23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 6 March 2012
For me, the early Doobie Brothers music came at the right time. I was in my mid teens and looking for the next style of music to carry me away. When I saw the Doobies on The Old Grey Whistle Test I determined to investigate. Listen To The Music, so simple, so summer strumming, was the track that grabbed me and my first purchase was Toulouse Street. Lovely stuff. I rapidly collected the first five albums, the first of which, The Doobie Brothers, doesn't feature here. Instead, we have the sixth album, Taking It To The Streets, which signals the introduction of Michael McDonald along with a new sound. I, personally would have preferred the first album in this box instead of the sixth and, though I play Taking It To The Streets, to me, it marks the decline in the real Doobies sound. Happily, having seen them live last year (2011) I can report that they are back to the sound I love best. Each album features classic tracks you may have forgotten about. I recommend the purchase of this collection.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
i have to be honest,i swithered wether to get this,as there are 2 discs sets also available,however when i heard that there was an original's vol 2 coming with the hard to get 'One Step Closer' and particularly 'Farewell Tour',i thought i might as well,ultimately(between both sets) your getting 10 albums at about 2 quid each.
This set captures the bands finest 70's discs,so its no surprise that the debut disc from '71 is left off,chronilogically it probably should have been there putting '76's 'Takin It To The Street' on volume 2 but i can understand the record companies thinking(for once).
So to the music 5 great albums from 1972 thru 1976,capturing the classic Doobie rock/country/gospel influenced melodic rock,certainly on discs 1-4,the 5th the aforementioned 'Streets ' album shows the 'aor/Steely Dan' influence creepin in,it would take over in future albums.
All the major hits from this era are here 'Listen to the Music','China Grove','Rockin Down The Highway' etc but its the many classic album tracks such as 'Clear As The Driven Snow','Another Park,Another Sunday' ,'Rainy Day Crossroad Blues' and the like,which will make you wonder why they are not held in higher esteem as a band of great talent.
The only downside is the packaging,as someone who loves the little booklets and archive notes and details,then this packaging was always going to jar,its a cheap box with mini replica sleeves,with writing so tiny its barely readable,and the covers reproduced too darkly,but its a trade off price versus quality,the sound quality is excellent(always loved Ted Templeman's work with the Doobies and Van Halaen) ,so i cant complain to much.
So ultimately you get 5 classic albums for minimal price,its your choice.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
My fellow reviewer Mois Bennaroch has thoughtfully pointed out that these original albums have been remastered with additional tracks.
From experience I have often found that many of the sister sets are in actual fact the remastered versions with additional tracks or at worse a mixture of the two.
So I thought a track listing would be a great way to compare the two versions
Still an amazingly cheap set with the neat cardboard sleeves- heck someone has got to love them!
If you spot any mistakes just add a comment and I will rectify it Toot Sweet
(and yes I know it's not spelled that way!!)
* 1. Listen to the Music
* 2. Rockin' down the Highway
* 3. Mamaloi
* 4. Toulouse Street
* 5. Cotton Mouth
* 6. Don't Start Me to Talkin'
* 7. Jesus Is Just Alright
* 8. White Sun
* 9. Disciple
* 10. Snake Man
* 1. Natural Thing
* 2. Long Train Runnin'
* 3. China Grove
* 4. Dark Eyed Cajun Woman
* 5. Clear as the Driven Snow
* 6. Without You
* 7. South City Midnight Lady
* 8. Evil Woman
* 9. Busted down Around O'Connelly Corners
* 10. Ukiah
* 11. The Captain and Me
* 1. Song to See You Through
* 2. Spirit
* 3. Pursuit on 53rd St.
* 4. Black Water
* 5. Eyes of Silver
* 6. Road Angel
* 7. You Just Can't Stop It
* 8. Tell Me What You Want (And I'll Give You What You Need)
* 9. Down in the Track
* 10. Another Park, Another Sunday
* 11. Daughters of the Sea
* 12. Flying Cloud
* 1. Sweet Maxine
* 2. Neal's Fandango
* 3. Texas Lullaby
* 4. Music Man
* 5. Slat Key Soquel Rag
* 6. Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me)
* 7. I Cheat the Hangman
* 8. Précis
* 9. Rainy Day Crossroad Blues
* 10. I Been Workin' on You
* 11. Double Dealin' Four Flusher
* 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
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 July 2012
Remember the days when you could rely upon your favourite bands putting out an album every year? And the best of them could do it despite major personnel changes (both voluntary and enforced due to Tom Johnstons's health problems) AND still produce material of the consistently high quality of these 5 discs. These albums represent the studio output of 1972 to 1976 from quite simply a great rock band, which progressed over the same period from Tom Johnston's soul-influenced R&B of Listen to the Music and China Grove through to the funkier Takin It to The Streets where the growing influence of Steely Dan emigrants Skunk Baxter and Michael McDonald (that would lead to 77's Living on the Fault Line and 78's Minute by Minute) is becoming obvious. Despite the quickfire production schedule, there is not a weak album here and rarely does a set like this provide such a fascinating record of band's dramatic progression over such a short period of time.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 15 January 2012
My annual Happy Christmas to me from me, prevents the underpants and socks disappointment, and I have to say I made a brilliant choice.
I had "The Captain and Me" on vinyl many years ago and although that is still in top condition the move to digital recordings both on CD and on computer has stopped me playing it (along with many others). Of course the first out of the pack was that album, but I have to say the others were just as good. This series is a great way to fill the gap and I will investigate other artists which have whetted my appetite along the way, excellent value for money and I would heartily recommend.
All I need now is other excuses to buy not just Christmas!
on 1 December 2014
Tremendous value set. It's a shame the first Doobies LP isn't here, instead we get one of their soul/funk efforts from the McDonald years which sits incongruously alongside the sensational FM rock of Captain and Me, Tolouse St and Vices; all of which are the pinnacle of good time, heavy West Coast rock. There is hardly a duff track on all three records. Every song could have been a hit single. The song-writing and musicianship is absolutely peerless. Stampede sadly marks a steep descent in their fortunes lacking both memorable tunes and introducing some brass accompaniment that simply doesn't suit the band's style. But three of these records mark the very pinnacle of American rock in the 70s.
on 9 September 2014
AMAZING band of musicians who created some beautiful and exhilarating music for a few decades!
Listen to the music Long Train Running plus so many more gems South City Midnight Lady, Toulouse Street, I cheat the Hangman,
aking it to the Streets, Music Man etc
There are so many wonderful moments great music great harmonies plenty of guitar and drums - EXCELLENT.