The Doobie Brothers : The Captain and Me

The Doobie Brothers : The Captain and Me


The Doobie Brothers : Tom Johnson (guitars, harmonica, synthesizer, vocals), Patrick Simmons (guitar, ARP synthesizer, vocals), Tiran Porter (bass, vocals), John Hartman, (drums, percussion, vocals), Michael Hossack (drums, congas, cymbals, timbales)

Warner 2694

Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Natural Thing
A2 - Long Train Runnin'
A3 - China Grove
A4 - Dark Eyed Cajun Woman
A5 - Clear As The Driven Snow
B1 - Without You
B2 - South City Midnight Lady
B3 - Evil Woman
B4 - Busted Down Around O'Connelly Corners
B5 - Ukiah
B6 - The Captain And Me

Recorded in 1972-3 at Warner Bros. Studios in Hollywood

The Doobie Brothers weren’t brothers, nor were they called Doobie. The band started life as Pud in 1969 in Chateau Liberté, a club in the mountains of California. The group took on the slang name for marihuana cigarettes (doobie) one year later. The Doobies’ music, however, never sounded like that of befuddled, half-stoned junkies. Heavy metal hard rock was their thing which made their record company Warner target the bikers of the rocker scene. The idea backfired, though, because the band had far more to offer than explosive hard rock.

The Captain And Me is considered to be the group’s most concentrated and versatile production since it contrasts aggressive, hard numbers with gentle ones full of melodiousness. The very first number, "Natural Thing", shows how winsome vocal folk music and electric guitar riffs can be amalgamated into rock music. Amongst these titles, decidedly angry numbers such as "Without You" and "Evil Woman" became real trailblazers. Now and then, an extensive harp solo or nonchalant licks from the acoustic guitar remind one of the pungent bluegrass style emanating from the South. That even the sweet wailing of the steel guitar ("South City Midnight Lady") finds room for expression seems quite logical in this well-thought-out musical concept.

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas. More information under