The Doobie Brothers Best of The Doobies, Volume II
- Released: March 25, 2008
- Label: Rhino
- 1.Little Darling (I Need You)
- 2.Echoes of Love
- 3.You Belong to Me
- 4.One Step Closer
- 5.What a Fool Believes
- 6.Dependin' on You
- 7.Here to Love You
- 8.One by One
- 9.Real Love
- 10.Minute by Minute
Doobie Brothers: Patrick Simmons, John McFee, Tom Johnston (vocals, guitar); Cornelius Bumpus (vocals, soprano & tenor saxophones, organ); Michael McDonald (vocals, keyboards, synthesizer); Willie Weeks, Tiran Porter (vocals, bass); Keith Knudsen (vocals, drums); Bobby Lakind (vocals, congas); Jeffrey Baxter (guitar); Chet McCracken (drums, vibraphone, marimba); John Hartman (drums).
Engineers: Donn Landee, Jim Isaacson.
Recorded at Warner Brothers Recording Studios, North Hollywood, California.
The Doobie Brothers: Tom Johnston (vocals, guitar); Tiran Porter (vocals, bass instrument); Jeff Baxter (guitar); John Hartman (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Lee Herschberg.
This collects the best of the second incarnation of the Doobie Brothers, after they stopped being a post-hippie guitar-driven folk rock band (originally influenced by Moby Grape) and morphed, rather attractively, into a sophisticated, keyboard-dominated blue-eyed soul band with a passing nod to lite jazz. The reason for the shift can be reduced to two words: Michael McDonald. He was the band's de facto leader during this period, and his clench-jawed vocals embodied the band's sound (on genre-establishing hits like "What a Fool Believes") as much as their two guitar attack and gospel harmonies had summed up earlier hits like "Listen to the Music."
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