Toulouse Street

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Toulouse Street was the album by which most of their fans began discovering the Doobie Brothers, and it has retained a lot of its freshness over the decades. Producer Ted Templeman was attuned to the slightly heavier and more Southern style the band wanted to work toward on this, their second album, and the results were not only profitable -- including a platinum record award -- but artistically impeccable. Toulouse Street is actually pretty close in style and sound at various points to what the Eagles were doing during the same period, except that the Doobies threw jazz and R&B into the mix, as well as country, folk, and bluegrass elements, and surprise! ended up just ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Toulouse Street was the album by which most of their fans began discovering the Doobie Brothers, and it has retained a lot of its freshness over the decades. Producer Ted Templeman was attuned to the slightly heavier and more Southern style the band wanted to work toward on this, their second album, and the results were not only profitable -- including a platinum record award -- but artistically impeccable. Toulouse Street is actually pretty close in style and sound at various points to what the Eagles were doing during the same period, except that the Doobies threw jazz and R&B into the mix, as well as country, folk, and bluegrass elements, and surprise! ended up just about as ubiquitous as the Eagles in peoples' record collections, especially in the wake of the singles "Listen to the Music" and "Jesus Is Just Alright." But those two singles represented only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what this group had to offer, as purchasers of the album discovered even on the singles -- both songs appear here in distinctly longer versions, with more exposition and development, and in keeping with the ambitions that album cuts even of popular numbers were supposed to display in those days. Actually, "Listen to the Music" written by Tom Johnston offers subtle use of phasing and other studio tricks that make its seemingly earthy, laid-back approach some of the most complex and contrived of the period. Johnston's "Rockin' Down the Highway" shows the band working at a higher wattage and moving into Creedence Clearwater Revival territory, while "Mamaloi" was Patrick Simmons' laid-back Caribbean idyll, and the title tune also by Simmons is a hauntingly beautiful ballad. The band then switches gears into swamp rock for "Cotton Mouth" and takes a left turn into the Mississippi Delta for a version of Sonny Boy Williamson II's "Don't Start Me Talkin'" before shifting into a gospel mode with "Jesus Is Just Alright." Johnston's nearly seven-minute "Disciple" was the sort of soaring, bluesy hard rock workout that led to the group's comparison to the Allman Brothers Band, though their interlocking vocals were nearly as prominent as their crunching, surging double lead guitars and paired drummers. And it all still sounds astonishingly bracing decades later; it's still a keeper, and one of the most inviting and alluring albums of its era.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2008
  • Label: Rhino Flashback
  • UPC: 081227992880
  • Catalog Number: 2634
  • Sales rank: 2,092

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Listen to the Music (4:45)
  2. 2 Rockin' Down the Highway (3:23)
  3. 3 Mamaloi (2:29)
  4. 4 Toulouse Street (3:19)
  5. 5 Cotton Mouth (3:48)
  6. 6 Don't Start Me to Talkin' (2:44)
  7. 7 Jesus Is Just Alright (4:33)
  8. 8 White Sun (2:30)
  9. 9 Disciple (6:42)
  10. 10 Snake Man (1:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Doobie Brothers Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Tom Johnston Guitar, Vocals
Patrick Simmons Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Sherman Marshall Cyr Horn, Track Performer
Joe Lane Davis Horn, Track Performer
Michael Hossack Drums, Group Member
Jerry Jumonville Saxophone, Track Performer
Bill Payne Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Tiran Porter Bass, Vocals, Group Member
Dave Shogren Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Jon Smith Horn
Ted Templeman Percussion
John Hartman Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Stephen Barncard Engineer
Marty Cohn Engineer
Lee Herschberg Remastering
Jerry Jumonville Horn Arrangements
Donn Landee Engineer
Ted Templeman Producer
Ed Thrasher Art Direction
Rob LoVerde Mastering
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Have a Doobie

    A real nice album from the Doobs which got them the kind of radio airtime that went on throughout the seventies. It is possible to settle for a nice greatest hits package for the Doobie Brothers but their albums hold together well enough to make owning them each a better deal over all.

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