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  UDSACD 2060
  The Doobie Brothers: what were once vices are now habits
  "what were once vices are now habits"

The Doobie Brothers
Track listing:
  1. Song to See You Through
2. Spirit
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
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Review by analogue May 10, 2012 (4 of 6 found this review helpful)
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The Doobie's were on an incredible roll during this time in the early to mid 70's. This particular album was a slight expansion to their earlier attempts and its a pleasure to listen to this sacd.

This is the 4th Doobie sacd to be released by Mofi and for my tastes its the best overall sonically. This is not to say that it doesn't have some slight problems but by and large its the best one because it is ......from start to finish completely consistent in its sound. Previous sacd's had a strange hodge podge of variances in the sound from track to track. Some tracks were rendered very flat while others had sunken vocals. This new sacd has none of those problems. Thankfully.

However.....its still a tad flat for me and by that I mean that I still prefer some subtle EQ ing from mofi to better approximate the actual sound of this disc from back in the day. In trying to account for the flatness of their sacd releases I wonder if they employ sound reduction as no tape hiss is heard. I also am used to a better channel separation that is gotten from the best sacd's. I am used to vocals floating from the speakers in 3 d. I am also used to instruments being better distinguished in rock albums. Its not achieved as well as I would have liked on this disc. I am used to more transparency although this disc has a tad of it but a hint of dullness still is there. for the good stuff. This Doobie album is pure killer. What a fabulous release. Gotta love the music. This sacd is nicely inviting and warm. It has to be cranked higher than usual. Actually the higher the better. There is a nice analogue feel to the sacd sound thats great to listen to. It invites the listener in. There is alot in different instrumentation going on, nice drum work, excellent singing and guitar playing and textures abound. Everything we come to expect from the Doobie's during this time frame. There is some experimentation with a more countrified influence on some tracks and some excellent fiddle playing. Black Water sounds very excellent. There is also a touch of soul too. In fact there is not a bad track to be had on this album.

This is a good effort by Mofi and their best Dobbie release thus far because from start to finish the sound is consistent from track to track. The mixing is also better here as well. A tad of dull feel is what mars this release.

Very much recommended.

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Review by p59teitel August 13, 2012 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
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A classic album from the Doobies' early-mid 70s peak as a rock outfit before Michael McDonald's pop sensibilities took them in a different direction. Great tunes, great playing.

The MFSL SACD presents the blackest, quietest background of any version to date, along with a clean treble, a sweet midrange and a smooth overall flow.

Unfortunately, while the bass is tight and extended, it does not have the heft and power of either the original LP or the initial Warner's CD released in 1990, which I think may remain my go-to version despite how clean and melodic the MFSL SACD is from the midrange on up.

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Review by jackan June 21, 2012 (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
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First off, this is my favorite Doobie Brothers period. What Were Once Vices are now Habits, and Stampede are my favorite Doobie Brothers albums. To me, it is where the lineup had jelled, and they had matured into a song writing and performance groove. More coherent than the first couple of albums, and with the original feel, before burn out and health issues forced the personnel change to the Michael McDonald era. The tracks were very well done, with few exceptions. The bands experience in dynamics and space is a huge part of a very successful album. Especially in the rhythm section. Laying down a very consistent bed for the rest of the band. Particularly for the early seventies when a lot of rock bands didn't understand the musical performance concept of multi tracking. The result is a great close miced drum sound. A small quibble is that sometimes some of the cymbals lack fullness. At the start of Down in the Track there is a small guitar fart. It has always been there, and is now more obvious. One note.
All of the familiar parts are there, and then some. The guitar work seems more immediate than I remember it from past formats. I think that this version manages to improve on the sonics, while being true to its original self. Everything I have come to expect from SA-CDs. Improved resolution, dynamics, clarity, without changing the original feel or intent of the production.
This is now my favorite SA-CD. And everyone that I play it for is impressed. Either because it is better than they remember it, or that such good work came from back in my day. ;-)

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