Listen to the Music: The Top Five Doobie Brothers Guitar Moments
From "Black Water" to "China Grove," our guide to the Doobies' top five guitar moments.
"Listen to the Music"
From Toulouse Street (1972)
This Tom Johnston-penned tune, a longtime staple of adult contemporary and classic rock radio, kicks off with the ideal guitar riff, a breezy, catchy romp that carries the melody throughout the entire track.
The song's outro also happens to feature some fine, emotional bends performed high on the neck.
By the way, "Listen to the Music" was written in June 1972, the same month and year Polk Audio was founded. We appreciate nice little tie-ins like that!
Yes, we promised you five songs, but since you're reading the deluxe version of this story, here's a bonus track for you!
"Takin' It to the Streets"
From Takin' It to the Streets (1978)
While Michael McDonald's instantly recognizable voice is the undisputed highlight of this longtime radio favorite (which you've probably heard in 4,000 TV commercials), take note of the many subtle guitar "injections" heard throughout the song. They demonstrate fine use of octaves and chords, all of which punctuate the song's piano line.
Damian Fanelli is the online managing editor at Guitar World.
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