Doobie Brothers Stampede on numbered limited edition Hybrid SACD
First Doobies album featuring Steely Dan guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter as a full-time member
The Doobie Brothers' illustrious career is marked by a string of hits, two of which, "Sweet Maxine" and "Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me)," are included here. But Stampede offers much more. In terms of musical dexterity, the 1975 set stands as the group's peak studio moment.
With ex-Steely Dan guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter finally a full-time member of the band, the California quintet steps up everything from the arrangements to the songwriting. The group also invited several distinguished guests along for the ride: Vocalist Maria Muldaur, soul legend Curtis Mayfield, slide guitarist Ry Cooder, and jazz hand Victor Feldman among them. The results are as good on record as they appear on paper.
A definitive staple of 1970s rock, Stampede traverses a wellspring of soulful genres while remaining tethered to a rootsy anchor. Western-themed rock, retro blues, and rousing boogie flavors pepper the songs.