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Rockin' Down the Highway

Rockin' Down the Highway

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About this release

The Doobie Brothers were formed in Northern California in the late 60s/ early 70s where they gained an enthusiastic following among local chapters of the Hells Angels.  The band's image at that time reflected that of their biggest fans, all leather jackets and motorcycles but they soon began to develop a smoother sound with a country influence. 

Commercial success came with the release of their second album, Toulouse Street (which contained the hits "Listen to the Music" and "Jesus Is Just Alright") in July 1972.  Steely Dan co-lead guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter joined the band in 1974 followed by fellow Steely Dan alumnus Michael McDonald.  The next few years were arguably their most successful spawning five albums and a string of hits, however the pressure of touring and creative differences led to the breakup of the band in 1981.  The group got back together in the early 90s and have been touring continuously ever since. 

Rockin' Down the Highway is a live recording of a benefit concert for the Wildlife Conservation Society in the spring of 1996.  During the show, all three of the group's lead vocalists Tom Johnston, Michael McDonald, and Patrick Simmons performed, which was a first in the band's history.  The concert is a great celebration of past hits like "Black Water," "China Grove," and "What a Fool Believes".

Disc 1

Dangerous, Jesus Is Just Alright, Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While), Slow Burn, Dependin' On You, Another Park Another Sunday, The Doctor, Slack Key Soquel Rag (Instrumental), South City Midnight Lady, Eyes Of Silver, Black Water, Takin' It To The Streets

Disc 2

Rockin' Down The Highway, Minute By Minute, Wild Ride, China Grove, Dark Eyed Cajun Woman,  Neal's Fandango, Without You, Clear As The Driven Snow, Excited, What A Fool Believes, Long Train Runnin', Listen To The Music

Album Review - R and R Magazine, November 2017

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