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on 1 March 2007
I was never a big Michael Mcdonald fan but I have realised that he was fantastic in the doobie brothers. this is one of the best examples of 'blue eyed soul' (a term which i dislike but you get the idea). if you like steely dan this is not too far away. Great musicians, Great singing and far removed from the 80's bland 'RnB' Mcdonald would go on to produce. If you like this check out 'living on the fault line' or 'minute by minute', they are all good but this is perhaps the most consistent album from the doobie brothers mark 2.
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on 18 September 2007
The first of the Michael McDonald era albums presents a transitional Doobies with great songwriting from all the Doobie alumni of the period. The slicker sound that was to appear on 1977's 'Faultline' had yet to take hold in 1976. Instead we get Michael McDonald's blistering title track, Simmons' classic slab of Doobie-funk 'Wheel of Fortune', and bassist Tiran Porter's ethereal 'For Someone Special' - all high points on this wonderfully diverse set. We're also treated to the Tom Johnston stomper 'Turn It Loose', the last of his compositions to appeared on a Doobie studio album until he reformed them in 1989.

The original CD issues of all the Doobie Brothers albums were notorious for their flat, lifeless sound. Not any more: These meticulously prepared Japanese editions are a feast for the eyes and ears - the attention to detail is astounding. It's been long overdue but well worth the wait. Doobie fans should aquire without delay.
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on 6 August 2014
A very different sound on this album; the guitar based rock being substituted for a more keyboard-soul orientated sound. The reason for this was the illness of Tom Johnston who only contributes one song: Turn it Loose.
This album includes contributions by several band members including new keyboard player Michael McDonald who supply's the title track, It Keeps You Runnin' and Losin End all great songs. For Someone Special by Tiran Porter seems a written for ailing leader Tom Johnston is also excellent with a superb bassline from a very underrated player.
The remaining tracks a mix of R'n'B and are more jazz tinged than rock songs all add up to a very good album but something which is very different from Stampede which it follows.
I still listen to this album after 30 years as I do most Doobie Brothers albums but it is totally different to the ones that went before and not the guitar orientated rock they built there reputation on.
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on 18 February 2008
This was the first Doobie Brothers release to feature Mike MacDonald, who had previously done session work with Steely Dan. He had presumably been drafted in to replace Tom Johnston, who was going through difficult times in his private life. As such, the style of this album is radically different from its predecessors. MM brought some good-quality songs with him, and he also takes a lot of the singing duties.

Quite a good Doobies album, in spite of all the upheaval. There aren't any bad songs on the album, and there are even a few truly great ones. "Wheels Of Fortune" is a decent opener, with Jeff Baxter seemingly taking over a lot of the guitar duties from Tom Johnston. The more soulful title track is Mike MacDonald's first lead vocal appearance. "8th Avenue Shuffle" is okay, but the guitar solo seems a bit incongruous with the funky style. Much better is "Losin' End", with a really great lead vocal by Mike MacDonald. Even the curious viola solo works well.

"Rio" is a jolly, jazzy number which features the briefest of brief appearances from Maria Muldaur. "For Someone Special" is another superb track, on which Tiran Porter sings a rare lead vocal, before the excellent "It Keeps You Runnin'". Yet another MacDonald composition, with a very nice vocal performance. Tom Johnston somehow manages to contribute a track, in the form of "Turn It Loose", which is totally out of place with the remainder of the album. However, it's an absolutely blistering rocker with rugged guitar work and is possibly my personal highlight. The album is brought to a close by "Carry Me Away", and ANOTHER MM vocal. (Simmons does very few lead vocals on this album, for some strange reason.)

Probably the last really worthwhile Doobies release. Mike MacDonald would do such a big chunk of the vocal duties on subsequent albums that i'd actually get sick of his voice. (With the one inevitable exception of the peerless "What A Fool Believes".)
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Some of the best rock music ever recorded – simple rhythmic use of chords and guitar playing technique. Some wonderful lyrics and melodies play with an energy that modern youth cannot fathom. There are a couple of tracks not worth the time but the others are musical icons
Wonderful album.
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on 16 October 2015
This album is every bit as good as I remembered it to be!
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on 4 February 2012
The sound quality for the mp3 download is diabolical. The album is unplayable. I want my money back! Very disappointed customer. How can I get my money back Amazon?
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on 23 February 2013
What's going on here Amazon - this mp3 download of this classic album is UNLISTENABLE. It has made me very suspect of the quality of mp3's here. This one is poorly mixed, tinny, hollow, keeps fading in and out. There is clearly something wrong. But I see that mp3 downloads are not counted in the return items section, so what do we do to get our money back? Any advice anyone?
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