What does it sound like?:
It seems to be in vogue these days for bands to perform entire albums in concert, and The Doobies join the party here with renditions of 1972’s Toulouse Street and its follow up from the subsequent year The Captain and Me. Original band members including Patrick Simmons, Tom Johnston and John McFee are joined by long time bass man John Cowan among others, with the further addition of two members of the Steely Dan horn section on sax and trumpet. Despite the band being rather long in the tooth now, they still perform the music with obvious joy and look like they’re enjoying every single minute of their time together on stage. Over familiarity with some of these songs has certainly not bred contempt for either band or audience, and the airing given to some of the now almost forgotten lesser known songs on the records, some never performed live before, seems to be welcomed by all concerned. Although these albums are fast approaching their fiftieth anniversaries, the songs still sound as fresh as when they first debuted back in the halcyon days in the early seventies.. OK there’s no great message on offer, but this is good time music played to perfection, and the punchy horn section really beefs up their familiar sound. Needless to say, the audience lap up these old favourites, fleetingly recapturing perhaps their long gone days of youth. A great show perfectly captured on cd and also on a super accompanying dvd.
What does it all *mean*?
Any album that includes Long Train Runnin’, China Grove and Listen To The Music is alright with me.
Goes well with…
A perfect soundtrack for a hot July evening.
Might suit people who like…
Soft rock US style.