Monday, November 1, 2010

Do You Remember The 70's?

     The 70's were my decade. I graduated from high school, went to college and got married...all in the 70's. All I have to do is hear the music of a 70's band and I'm right back to college bars, cheap beer and dance floors. That is why I was so excited when I found out that one of my favorite 70's bands had a new album out.

     I had my doubts, as I'm sure you will. I assumed it would be an album of old hits...but, it isn't. I assumed the old rockers would have been replaced by new young kids who sort of sound like my old favorites, I was wrong. The songs are new and very well suited to this decade. Most of the old rockers are singing on this album, they even brought back one of my favorite lead singers to do a number. There are only 2 classic songs on the album, yet the sound that comes through is 100 percent the music of my youth.

     Who am I talking about? Patrick Simmons, Tom Johnston, and Michael Hossack...The Doobie Brothers. The Doobies began in 1969 when original drummer John Hartman arrived in California and was introduced to guitarist and songwriter Tom Johnston. In 1970 Patrick Simmons joined the group, Hossack replaced Hartman in 1971. The Doobies first single was Nobody from their 1971 self-titled album. You will find it on the new album. Listen to the Music, Long Train Runnin', China Grove, Jesus Is Just Alright, Takin' It To The Streets and Black Water are a few old favorites.


     For the new album, World Gone Crazy, the Doobies reunited with producer Ted Templeman to create an album that will remind us old enough to remember, what we loved about this band in the first place. It is also contemporary enough to please new listeners. I was excited to find that Michael McDonald was back to sing vocals on Don't Say Goodbye, and stunned that I enjoyed Simmons singing with Willie Nelson on I Know We Won. I'm not usually a Willie fan. My favorites on the new album are Far From Home and Young Man's Game.

     I love the album. It is one of those things I can't quite explain...but, when I put it on, it makes me happy. I bought mine on iTunes because of the bonus songs. I was not given the album to review or compensated in any way. This one is just because I love it!

11 comments:

Pondside said...

That's me too - did it all in the seventies and loved the music. If this is as good as you say, it will make a great stocking gift for The Great Dane.

Torie Jayne said...

Great post and recommendation! Have a sweet day!

Kim @ Touch of Nostalgia said...

Yep...that was my time also. Graduated in the 70's, married in the 70's and had 2 of my 3 girls in the 70's (the third was born in 1980...so she almost made it too). Well now....I'm feeling old all of a sudden. lol Love your post...love the music of the 70's :)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Sue, I love the Doobie Brothers. We saw them in concert last year and it was wonderful. So glad to know they have a new album. Their old songs were some of my favs!!

La said...

I love Long Train Runnin'. Thanks for the flashback to my youth! La

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Yeah! I remember the 70's! (Well, most of it; the rest comes in flashbacks!) AND I loved the Doobie Brothers. I'll be on the lookout for this CD. Thanks.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Going to try one more time - having problems commenting this morning.
I remember the 70's well and the Doobie Bros..
Lots going on in my life during the 70's - Some good, and some not so much.

MosaicMagpie said...

Been there Done that...Thanks for the recommendation. You never know if something will be like we remember and I guess this is!
Debbie

Drawn to The Sea said...

I have a love-hate relationship with the 70's. They were the best of times, they were the worst of times. But The Doobies?? Really?? I'll be checking that out today!

Shellbelle said...

I LOVE The Doobie Brothers! I had no idea they had out a new album, which by the way, my granddaughter has no idea what I'm talking about when I say "album"!

I graduated in 1969, so I've got a few years on you my friend, but just a few. Love classic rock and I'll be on the lookout for this for sure. lol

Shellbelle said...

Oh, I'm having a giveaway to celebrate being back with my friends, be sure to stop by and join the fun!