The Doobie Brothers recorded some of the band's most iconic music during their dozen years with Warner Bros. Records, scoring major hits with timeless tunes like "Long Train Runnin'," "Black Water," and "Takin' It To The Streets." With 46 million albums sold during their outstanding career, The Doobie Brothers have nothing left to prove, but this summer the group is still "Rockin' Down the Highway" as they tour North America.
Rhino salutes the group with a new 10-CD boxed set that features some of the band's greatest albums. The Doobie Brothers: The Warner Bros. Years 1971-1983 will be available on July 24.
The set includes more than 110 songs from 10 albums: The Doobie Brothers (1971), Toulouse Street (1972), The Captain And Me (1973), What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits (1974), Stampede (1975), Takin' It To The Streets (1976), Livin' On The Fault Line (1977), Minute By Minute (1978), One Step Closer (1980), and Farewell Tour (1983).
The Doobie Brothers started out in 1969 as a northern California bar band. In 1970 the band signed with Warner Bros. and in 1971 released its self-titled debut album. It was the beginning of a 12-year streak in which The Doobies released ten new albums.
The group's commercial breakthrough came with its sophomore effort, Toulouse Street , which boasted popular tracks like "Listen To The Music" and "Jesus Is Just Alright." The string of hits continued on The Captain And Me with "Long Train Runnin'" and the classic "China Grove." The Doobie Brothers notched their first #1 in the funky "Black Water" from their 1974 album What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits.
In 1975, the band began to expand Pat Simmons' and Tom Johnston's rock and country influences with R&B and even scored a hit with its cover the Motown track, "Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While)." In 1976, with the addition of Michael McDonald to the band, they introduced more R&B and keyboards to their rocking sound and the hits kept rolling with the title track from Takin' It To The Streets.
In 1979, The Doobie Brothers won four Grammy® Awards on the strength of its triple-platinum album, Minute By Minute. The final disc in this new collection is the 1983 live album Farewell Tour, which includes performances of songs that spanned the band's entire history to that point. This 10 CD Set represents an outstanding body of work from one of America's most popular bands.
THE DOOBIE BROTHERS ON TOUR
1 Foellinger Theatre - Milwaukee, WI
3 Henry Maier Festival Park - Blue Ash, OH
4 Summit Park - Grand Rapids, MI
5 Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park - Detroit, MI
10 Renaissance Center - Quebec City, QC
13 Plains Of Abraham - Walker, MN
17 Moondance Events - Riverside, IA
18 Riverside Casino & Golf Resort - Norfolk, NE
19 Divots Event Center - Hyannis, MA
31 Cape Code Melody Tent Fort Wayne, IN
1 Mohegan Sun - Boston, MA
19 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion - Canandaigua, NY
21 Marvin Sands PAC (CMAC) - Gilford, NH
22 Meadowbrook - Lewiston, NY
25 Artpark - Holmdel, NJ
26 Dutchess County Fairgrounds NY - Wantagh, NY
28 PNC Bank Arts Center - Atlantic City, NJ
29 Nikon At Jones Beach Theater - Jones Beach, NY
30 Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa / Event Ctr. - Wilkes Barre, PA
1 Koka Booth Amphitheatre - Cary, NC
2 Pier Six Pavillion - Baltimore, MD
4 Saratoga Performing Arts Center - Saratoga Springs, NY
5 Susquehanna Bank Center - Camden, NJ
10 Oak Ridge Farm - Arrington, VA
11 Harrah's Cherokee - Cherokee, NC
12 Buford Community Center - Buford, GA
17 College St. Music Hall - New Haven, CT
18 The Capitol Theater - Port Chester, NY
19 Ocean City Bike Fest - Ocean City, MD
1 The Mountain Winery - Saratoga, CA
4 Sonoma Music Festival - Sonoma, CA
15 Pfeiffer Hall - Naperville, IL