The Doobie Brothers – Takin´ It To The Streets (1976) – Lp
The Doobie Brothers are an American rock band. The group has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide throughout its career. The band has been active for five decades, with their biggest success occurring in the 1970s. The band’s history can be roughly divided into three eras. From 1969 to 1975 they featured lead vocalist Tom Johnston and featured a mainstream rock and roll sound with elements of folk, country and R&B. Johnston quit the group in 1975, and was replaced with Michael McDonald whose interest in soul music changed the sound of the band until they broke up in 1982.
Artist: The Doobie Brothers
Title: Takin´ It To The Streets
Label: Warner Bros. Records
Catalog# WB 56196
Takin’ It to the Streets is the sixth studio album by American rock band The Doobie Brothers, released in 1976. It was the first to feature Michael McDonald on lead vocals.
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.
1. Wheels Of Fortune (4:54)
2. Takin’ It To The Streets (3:56)
3. 8th Avenue Shuffle (4:39)
4. Losin’ End (3:39)
1. Rio (3:49)
2. For Someone Special (5:04)
3. It Keeps You Runnin’ (4:20)
4. Turn It Loose (3:53)
5. Carry Me Away (4:09)