The Doobie Brothers - Livin' On The Fault Line (1977/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Artist: The Doobie Brothers
Title: Livin' On The Fault Line
Genre: Rock, Pop Rock, Soft Rock, Boogie Rock, Blue-Eyed Soul
Label: © Warner Bros. Records
Release Date: 1977/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Recorded: 1977 at Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood, CA; Western Recorders, Hollywood, CA; Warner Bros. Recording Studios, North Hollywood, CA
Livin' on the Fault Line fell between two of the Doobie Brothers' biggest-selling records. The album had no hit singles, and one-time leader Tom Johnston kept a markedly low profile (this would be his last record with the group, not including a later reunion). Despite this, Livin' on the Fault Line contains some of the most challenging and well-developed music of the band's career, with Patrick Simmons and Michael McDonald really stepping to the fore. There's a vague mood of melancholia running through the songs, as well as a definite jazz influence. This is most obvious on the title track, which has several instrumental passages that showcase the guitar abilities of Simmons and Jeff Baxter. Similarly, "Chinatown" is a spooky mood piece not unlike the smooth fusion of late-period Steely Dan or Little Feat. But "Echoes of Love" and "Nothin' But a Heartache" are both intelligent, glistening pop songs that confirm Simmons and McDonald as first-rate tunesmiths. The record slips a little at the end, with a plodding R&B song and a Piedmont guitar instrumental thrown in as filler. Overall, though, this is a chapter in the Doobie Brothers' history that deserves a second look. --AllMusic Review by Peter Kurtz
1. You're Made That Way 3:30
2. Echoes Of Love 2:57
3. Little Darling (I Need You) 3:24
4. You Belong To Me 3:04
5. Livin' On The Fault Line 4:42
6. Nothin' But A Heartache 3:05
7. Chinatown 4:55
8. There's A Light 4:12
9. Need A Lady 3:21
10. Larry The Logger Two-Step 1:16
Patrick Simmons - guitar, vocals
Jeff Baxter - guitar, steel guitar
Michael McDonald - keyboards, vocals
Tiran Porter - bass, vocals
Keith Knudsen - drums, backing vocals
John Hartman - drums
Bobby LaKind - congas, vocals
Dan Armstrong - electric sitar solo on "Need A Lady"
Norton Buffalo - harmonica on "There's A Light"
Victor Feldman - vibes on "Livin' On The Fault Line"
Rosemary Butler - backup vocals on "Little Darling (I Need You)", "You Belong To Me", and "There's A Light"
Maureen McDonald - backup vocals on "You're Made That Way"
Ted Templeman - percussion
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