Very Best Of

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  • Superb!
    This double CD set is one of the best greatest hits compilations I've heard in a long time. If you want Doobies to listen to and don't know what CD to throw on, get this one. You have all the hits and more right here. A must for any Doobies fan!!!!!!!!!!!...more info
  • The Best of "The Best of"'s...
    Are you one of those people who disconnected the turntable and threw out all of your old albums when you started collecting CD's? I bet you regret it now, don't you? After all, `new' music isn't exactly what you expected, and it's painfully expensive to replace all of your old albums with digitized versions. This is especially true when it comes to baby-boomer bands like the Doobie Brothers. Back then, I'd bet that you owned at least four or five of their albums and if you're like me, you never (re) bought a single one on compact disc. Granted, the music did sound a bit dated after a while, but every now and then you'd hear one of their hits on the radio and wish that you could drag out the old vinyl and give it a listen. If you did bother, you'd have to wade through twelve studio albums to find the tracks that interest you, or settle for either of two greatest hits packages, each of which told less than half of the band's story.
    Problem solved. In one neat little 2-CD set, "The Best of the Doobie Brothers" compiles virtually all of their best tracks in one package. Best of all, it captures the near schizophrenic nature of the band as they veer from classic rock to blue-eyed soul and then back again. The early Doobie Brothers leaned heavily on the songwriting abilities of Tom Johnston. Hits like "Listen to the Music," "Long Train Runnin'," "China Grove" and "Another Park, Another Sunday" were all written by Johnston, and they represent some of the best pop music from the early seventies. Once Michael McDonald came aboard, though, the band's dynamic shifted dramatically toward west-coast soul, featuring mega-hits such as "What a Fool Believes," "Takin' It to the Streets" and "It Keeps You Runnin'." Throughout the set, permanent member Patrick Simmons provides the occasional gem and a change of pace with songs like "Black Water" and "South City Midnight Lady." All are included here, making this a one-size-fits-all collection for fans who want to hear the hits.
    As this collection makes apparent, the Doobie Brothers were always meticulously produced, so hearing these songs without the snap-crackle-pop of old vinyl can be quite revealing. They may not have been the most consistent outfit, but they certainly did have their moments. Rather conveniently, all of those moments are featured on this collection. So you won't have to buy a new cartridge for your turntable after all, because "The Very Best of the Doobie Brothers" compiles all the Doobie Brothers music that you will ever need. B+ Tom Ryan...more info
  • Edited Rhino's specialty
    2 stars only because Rhino used single version and not the original long version.

    Why do they do this?

    When I read a book I read all of it not just part of it, the same is true with a song.

    ...more info
  • Listen to all of the music
    The Doobie Brothers started out life as a greasy California biker band and took their name after a fondness for getting high. That ethic led to big riff rockers like "China Grove" and "Long Train Runnin'," but was lacking in the eventual slick sophistication of Michael McDonald's urbane soul. The original 1976 "Best Of The Doobies" included songs up to "Taking It To The Street," which meant that the number one "What A Fool Believes" was after the cut off date. This time The Doobie Brothers recognize the debut album a year before "Toulouse Street" by including one song, the acoustically flavored "Nobody."

    Once McDonald joined, the band entered a second era and began to move more towards urban soul and Steely Dan jazz. Tom Johnston split after "Living On The Faultline" over the Doobies' new direction with Jeff Baxter and McDonald, and the resulting "Minute By Minute" bore little resemblance to the mellow hippy-vibes of "Rocking Down The Highway."

    What this CD does is successfully chronicle both Johnston's biker bar band and McDonald's more soul dominated period. When the Doobies broke up after "One Step Closer," it put the band on ice until a 1989 Doobie Brothers reunion that yielded "Cycles" and a hit in "The Doctor." The band soldiered on minus McDonald, which meant that Johnston and Patrick Simmons were able to regain the steering wheel and make bar-band riff-rock once more. (Even if - IMHO - "Cycles" was pedestrian and "Brotherhood" worse, but "Sibling Rivalry" is OK.)

