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5.0 out of 5 stars At last! The re-masters that Doobie fans have been waiting for, 28 Sep 2007
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The last of the Tom Johnston era albums before Michael McDonald stepped in finds an upbeat Doobies delivering one of their best albums. There's a real celebratory feel running through this rootsy, soulful album. Patrick Simmons haunting 'I cheat the hangman' is also a standout cut and arguably one of his best compostions. Sound and packaging are exceptional and a massive improvement on the original CD release. An essential Doobie album!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a great album, 17 May 2009
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J. Richardson "Jez" (Clowne, Derbyshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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I have been a Doobie Brothers fan for more years than I care to remember and I just keep coming back to this as one of their best, possibly even the best. Evokes some really strong memories as all great music should do. it hangs together really well and I urge anuobe without a Doobies album to start with this one!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classy or spectacularly bland?, 18 Feb 2008
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P. B. Koeb (Aljezur, Portugal) - See all my reviews
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Good golly! Thirty years, this month, since i bought my LP copy of this album. I can even remember "Stampede" being given a bit of a panning in the GB musical press, at the time of its release. I've never forgotten a reviewer referring to the group's "spectacularly bland harmonies". I always thought that a little unfair, as this is a Doobie Brothers album which compares very favourably with their best work. Patrick Simmons and Tom Johnston are both in great form on this one. (This is the latter's final flowering on the early era Doobies releases, prior to having some serious personal problems.)

There are some interesting guest appearances on the album, and Curtis Mayfield does a great string and horn arrangement on "Music Man". Looking at the track listing, i'm moved to say that there isn't a really duff track in sight. "Sweet Maxine" is a super opener, which features some blistering dual guitar work. That's followed by another up-tempo rocker, "Neal's Fandango", prior to things being slowed down on the soothing "Texas Lullaby". "Music Man" gets things going again, with that classy Mayfield arrangement, before the short "Slat Key Soquel Rag" instrumental.

"Take Me In Your Arms" was the main single release from "Stampede", and it's a pretty decent cover of the Motown song. "I Cheat The Hangman" is very Patrick Simmonsy in style. It's a good track, but is a bit overcooked in comparison with the rest. "Precis" is a brief showcase for Baxter, before another couple of Tom Johnston songs. "Rainy Day Crossroads Blues" and "I Been Workin' On You" are both okay, although not his best compositions on the album. Better is Simmons' "Double Dealin' Four Flusher", which brings things to a close. I can't, off the top of my head, think of a rockier Simmons track. Billy Payne, of Little Feat, contributes some nice keyboard work.

A very decent Doobie Brothers release, all in all, in spite of those "spectacularly bland harmonies"! After this, they would head in a different musical direction for "Takin' It To The Streets". Mike MacDonald would take over the main songwriting duties from Tom Johnston, and things just would not be the same.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychedelic, melodic guitar rock at its finest, 4 Oct 2004
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Before they got soft, the Doobies, like the Allman brothers, were masters of the lyrical twin rock guitar. This and 'The Captain and Me' are their finest albums. Both have a depth and a variety of songs and are the product of a band at the height of its musical poweres. Aside from one or two dull tracks the playing and composition througout is wonderful from the up tempo 'Music Man' to the sweet melancholy of 'Precis'. 'I Cheat the Hangman' is one of the all time great epic rock tracks - right up there with Comfortably Numb or Bohemian Rhapsody.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Belting American rock, 26 Feb 2013
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Had this previously on vynil and was missing it I had to replace it. It goes round and round in my head
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4.0 out of 5 stars picks you up and takes you back, 13 Jan 2013
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Bronwyn Reid "Life is Music" (Gippsland, VIC Australia) - See all my reviews
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part of a time and a place, happy memories and 'youth' (ha!). Great to revisit the Doobies in their heyday, amongst many artists from that era whose work has proven relatively timeless. Still enjoy it immensely.
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