The Doobie Brothers - Best of The Doobies poll

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Best of The Doobies is the first greatest hits album by The Doobie Brothers. The album has material from Toulouse Street through Takin' It to the Streets, and is also a diamond record. The album was released by Warner Bros. Records in November 1976.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
4. Listen To The Music 3:49 11
1. China Grove 3:14 9
2. Long Train Runnin' 3:23 9
3. Takin' It To The Streets 3:36 7
5. Black Water 4:14 7
8. It Keeps You Runnin' 4:18 2
7. Jesus Is Just Alright 4:30 1
9. South City Midnight Lady 5:28 1
10. Take Me In Your Arms 3:39 0
6. Rockin' Down The Highway 3:19 0
11. Without You 4:56 0


Bee OK, Wednesday, 31 March 2021 23:13 (one month ago) link

China Grove for the greatest guitar riff, though I do love "Listen to the Music"

eisimpleir (crüt), Wednesday, 31 March 2021 23:15 (one month ago) link

i read somewhere recently where Walter Becker was instrumental in getting Michael McDonald to join this band. Becker even toured with them when Steely Dan went to a studio band only? anyways, we have not polled them yet.

Bee OK, Wednesday, 31 March 2021 23:16 (one month ago) link

The flanged chorus of "Listen to the Music" drew in my vote.

BrianB, Wednesday, 31 March 2021 23:24 (one month ago) link

Bee OK, have you confused Jeff "Skunk" Baxter with Walter "Not Skunk" Becker?

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 31 March 2021 23:57 (one month ago) link

"Long Train Runnin'", easy. Three and a half minutes, sounds like it could go 15 without losing momentum.

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 1 April 2021 00:00 (one month ago) link

I just listened to the three songs I like from this. I may be the only vote for "South City Midnight Lady". I also like Mike McDonald's two.
The Tom Johnson songs are completely generic 70s rock (to which someone will undoubtedly reply, "that's what makes them GREAT!").

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 1 April 2021 00:21 (one month ago) link

you're damn right i will!!!

eisimpleir (crüt), Thursday, 1 April 2021 00:32 (one month ago) link

This is a great compilation. Man could they write some killer tunes. “Jesus Is Just Alright” definitely the catchiest, but it needs some goddamn DRUM FILLS!

Mr. Snrub, Thursday, 1 April 2021 01:30 (one month ago) link

I have listened to a burnt CDR w/ 'Toulouse Street' paired with 'The Captain and Me' a boodle in the past few years.

It does seem like the LA rock scene of the 70s all hung out and did drugs together.

Doobie Brothers do have their own kinda of groove on some of those tunes. Where CCR choogles, the Doobies got a lot of tunes that have this California 70s righteous mellow version of Iron Maiden's gallop.

earlnash, Thursday, 1 April 2021 02:09 (one month ago) link

I'd figure the Doobies sold a shit load of 8 tracks.

earlnash, Thursday, 1 April 2021 02:10 (one month ago) link

A few years ago I bought their whole catalog as two of those cheapo 5CD "Original Album Series" sets. Was really surprised by how good they were. When they went sideways, though, things got weird; they were willing to do pretty much anything Ted Templeman wanted, so sometimes they'd give, like, tropical sophisto-pop a try and it would go wildly wrong.

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 1 April 2021 02:17 (one month ago) link

It's "listen to the music" or "long train running" for me.. both are equally awesome.

the coda to "black water" is horrific beyond words

brimstead, Thursday, 1 April 2021 02:41 (one month ago) link

Feeling Takin' It To the Streets at the moment over China Grove.

that's not my post, Thursday, 1 April 2021 03:11 (one month ago) link

Keeps You Running, no contest

calstars, Thursday, 1 April 2021 03:31 (one month ago) link

Can I vote for the terrific-beyond-words coda to "black water"?

Actually, it's "China Grove," although I must note that I luuuv their cover of "Take Me in Your Arms."

Hideous Lump, Thursday, 1 April 2021 03:36 (one month ago) link

Bee OK, have you confused Jeff "Skunk" Baxter with Walter "Not Skunk" Becker?

probably, and this is why i asked it as a question as it didn't sound right. i need to figure out where i read that bit at and see where and why i got confused.

Bee OK, Thursday, 1 April 2021 03:51 (one month ago) link

Man could they write some killer tunes. “Jesus Is Just Alright” definitely the catchiest

Yeah, but...that's a Byrds cover.

My vote went to Long Train Runnin'. Never ever get tired of it.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 1 April 2021 04:10 (one month ago) link

I wonder why they didn't include at least one song from the debut. It's a good record!

