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Recording an Album: 2010 vs. 1972

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The Doobie Brothers released a new album yesterday (Sept. 28) called World Gone Crazy, and we had some time to speak with Tom Johnston about it.

The Doobies have been doing this a long time, and I wanted to find out what it was like recording these days as opposed to the '70s when they had their big hits. Here's what came out of it:

1) In the old days, the record companies expected an album a year. Now, there is no record company, so they can release an album whenever they damn well please. We all know what happens when there's no deadline, right? In this case it took 3 years to complete.

2) The budget is bigger, so you can use more studio time and get some slick production.

3) They know a lot of people, so guest musicians abound. Michael McDonald came back for a song, and they even got Willie Nelson.

4) With all the talk about bands going back to analog, you'd think everyone is doing it, but that's like asking you to trade in your cell for a rotary phone. If the technology can help, the Doobies will use it. And ProTools helps.

The album is available at Amazon.

Here's the Talk with Tom Johnston

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