The Doobie Brothers – The Captain and Me


  1. Natural Thing: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  2. Long Train Runnin’: πŸ‘πŸ»
  3. China Grove: πŸ‘πŸ»
  4. Dark Eyed Cajun Woman: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  5. Clear as the Driven Snow: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  6. Without You: πŸ‘πŸ»
  7. South City Midnight Lady: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  8. Evil Woman: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  9. Busted Down Around O’Connelly Corners: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  10. Ukiah: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  11. The Captain and Me: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

Today’s Doobie Brothers experiment was definitely one of the most bizarre experiences I’ve had thus far with this album a day project. For whatever reason, Listen to the Music popped into my head yesterday, but I had already decided I wanted to listen to theΒ Grateful Dead. I decided to try The Doobie Brothers today, but I chose The Captain and Me specifically because ofΒ Long Train Runnin’. It’s easily my favorite of their songs, and maybe one of my favorite songs ever, thanks to the harmonica solo.

It got off to a rocky start with Natural Thing and then even with two great tracks after that, never really recovered. Once I got to South City Midnight Lady I realized how bipolar this album feels. There are some really hard rocking tracks in here, but every track in between (almost exactly) is downtrodden and sad, or it sounds like it was written at a 70’s Ren Faire, or both.

I did discover some interesting stuff here, though. Namely that I recognized and enjoyed Without You. I’d heard it before and I liked it today, but I’m not sure I knew it as a Doobie Brothers song, and I definitely didn’t know its name or what album it was on. I was also reallyΒ taken by surprise with Evil Woman. Aside from the classic 70’s terrible harmonizing in the chorus, this song sounded an awful lot like a modern Pop-Country song. I was not expecting that at all.


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