Album of the Day
Minute By Minute
The Doobie Brothers were already established hitmakers when they brought in Michael McDonald from Steely Dan to fill in for ailing singer Tom Johnston. As a writer and a vocalist, McDonald drew the Doobies closer to sophisticated R&B, and the broader range of styles paid huge dividends for the band. With horns and keyboards more prominent in the mix, 1978's MINUTE BY MINUTE established the group as masters of blue-eyed soul and easy-going funk, and the album soared to the top of the chart (it would eventually be certified triple-platinum). Among the many highlights are rocker “Don't Stop To Watch The Wheels” (sung by Johnston), bluegrass-flavored instro “Steamer Lane Breakdown” and No.1 hit (and triple Grammy winner) “What A Fool Believes.” Released 40 years ago this week, MINUTE BY MINUTE is among the most enjoyable 36 minutes you'll ever cue up.