Album of the Day
The Doobie Brothers' second album, TOULOUSE STREET, was the one that truly put the Northern California quintet on the map. Produced by the estimable Ted Templeman, the 1972 Warner Bros. collection marked the arrival of bassist Tiran Porter and second drummer Michael Hossack, giving the group new reserves of power. Just as importantly, the songs were top-notch; these 10 tracks feature the first Doobie hits (“Listen to the Music” and “Jesus Is Just Alright”) and several others that were also single-worthy (“Rockin' Down the Highway”). Fine harmony and instrumental work and a wide array of influences including country, folk and R&B make this set a showcase for all that the Brothers could do, and its platinum-selling success was well-deserved. If you only know this band from its later Michael McDonald-led records, pay TOULOUSE STREET a visit!