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Takin' It to the Streets

Takin' It to the Streets

by The Doobie Brothers The Doobie Brothers
Takin' It to the Streets

Takin' It to the Streets

by The Doobie Brothers The Doobie Brothers


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The group's first album with Michael McDonald marked a shift to a more mellow and self-consciously soulful sound for the Doobies, not all that different from what happened to Steely Dan -- whence McDonald (and Jeff Baxter) had come -- between, say, Can't Buy a Thrill and Pretzel Logic. They showed an ability to expand on the lyricism of Patrick Simmons and Baxter's writing on "Wheels of Fortune," while the title track introduced McDonald's white funk sound cold to their output, successfully. Simmons' "8th Avenue Shuffle" vaguely recalled "Black Water," only with an urban theme and a more self-consciously soul sound (with extraordinarily beautiful choruses and a thick, rippling guitar break). "Rio" and "It Keeps You Runnin'" both manage to sound like Steely Dan tracks -- and that's a compliment -- while Tiran Porter's hauntingly beautiful "For Someone Special" was a pure soul classic right in the midst of all of these higher-energy pieces. Tom Johnston's "Turn It Loose" is a last look back to their earlier sound, while Simmons' "Carry Me Away" shows off the new interplay and sounds that were to carry the group into the 1980s, with gorgeous playing and singing all around.

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/26/2008
Label: Rhino Flashback
UPC: 0081227991241
catalogNumber: 2899
Rank: 24158


  1. Wheels of Fortune
  2. Takin' It To The Streets
  3. 8th Avenue Shuffle
  4. Losin' End
  5. Rio
  6. For Someone Special
  7. It Keeps You Runnin'
  8. Turn It Loose
  9. Carry Me Away

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Doobie Brothers   Primary Artist
Michael McDonald   Keyboards,Vocals
Maria Muldaur   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Tom Johnston   Guitar,Vocals
Memphis Horns   Track Performer
Patrick Simmons   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Jeff Baxter   Guitar,Steel Guitar,Track Performer
Jesse Butler   Organ
Lewis Collins   Horn
Jack Hale   Trombone,Horn,Track Performer
Richie Hayward   Drums
Wayne Jackson   Horn,Track Performer
Keith Knudsen   Drums,Vocals,Track Performer
Bobby LaKind   Conductor,Conga
Andrew Love   Horn,Track Performer
James Mitchell   Horn
Novi Novag   Viola
Novi   Viola
Tiran Porter   Bass,Vocals,Track Performer
Dave Shogren   Bass
Ted Templeman   Percussion
John Hartman   Drums,Track Performer
Jessica Butler   Organ
James J. Mitchell   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Jeff Baxter   Composer
Donn Landee   Engineer
Ted Templeman   Producer
Ed Thrasher   Art Direction

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