Takin' It to the Streets marks a high point in the Doobie Brothers' career. The mellowed-out 1976 album is heavily influenced by the contributions of former Steely Dan members Jeff Baxter and Michael McDonald. The latter are responsible for an increase in soulful melodies and Latin-fused rhythms, which help make Takin' It to the Streets among the most enjoyably chill recordings of the era. Sonic charms are everywhere, particularly on the joyful title cut, an example of the band's conscious embrace of R&B foundations and gospel accents. This is music designed for celebrating, relaxing, and romancing.
Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity's numbered edition Hybrid SACD captures the band's splendid interplay and opens up the dynamic gateway to the high frequencies. Engineers made certain that this SACD tops the prior MoFi editions cut back in 1988.
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