ARTIST: The Doobie Brothers
TITLE: The Doobie Brothers
YEAR RELEASED: 1971
CHART ACTION: #210
SINGLES: Nobody (#58), Travelin’ Man, Beehive State
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: No, this thing’s been buried.
LINEUP: Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons, Dave Shogren, John Hartman
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A totally unmemorable album only in print because of who the band became.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Sure, there are some nice moments on this record. But, they all sound like rough drafts for the songs that made the Doobie Brothers famous. “Nobody” has the acoustic guitar drive, harmonies, and guitar solo that would be the Doobie’s formula (pre-Michael McDonald). It’s the only one that really appears on any compilation that’s not a box set.
Even with these prototypes, the songs didn’t transcend the absolute meh of the album. It tries, and yes, it’s tasteful and polished and harmonious, but it doesn’t trip any triggers.
There was enough here to get them another album, which they made the most of. But unless you’re a diehard, skip this one.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They cover a Randy Newman song (“The Beehive State”), which is…interesting.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: C: It’s just…so meh. EXILED.