What could the Doobie Brothers possibly do to follow-up the excellent The Captain and Me? Plenty. They started by inviting the Memphis Horns to inject more soul into their trademark, Southern-styled boogie rock. Next, they secured the services of Steely Dan virtuoso Jeff â€œSkunkâ€ Baxter to supply guitar and pedal-steel parts. And for extra spice, the band recruitedArlo Guthrie to play autoharp. The results? What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits, the groupâ€™s most diverse album to date.Itâ€™s just one reason Mobile Fidelity is proud to include the 1974 effort in its phenomenal Doobie Brothers catalog restoration series.
Of course, no record is worth its salt without sharp songwriting. Fret not. What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits overflows with one memorable tune after another. Itâ€™s a true collective effort, with the material reflecting the musical strengths of each of the members. Picking up where the disbanded Creedence Clearwater Revival had left off, Tom Johnston contributes the rousing â€œPursuit on 53rd Streetâ€ and â€œDown in the Track.â€ Patrick Simmonsâ€™ â€œBlack Waterâ€ advances swamp rock, and gave the band its first Number One hit.
The Doobies also mine the country-rock vein like nobodyâ€™s business. â€œTell Me What You Want (And Iâ€™ll Give You What You Need)â€ and â€œAnother Park, Another Sundayâ€ cross roots rhythms with edgy melodies. And the instrumental â€œFlying Cloud,â€ contributed by bassist Tiran Porter, finds the Doobies further expanding their sonic palette while remaining faithful to their loose, good-time themes. By every stretch, What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits defies easy categorization yet soars on amiable vibes designed to satisfy the listener. Having reached #4 on the Billboard Album charts, itâ€™s safe to say the public was indeed impressed.
Our engineers had the same goals in mind when mastering this 70s rock classic from the original master tapes. And so the Doobie Brothersâ€™ dual-drum approach now resonates with a punchiness it never previously possessed.Johnsonâ€™s high-pitched vocals no longer hit an artificial ceiling or lurk behind a veiled curtain. The Memphis Hornsâ€™ brassy accents carry, and the all-important midrange sounds immediate, transparent, and dynamic.
Doobie Brothers What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits Track Listing:
1. "Song to See You Through" (Johnston) â€“ 4:06
2. "Spirit" (Johnston, Simpson) â€“ 3:15
3. "Pursuit on 53rd St." (Johnston) â€“ 2:33
4. "Black Water" (Simmons) â€“ 4:17
5. "Eyes of Silver" (Johnston) â€“ 2:57
6. "Road Angel" (Hartman, Hossack, Johnston, Porter) â€“ 4:49
7. "You Just Can't Stop It" (Simmons) â€“ 3:28
8. "Tell Me What You Want (And I'll Give You What You Need)" (Simmons) â€“ 3:53
9. "Down in the Track" (Johnston) â€“ 4:15
10. "Another Park, Another Sunday" (Johnston) â€“ 4:27
11. "Daughters of the Sea" (Simmons) â€“ 4:29
12. "Flying Cloud" (Porter) â€“ 2:00