The Doobie Brothers - Minute By Minute (1978/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Artist: The Doobie Brothers
Title: Minute By Minute
Genre: Rock, Pop Rock, Soft Rock, Boogie Rock, Blue-Eyed Soul
Label: © Warner Bros. Records
Release Date: 1978/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Recorded: 1978 at Warner Bros. Recording Studios, North Hollywood, California
With Tom Johnston gone from the lineup because of health problems, this is where the "new" Doobie Brothers really make their debut, with a richly soulful sound throughout and emphasis on horns and Michael McDonald's piano more than on Patrick Simmons' or Jeff Baxter's guitars. Not that they were absent entirely, or weren't sometimes right up front in the mix, as the rocking, slashing "Don't Stop to Watch the Wheels" and the bluegrass-influenced "Steamer Lane Breakdown" demonstrate. But given the keyboards, the funky rhythms, and McDonald's soaring tenor (showcased best on "What a Fool Believes"), it's almost difficult to believe that this is the hippie bar band that came out of California in 1970. There's less virtuosity here than on the group's first half-dozen albums, but overall a more commercial sound steeped in white funk. It's still all pretty compelling even if its appeal couldn't be more different from the group's earlier work (i.e., The Captain and Me, etc.). The public loved it, buying something like three million copies, and the recording establishment gave Minute by Minute four Grammy Awards, propelling the group to its biggest success ever. --AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder
1. Here To Love You 3:58
2. What A Fool Believes 3:41
3. Minute By Minute 3:26
4. Dependin' On You 3:44
5. Don't Stop To Watch The Wheels 3:26
6. Open Your Eyes 3:18
7. Sweet Feelin' 2:41
8. Steamer Lane Breakdown 3:24
9. You Never Change 3:26
10. How Do The Fools Survive? 5:12
Patrick Simmons - guitar, vocals
Jeff "Skunk" Baxter - guitar, steel guitar
Michael McDonald - keyboards, synthesizers, vocals
Tiran Porter - bass, vocals
John Hartman - drums
Keith Knudsen - drums, vocals
Bobby LaKind - congas, vocals
Tom Johnston - vocals on "Don't Stop to Watch the Wheels"
Nicolette Larson - vocals on "Sweet Feelin'" and "Dependin' on You"
Rosemary Butler - vocals on "Here to Love You" and "Dependin' on You"
Norton Buffalo - harmonica
Herb Pederson - banjo
Byron Berline - fiddle
Lester Abrams - electric piano on "How Do the Fools Survive"
Bill Payne - synthesizer (with Michael McDonald) on "What a Fool Believes" and "Minute by Minute"
Andrew Love - saxophone
Ben Cauley - trumpet
Ted Templeman - percussion
Michael Jackson said he contributed back up vocals on "What a Fool Believes", "Here to Love You" and "Minute by Minute" for the album, but he is not credited on the album.
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