Category: The Doobie Brothers

The Doobie Brothers – Toulouse Street

ARTIST: The Doobie Brothers                The_Doobie_Brothers_-_Toulouse_Street

TITLE: Toulouse Street

YEAR RELEASED: 1972

CHART ACTION: #21

SINGLES: Listen to the Music (#11 US, #29 UK), Jesus Is Just Alright (#35 US), Rockin’ Down the Highway

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: The deep cuts got buried

LINEUP: Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons, Tiran Porter, John Hartman, Michael Hossack. Bill Payne helped on keyboards. Dave Shogren contributed to two cuts before he left.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Finding a sweet spot with semi-rockin’, semi-country, laid-back tunes, the Doobie’s second album is better, and more popular.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Changing bassists, adding a second drummer, and polishing up their songwriting helped the Doobie Brothers break through on this album. Not that it’s a world beater, but it’s better than their first by leaps and bounds.

The sound still isn’t that adventurous, though befitting the name of the album they add horns and try to invoke a New Orleans groove to a few tracks, and also throw some gospel with a cover of the Byrds arrangement of “Jesus Is Just Alright”. There’s some tracks that are primarly acoustic tracks, and a couple that could be off-ramps to concert jams. All in all, a definite mainstream 1972 record.

The penultimate cut “Disciple” shows what the Doobies could be if they wanted to rock all the time. Alas, no.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Hossack left the band because of disagreements with producer Ted Templeman.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No 

GRADE: B: I don’t have bad things to say about this. It’s standard and mainstream, with decent deep cuts. They could rock out if they wanted to.

The Doobie Brothers – The Doobie Brothers

ARTIST: The Doobie Brothers    the_doobie_brothers_-_the_doobie_brothers

TITLE:  The Doobie Brothers

YEAR RELEASED: 1971

CHART ACTION: #210

SINGLES: Nobody (#58), Travelin’ Man, Beehive State

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: No, this thing’s been buried.

LINEUP: Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons, Dave Shogren, John Hartman

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A totally unmemorable album only in print because of who the band became.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Sure, there are some nice moments on this record. But, they all sound like rough drafts for the songs that made the Doobie Brothers famous. “Nobody” has the acoustic guitar drive, harmonies, and guitar solo that would be the Doobie’s formula (pre-Michael McDonald). It’s the only one that really appears on any compilation that’s not a box set.

Even with these prototypes, the songs didn’t transcend the absolute meh of the album. It tries, and yes, it’s tasteful and polished and harmonious, but it doesn’t trip any triggers.

There was enough here to get them another album, which they made the most of. But unless you’re a diehard, skip this one.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: They cover a Randy Newman song (“The Beehive State”), which is…interesting.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: C:  It’s just…so meh. EXILED.