Stampede

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Talk about greatness -- the Doobie Brothers, with Jeff "Skunk" Baxter added to their lineup, delivered their best album to date helped by a fairly big hit, though "Take Me in Your Arms" never did anything close to its predecessors despite some chords and modulations that recalled "Black Water" ever so slightly. Stampede's virtue was its musicianship, which, in addition to new member Baxter, was also showcased in the guises of some impressive guests. The Doobie Brothers' rootsiest album to date, Stampede was virtuoso soulful countrified rock of a gritty nature, crossing over into blues as well as reaching back to a raw, traditional rock & roll sound that wouldn't have ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Talk about greatness -- the Doobie Brothers, with Jeff "Skunk" Baxter added to their lineup, delivered their best album to date helped by a fairly big hit, though "Take Me in Your Arms" never did anything close to its predecessors despite some chords and modulations that recalled "Black Water" ever so slightly. Stampede's virtue was its musicianship, which, in addition to new member Baxter, was also showcased in the guises of some impressive guests. The Doobie Brothers' rootsiest album to date, Stampede was virtuoso soulful countrified rock of a gritty nature, crossing over into blues as well as reaching back to a raw, traditional rock & roll sound that wouldn't have sounded too out of place 20 years earlier. That was the opener, the searing "Sweet Maxine," which just might've made a good single with an edit or two to bring it down to three and a half minutes; the record gets better with the bouncing "Neal's Fandango," which is highlighted by lyrical as well as instrumental acrobatics on the verses and a delicious guitar and piano break. "Texas Lullaby" is one of the prettiest pieces of country rock though it's a little more "Western rock" to come out of the genre since the Byrds and the Beau Brummels had treaded into it eight years earlier, and gets a magnificently soulful performance from Tom Johnston. And speaking of soul, Curtis Mayfield is the arranger on Johnston's hard-driving "Music Man." The group strips down to its acoustic basics for "Slat Key Soquel Rag," which could have been an outtake from the group's self-titled debut album; Maria Muldaur is the guest vocalist on "I Cheat the Hangman," representing Patrick Simmons' songwriting at its most ethereal. Baxter's "Précis" was the group's nod to classical and Spanish guitar technique, and "Rainy Day Crossroad Blues" provides guest artist Ry Cooder with a gorgeous canvas on which to paint his slide guitar licks. And the album lands with its feet firmly in 1970s-style roots rock on "I've Been Workin' on You" and "Double Dealin' Four Flusher."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992728928
  • Catalog Number: 2835
  • Sales rank: 4,244

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Doobie Brothers Primary Artist
Ry Cooder Guitar, Bottleneck Guitar
Conte Candoli Trumpet
Victor Feldman Percussion, Marimbas
Pete Candoli Trumpet
Maria Muldaur Vocals
Tom Johnston Guitar, Vocals
Patrick Simmons Guitar, Vocals
Bobbye Hall Percussion
Jeff Baxter Guitar, Steel Guitar
Harry Bluestone Concert Master
Venetta Fields Vocals
Karl Himmel Drums
Keith Knudsen Drums, Vocals
Bill Payne Keyboards
Tiran Porter Bass, Vocals
Jessica Smith Vocals
Ted Templeman Percussion
Bobbye Porter Conga
John Hartman Drums
Pete Condoli Trumpet
Sherlie Matthews Vocals
Technical Credits
The Doobie Brothers Contributor
Curtis Mayfield Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Tom Johnston Composer
Patrick Simmons Composer
Nick DeCaro String Arrangements
Lamont Dozier Composer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Donn Landee Engineer
Paul Riser Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Ted Templeman Producer
Rich Tufo Orchestration
Travis Turk Engineer
Ed Thrasher Art Direction
Hideki Masubuchi Liner Notes
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Doobie Brothers Best Album

    While this only has one real hit song, the whole album is the most enjoyable of their career. There is no filler here, every song is fascinating. While I appreciate the greater radio success that came to the Doobies after McDonald joined the group, one cant help but wonder what a better band they might have become if they had not abandoned the direction that this great album seemed to be pointing them in.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Definitely an under-appreciated SUPER Doobies effort !

    "I Cheat The Hangman" - An Awesome Piece Of Music ! Played this 8-track more times than I can count. Just as good as "The Captain And Me", " Vices" or "Takin` It To The Streets". "Take Me In Your Arms" Rocks !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the great, mostly unknown Doobie albums

    This album is truly one of their greats. It's one that I enjoyed when it came out with the lazy ''Texas Lullaby'' to the more upbeats of ''Neals Fandango'' and others. The more you listen to this album, the more you come to appreciate the different sounds that make up the Doobie Brothers. I highly recommend this one, especially for those of us who own still own it on vinyl (ah, the 70's :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Ever Evolving Music of the Doobies

    Stampede continues the Doobie Brothers unparalled musical innovation and creativity into the blending of styles of country and rock and roll, which other groups never touched for fear of alienating their fans. You can envision the band playing this style music on the front porch of an old country home in a time period far removed from todays urban sprawl. Patrick Simmons musical influence is heard throughout the CD with some nice accoustic guitar playing. This CD is for the true Doobie Brothers fan, who enjoys listening to the ever evolving musical syle of the group,while others may find this material too off the beaten path of the top ten hits they put out during their peak.

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