Living once again in the carefree boogie days that are Michael McDonald -less, the Doobie Brothers are doing just fine touring the world and playing the tunes that have everyone lightly grooving. Live at Wolf Trap captures a July 2004 show, but it's really just the soundtrack to a DVD that's much longer. Unless you're a hardcore fan who needs to see how veteran members like Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons are looking, you're probably better off with the audio version, since &"Rockin' Down the Highway" -- along with everything else here -- is best for doing just that. The DVD's longer playing time doesn't sound like a great deal for the non-diehard either, since Live at Wolf Trap could be tighter, especially if it dropped the latter-day &"Dangerous," which tries way too hard to generate excitement. An especially bright horn section complements this edition of the Doobies well, since a bit of early Chicago suits them now more than ever. Be it overdubbing or not, the harmonies and powerful exuberance of the Doobies ' voices are still spectacular, and Wolf Trap 's crystal-clear recording does a mind-blowing job of capturing them. The emotion pulled out of &"Another Park, Another Sunday" shows this band still puts genuine heart into its playing, and the last five tracks are a dizzying whirlwind of what the Doobies do best. While they've slipped a little too comfortably into their B-list role -- and putting lesser new songs next to the classics just points it out -- Wolf Trap is still 80 percent feel-good boogie music played by musicians who remember why they were so beloved, 100 percent. ~ David Jeffries, Rovi
- Soft Rock, Hard Rock, Pop/Rock
- Boogie Rock, Soft Rock
- June 4, 2013
- The Doobie Brothers
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