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White Hot Stamper

The Doobie Bros.
What Were Once Vices...

  (Item #: doobiwhatw_1702) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • The first Top Copy to hit the site in ages, Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Both sides here are incredibly big, full and lively with a HUGE bottom end and an energy level that's off the charts
  • One of the tougher Doobies albums to find great sound for, which is why we so rarely have White Hot copies hit the site
  • Black Water is the big hit here and it sounds out of this world on this copy
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White Hot Stamper

The Doobie Brothers
Stampede

  (Item #: doobistamp_1702) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • The first Top Copy to hit the site in over six years! Triple Plus (A+++) on side one, Double Plus (A++) on side two
  • Both sides are rich and full, with solid bass and excellent separation
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "Virtuoso soulful countrified rock of a gritty nature."
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White Hot Stamper

The Doobie Brothers
Livin' On The Fault Line

  (Item #: doobilivin_1610) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A wonderful copy, close to As Good As It Gets - Triple Plus on side one and Double Plus on side two
  • Both of these killer sides are big, rich and solid throughout -- just what this music needs to come to life
  • A sophisticated, soulful pop album from the Michael McDonald era with too many great songs to list
  • Allmusic 4 stars: "Some of the most challenging and well-developed music of the band's career."
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Super Hot Stamper

The Doobie Brothers
The Captain and Me

  (Item #: doobicapta_1609) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • Two excellent Double Plus (A++) sides on some of the quietest vinyl we can find for this album
  • Both sides are smooth and musical with real presence and energy
  • Natural Thing, China Grove and Long Train Runnin' all sound great
  • Easily the toughest of the classic Doobies albums to find Hot Stampers for
  • Allmusic 4 1/2 stars: "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."
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Super Hot Stamper

The Doobie Bros.
Minute By Minute

  (Item #: doobiminut_1701) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Double Plus (A++) on side one, and nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) on side two - this is a big, rich, killer sounding copy
  • Open Your Eyes, What A Fool Believes and the title track all sound wonderful here
  • The sound is dramatically bigger, richer, livelier and smoother than most of the copies out there
  • An Audiophile Quality Pop Music Production as close to perfect as one can ask for, thanks to Ted Templeman and Donn Landee
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Super Hot Stamper

The Doobie Bros.
Takin’ It To The Streets

  (Item #: doobitakin_1701_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Double Plus (A++) sound quality or better on both sides, bringing these great songs to life
  • Solid, present and lively with punchy bass and excellent clarity
  • With the awesome Michael McDonald contributing songs and vocals, this is the kind of Doobies album we can get behind
  • Credit must go to Donn Landee for the full-bodied, rich, smooth, oh-so-analog sound of the best pressings such as this one
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "...shows off the new interplay and sounds that were to carry the group into the 1980s, with gorgeous playing and singing all around."
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Hot Stamper

The Doobie Bros.
Minute By Minute

  (Item #: doobiminut_1702) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Near Double Plus (A++) sound throughout, this is an excellent pressing from start to finish
  • So many great songs — the title track, What A Fool Believes, Open Your Eyes
  • The material on this album is the strongest the group ever recorded, and let's face it, all the best songs are McDonald's
  • An Audiophile Quality Pop Music Production that deservedly won four Grammy Awards including Record of the Year
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Super Hot Stamper

The Doobie Brothers
Livin' On The Fault Line

  (Item #: doobilivin_1702) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An excellent copy that earned Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides - it's big, rich and solid
  • The best songs here can hold their own with anything from Minute by Minute and Takin' It to the Streets
  • A sophisticated, soulful pop album from the Michael McDonald era with far too many great songs to list
  • Allmusic 4 stars: "Some of the most challenging and well-developed music of the band's career."
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Compromised Versus Purist Recordings

If It's About the Music, the Choice Is Clear

  (Item #: doobicapta_vs_dd) 



A while back one of our good customers wrote to tell us how much he liked his Century Direct to Disc recording of the Glenn Miller big band, one of the few really amazing sounding direct discs that contains music actually worth listening to. Which brought me to the subject of Hot Stampers.

Hot Stamper pressings are almost always going to be studio multi-track recordings, not live Direct to Discs. They will invariably suffer many compromises compared to the purist approach of an audiophile label trying to eliminate sources of distortion in the pursuit of the highest fidelity.

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Doobie Brothers - Takin’ It to the Streets

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: doobitakin_2009) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

SUPERB SOUND on this A++ / A+++ White Hot Stamper -- who in his right mind thought this record could sound this good? Not us! We’ve been buying pressings for years with virtually nothing to show for it; that’s why you haven’t seen a Hot Stamper hit the site since 2007. The typical copy of this album has no real top or bottom; that’s what separates the men from the boys on Takin’ It to the Streets. That shrunken, flat, two-dimensional, lifeless, compressed, midrangy sound you’re so used to hearing on Doobies Brothers albums (to this day I still haven’t found a good Minute by Minute!) is the rule, and this pressing the exception.

