RATINGS: A = must own B = buy it C= average D = yawn F = puke

The Doobie Brothers - Let the Music Play [Blu-ray]
Eagle Rock Entertainment


Rating: A

The Doobie Brothers were one of the most successful bands of the 1970’s. They wrote good time, feel good music and were at the top of their game when songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Tom Johnston left the band. Out of the ashes the band reformed with songwriter/vocalist/keyboardist Michael McDonald and morphed into one of the top pop bands of the day.

Now, Let the Music Play, the Authorized Story of the Doobie Brothers documents the band from their earliest beginnings as a biker band through their massive popularity, breakup and reformation.

The film features in-depth interviews with the band members, as well as producer Ted Templeman and manager Bruce Cohn. Together, with the current band and former band mates, the tale is told with openness and honesty. Every high point, as well as the lows, is uncovered in this portrayal of one of America’s most unique bands.

This is a documentary that one cannot stop watching, as the story that unfolds is fascinating. There are bonus live performances of many Doobie classics including “Without You,” “Listen to the Music,” “Black Water,” “Takin’ It to the Streets,” “Rockin’ Down the Highway,” “Long Train Runnin’” and “China Grove.”

The band and their management and friends opened up their history for their fans. The dedication to the authenticity of this documentary and the honest appraisal of the band’s life makes this one of the best historical documentaries of a band ever made.