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 1 April 2021 04:13 (one month ago) link

anyone who votes for Black Water is a criminal

i voted for Listen to the Music bc its pure joy and i love it

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 1 April 2021 04:14 (one month ago) link

they layer the instruments in such a groovy way, love the Doobies

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 1 April 2021 04:16 (one month ago) link

The Doobies are what the Eagles could've been if a) they were capable of ever having fun and b) owned some Dr. John records.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 1 April 2021 04:19 (one month ago) link

Well, yeah.

Wasn't "Jesus Is..." first done by some contemporary '60s gospel band before the Byrds grabbed it?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSzjbYomSWA

"what are you DOING to fleetwood mac??" (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 1 April 2021 04:31 (one month ago) link

Oh wow, The Art Reynolds Singers? I've just always assumed it was a Byrds original, which I guess was dumb because the Byrds lived or died by their fucking cover songs.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 1 April 2021 12:02 (one month ago) link

good poll idea. my first instinct is "Takin' It to the Streets" but i should throw this thing on, there's a fair number of the early ones that i don't know or don't know well enough.

this honking's on a bobo (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 1 April 2021 12:17 (one month ago) link

I only wish there was a track called "Which Doobie Do You Be" that we could vote on.

henry s, Thursday, 1 April 2021 13:19 (one month ago) link

Does anyone know anything about their connection to Skip Spence? Everything I've read has been pretty vague.

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 1 April 2021 14:12 (one month ago) link

These guys just sound like the '70s. "Listen to the Music." I mean really.

Josefa, Thursday, 1 April 2021 15:34 (one month ago) link

When McDonald joined they should have changed their name to the Boobie Druthers

calstars, Thursday, 1 April 2021 15:47 (one month ago) link

Woah ooohhhhhhh, we're the Doobies now

this honking's on a bobo (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 1 April 2021 16:03 (one month ago) link

I may be the only vote for "South City Midnight Lady".

I don't know if I can vote for it as the best, but I have a lot of love for this track.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 1 April 2021 17:23 (one month ago) link

i almost want to vote for "Black Water" because of all the hate here. almost.

Bee OK, Thursday, 1 April 2021 20:16 (one month ago) link

I'm not going to argue that "Black Water" is good, but I might just vote for it anyway because it's the one that comes to mind most quickly for me.

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Thursday, 1 April 2021 20:19 (one month ago) link

monster

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 1 April 2021 20:33 (one month ago) link

listened to this album today and am still leaning "Takin' it to the Streets." so many of the earlier songs have great riffs/hooks and a great live rock sound, but kinda ride one idea a little too much for me to get invested. i bet they'd be great to see live, with some beers, just feeling the sound and the groove... like a lighter-on-their-feet Grand Funk Railroad experience.

this honking's on a bobo (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 1 April 2021 20:39 (one month ago) link

Watch out for the farty bass on “takin it”- once you hear it you can’t undo

calstars, Thursday, 1 April 2021 21:27 (one month ago) link

"It Keeps You Running" is kind of an amazing choice for a single and for a "Best of" album - something about its unhurried presentation really screams "album track." But it's such a great statement of McDonald's sensibility and how quickly Templeman locked in with it - so much space and echo, just clearing out room for the keyboard chords and a slow-burn, bob-along experience. I always kind of forget about it and then when it comes on I'm like oh hell yeah.

this honking's on a bobo (Doctor Casino), Friday, 2 April 2021 14:35 (one month ago) link

found it and you can see why i got a bit mixed up and misremembered. From Wikipedia:

In 1974, Steely Dan co-lead guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter learned that his band was retiring from the road and that Donald Fagen and Walter Becker intended to work almost exclusively with session players in the future. In need of a steady gig, he joined the Doobie Brothers as third lead guitarist in the middle of their current tour. He had previously worked with the band in the studio, adding pedal steel guitar to both Captain ("South City Midnight Lady") and Vices ("Black Water", "Tell Me What You Want") and was already playing with the band as a special guest during that year's tour.

By the start of the Spring 1975 promotional tour for Stampede, Johnston's condition was so precarious that he required emergency hospitalization for a bleeding ulcer. With Johnston convalescing and the tour already underway, Baxter proposed recruiting a fellow Steely Dan alum to fill the hole: singer, songwriter and keyboardist Michael McDonald. Simmons, Knudsen, Porter and McDonald divvied up and sang Johnston's parts on tour while Simmons and Baxter shared lead guitar chores.

