Album Review: Minute by Minute, The Doobie Brothers, 1978

The liner notes on this album describe how the band, emerging from their final recording session for Minute by Minute, thought the album was probably crap. Turns out it didn’t matter what they thought. What they created was a groundbreaking work of soulful, warm, R&B sounds with a folk rock pedigree. As unlikely as the pairing of long-haired bearded guys was with something akin to Luther Vandross, it is a blessing that they created this classic album. The keyboards and bass are as plush as can be. Michael McDonald emerges as one of the best vocalists in R&B, albeit from an unlikely source.