Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Doobie Brothers - Takin' It To The Streets (1976)

The Doobies' first album with Michael McDonald, who immediately turned the band in a more soulful direction.  However, as long as the hits kept coming, I'm sure neither band nor record label minded much.  Strong performances throughout, both vocally and instrumentally.  The material has its up and downs which is to be expected during a transition period.  It's no Minute By Minute, but you can hear the band was headed in that direction.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #8
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #9

Tracks:  Of course, the McDonald-penned singles stand out (Takin' It To The Streets and It Keeps You Runnin'), that's why they were the singles. Also good are Wheels Of Fortune, Rio, and Turn it Loose.  The weaker tunes are Losin' End and For Someone Special.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD:  A relatively recent impulse buy out of the bargain bin.

Previously revisited for the blog:
The Very Best Of (2007)

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