Bee OK, Friday, 2 April 2021 16:45 (one month ago) link

Mr. Baxter received his nickname due to urinating on a friend's doorstep. Decades in the war business have not erased it!

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 2 April 2021 16:56 (one month ago) link

predictably, both the nearly-goofy groove and the big vocal moments of "It Keeps You Running" have been stuck in my head all fucking day. at lunch i was in the kitchen making a peanut butter sandwich and going "FOR THE RHEST OF YOAAR LAAAAAHF" and probably driving my partner crazy.

this honking's on a bobo (Doctor Casino), Friday, 2 April 2021 21:31 (one month ago) link

hmm "goofy" maybe not quite the right word. just if i booted up an RPG and that was the theme music for the one town that has kind of a quirky weird gimmick, like a magic spell turned everybody into mushroom robots, i would buy it.

this honking's on a bobo (Doctor Casino), Friday, 2 April 2021 21:31 (one month ago) link

These guys just sound like the '70s. "Listen to the Music." I mean really.

― Josefa,

yet few people say OH THIS SOUNDS DATED MAAAHHN b/c no synths

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 2 April 2021 21:34 (one month ago) link

The Doobies are what the Eagles could've been if a) they were capable of ever having fun and b) owned some Dr. John records.

LOL

I'm not really a fan, but this LP (along with volume two) do a pretty fine job. Put both volumes on one disc and it's kind of a perfect Doobies compilation.

birdistheword, Friday, 2 April 2021 21:48 (one month ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSEcWbQqHAc

Bee OK, Sunday, 4 April 2021 04:03 (one month ago) link

few people say OH THIS SOUNDS DATED MAAAHHN

I don't think this is a very uncommon thing for people to say about the Doobie Brothers?

Just Another Onionhead (Sund4r), Sunday, 4 April 2021 04:17 (one month ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 5 April 2021 00:01 (one month ago) link

We'll discuss it further!

this honking's on a bobo (Doctor Casino), Monday, 5 April 2021 00:06 (one month ago) link

I only wish there was a track called "Which Doobie Do You Be" that we could vote on.

― henry s

When this episode aired my answer was definitely Black Water, so I gotta be true to my adolescent self.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f09mU7uSdfA

enochroot, Monday, 5 April 2021 01:19 (one month ago) link

I mean, Doobs are about as 70s as it gets

can you imagine doobie in your funk?

brimstead, Monday, 5 April 2021 01:32 (one month ago) link

'Another Park, Another Sunday.' Where is it? Why is it not on this record? Who did this? I want to speak to their parents. Well, 'China Grove' then. But why?

Stem Cell Maria (Dr. Joseph A. Ofalt), Monday, 5 April 2021 04:33 (one month ago) link

In the end decided to vote for "Listen To The Music."

Bee OK, Monday, 5 April 2021 16:58 (one month ago) link

didn't realize they were like the hells angels house band for a while. interesting history - kinda confused why i never knew much about them whereas ccr has a lot more visibility. they kind of have a knuckledragger thing going on maybe, their songs are workmanlike. they were given the gift of discovering the best riff of all time with "long train runnin" though...

John Cooper of Christian rock band Skillet (map), Monday, 5 April 2021 17:14 (one month ago) link

there's a surprisingly good house version of it that comes up as the first result on youtube.

John Cooper of Christian rock band Skillet (map), Monday, 5 April 2021 17:16 (one month ago) link

And lest we forget that one time Bananarama went all Gipsy Kings meets Doobie Brothers:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVPqlVOeh8s

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Monday, 5 April 2021 17:52 (one month ago) link

lol wow, i had no idea that existed and now i'm considerably richer

John Cooper of Christian rock band Skillet (map), Monday, 5 April 2021 17:56 (one month ago) link

To me the Doobies are the McD years. I never need to hear 'Long Train' or 'China Grove' or 'Black Water' again. Those songs are fine blueprints and examples of 70s rock but have none of the emotion that McD brought to the group.

calstars, Monday, 5 April 2021 18:30 (one month ago) link

I have distinct memories of my father complaining numerous times about Johnson being replaced by McDonald.
"They don't sound like rock and roll any more."

pj, Monday, 5 April 2021 21:36 (one month ago) link

Your dad otm.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Monday, 5 April 2021 21:49 (one month ago) link

Also if I'm not mistaken he liked C,S,N,Y but not C,S,N

pj, Monday, 5 April 2021 21:57 (one month ago) link

i stand w pj’s dad

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 5 April 2021 22:00 (one month ago) link

sounds like a good dude, where did he stand on Pink Floyd?

