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One of the Best
on 30 January 2004
If you are considering buying a Doobies album for the first time, this is undoubtedly THE ONE. Don't mess around with those ubiquitous 'Best of' collections that are out there. Go for the continuity of this marvellous studio album.
Probably the single biggest testament to this recording is that so many of the songs thereon remain in the Doobies live set to this day. Natural Thing, Long Train Runnin, China Grove, Dark Eyed Cajun Woman, Clear as the Driven Snow, Without You and South City Midnight Lady are all regulars in their shows. When you consider how many studio albums the Doobs have made, this is an amazing statistic.
It would be easy to write about the virtues of Long Train Runnin and China Grove as they are great (and very well know songs) and you have probably heard them many times.
No, the real reason for buying this album are other gems such as the absolutely amazing 'Clear as the Driven Snow' and the wonderful 'Natural Thing'. The mix of country and rock is irresistable. Then you have a pair of lovely ballads (South City Midnight Lady and Dark Eyed Cajum Woman) which are beautiful in their own right. Then there's a pair of rockers (Without You and Evil Woman) which rock as hard as any songs you can think of.
The only other Doobies album which comes close to this one in my opinion is the wonderful 'Stampede' (with the amazing Neal's Fandango and 'Sweet Maxine') although the live set 'Rocking Down the Highway" (The Wildlife Concert) is well worth having too (on video or CD).
One last thing, if ever the Doobie Brothers are playing live close to you....GO. Don' make excuse, just GO. They are probably one of the best live acts out there.