2017 Japanese release.
With the benefit of hindsight, the name of this album should more accurately be "Farewell Tour: The Michael McDonald/Warner Brothers Years." That's because the Doobie Brothers made a relatively successful comeback in 1989 (without McDonald) on a different label and have continued to tour sporadically through the 90s and '00s. Oddly, there are no songs from the outfit's final Warner studio album, One Step Closer, included here. As a live rendition of greatest hits, this doesn't measure up since so many classics, such as "It Keeps You Runnin'," "Another Park," "Another Sunday," and "Rockin' Down the Highway" are M.I.A.
Only co-founder Patrick Simmons remains from the original lineup, although Tom Johnston, who wasn't touring with the act at the time, makes a guest appearance for the final two tracks, "China Grove" and "Long Train Runnin'." Why he doesn't contribute vocals to "Listen to the Music," a tune tied to his distinctive tenor, is unclear, but McDonald's husky voice doesn't do the peppy tune justice. Simmons brings some much needed rootsy folk-blues to the mix with spirited if somewhat rote rendition of "Black Water," and a nod to the band's bluesy past with an Allman Brothers-styled take on Sonny Boy Williamson's "Don't Start Me Talkin'."
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