THIS IS IMPORTANT

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 5 April 2021 22:29 (one month ago) link

lol Veg

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Monday, 5 April 2021 23:29 (one month ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 00:01 (one month ago) link

Listen to the f’in music? Srsly?

calstars, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 00:06 (one month ago) link

that's wild wow

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 00:07 (one month ago) link

it is their best song

now its proven, no need to fight me

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 00:08 (one month ago) link

eat shit michael mcdonald
jk

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 00:08 (one month ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRdLWbOAUEY

birdistheword, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 00:17 (one month ago) link

On the other hand, The 45 Greatest Doobie Brothers Songs of All Time

birdistheword, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 00:19 (one month ago) link

voted for black water just to be difficult; the objective correct answer is china grove

mookieproof, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 00:24 (one month ago) link

china grove is cool

black water is the devil

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 00:25 (one month ago) link

keep on shinin' your light

mookieproof, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 00:53 (one month ago) link

“Like a lazy flowin’ river” ...zzzzzzzz

calstars, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 00:57 (one month ago) link

Pretty Mama Take Me By The Hand

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 01:18 (one month ago) link

hai remember their last top ten

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8uCryLHnt4

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 01:20 (one month ago) link

interesting results and a fun poll. i didn't know about a Vol 2, until this thread, so maybe need to do that one in the near future.

Bee OK, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 03:45 (one month ago) link

I voted China Grove, but in hindsight I feel like the most iconic Doobie hit of the 70s won. I’m at peace with the results.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 03:49 (one month ago) link

Listen to the Music would have been my second choice before Long Train Runnin. When I was little I just thought "Doobie" referred to like just a funky music word, like Oooby Dooby Shooby.

When I die, bury me with my dad's copy
of The Captain and Me --
Then watch the skunk weed grow
from the seeds stuck inside the sleeve

pj, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 08:31 (one month ago) link

very dissatisfied with these results, brb, gonna take it to the streets

this honking's on a bobo (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 16:06 (one month ago) link

it was nice of them to put all the songs people like on side 1

Josefa, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 16:21 (one month ago) link

It keeps you runnin' (to the turntable to put the needle at the start of side 1 again)

Halfway there but for you, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 16:31 (one month ago) link

This album and Best of BTO (so far) were both released in 1976. We should make them battle.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 16:43 (one month ago) link

I was just planning to create a Best of BTO poll! I have the CD here to remind me!

Halfway there but for you, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 17:00 (one month ago) link

I've been thinking about the poll today. Another Park, Another Sunday may be my fave. And I still remember being impressed seeing them live with two drummers. Maybe they were the gateway drug that led me to then go on to listen to the Allman Brothers Band ever since.

It's hard to say if I prefer the Doobie Brothers or Bachman-Turner Overdrive. I do prefer San Jose to Canada, though.

aworks, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 02:38 (one month ago) link

rong

mookieproof, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 02:39 (one month ago) link

yeah san jose doesnt have much to recommend it

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 03:08 (one month ago) link

San Jose is good for at least weather, jobs, and Streetlight Records...

aworks, Friday, 9 April 2021 14:31 (one month ago) link

I don't think city vs country is a reasonable comparison.

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Friday, 9 April 2021 14:34 (one month ago) link

True, B.T.O. only really represent Winnipeg.

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 9 April 2021 14:36 (one month ago) link

Ok, that's fair. If the Bachmans and Burton Cummings are all from Winnipeg, then maybe Winnipeg > San Jose. Well, except for weather.

aworks, Saturday, 10 April 2021 02:43 (one month ago) link

listening to this again the other night, i was struck for the first time at just HOW lugubrious and aimless the slow blues-rock section of "Jesus is Just Alright" really is. like if i just think of the song, it's the peppy opening section, which is repetitious as hell but at least energetic. then the bottom dropped out and i found myself listening to the absolute dead end of a genre, and possibly the dreariest thing to ever get regular classic rock radio airplay, for what seemed like hours. it was an indescribable relief when the clean, bright, chords of "It Keeps You Running" came parping in afterwards.

sgt. pepper's one-and-only bobo honkin' band (Doctor Casino), Monday, 12 April 2021 17:47 (one month ago) link

had a similar but far less intense reaction to the infamous "Black Water" coda, which has always kind of sailed by me harmlessly. headphone listening really heightens the cheesiness of the effort and especially the dopeyness of the fade out/fade back in of the band.

sgt. pepper's one-and-only bobo honkin' band (Doctor Casino), Monday, 12 April 2021 17:52 (one month ago) link

Take me by the hand (hand)

calstars, Monday, 12 April 2021 18:29 (one month ago) link


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