazy
5. Far from Home
6. Young Man's Game
7. Don't Say Goodbye (Feat. Michael McDonald)
8. My Baby
9. Old Juarez
10. I Know We Won (Feat. Willie Nelson)
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Disc: 2
1. Nobody (Video)

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DOOBIE BROTHERS World Gone Crazy (2010 UK 2-disc [CD/DVD] set comprising the 13-track CD album featuring guest appearances from Michael McDonald & Willie Nelson; plus a Bonus DVD including a 40-year retrospective of the history of theBrothers with rare photos never before seen footage and behind the scenes making of World Gone Crazy and the video for Nobody. Housed in a picture sleeve EAGCD431)

BBC Review

The first Doobie Brothers album for ten years is a time capsule from the Nixon/Ford era. Working again with Ted Templeman, who produced their golden age of hits and West Coast anthems, they deliver a textbook set of what their borderline-superannuated fans want. Ageism is not cool, kids, but a glance at the accompanying retrospective DVD shows a lighting crew working ridiculously hard to veil the fact that the Doobies are now, shall we say, weathered. (Saga would consider them unsuitable cover stars.) It’d be absurd for them to discover a new dubstep/grime direction, so this is hoary bearded vintage boogie for people who found Lynyrd Skynyrd a little too experimental.

Without a USP, the Californians – not brothers – cleaned up in the Almost Famous world; all flares, whiskers and no pretention. Songs like Long Train Runnin’ and Listen to the Music laced their country-rock with an enjoyable dash of funk; later, they appropriated Michael McDonald and rode a second wind with the soulful What a Fool Believes. McDonald guests on one track here, as does Willie Nelson. It’s as close, in essence, to a greatest hits album as you can get while not being one. Every song is sufficiently similar to their canon to give their people a rush of recognition. Electric and acoustic guitars play off each other, harmonies are honed; everything is so relaxed it makes the Eagles or Fleetwood Mac sound like F***** Up.

Lead single Nobody is actually a re-recording of a flop off their 1971 debut. It’s a decent groove, albeit one you can envision Jeremy Clarkson shaking his jeans to. A Brighter Day essays a reggae-soul lilt, while Chateau, ZZ Top-lite, turns the amps up to a risqué eight. The title-track has these millionaires bemoaning "tryin’ to make my monthly rent". It’s a slick production, though the ill-conceived Young Man’s Game brags of "30 long years bringin’ people rock’n’roll" and disses "those rock’n’roll critics talkin’ yak yak yak". Dudes, it’s 40 years, and the critics forgot you half that time ago.

In the Doobies’ heads, and on this album, it’s forever California 1974.

--Chris Roberts

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Leonardo27 on 5 Oct. 2010
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Ten years on from their last album, the Doobie Brothers turn full circle and reunite with their original producer Ted Templeman who was at the helm for all their famous hits in the 1970s and early eighties. It's an inspired move.

Sounding unmistakeably like the Doobies of old but at the same time notably flexing their muscles in fresh musical directions, "World Gone Crazy" is the work of a band showing few discernible signs of ageing despite a career spanning a remarkable forty years.

"Nobody" is a muscular reworking of the band's first ever single; this time you can hear the rhythm section. "Old Juarez" sounds like something Carlos Santana might have dashed off back in the days before he became satisfied with simply being a guest on his own albums, while Willie Nelson duets on "I Know We Won", one of several touching Pat Simmons ballads on offer. Tom Johnston delves deep into the blues for "Law Dogs" and "New York Dream" and, heavens, were those really Caribbean rhythms on the gospel-flavoured "A Brighter Day"?

The band's most successful period coincided with the arrival of Michael McDonald in the mid-seventies, leading to a succession of outstanding albums spawning some of their biggest hits, commencing with 1976's "Takin' It To The Streets" and continuing through 1980's "One Step Closer". McDonald's rollicking piano style and unmistakeably soulful vocals took the band in an altogether jazzier, R&B, direction, away from its country rock origins. And although, following an extended and enforced absence through illness, the returning Johnston led the reformed Doobies back whence they came, there are distinct traces of the McDonald era in evidence here, such as the rousing piano flourishes on the title track.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Arthurly on 4 Oct. 2010
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A total surprise. Can't think of many other bands who could produce a great album like this 40 years on! Pretty faultless, not a weak spot here and Michael Mcdonald kept to the minimum! Gotta be one of the albums of the year.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By N. D. Anderson on 8 Oct. 2010
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What a great album, it sounds so fresh and alive. I have been a Doobies fan for a looong time and this is really excellent. No I'm not somebody who raves about albums just because I always liked an artist/band. I agree with the Santana comment on the other review. He needs another Caravanserai. Anyway back to the Doobies. Great songs, great playing and a DVD too. This will stay by my Cd player for a long while before being filed with the rest of the back catalogue. Just buy it!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Piper on 29 Oct. 2010
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This is what the Doobies are about; great music, harmonies and songs. If you like the Doobies of old then you will love this.
The BBC critic is obviously jealous (and annoyed that the Doobies dared to criticise 'critics') This poor deluded lad needs an education in good music and manners. Slating them for daring to get old is just a bit puerile and extremely rude.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 3 Nov. 2010
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This is the first studio album from The Doobies in Ten Years, but it has been worth the wait. Great songwriting, Great performance, Great production. Any album from this band contains a variety of musical styles and this is no exception. A great mixture of Rock, Roadhouse Blues, and Country. The songwriting styles of Patrick Simmons and Tom Johnson complement each other so well.

There are certain songs that really just jump right out and say "OK, that's the Doobie Brothers and that's the kind of music they make together." Then there are other tunes that you go "Hmm...that's the Doobie Brothers but that's a different kind of song for them to be doing!" For example Track 9 Old Juarez is so Latin it could be Carlos Santana!

All in all an outstanding Album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. V. Ingarfield on 22 Nov. 2010
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I bought Sibling Rivalry a few months ago when I bought tickets for their gig at Hammersmith. That was the first Doobies album I had bought since One step closer and I thought that was good. This new album is classic Doobies and deserves to be successful. Please mention it on all the social sites.
As for the music...it's like a trip down memory lane as all Doobies genres are touched on but not in a maudlin, boring way but in a fresh 'God, I've missed this' kind of way. They're as tight as ever and the guitar solo's are invigorating and air guitaringly playable.
Outstanding.... and if you can catch them on tour do so as they have the enthusiasm of teenagers fresh to their first F and G chords.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BARRY WHITLEY on 27 Nov. 2010
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OK, so I am a Doobie fan,but this is a great CD. After ten years since the last CD I was a little worried that it might not be quite what I had hoped for. It is however, a very impressive piece of work. It's the best thing I've heard all year!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Roberts on 7 Dec. 2010
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I have been a fan of this band since the 70's but was not too keen in the later years but this new album "World gone crazy" takes me back to the great times of old. It really is great - you will not be disappointed especially if you liked "Captain and me" and "Toulouse St" to name just two of their greatest offerings. Enjoy!!
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