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THE DOOBIE BROTHERS The Very Best Of 2-CD Rhino (2007)

The Doobie Brothers have a long and varied history and back in 2000 released a new studio album. This two disc collection covers their entire career, although personally I don't really like the Michael McDonald years!

Disc one is of most interest, with the hits 'Listen To The Music', 'Long Train Runnin' and 'China Grove', featuring a great guitar riff throughout he song.

The band had a great sense of harmony as well as you can hear on 'Another Park, Another Sunday' and 'Black Water', the latter similar to the Little River Band.

When Michael McDonald joined in the late 70's their music really goes bland for me and a tad too jazz/easy listening. Although 'Minute By Minute' is the pick of the McDonald years.

Disc two includes songs from their three albums released after 1989, with 'The Doctor' seeing the rock quota increased (and Michael McDonald out of the band!). With its piano and guitar solos you could easily imagine Lynyrd Skynyrd playing this one.

'Rollin' On' highlights the band's harmonies once more, with 'Ordinary Man' lifted of their last studio album.

Depends on your musical taste really as I love the band's early and later years but steer well clear of the McDonald years, which many will doubtless love.

A good collection for the casual/new fan and worth it for disc one alone.


Review by Jason Ritchie

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