The Captain and Me

The Captain and Me

by The Doobie BrothersThe Doobie Brothers


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The Doobie Brothers' third long-player was the charm, their most substantial and consistent album to date, and one that rode the charts for a year. It was also a study in contrasts, Tom Johnston's harder-edged, bolder rocking numbers balanced by Patrick Simmons' more laid-back country-rock ballad style. The leadoff track, Johnston's "Natural Thing," melded the two, opening with interlocking guitars and showcasing the band's exquisite soaring harmonies around a beautiful melody, all wrapped up in a midtempo beat -- the result was somewhere midway between Allman Brothers-style virtuosity and Eagles/Crosby & Nash-type lyricism, which defined this period in the Doobies' history and gave them a well-deserved lock on the top of the charts. Next up was the punchy, catchy "Long Train Runnin'," a piece they'd been playing for years as an instrumental -- a reluctant Johnston was persuaded by producer Ted Templeman to write lyrics to it and record the song, and the resulting track became the group's next hit. The slashing, fast-tempo "China Grove" and "Without You" represented the harder side of the Doobies' sound, and were juxtaposed with Simmons' romantic country-rock ballads "Clear as the Driven Snow," and "South City Midnight Lady." Simmons also showed off his louder side with "Evil Woman," while Johnston showed his more reflective side with "Dark Eyed Cajun Woman," "Ukiah" and "The Captain and Me" -- the latter, a soaring rocker clocking in at nearly five minutes, features radiant guitars and harmonies, soaring ever higher and faster to a triumphant finish.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0075992727129
catalogNumber: 2694
Rank: 2728

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Doobie Brothers   Primary Artist
Tom Johnston   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,ARP
Patrick Simmons   Guitar,Vocals
Jeff Baxter   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar
Malcolm Cecil   Synthesizer
Michael Hossack   Conga,Cymbals,Drums,Timbales
Robert Margouleff   Synthesizer
Bill Payne   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Tiran Porter   Bass,Vocals
Ted Templeman   Percussion
John Hartman   Percussion,Drums,Vocals

Technical Credits

Tom Johnston   Composer
Patrick Simmons   Composer,Art Direction
Nick DeCaro   String Arrangements
Michael Hossack   Composer
Donn Landee   Engineer
Tiran Porter   Composer
Ted Templeman   Producer
John Hartman   Composer
Ed Thrasher   Art Direction

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