What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits

What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits

by The Doobie Brothers


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What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits

The Doobies team up with the Memphis Horns for an even more Southern-flavored album than usual, although also a more uneven one. By this time, Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons, and company had pretty well inherited the mantle and the core (and then some) of the audience left behind by Creedence Clearwater Revival and John Fogerty, with Johnston songs like "Pursuit on 53rd Street," "Down in the Track," and "Road Angel" recalling pieces like "Travelin' Band," while Simmons' "Black Water" (their first number one hit) evoked the softer side of the "swamp rock" popularized by CCR. Actually, in some respects, given the range of instruments employed here, including an autoharp (courtesy of Arlo Guthrie) and viola, the songs on the original LP's first side suffer somewhat from a sameness that makes What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits a little less interesting than the albums that preceded it. The original side two had a lot more variety, which is as good as any full album the band ever recorded: Simmons' "Tell Me What You Want (And I'll Give You What You Need)" and Johnston's "Another Park, Another Sunday," which both outdo the Eagles and Poco at their respective country-rock games (and keep a certain soulful edge, too), Simmons' lyrical, ethereal, slightly spacy "Daughters of the Sea," and the very spacy, shimmering instrumental "Flying Cloud" (written by bassist Tiran Porter). In all, despite the weakness of its original first side, it's got a lot more to offer than the single hit, and has at least six numbers (out of 12) that rate with the better album tracks the group has ever done.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0075992728027
catalogNumber: 2750
Rank: 6591

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Doobie Brothers   Primary Artist
Arlo Guthrie   Harmonica,Autoharp
James Booker   Piano
Tom Johnston   Guitar,Vocals
Patrick Simmons   Guitar,Vocals
Jeff Baxter   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar
Eddie Guzman   Percussion,Conga,Timbales
Jack Hale   Trombone
Milt Holland   Percussion,Marimbas,Tabla,Pandeiro
Michael Hossack   Drums
Wayne Jackson   Trumpet,Horn
Keith Knudsen   Drums,Vocals
Andrew Love   Horn,Saxophone
James Mitchell   Horn
Novi Novag   Viola
Novi   Viola
Bill Payne   Keyboards
Tiran Porter   Bass,Vocals
Ted Templeman   Percussion
John Hartman   Drums

Technical Credits

Memphis Horns   Horn Arrangements
Lee Herschberg   Engineer
Wayne Jackson   Horn Arrangements
Donn Landee   Engineer
Andrew Love   Horn Arrangements
Ted Templeman   Producer,Audio Production
Chas Barbour   Art Direction,Cover Design

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What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
This one has their great hit "Black Water". The album is good, not great, but worth owning.