August 16, 2011 – 4:31 am

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West Hempstead 1973 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Ultrasonic Studios, West Hempstead, NY; May 31, 1973. Good to very good Pre-FM?

For many casual music listeners, the Doobie Brothers - albeit unfairly - was seen as a group that featured Michael McDonald and whose hits included Listen To The Music, Long Train Running and China Grove.

Throughout its long history (formed in 1970), long-time fans still retained a soft spot for the band in its early years. Thanks to the original uploader and to TheCommish for keeping the show alive on Dime.

TheCommish added: “This is far and away the best sounding and most well-performed show (circulating) by the original lineup. IMO, these performances show the band at its peak as a ‘hard-rock’ act. Those only familiar with the relatively tame studio versions of these songs will be surprised/shocked at volume and intensity of these live-in-studio (with small crowd) performances.”

Thanks also to jerryo1521 for the artwork.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (sample rate 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. Please try again later. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files.

Track 01. South City Midnight Lady (9.5MB)
Track 02. Tuning (1.8MB)
Track 03. Clear As The Driven Snow (8.8MB)
Track 04. Long Train Running (7.6MB)
Track 05. Listen To The Music (6.4MB)
Track 06. China Grove (5.6MB)
Track 07. Rockin’ Down the Highway (5.2MB)
Track 08. Tuning (3.2MB)
Track 09. Disciple (4.6MB)
Track 10. Jesus is Just Alright / Disciple (21.1MB)
Track 11. Tuning (3.4MB)
Track 12. Without You (11.6MB)
Custom fade out starting at 6:35, recorder runs out of tape before end.

Bonus:  Live on Midnight Special (source unknown, audio from mono TV/radio broadcast, date unknown)
Track 13. Natural Thing (4.9MB)

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  1. 23 Responses to “DOOBIE BROTHERS - WEST HEMPSTEAD 1973”

  2. Thanks, Tim.

    By Tim on Aug 16, 2011

  3. hey bigo, just from reading the notes, i’ve gotten interested. i’ll download it. i know some of these songs from hearing them on the radio, but i really haven’t listened to them much. so this will be a good starting point.


    By Ed Saad on Aug 16, 2011

  4. cool thanks..don`t have much live doobies, thank goodness page isn`t on any of the tracks.

    By sluggo on Aug 16, 2011

  5. Thank you for some Doobs. They are quite underated and though they have undergone quite a few personnel changes, they’ve had alot of great songs over the years.

    By Nick on Aug 16, 2011

  6. Is this the show that “Rerun” Stubbs taped?

    By Keith418 on Aug 16, 2011

  7. Hello Keith418
    Unfortunately, no details regarding the taper. Anyone with any ideas? Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Aug 16, 2011

  8. I can’t believe it. BigO you are the best!!! Did you see my request from when I posted on the Sade concert?? I’m stunned. Simply fabulous. I can’t believe you guys found this. The Doobies are one of the all time greats!! Thank you, thank you, thank you. Excellent work.

    By Dave on Aug 16, 2011

  9. Wow bigo - it just dawned on me that I don’t have any Doobies bootlegs. This is awesome! You’ve obviously recovered well from the Hammer of the Zeppelin Gods. And I agree with sluggo - I can’t believe I would be glad Jimmy Page WASN’T involved in a project. So regarding the Doobies, I’ll take the 5th Amendment on anything regarding Michael McDonald. The early Doobies were kickass - part of my Junior High-High School soundtrack. Wonderful music! Kudos to you guys AGAIN, and thank you.

    By Daniel Kershner on Aug 16, 2011

  10. Wonder if anyone else got the Rerun Stubbs comment. From a great episode of What’s Happening where Rerun, I think I remember this right, gets caught recording a Doobies’ show.

