Livin' on the Fault Line
Livin' on the Fault Line is the seventh studio album by the American rock band The Doobie Brothers. The album was released on August 19, 1977, by Warner Bros. Records. It is one of the few Doobie Brothers albums of the 1970s which did not produce a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 (although "You Belong to Me" was a hit as recorded by co-author Carly Simon). Still, the album received modest critical acclaim. Tom Johnston (guitar, vocals) left the band early in the sessions. He is listed as part of the band (appearing in the inside group photo) but appears on little or none of the actual album; despite writing and singing five songs during the sessions for the album, they were not included on the final release. Much of this consistently mellow album has a jazz tinge, and the influences of R&B are palpable throughout. The track "Little Darling (I Need You)" is a remake of the Marvin Gaye 1966 hit.
|Livin' on the Fault Line|
|Studio album by|
|Released||August 19, 1977|
|Recorded||1977 at Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood, CA, Western Recorders, Hollywood, CA and Warner Bros. Recording Studios, North Hollywood, CA|
|Genre||Pop rock, soft rock, R&B|
|The Doobie Brothers chronology|
|Singles from Livin' on the Fault Line|
|Encyclopedia of Popular Music|||
|The Great Rock Discography||5/10|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
|1.||"You're Made That Way"||Michael McDonald, Jeff Baxter, Keith Knudsen||Michael McDonald||3:30|
|2.||"Echoes of Love"||Patrick Simmons, Willie Mitchell, Earl Randle||Pat Simmons||2:57|
|3.||"Little Darling (I Need You)"||Holland–Dozier–Holland||McDonald||3:24|
|4.||"You Belong to Me"||Carly Simon, McDonald||McDonald||3:04|
|5.||"Livin' on the Fault Line"||Simmons||Simmons, McDonald||4:42|
|6.||"Nothin' But a Heartache"||McDonald||McDonald||3:05|
|8.||"There's a Light"||McDonald||McDonald||4:12|
|9.||"Need a Lady"||Tiran Porter||Tiran Porter||3:21|
|10.||"Larry the Logger Two-Step"||Simmons||Simmons||1:16|
The Doobie Brothers:
- Patrick Simmons – guitars, lead and backing vocals
- Jeff Baxter – guitars
- Michael McDonald – keyboards, synthesizers, lead and backing vocals
- Tiran Porter – bass, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Need a Lady"
- Keith Knudsen – drums, backing vocals
- John Hartman – drums
- Bobby LaKind – congas, backing vocals
- Dan Armstrong – electric sitar solo on "Need A Lady"
- Norton Buffalo – harmonica on "There's A Light"
- Victor Feldman – vibes on "Livin' On The Fault Line"
- Rosemary Butler – backing vocals on "Little Darling (I Need You)", "You Belong To Me", and "There's A Light"
- Maureen McDonald – backing vocals on "You're Made That Way"
- Ted Templeman – percussion
- David Paich – horn and string arrangements
- Producer – Ted Templeman
- Production coordination – Beth Naranjo
- Engineer – Donn Landee
- Second engineer – Kent Nebergall
- Cover photography and album design – Bruce Steinberg
- Inner sleeve photo – Michael Zagaris
- Aerial photo pilot – Roger Glenn
- Hand-tinting – Kristin Sundbom
- Management – Bruce Cohn
- Publicity – David Gest
|1977||"Echoes of Love"||Pop Singles||66|
|1977||"Little Darling (I Need You)"||Pop Singles||48|
- Peter Kurtz. "Livin' on the Fault Line - The Doobie Brothers". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
- Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
- Strong, Martin Charles (2002). "The Doobie Brothers". The Great Rock Discography. The National Academies. ISBN 1-84195-312-1.
- John Milward (1977-11-03). "The Doobie Brothers: Livin' On The Fault Line". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
- Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 253. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.