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ALBUM OF THE WEEK # 202 THE DOOBIE BROTHERS - WHAT ONCE WERE VICES ARE NOW HABITS (40TH ANNIVERSARY - 1974)

Artist: The Doobie Brothers

Genre: Rock

Country Of Origin: United States

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Member: No

Album: What Once Were Vices Are Now Habits

Producer: Ted Templeman

RJ's Top 5 Tunes: 1. Eyes Of Silver...2. Daughters Of The Sea...3. Black Water...4. Another Park, Another Sunday...5. Spirit

Disclaimer:  All "facts" come from wikipedia.com unless otherwise noted.

I have more vinyl for you this week.  It has that vinyl quirkiness, so be ready for some snap, crackle and pop.  This week it's What Once Were Vices Are Now Habits by The Doobie Brothers.  This is in honor of the album's 40th anniversary.  Here are your tidbits:

  • The album climbed to number 4 on the Billboard chart.
  • It has been certified 2XPlatinum by the RIAA.
  • This is the band's fourth studio album.
  • The album spawned three singles: Another Park, Another Sunday/Eyes Of Silver/Black Water.
  • Black Water was originally released as the b-side to Another Park, Another Sunday.
  • Black Water was the band's first of two number one hits (What A Fool Believes is the other).
  • The a cappella section was suggested by Ted Templeman.
  • The back cover of the album listed the songs in alphabetical order instead of the proper running order.

This is a very good album.  It features some terrific guitar work, folk leanings, funk leanings (You Just Can't Stop It) and plenty of horns.  This is probably one I need to pick up in a remastered format.  Hope you enjoy.

Side One:

1. Song To See You Through

2. Spirit

3. Pursuit On 53rd St.

4. Black Water

5. Eyes Of Silver

6. Road Angel

Side Two:

7. You Just Can't Stop It

8. Tell Me What You Want (And I'll Give You What You Need)

9. Down In The Track

10. Another Park, Another Sunday

11. Daughters Of The Sea

12. Flying Cloud

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Nice pick...  If everyone listens to this they get an entry in the May Challenge for Dead members...  sadly of course.

These guys write the best rhythm geetar parts in Classic Rock, and they play some of the best acoustic geetar as well.  Just turn up Sprit and see what I mean!!

No filler!  Love Another Park, Another Sunday.

I love the Doobies pre-MM, heck I love them post-MM.  This was a great post!!  Bordering on brilliant!

This is a fine album with plenty of fine geetar™. I actually first heard this album all the way thru a couple yers ago when I bought one of those Original Album Series sets with 5 Doobie albums. This is the Doobies I like, when MM took over, they became soft-rock wussies. Now, I'm not a DB genius, but when you compare the two "Best Of" discs, volume one is classic, volume two is just horrendous.

The cover is kind of misleading, when I first saw it I thought it was a live album. Ha-ha, I was wrong. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Other than the skipping on the first song, this was a fine listen.

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