    By Adam on Aug 17, 2011

  11. hey adam, i remember that episode, and i got the what’s happening reference. fred berry was rerun’s real name. he died in 2003.

    i was a big fan of what’s happening, good times, diff’rent strokes, the jeffersons, the pure genius sanford and son which i still watch on tv land. i watched all the later spin off redd foxx shows, but they weren’t nearly as good. the best sanford and son episodes are the early ones before they got new cast members and had the sanford arms which was next to their junkyard. i liked julio fuentes.


    By Ed Saad on Aug 17, 2011

  12. Hey Adam - I remember that episode too. It would be nice to score a copy of that episode. Seems to me they played two or three songs - think I CHEAT THE HANGMAN was one of them. Rerun the Taper! Yea, he had one of those little funky cassette recorders.

    By Daniel Kershner on Aug 17, 2011

  13. Thanks. For someone who likes the Doobie Brothers as a rock band, this was pretty much their peak.

    By drkrick on Aug 18, 2011

  14. The story goes that the Doobie Brothers were given that name by Skip Spence of Moby Grape. They originally called themselves Pud. Aren’t you glad that name didn’t stick.

    Listen To The Music by Pud wouldn’t have had the same chart action. Would it ?

    By Sking on Aug 18, 2011

  15. The Doobie Brothers still put on an awesome show!! I just saw them last month and they kicked ass!! Their new cd is great too. They are still making great music. Thanks again for the great show BigO.

    By Dave on Aug 18, 2011

  16. Big O has been on a great “run” here recently. Hard to find the time to pull all of the great music offered. Thanks!

    By Tom on Aug 18, 2011

  17. Thanks BigO ! Ultrasonic stuff is always so good !

    By Bruce on Aug 19, 2011

  18. if u want to catch the episode of that show with the scenes u are talking about there are various copies posted in various lengths and qualities and clips etc.
    use this link–

    i had a link that had the entire show in one clip but i seem to have lost it sorry.
    i still have it as a single file on an external drive but this is much easier to share with all of u.

    as for other doobies shows out there worth having including a fantastic boston 72 show and a chicago 77 show. theres an amazing hawaii 78. the 77 is a soundstage tv thing but has michael mcdonald on it. the 78 was made into a 2 lp boot i used to have which i am sure was an fm brdcst. that last one is just by memory i dont happen to have it right now.
    the other two 77 and 72 i have on my drive.
    those are the only two i could offer within seconds at this moment if someone wanted them.
    i can offer others too but if someone was really desperate for just those two doobies they oculd contact me at [email protected] and ask for a link to dl the 72 and 77 items.

    By darth on Aug 19, 2011

  19. To many, the Doobies are the band that Tom Johnson left and Michael McDonald ruined, although Skunk Baxter is a fine guitarist. I was lucky enough to catch the Tom Johnson lineup (as well as the Michael McDonald effort) and the reunion tour in Tacoma 1987 with all 12 members. So glad the one of the best groups the U.S. has ever produced is still going, why isn’t any new material on playlist rotation? I’ve got a 1975 Memphis show as well as a partial recording of the Tacoma. Skunk also performed at least one Doobies tune with “The Best”, a very short-lived 1990 supergroup comprising among others John Entwistle, Keith Emerson, Joe Walsh, Simon Phillips, and Rick Livingstone. They played only “covers” (can original members play “covers” of their own tunes?) and toured only in Japan that I know of; some of the Yokohama show is on YouTube. Long live the Doobies - and Tom Johnston, you rock, guys! And thanks to the uploader and BigO.

    By HytekFred on Aug 29, 2011

  20. Pure 100% Doobies minus any Michael McDonald MOR bullshit. Thanks Big O!

    By Ernie Clark on Mar 21, 2015

  21. Excellent share, Big O. Thank you very much!

    By Formosa Coweater on Mar 21, 2015

  22. Wow! Listened to “Long Train Runnin’” before downloading and it blows away the studio version. Never got to see them (except a nice acapella National Anthem at a Sacramento Rivercats game a few years back) but now I can listen to them at their peak. Thanks Big-O

    By California Jim on Mar 22, 2015

  23. More Doobies,PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By john on Mar 22, 2015

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