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
The Doobie Brothers - Livin' on the Fault Line.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 19, 1977
Recorded1977 at Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood, CA, Western Recorders, Hollywood, CA and Warner Bros. Recording Studios, North Hollywood, CA
GenrePop rock, soft rock, R&B
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerTed Templeman
The Doobie Brothers chronology
Best of The Doobies
Livin' on the Fault Line
Minute by Minute
Singles from Livin' on the Fault Line
  1. "Little Darling (I Need You)" / "Losin' End"
    Released: July 1977
  2. "Echoes of Love" / "There's a Light"
    Released: September 21, 1977
  3. "Nothin' But a Heartache" / "Livin' on the Fault Line"
    Released: November 9, 1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[2]
The Great Rock Discography5/10[3]
Rolling Stone(mixed)[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 stars[5]

Track listingEdit

Side one
1."You're Made That Way"Michael McDonald, Jeff Baxter, Keith KnudsenMichael McDonald3:30
2."Echoes of Love"Patrick Simmons, Willie Mitchell, Earl RandlePat Simmons2:57
3."Little Darling (I Need You)"Holland–Dozier–HollandMcDonald3:24
4."You Belong to Me"Carly Simon, McDonaldMcDonald3:04
5."Livin' on the Fault Line"SimmonsSimmons, McDonald4:42
Side two
6."Nothin' But a Heartache"McDonaldMcDonald3:05
8."There's a Light"McDonaldMcDonald4:12
9."Need a Lady"Tiran PorterTiran Porter3:21
10."Larry the Logger Two-Step"SimmonsSimmons1:16


The Doobie Brothers:

Additional Players:


  • 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



Year Chart Position
1977 Pop Albums 10


Year Single Chart Position
1977 "Echoes of Love" Pop Singles 66
1977 "Little Darling (I Need You)" Pop Singles 48


  1. ^ Peter Kurtz. "Livin' on the Fault Line - The Doobie Brothers". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  3. ^ Strong, Martin Charles (2002). "The Doobie Brothers". The Great Rock Discography. The National Academies. ISBN 1-84195-312-1.
  4. ^ John Milward (1977-11-03). "The Doobie Brothers: Livin' On The Fault Line". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  5. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 253. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.