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Doobie Brothers’ Minute by Minute was more than ‘What a Fool Believes’

Doobie Brothers’ Minute by Minute was more than ‘What a Fool Believes’

The Doobie Brothers’ ‘Minute by Minute,’ released on Dec. 1, 1978, features most people’s favorite Michael McDonald-era song. But mine’s not “What a Fool Believes.”

Steely Dan Sunday: Katy Lied turns 40 this month

Steely Dan Sunday: Katy Lied turns 40 this month

This month, Steely Dan’s ‘Katy Lied’ turned 40 years old. Here are some reasons why it’s good enough to overcome an infamous mixing fiasco.

Michael McDonald – This Christmas (2010): On Second Thought

Michael McDonald – This Christmas (2010): On Second Thought

Michael McDonald can come off as a guilty pleasure, principally because his voice was so often caught in a web of too-slick production. Not here.

Toto and Michael McDonald, August 29, 2014: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Toto and Michael McDonald, August 29, 2014: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Toto just seems to get better with age – and Michael McDonald held his own.

‘He mouths at me, Oh my God’: Inside Michael McDonald’s off-the-cuff audition for the Doobie Brothers

‘He mouths at me, Oh my God’: Inside Michael McDonald’s off-the-cuff audition for the Doobie Brothers

They were in the early stages of what became 1976’s ‘Takin’ It to the Streets.’

Nick DeRiso’s Mid-Year Best of 2014 (Reissues and Live): Toto, the Who, Roy Orbison, Stick Men, Jon Anderson, Mike Bloomfield

Nick DeRiso’s Mid-Year Best of 2014 (Reissues and Live): Toto, the Who, Roy Orbison, Stick Men, Jon Anderson, Mike Bloomfield

These 10 reissues and live sets provided us with important new perspectives.

On Second Thought: Joni Mitchell – Dog Eat Dog (1985)

I mentioned last week in my look back at Joni Mitchell’s Wild Things Run Fast that it was her first album for Geffen Records — and one which left a major impact on me.

Doobie Brothers Songs with Jeff “Skunk” Baxter: Gimme Five

Doobie Brothers Songs with Jeff “Skunk” Baxter: Gimme Five

Most fans of the Doobie Brothers seem to have allegiances to particular periods in the band’s 45-year history — with the most common divide being Tom Johnston vs. Michael McDonald.

Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs – Dukes of September: Live at Lincoln Center (2014)

Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs – Dukes of September: Live at Lincoln Center (2014)

Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs brought a tractor-trailer’s worth of hits — both as solo artists and with Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers, respectively — to this setlist. More important, however, was their simpatico sense of musical camaraderie.

Gimme Five: Toto’s Steve Lukather and David Paich on ‘I Won’t Hold You Back,’ ’99,’ others

Gimme Five: Toto’s Steve Lukather and David Paich on ‘I Won’t Hold You Back,’ ’99,’ others

Back in the studio for its first new album project since 2006, not to mention on the cusp of a major world tour with Michael McDonald, Toto has made a dramatic return to the spotlight.