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The Doobie Bros - Minute By Minute

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: doobiminut_0113_1) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

This is undoubtedly the band's MASTERPIECE, assuming you're a Michael McDonald fan, and we very much are fans here at Better Records. At its best, this can be a WONDERFUL sounding pop record, but only if you have the right pressing.

The material on this album is the strongest the group ever recorded, and let's face it, all the best songs are McDonald's. He really hit his songwriting stride in 1978; there are almost half a dozen classic Michael McDonald songs on this album alone. His 1982 solo album, a desert island disc for us if there ever was one, has about ten more. The guy was on fire in the late '70s and early '80s.

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The Doobie Brothers - Livin' On The Fault Line

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: doobilivin_2012) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

WHITE HOT STAMPERS for this overlooked and underrated Doobies album from 1977! Not a lot of hits but a lot of good Sophisticated Soulful Pop songs -- the first four tracks on side one are some of the best of the Michael McDonald era, with Nothin' But a Heartache and There's a Light on side two making six SUPERB tracks all told.

I'm not even sure you could make the case that Minute By Minute has six tracks of this quality, and I would still find these six superior even if you tried. The consistency may not be as high as MBM, but the high points reach higher, and go deeper emotionally. (Yes, I'm being completely serious.)

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The Doobie Brothers - Minute By Minute

Nautilus Debunked

  (Item #: doobiminut_debunk) 




Sonic Grade: D

A Hall of Shame pressing and another Half Speed debunked.

You may remember reading on the site that we used to like the Nautilus Half-Speed of this title. Playing our Nautilus copy against the better domestic pressings made us wonder what the hell we must have been smoking. The Nautilus was awful -- veiled and compressed, with a lightweight bottom end. (The Nautilus of Threshold of a Dream is another one we used to like and boy does that record sound awful these days.)

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The Doobie Brothers - The Captain and Me

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: doobicapta_2009) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

OH BABY! This is the HOTTEST copy of The Captain And Me to ever hit the site, bar none. The sound is nothing short of PHENOMENAL from the first cut to the last. Side two earned our top A+++ grade while side one clocked in just half a plus behind. You can’t even begin to imagine what we’ve gone through trying to find Hot Stampers for this album. Here’s the copy that proves it was all worth it.

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The Doobie Brothers - The Captain and Me

Nautilus Debunked

  (Item #: doobicapta_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: D

Another Half-Speed Mastered Audiophile Pressing Debunked and another We Was Wrong listing to boot.

We actually recommended the Nautilus Half-Speed in the old days, but the last time we played one (mid-2007) the sound was Pure Audiophile BS -- compressed to death and totally whomp-free. The average domestic copy is terrible too, but that’s no excuse now is it? Not to worry. One of these days we will put some Hot Stampers on the site, and they will ROCK!

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The Doobie Brothers - Toulouse Street

Templeman, Barncard and Landee Work Their Magic

  (Item #: doobitoulo_wtlf) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you critically evaluate your copy of the album.

Two of our favorite engineers worked their magic on this one: STEPHEN BARNCARD and DONN LANDEE. This copy surely has all the Tubey Magic one could ask for, but it's the size, space and clarity here that really shocked us.



 
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The Doobie Brothers - What Were Once Vices...

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: doobiwhatw_2011) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

This quiet Palm Tree Label pressing is one of the best sounding copies of this album we've ever played! We had a massive shootout for this fun album recently and this was the big winner, earning an A+++ grade for the first side and a strong A++ for the second. Drop the needle anywhere on side one; you won't believe how open, clear and dynamic the sound is. It's also big, present and spacious with unusually high resolution. No other side one we played came close. Black Water sounds KILLER here!

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The Doobie Brothers

The Vices of Limited Production

  (Item #: doobiwhatw_listen) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises.

The best of this kind of mainstream radio-friendly pop rock has stood the test of time very well. One listen and we think you'll agree: this is fun music that belongs in your collection. IF... IF you get hold of a good pressing, and in our experience this mass-produced stuff leaves a lot to be desired most of the time.

Actually that's not really fair; the specialty audiophile limited edition pressings of most records are even worse sounding, so the production numbers really don't have much to do with the final product, now do they?

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The Doobie Brothers Discography and Bio

  (Item #: alldoobiebrothers) 



The Doobie Brothers (1971)
Toulouse Street (1972)
The Captain and Me (1973)
What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits (1974)
Stampede (1975)
Takin’ It to the Streets (1976)
Livin’ on the Fault Line (1977)
Minute by Minute (1978)
One Step Closer (1980)
Farewell Tour (1983)
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The Doobie Brothers

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