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The Captain And Me (1973)

The Doobie Brothers
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The Captain and Me is the third studio album by American rock band The Doobie Brothers, released in 1973. It features some of their most popular hits including "Long Train Runnin' ", "China Grove" and "Without You". The album is certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA.
There was pressure on the band to move quickly and to save time they began reworking old tunes. One of Tom Johnston's songs, "Osborn", had been an improvisational piece that the band played live. After laying down the track, according to producer Ted Templeman. "We still really didn't have it, and I said, 'Make it about a train, since you have this thing about "Miss Lucy down along the track." So he came up with "Long Train Runnin'."
Synthesizers and strings were brought in to record The Captain and Me. Synth programmers Malcolm Cecil and Robert Margouleff were brought in to engineer the opening track, "Natural Thing". Striving for a synthesized sound like that of The Beatles' "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!" they would overdub individual notes to create chords for the song's bridge.
"Dark Eyed Cajun Woman" was a bluesy track (one of the band's earliest) and seen by Johnston as a tribute to the blues and B.B. King.

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5:31 South City Midnight Lady
3:20 Evil Woman
0:48 Busted Down Around O'Connelly Corners
3:01 Ukiah
4:48 The Captain and Me
4:13 Dark Eyed Cajun Woman
3:18 Natural Thing
5:00 Without You
3:17 China Grove
3:28 Long Train Runnin'
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