The Doobie Brothers' career is best be divided into two camps. The band originally started out as a good-time party band, as their name implies, churning out a string of rock hits like "Jesus Is Just Alright," "Take Me in Your Arms," and "Black Water." The guitar intro to "China Grove" is a rock classic, lending itself to every bar band in the world. There was something infectious about the early hits--strong melodies, great harmonies, and a genre-bending beat lifted the songs above the ordinary. That rollicking, rocking edge was all but abandoned when Michael McDonald joined. McDonald brought an urban, white-funk feel to the band, as best exemplified by "It Keeps You Runnin'" and "Takin' It to the Streets." Best of The Doobies draws more heavily upon the hits before his arrival, which, to many, should make the collection almost perfect. --Steve Gdula
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A classic in every sense
ukcolin | Houston | 11/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Only contains 11 tracks, all great includes a couple of Michael McDonald songs but mostly Johnston and Simmons. I cannot find a cd compilation with more songs so I'll keep making my own. You can never have too much Doobie Brothers. If you do not own a Doobies cd start with this one."
The first Doobie CD to get!
Sam Hendricks | Virginia USA | 03/20/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you only buy one Doobie Brothers CD get this one. If you are on a island someplace with no hope for rescue and could pick a few CD's to have, this would be one of them.
You cannot help but move your body to the rock and roll sounds of the early Doobie Brothers (before Michael McDonald). China Groove is perhaps one of their better known and most memorable songs with a guitar start that makes you perk up no matter what your mood. Blackwater will take you back to a time when life was slow and easy and you had no cares in the world. Every song is great-hence the "Greatest Hits title. Although this CD actually lives up to its title.
Sam Hendricks, author of "Fantasy Football Guidebook: Your Comprehensive Guide to Playing Fantasy Football""