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  • Audio CD (23 May 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Emi
  • ASIN: B000002UT4
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EMI 790371 2 CDP; EMI ITALIANA - Italia;

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Nine years after the previous studio album 1980's 'One Step Closer' the Doobies' returned with a slick, smooth production courtesy of Rodney Mills(38 special). Johnson & Simmons ably supported by Hossack,Hartman and Porter certainly had an eye to the commercial side of things rather than the bands early 70's glory wether Micheal McDonald was around or not.

Highlights,well the opening track 'The Docter' is easily one of the best tracks the band ever produced never mind the stand out on this disc,while the likes of 'Take me to The Highway' is quite stunning with ist lush soundtrack and harmonies.

The rest all high quality... a superb return with some easy listening when the heavy rock is taking a toll on your ears.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Made for a great reunion. 27 Sept. 2003
By Michael A. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It took the Doobies about a decade to shake off the stigma of Michael McDonald. With "Cycles" they came back with the kind of rock sound that long time fans had been yearning for. The singles, "The Doctor" and "South of the Border" are great and there are several other tracks which make you feel like the boys had never been away, just taking a long break. A worthy addition to any Doobies collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A one-star album? I don't think so! 5 Sept. 2012
By DM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The All-Music Guide gives this album one star, even lower than the rating they give the much-maligned ONE STEP CLOSER. Why? OK, I know this isn't at the level of THE CAPTAIN AND ME, but nothing that follows it is either.

CYCLES is among what you could call "comeback" albums - i.e., releases by reunited members of previously broken-up bands. One difference is that the Doobies have stayed together (in one form or another) ever since. Another is that, unlike most such albums, CYCLES is actually pretty good. Sure, it has its minor weak spots ("Wrong Number," a predictably selective anti-drug song that wants to be tougher than it is, comes to mind), but most of its songs are average Doobies or better. "Need A Little Taste Of Love," in particular, could pass for a classic-era Doobies track.

The most interesting aspect of the album is the emergence of percussionist Bobby LaKind as a prolific (if highly collaborative) songwriter. He was responsible (with ex-Doobie Michael McDonald) for my favorite track on CYCLES, "Tonight I'm Coming Through (The Border)." (Note the unmistakable McDonald keyboard chords on the bridge - being played on guitar!)

There are many albums whose AMG ratings you can disregard. This one is high on the list.

P.S.: Don't bother with the remastered version with the bonus tracks unless you're prepared to either spend a lot of money or hunt hard for a bargain. If a seller happens to list it at a reasonable price, it's almost certainly actually the easy-to-find original version. Better to get the 10-track original cheaply, possibly hunt down the CD single of "The Doctor" that includes "Anything For Love," the first bonus track on the remaster, and not worry about the second bonus track (the cheesy remix of "Need A Little Taste of Love").
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rockin' Reunion 20 Nov. 2003
By K. White - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The original lineup (well, the Toulouse St. lineup to be fair) of the Doobie Brothers finally got back to together to release an album in the summer of 1989. The result is, in my opinion, their best work. There is really no weakness throughout the album. The Doctor was the huge hit, of course, reaching #9 on the pop charts and #1 on the Rock charts. The followup single was no slackoff itself, as it reached #45 on the pop charts and #3! on the Rock chart. South of the Border also fared well on the rock charts. Musically however, this album flows together so neatly, and each song is so thoughtfully catchy that there are no songs to skip over. Time is Here and Gone is one of the most amazing songs you will ever here - it's message and it's music echo so very true. In fact, lyrically, this album is no doubt the most mature the band ever did. But the music is what makes the Doobs - roaring guitars, sweet acoustics, and their lush, trademark harmonies. This album shows the best of all worlds. So pop it in and be reminded that "Music is the doctor...of my soul".
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an incredible CD!! The Doobies at their best!! 15 July 2001
By loveblue - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a die-hard Doobie Brothers fan, and found this CD quite by accident. I'm so glad I did! This CD is absolutely the guys at their very best!! I listen to it several times a week during my commute to and from work. The music puts me in such a great frame of mind, I almost wish my commute was longer! "South of the Border" is my favorite track - wow, if THAT doesn't get your hormones working, someone has already plugged your plug!! My other favorite tracks are "Need a little taste of love", "Tonight I'm coming through (The Border)" and "Time is here and gone". I think baby-boomers will especially like this CD. As I listen to the music, I'm reminded of my life in the 70's, but it also makes you feel great about your life now. This CD was very difficult to find, but well, well worth the effort it took!!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Comeback - Doobies do what they do best 23 Oct. 2004
By L.A. Scene - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Doobie Brothers' 1989 album "Cycles" marked an official comeback for the group. For the first time since the 1982 "Farewell" Tour, the Doobie Brothers would be reunited and produce a new studio album. This comeback album would be minus two core members of the Doobies: Vocalist and Keyboardist Michael McDonald and drummer Keith Knudsen. However, this comeback would be significant because it would mark the return of guitarist and lead vocalist Tom Johnston. McDonald had originally been brought in to replace Johnston when Johnston was unable to tour. Eventually Johnston would leave the group and McDonald would become a regular. As most people know, the Doobies started out out as a Southern Style Rock band. The Doobie Brothers have always shown a great ability to integrate country, folk, blues, jazz, and even gospel style into their music (especially with the addition of McDonald which saw a trend more toward R&B and Jazz). With Johnston back and McDonald gone, "Cycles" continues this integration - although now with Johnston playing guitars with vocalist/guitarist Patrick Simmons, there are times when the old Southern Style guitars continue to surface. There are also times when the R&B style is in the forefront. Also, McDonald and Knudsen might not be musicians on the album - but there are still some pieces that were co-written by each of them included on this collection. "Cycles" wasn't a lame comeback by any means. The Doobies put together one solid comeback album.