    For my money, this double CD rates a full star over the 1976 set by virtue of the extra songs post "Taking It To The Streets" and remastered sound. But then again, I totally lost interest in the band when they started churning out factory made classic rock like "The Doctor." You will also get a few essential songs dropped from both single disc sets, like "Eyes Of Silver" and "Another Park Another Sunday" (the original A-Side of "Black Water"), and the two-disc set recognizes once again that "South City Midnight Lady" is one of the band's best. Short of the Rhino box-set, this is a solid representation of the Doobies....more info
  • always kept it interesting, no matter who was behind the microphone
    You have to hand it to the folks at Rhino Records. They ALWAYS deliver the goods when it comes to greatest hits albums. With The Very Best of the Doobie Brothers you get 33 tracks from the legendary R & B influenced California rockers. The hits just go on and on with tracks "Listen to the Music," "China Groove," "Takin' It to the Streets," "It Keeps You Runnin'," "What a Fool Believes," and "Minute by Minute." The list goes on and on. There's no doubt these tracks are already burned into you brain from commercials, radio stations, weddings, office parties, and even elevators. Whether laying down guitar heavy hooks or pounding away on the keys with some bluesy soulful music, The Doobie Brothers always kept it interesting, no matter who was behind the microphone."...more info
  • Radio Edits? You've got to be kidding!
    With a two CD set, there should be no radio edits. In fact, the CD doesn't say so on the back cover. It's only after you start playing the CDs, or load them into I-tunes, that you find out. What a rip off!
    There is simply no excuse for not including the full version of the songs listed. None!
    This mars what could have been a fantastic collection over two CDs....more info
  • Doobies at their best
    The Doobie Brothers are one of my Favorite groups of all time and if your a fan like me. you have to get this 2 Disc set it is absolutely worth the price tag. I already own the Doobies greatist hits but decided to purchase this set as a collectors edition. you get remastered sound plus all thier hits!!go get it you wont regret it!!!...more info
  • Music evolved along with new members
    The Doobie Brothers started out playing classic folk rock. Their music made use of acoustical guitars put out great tunes like Long Train Running, Listen to the Music. With Michael McDonald the music changed to more pop rock with jazz influence. It was much more commercial, although overall I like Tom Johnston's vocals. The harmonies enhance, not overwhelm the songs. This collection has songs form several eras and the different types of music the band produced. Not many bands can offer such a huge range of material....more info
  • All the hits, not enough of the misses
    Without saying so, what this 2-CD set includes is every Billboard chart single the Doobie Brothers ever notched - something no other album (except their boxed set) can boast. That means that 'Very Best Of' collects songs like 'Eyes Of Silver' (#52, 1974), 'I Cheat The Hangman' (#60, 1975), and 'Wheels Of Fortune' (#87, 1976) that were never included on similar previous collections. It even picks up 'Wynken Blynken and Nod' (#76, 1981) from the Sesame Street LP 'In Harmony.' And, two key non-hits ('Rockin' Down The Highway' and 'South City Midnight Lady') get tossed in, plus some stuff from the group's latter day albums.

    What you don't get are enough of the Doobies' great album tracks like 'Spirit' (1974) or 'Nothin' But A Heartache' (1977). For those, you'll need to upgrade to the boxed set - which nevertheless omits 'Without You,' a perennial favorite previously included on 'Best Of The Doobies' and 'Greatest Hits.' Go figure.......more info
  • Beware of Radio Edits
    Beware if you choose to purchase this set. I did without realizing that some of the songs are completely chopped up, namely 'Jesus Is Just Alright.' It sounds nothing like the album version. If the individual albums are remastered, I will burn my own version of the cd with unedited album cuts replacing the butchered songs here. Pretty pathetic and unforgivable when two discs are used to compile the set. The remastering is ok, but there is still not enough low end on the older songs. The Doobie Brothers are like Chicago. You get a recycled greatest hits package every year. Again, beware. ...more info
  • If you're only going to have one Doobie Brothers Purchase and don't want to break the bank
    Do you want every single track ever recorded by the Doobies? It would be nice - it would even be nice for the average Doobie fan to be able to afford the 4 disc box set "Long Train Runnin'", but if I have a choice between this 33 track collection and the more than twice as expensive box set.... well, this isn't a bad way to go.

    The Doobie Brothers were originally a guitar-driven rock and roll band, with groovin' tunes like "Listen to the Music", "China Grove" and "Long Train Runnin", with tunes by Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons (who wrote and sang lead vocals on their first #1 hit "Black Water"). Jeff "Skunk" Baxter joined the band when Steely Dan colleagues decided to get off the road and become studio musicians. At about the same time Tom Johnston's health deteriorated, with a hospitalization for a bleeding ulcer. Baxter suggested bringing over one of his Steely Dan mates, Michael McDonald, and almost overnight the Doobies gained a signature voice and a funkier, jazzier style. McDonald has since left the band, which still performs some of his signature tunes, but his soulful tenor powered one hit after another with "Takin' it to the Streets", "What A Fool Believes", and "Minute by Minute".

    You could spend thrice as much and have a more complete Doobie collection, but for less than $15 you can have 33 tracks that include all of their charted hits plus a few extra's like Rockin' Down the Highway.

    For Rock and Roll fans, this is a good use of fifteen bucks if you don't have any/enough Doobie Brothers....more info
  • Great Collection!
    Since I moved abroad and needed to rebuild my cd collection, the Doobies were a big gap. This collection goes a long way to filling that gap. My iPod has been set to play this almost continually the last week. It captures the variety of styles that the Doobies encompassed, from the California folk rock beginnings to the jazzier, rockier Michael MacDonald era....more info


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