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Liberté

The Doobie Brothers

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Out on the road in the 2020s, the Doobie Brothers feature Michael McDonald, but when it comes time for the group to cut a record, the band whittles down to the trio of Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons, and John McFee. Naturally, this means Liberté -- the Doobies' first album of new original material since 2010's World Gone Crazy -- sounds closer to a refurbished version of Toulouse Street or The Captain and Me than Takin' It to the Streets; there's no funky soft rock or smooth blue-eyed soul, just a lot of straight-ahead rock & roll. While Liberté may be old-fashioned in its aesthetic, this trio of Doobies take pains to make the album sound contemporary, dressing it in glassy production, generously adding electronic rhythms, and vaguely addressing the turmoil in the modern world. All this flair may announce Liberté as a 2021 album, but the record works because the Doobies remain dedicated to the rocking boogie they've been playing for 50 years.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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The Doobie Brothers

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1
Oh Mexico
00:03:21

Victor Indrizzo, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Johnston, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Doobie Brothers, MainArtist - STEVE MARCANTONIO, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - CHRIS LORD-ALGE, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Shanks, Producer, Guitar, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dan Chase, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shari Sutcliffe, Contracting With - John Cowan, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeff Babko, Hammond B3, Wurlitzer Electric Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Bradley Giroux, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 DB Entertainment, LLC

2
Better Days
00:03:22

Victor Indrizzo, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - PATRICK SIMMONS, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Doobie Brothers, MainArtist - STEVE MARCANTONIO, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - CHRIS LORD-ALGE, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Shanks, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shari Sutcliffe, Contracting With - John Cowan, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Payne, Piano, Synthesizer, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Syrowski, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Keith Gretlein, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bradley Giroux, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jaramiah Rios, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 DB Entertainment, LLC

3
Don't Ya Mess With Me
00:03:32

Victor Indrizzo, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Johnston, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Doobie Brothers, MainArtist - STEVE MARCANTONIO, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - CHRIS LORD-ALGE, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Shanks, Producer, Guitar, Piano, Programmer, Bass, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dan Chase, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shari Sutcliffe, Contracting With - John Cowan, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeff Babko, Piano, Synthesizer, Hammond B3, Wurlitzer Electric Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Bradley Giroux, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 DB Entertainment, LLC

4
Cannonball
00:03:44

Victor Indrizzo, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - PATRICK SIMMONS, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Johnston, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - The Doobie Brothers, MainArtist - Bill Payne, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - CHRIS LORD-ALGE, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Shanks, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Mcfee, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Chase, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - BOB GLAUB, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John Cowan, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Gretlein, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bradley Giroux, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 DB Entertainment, LLC

5
Wherever We Go
00:04:02

Victor Indrizzo, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - PATRICK SIMMONS, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Doobie Brothers, MainArtist - CHRIS LORD-ALGE, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Shanks, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Bass, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shari Sutcliffe, Contracting With - John Cowan, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Payne, Keyboards, Piano, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Bradley Giroux, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 DB Entertainment, LLC

6
The American Dream
00:03:50

Victor Indrizzo, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Johnston, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Doobie Brothers, MainArtist - Bill Payne, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - John Shanks, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Programmer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Mcfee, Banjo, Mandolin, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Chase, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - BOB GLAUB, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John Cowan, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael H. Brauer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Fernando Reyes, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Keith Gretlein, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bradley Giroux, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 DB Entertainment, LLC

7
Shine Your Light
00:03:51

Victor Indrizzo, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Johnston, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Doobie Brothers, MainArtist - Bill Payne, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - John Shanks, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Programmer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Mcfee, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Chase, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Cowan, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael H. Brauer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Fernando Reyes, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Keith Gretlein, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bradley Giroux, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 DB Entertainment, LLC

8
We Are More Than Love
00:03:24

Victor Indrizzo, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - PATRICK SIMMONS, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Johnston, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - The Doobie Brothers, MainArtist - CHRIS LORD-ALGE, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Shanks, Producer, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Bass, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shari Sutcliffe, Contracting With - Bradley Giroux, Drum Programmer, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 DB Entertainment, LLC

9
Easy
00:02:58

Victor Indrizzo, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Johnston, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Doobie Brothers, MainArtist - Bill Payne, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - John Shanks, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Organ, Percussion, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Mcfee, Pedal Steel, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Chase, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - BOB GLAUB, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John Cowan, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael H. Brauer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Fernando Reyes, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Keith Gretlein, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bradley Giroux, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 DB Entertainment, LLC

10
Just Can't Do This Alone
00:03:18

Victor Indrizzo, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Johnston, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Doobie Brothers, MainArtist - CHRIS LORD-ALGE, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Shanks, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Drum Programmer, Bass, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shari Sutcliffe, Contracting With - BOB GLAUB, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - John Cowan, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Payne, Keyboards, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Bradley Giroux, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 DB Entertainment, LLC

11
Good Thang
00:03:10

Victor Indrizzo, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - PATRICK SIMMONS, ComposerLyricist - Tom Johnston, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - The Doobie Brothers, MainArtist - Bill Payne, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - John Shanks, Producer, Guitar, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Mcfee, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Chase, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - BOB GLAUB, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John Cowan, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael H. Brauer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Fernando Reyes, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Keith Gretlein, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bradley Giroux, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 DB Entertainment, LLC

12
Amen Old Friend
00:04:13

Victor Indrizzo, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Johnston, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lucy Woodward, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Keen, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - The Doobie Brothers, MainArtist - CHRIS LORD-ALGE, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Shanks, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Joe LaPorta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shari Sutcliffe, Contracting With - BOB GLAUB, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - John Cowan, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Payne, Keyboards, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Bradley Giroux, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 DB Entertainment, LLC

Album Description

Out on the road in the 2020s, the Doobie Brothers feature Michael McDonald, but when it comes time for the group to cut a record, the band whittles down to the trio of Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons, and John McFee. Naturally, this means Liberté -- the Doobies' first album of new original material since 2010's World Gone Crazy -- sounds closer to a refurbished version of Toulouse Street or The Captain and Me than Takin' It to the Streets; there's no funky soft rock or smooth blue-eyed soul, just a lot of straight-ahead rock & roll. While Liberté may be old-fashioned in its aesthetic, this trio of Doobies take pains to make the album sound contemporary, dressing it in glassy production, generously adding electronic rhythms, and vaguely addressing the turmoil in the modern world. All this flair may announce Liberté as a 2021 album, but the record works because the Doobies remain dedicated to the rocking boogie they've been playing for 50 years.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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