Takin' It to the Streets

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The group's first album with Michael McDonald marked a shift to a more mellow and self-consciously soulful sound for the Doobies, not all that different from what happened to Steely Dan -- whence McDonald and Jeff Baxter had come -- between, say, Can't Buy a Thrill and Pretzel Logic. They showed an ability to expand on the lyricism of Patrick Simmons and Baxter's writing on "Wheels of Fortune," while the title track introduced McDonald's white funk sound cold to their output, successfully. Simmons' "8th Avenue Shuffle" vaguely recalled "Black Water," only with an urban theme and a more self-consciously soul sound with extraordinarily beautiful choruses and a thick, rippling ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The group's first album with Michael McDonald marked a shift to a more mellow and self-consciously soulful sound for the Doobies, not all that different from what happened to Steely Dan -- whence McDonald and Jeff Baxter had come -- between, say, Can't Buy a Thrill and Pretzel Logic. They showed an ability to expand on the lyricism of Patrick Simmons and Baxter's writing on "Wheels of Fortune," while the title track introduced McDonald's white funk sound cold to their output, successfully. Simmons' "8th Avenue Shuffle" vaguely recalled "Black Water," only with an urban theme and a more self-consciously soul sound with extraordinarily beautiful choruses and a thick, rippling guitar break. "Rio" and "It Keeps You Runnin'" both manage to sound like Steely Dan tracks -- and that's a compliment -- while Tiran Porter's hauntingly beautiful "For Someone Special" was a pure soul classic right in the midst of all of these higher-energy pieces. Tom Johnston's "Turn It Loose" is a last look back to their earlier sound, while Simmons' "Carry Me Away" shows off the new interplay and sounds that were to carry the group into the 1980s, with gorgeous playing and singing all around.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2008
  • Label: Rhino Flashback
  • UPC: 081227991241
  • Catalog Number: 2899
  • Sales rank: 9,817

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Doobie Brothers Primary Artist
Michael McDonald Keyboards, Vocals
Maria Muldaur Vocals, Guest Appearance
Tom Johnston Guitar, Vocals
The Memphis Horns Track Performer
Patrick Simmons Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Jeff Baxter Guitar, Steel Guitar, Track Performer
Jesse Butler Organ
Lewis Collins Horn
Jack Hale Trombone, Horn, Track Performer
Richie Hayward Drums
Wayne Jackson Horn, Track Performer
Keith Knudsen Drums, Vocals, Track Performer
Bobby LaKind Conductor, Conga
Andrew Love Horn, Track Performer
James Mitchell Horn
Novi Novag Viola
Novi Viola
Tiran Porter Bass, Vocals, Track Performer
Dave Shogren Bass
Ted Templeman Percussion
John Hartman Drums, Track Performer
Jessica Butler Organ
James J. Mitchell Track Performer
Technical Credits
Jeff Baxter Composer
Donn Landee Engineer
Ted Templeman Producer
Ed Thrasher Art Direction
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