The Doobie Brothers – Livin’ On The Fault Line (1977) (2016 Remastered) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

The Doobie Brothers – Livin’ On The Fault Line (1977) (2016 Remastered)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 35:16 minutes | 1,32 GB | Genre: Rock
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Livin’ on the Fault Line is the seventh studio album by the Doobie Brothers. The record features a remake of Marvin Gaye’s 1966 hit “Little Darling (I Need You).”

Livin’ on the Fault Line fell between two of the Doobie Brothers’ biggest-selling records. The album had no hit singles, and one-time leader Tom Johnston kept a markedly low profile (this would be his last record with the group, not including a later reunion). Despite this, Livin’ on the Fault Line contains some of the most challenging and well-developed music of the band’s career, with Patrick Simmons and Michael McDonald really stepping to the fore. There’s a vague mood of melancholia running through the songs, as well as a definite jazz influence. This is most obvious on the title track, which has several instrumental passages that showcase the guitar abilities of Simmons and Jeff Baxter. Similarly, “Chinatown” is a spooky mood piece not unlike the smooth fusion of late-period Steely Dan or Little Feat. But “Echoes of Love” and “Nothin’ But a Heartache” are both intelligent, glistening pop songs that confirm Simmons and McDonald as first-rate tunesmiths. The record slips a little at the end, with a plodding R&B song and a Piedmont guitar instrumental thrown in as filler. Overall, though, this is a chapter in the Doobie Brothers’ history that deserves a second look. ~~ AllMusic Review by Peter Kurtz

Tracklist:

01. You’re Made That Way (3:37)
02. Echoes Of Love (3:03)
03. Little Darling (I Need You) (3:29)
04. You Belong To Me (3:08)
05. Livin’ On The Fault Line (4:49)
06. Nothin’ But A Heartache (3:11)
07. Chinatown (5:00)
08. There’s A Light (4:17)
09. Need A Lady (3:27)
10. Larry The Logger Two-Step (1:18)

Band
Patrick Simmons – guitar, vocals
Jeff Baxter – guitar, steel guitar
Michael McDonald – keyboards, vocals
Tiran Porter – bass, vocals
Keith Knudsen – drums, vocals
John Hartman – drums

Additional Players:
Bobby LaKind – congas, vocals
Dan Armstrong – electric sitar solo on “Need A Lady”
Norton Buffalo – harmonica on “There’s A Light”
Victor Feldman – vibes on “Livin’ On The Fault Line”
Rosemary Butler – backup vocals on “Little Darling (I Need You)”, “You Belong To Me”, and “There’s A Light”
Maureen McDonald – backup vocals on “You’re Made That Way”
Ted Templeman – percussion

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