Let The Music Play
The Doobie Brothers
Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
Released: November 13, 2012
Reviewed: November 25, 2012
If you’re a baby boomer then you don’t need me to tell you that The Doobie Brothers likely made up a significant portion of the soundtrack of your youth. Who can forget great hits like China Grove, Jesus Is Just Alright With Me, Long Train Running and many, many more? Let The Music Play is the authorized documentary of The Doobie Brothers from their beginnings in California in 1970 to worldwide success, selling over 40 million albums during their long career. The film features interviews with band members Patrick Simmons, Tom Johnston, Michael McDonald, John McFee ,Tiran Porter, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, their manager Bruce Cohn and long term producer Ted Templeman, revealing the full story of the band’s highs and lows through four decades of musical evolution.
The Doobie Brothers first big break came with Listen To The Music in 1972, and they went on to experience both sustained success and line-up changes in the mid-seventies. The band made a change of musical direction and enjoyed further success following the arrival of Michael McDonald in 1976. Worn out by non-stop touring and internal disagreements, the band broke up after a “farewell” concert in 1982. There were sporadic reunions in the eighties before the band reformed permanently in the early nineties and have continued touring and recording ever since.
As well as the film itself, Let The Music Play – The Story Of The Doobie Brothers features bonus live performances of: Rainy Day Crossroad Blues, Without You, Listen To The Music, Black Water, Takin’ It To The Streets, Rockin’ Down The Highway, Neal’s Fandango, Long Train Runnin’, and China Grove.
Let The Music Play – The Story Of The Doobie Brothers is more than just a rockumentary, exposing their incredible career and achievements. Boasting an additional nine live tracks, with a total running time of well over two hours, this is the complete package for any fan of this amazing band . . . and just in time for Christmas!
- Written by Randy Patterson
Let The Music Play