Sibling Rivalryby The Doobie Brothers
With an impressive string of Top Ten hits from the early to mid-'70s, the Tom Johnston-era Doobie Brothers worked a good-natured, if vapid, country boogie groove to popular advantage over the course of four albums, before the group evolved into keyboardist/vocalist Michael McDonald's more urbane, occasionally brilliant, white-soul pop/a>… See more details below
With an impressive string of Top Ten hits from the early to mid-'70s, the Tom Johnston-era Doobie Brothers worked a good-natured, if vapid, country boogie groove to popular advantage over the course of four albums, before the group evolved into keyboardist/vocalist Michael McDonald's more urbane, occasionally brilliant, white-soul pop unit. On Sibling Rivalry, the first release since the tepid reception afforded 1990's Brotherhood, founding members Johnston, Patrick Simmons, and Keith Knudsen do a lushly produced retread of the denim-friendly, early-'70s SoCal of "The Captain and Me" and "Toulouse Street." There is plenty of up-with-life lyrics, spacey sound effects, and some truly lovely harmonizing on the lead single "People Gotta Love Again" and "Leave My Heartache Behind." The more relaxed "Jericho" takes a page from Lowell George's book of plaintive, southwestern funk, while "Don't be Afraid" was so tailor-made for McDonald's incomparable, faux-tortured soprano that to listen to Simmon's muted vocals pick through it is like watching a man struggle with an oversized coat. It's all been done before, of course, but the whole thing is so lovingly crafted and gee-whiz positive that you can't help coming away from a couple of listens snapping your fingers.
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Performance CreditsDoobie Brothers Primary Artist
Tom Johnston Guitar,Vocals
Patrick Simmons Banjo,Guitar,Vocals
Guy Allison Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael Hossack Percussion,Drums
Keith Knudsen Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Maxayn Lewis Background Vocals
John McFee Dobro,Guitar,Harmonica,Mandolin,Pedal Steel Guitar,Violin,Vocals
Terry Nelson Recorder
Marc Russo Horn,Saxophone
Yvonne Williams Background Vocals
Technical CreditsDoobie Brothers Producer
Tom Johnston Composer
Michael Ruff Composer
Guy Allison Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Josh Leo Creative Consultant
John McFee Engineer
Terry Nelson Producer,Engineer,House Sound
Lynn Peterson Engineer
Stanley Mouse Cover Art
Dave Russell Engineer
Bob Bangerter Composer
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This CD has everything Doobie fans have been waiting for, and then some. Every song is rich, the instrumentation and vocals are full of emotion, and the sound is true Doobies.
A ''must have'' for Doobie fans. Tom Johnston is in fine rocking form. Pat Simmons is true to his folk roots. Stand out tracks: Ordinary Man and 45th Floor. A little more mellow than the old days but good! The positive lyrics make you smile.
This is the long time waiting ...album...we Doobie fans have been waiting for. Great song writing, and Tom still have that great Doobie voice that we all love. If you love the Dobbies you will love this album. It gets an....A+.
This new album (Sibling Rivalry) of the Doobies just go's to show that some things do get better with time. The Doobies sound great on this album, and Tommy's voice still has that great Doobie sound and soul to it. The song writing is outstanding, and of course the music is classic Doobie Brothers. If you love or like the Doobies you have to buy this album. A+ all the way with this album.
Sibling Rivalry is not the typical Doobie Brothers recording. There are some signature sounds, however, by and large the listener will find a refreshing and smoother content that can be enjoyed by youngsters and grandparents.
Music just doesn't get any better than this, especially if you like the Doobie Brothers. I bought it for myself, but I can't get it from my teenage daughters, who are absolutely crazy about it. If you have been a fan of the Doobies since the early days, you must treat yourself to this one!