The Doobie Brothers - What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits
The Doobie Brothers - What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits
The Doobie Brothers - What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits
The Doobie Brothers - What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits

The Doobie Brothers - What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits

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Tom Johnston – acoustic and electric guitars, lead and backing vocals

Patrick Simmons – acoustic and electric guitars, lead and backing vocals

Tiran Porter – bass, backing vocals

John Hartman – drums, percussion

Michael Hossack – drums

Keith Knudsen – backing vocals

Jeff "Skunk" Baxter – pedal steel guitar on "Tell Me What You Want"

Bill Payne – organ on "Song to See You Through" and "Eyes of Silver", piano on "Pursuit on 53rd St.", clavinet on "You Just Can't Stop It"

James Booker – piano on "Down in the Track"

Arlo Guthrie – autoharp on "Tell Me What You Want"[9]

Eddie Guzman – congas on "Road Angel", "You Just Can't Stop It" and "Daughters of the Sea", timbales on "Daughters of the Sea", and various other percussion instruments

Milt Holland – tabla on "Tell Me What You Want", vibraphone on "Black Water", "Tell Me What You Want" and "Another Park, Another Sunday", marimba on "Daughters of the Sea", pandeiro, and various other percussion instruments

The Memphis Horns - horns on "Song to See You Through", "Eyes of Silver" and "You Just Can't Stop It"

Wayne Jackson – trumpet

Andrew Love – tenor saxophone

James Mitchell – baritone saxophone

Jack Hale – trombone

Novi Novog – viola on "Spirit" and "Black Water"

Ted Templeman – additional percussion

Written by Patrick Simmons (A4, B1-2, B5), Tom Johnston (A1-3, A5, B3-4)


1 LP, gatefold cover

Limited edition

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : unspecified

Label :  Friday Music

Original Label : Warner Bros Records

Recorded in 1973 in California at Warner Bros. Studios, North Hollywood ; Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco ; Burbank Studios, Burbank

Engineered & mixed by Donn Landee

Produced by Ted Templeman

Remastered by Joe Reagoso and Ron McMaster at Capitol

Originally released in 1974

Reissued in 2012



Side A:

  1. Song To See You Through
  2. Spirit
  3. Pursuit On 53rd Street
  4. Black Water
  5. Eyes Of Silver
  6. Road Angel

Side B:

  1. You Just Can't Stop It
  2. Tell Me What You Want (And I'll Give You What You Need)
  3. Down In The Track
  4. Another Park, Another Sunday
  5. Daughters Of The Sea
  6. Flying Cloud



“The Doobies team up with the Memphis Horns for an even more Southern-flavored album than usual, although also a more uneven one. By this time, Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons, and company had pretty well inherited the mantle and the core (and then some) of the audience left behind by Creedence Clearwater Revival and John Fogerty, with Johnston songs like "Pursuit on 53rd Street," "Down in the Track," and "Road Angel" recalling pieces like "Travelin' Band," while Simmons' "Black Water" (their first number one hit) evoked the softer side of the "swamp rock" popularized by CCR. Actually, in some respects, given the range of instruments employed here, including an autoharp (courtesy of Arlo Guthrie) and viola, the songs on the original LP's first side suffer somewhat from a sameness that makes What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits a little less interesting than the albums that preceded it. The original side two had a lot more variety, which is as good as any full album the band ever recorded: Simmons' "Tell Me What You Want (And I'll Give You What You Need)" and Johnston's "Another Park, Another Sunday," which both outdo the Eagles and Poco at their respective country-rock games (and keep a certain soulful edge, too), Simmons' lyrical, ethereal, slightly spacy "Daughters of the Sea," and the very spacy, shimmering instrumental "Flying Cloud" (written by bassist Tiran Porter). In all, despite the weakness of its original first side, it's got a lot more to offer than the single hit, and has at least six numbers (out of 12) that rate with the better album tracks the group has ever done.” AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder


Ratings :

AllMusic : 3,5 / 5 , Discogs : 3,93 / 5

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