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  1. The Doobie Brothers' 'The Captain and Me' feat. 'Long Train Runnin'' - RVM [Radio.Video.Music]
    March 2, 2017 @ 12:04 am

    […] Classic Rock Review Combined, this distinctive yet diverse record was their most substantial and consistent of their early years, offering differing sonic textures and enjoyable tunes for an overall fulfilling listen. […] […]


  2. Mark Joy
    August 30, 2019 @ 4:43 pm

    The Captain and Me was the finest compilation of classic masterpieces to be on a single work , IMHO.

    The clean and perfectly balanced mastering that ended up deserving the hi-res DVD-Audio mix later offered was rock and roll justice for any true classic rock aficionado. Their dual percussionist were seamlessly woven into the soundstage with excellence and accented songs such as “without You” as golden nuggets to the ear.

    IMO, when the band later enlisted Michael McDonald to attempt their recovery from The illness of their mainstay guitarist, It was a disappointing end to my enthusiasm with the band, despite the great talent McDonald showcased.

    The “…Vices…” LP was a good work for the continuation and evolution of the band’s great work, seeming to be a natural progression starting with Toulouse Street – and although top 40 radio wore out the big selling hits, I never grew tired of their exceptional talent.

    The Captain and Me LP was the pinacle of the Doobies with me.


  3. Mark Thompson
    February 29, 2020 @ 6:42 am

    For me, ‘The Captain… was one of those seminal teenage awakening albums – you know, one listen and you’ve been taken to a place you never knew existed. I was then into my early stages of exploring the likes of Purple, Free, Roxy, and a regular listener to Fluff’s Saturday pm BBC show. So ‘Without You’ appealed, but it’s tracks like ‘Clear as the Driven Snow’ which make you appreciate the harmonies and clever finger work the band was capable of. All in all, a surprise album that still evokes the feelings from back then. I’ve wondered since whether if it was ever worth a trip to ‘Ukiah’.


  4. Michael Paradise
    July 20, 2020 @ 8:54 am

    First of all, Patrick Simmons was not the keyboardist. He was the other guitar player and in his own right, should be in the pantheon of the greatest guitar players because of his diversity in styles. Very few guitarists can on the one hand, pick it like a Chet Atkins or Jorma Kaukonen and then morph into a hard rocker with acute note playing and virtuosity. The album itself is certainly a testament to what the Doobies are about. A meaningful band whose lyrics and riffs become indelibly implanted into the mind. While many bands have a uni-theme of love lost and despair, the Doobies actually take you on a journey with their expansive lyrics that capture the imagination–the sleepy, dreamy subterranean states of consciousness–going places where the everyman has been or yearns to be. You cannot categorize these guys into any narrow group. It is the totality of their message and delivery that makes them so unique and to see how great they continue to be, when many other bands have packed it in, is to have a precious jewel that keeps on shining and radiating goodness, family, love and the appreciation for living a noble life.


    • Robert Trudell
      August 31, 2020 @ 8:34 am

      thank you for the excellent review… Captain and Me has been one of my top 3 records ever since first hearing it in 1973…IMHO it is The Doobie Brother’s “Sergeant Peppers”… a masterpiece of compositional styles, sophisticated production by Ted Templeman, and outstanding musicianship that continues to inspire almost 50 years later… Only the Doobies effortlessly combined funky music with folk, hard rock, country, gospel music, and blues without anyone ever telling them that it couldn’t be done…Capt’n & Me is a truly inspiring concept record with excellent songs and harmonies… to be enjoyed and studied for generations


  5. Gary
    January 18, 2021 @ 12:42 pm

    Who is the sixth man pictured with the coach on the album cover ? First cassette tape that I bought way back in ’74, one of my favourite albums.


    • Rudy
      April 3, 2021 @ 7:09 pm

      Can’t see the fuzzy picture very well , but if my memory serves me correctly, it’s their producer Bruce Cohn ( also owner of Bruce Cohn vineyard) . Producer of great music and pretty good wine too !!!


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