The title of the album is called "Cycles". The name comes from the Doobies love of motorcycling - and in particular Patrick Simmons love of it. But perhaps the title talks about how the Doobies go the "full cycle" in their music. Songs such as "The Doctor" and "South of the Border" show that they still haven't abandoned their Rock and Roll roots. While other songs like "One Chain (Don't Make No Prison)" and "Take Me to the Highway" show they can still integrate R&B into their music.

The best song on the album is the opening song "The Doctor". This was the first and the most successful single released from "Cycles". This was a song that should have garnered some consideration for Record of the Year and it didn't. It is one of the best songs I've heard the Doobies do. The opening guitar and keyboard sequence is as good as I've heard in any song. This song was co-written by Tom Johnston and it shows that Johnston can still be a contributing force to the band. The other thing that I find amazing about this song is that it appears to be a semi-autobiographical song about the Doobies themselves. Lines such as "Music is the Doctor" and "When I'm out there on the Road - The Freedom I Need is the Freedom I Leave" really sum up the Doobies and their philosophy on life.

The second single released shows the Doobies can still tap into their R&B roots, but do things - Doobie Brothers style. This single "Need a Little Taste of Love" takes an Isley Brothers tune and the Doobies put a nice Southern Rock spin on it. The rendition comes off beautifully. Johnston and Simmons are on their "A" game on guitars. At times, the guitart chords of this song remind me of an older Doobie Brothers classic "Listen to the Music".

The third single from "Cycles" continues to showcase the Southern Rock flare - this song "South of the Border". While I think it's the collection's weakest track, I do like how the Doobies incorporate some R&B style background vocals - particularly as they sing "oooh South of the Border". It is the guitar work of Johnston and Simmons that will give this song an outstanding Rock and Roll edge.

One thing that is terrific about "Cycles" is that there are other songs that weren't released as singles that are outstanding. The second song "One Chain (Don't Make No Prison)". This song has much more of an R&B feel to it. Like in "South of the Border", the Rock edge isn't lost. In fact, some of the opening chords remind me a bit of Ted Nugent's "Catch Scratch Fever". The song "Tonight I'm Coming Through (The Border)" is a song co-written by Michael McDonald. This has much more of an R&B feel to it - including some saxaphone. I also think the McDonald-less Doobies pull the song off very well. However, the Doobies prove they don't need Michael McDonald to pen a good R&B style tune - the song "I Can Read Your Mind" has a solid R&B feel with some good guitar work. This might be one of the most underrated tracks on the collection.

R&B is not limited to what dimensions the Doobies can do. "Too High a Price" is the perfect song to close the album. This song showcases the Rock side - and in this song it slightly leans toward an "Arena Rock" sound. On "Take Me to the Highway", there is another great blend of fusion. The vocals start out almost Dan Fogelberg-like and then song moves toward a sound that almost reminds me a bit of the rock band Journey. "Wrong Number" is a Tom Johnston written song that has more of a Rock edge to it. Finally, "Time is Here and Gone" (the Keith Knudsen co-written song) is another song that has the Southern Rock style. Terrific harmonies with all of the vocalists really make this song something special.

This comeback album proves one thing - The Doobies were back. In the late 70s and into the early 80s, there weren't many bands out there that could produce a good fusion of music. Despite some band member changes and time passing, the Doobies still prove they can do this - and do it well. This album is highly recommended for the Doobie Brothers fan or the fan looking to explore the music of the Doobies.
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