The Doobie Brothers What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid Stereo SACD
Doobie Brothers What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits on Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Best-Sounding Version of 1974 Classic
Doobie Brothers’ Most Diverse Record Includes #1 Smash “Black Water”
Band’s 1974 Album Features Steely Dan Guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter and Arlo
What could the Doobie Brothers possibly do to follow-up the excellent The
Captain and Me? Plenty. They started by inviting the Memphis Horns to inject
more soul into their trademark, Southern-styled boogie rock. Next, they secured
the services of Steely Dan virtuoso Jeff “Skunk” Baxter to supply guitar and
pedal-steel parts. And for extra spice, the band recruited Arlo Guthrie to play
autoharp. The results? What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits - the group’s most
diverse album to date. It’s just one reason Mobile Fidelity is proud to include
the 1974 effort in its phenomenal Doobie Brothers catalog restoration series.
Of course, no record is worth its salt without sharp songwriting. Fret not. What
Were Once Vices Are Now Habits overflows with one memorable tune after another.
It’s a true collective effort, with the material reflecting the musical
strengths of each of the members. Picking up where the disbanded Creedence
Clearwater Revival had left off, Tom Johnston contributes the rousing “Pursuit
on 53rd Street” and “Down in the Track.” Patrick Simmons’ “Black Water” advances
swamp rock, and gave the band its first Number One hit.
The Doobies also mine the country-rock vein like nobody’s business. “Tell Me
What You Want (And I’ll Give You What You Need)” and “Another Park, Another
Sunday” cross roots rhythms with edgy melodies. And the instrumental “Flying
Cloud,” contributed by bassist Tiran Porter, finds the Doobies further expanding
their sonic palette while remaining faithful to their loose, good-time themes.
By every stretch, What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits defies easy categorization
yet soars on amiable vibes designed to satisfy the listener. Having reached #4
on the Billboard Album charts, it’s safe to say the public was indeed impressed.
Mobile Fidelity’s engineers had the same goals in mind when mastering this '70s
rock classic from the original master tapes. And so the Doobie Brothers’
dual-drum approach now resonates with a punchiness it never previously
possessed. Johnson’s high-pitched vocals no longer hit an artificial ceiling or
lurk behind a veiled curtain. The Memphis Horns’ brassy accents carry, and the
all-important midrange sounds immediate, transparent, and dynamic.
We can’t guarantee that it will fill your listening room with the clouds of dry
ice on the album’s iconic cover, but this numbered limited-edition hybrid SACD
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Mastered From Original Master Tapes
1. Song To See You Through
3. Pursuit on 53rd St.
4. Black Water
5. Eyes of Silver
6. Road Angel
7. You Just Can't Stop It
8. Tell Me What You Want (And I'll Give You What You Need)
9. Down In the Track
10. Another Park, Another Sunday
11. Daughters of the Sea
12. Flying Cloud