by The Doobie Brothers


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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."

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0075992728928
catalogNumber: 2835
Rank: 29305

Album Credits

Performance Credits

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

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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Stampede 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
StevieR More than 1 year ago
"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 !
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 :)