Cycles is the tenth studio album by American rock band The Doobie Brothers. The album was released on May 17, 1989, by Capitol Records.
It marked the band’s reunion after breaking up in 1982. Instead of the later configurations with Michael McDonald at the helm, the band reverted to their 1972-4 lineup although Bobby LaKind who had played percussion with later configurations also rejoined. Tom Johnston, John Hartman and Michael Hossack returned to the lineup for the first time since 1977, 1979 and 1974 respectively.
The album was largely co-written with producers and sidesmen. Bobby LaKind collaborated with former Doobie members John McFee and Keith Knudsen on “Time is Here and Gone” and Michael McDonald on “Tonight I’m Coming Through (The Border)”. Two cover versions were included in the form of the Four Tops’ “One Chain (Don’t Make No Prison)” and the Isley Brothers’ “Need a Little Taste of Love.”
The title of the album was taken from an unused song written by Tiran Porter. Porter later recorded the song for his 1995 solo album Playing To An Empty House.
Lead track “The Doctor” was released as a single and stormed to No. 9 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Chart.” After this album, Bobby Lakind retired from the band because of terminal colorectal cancer, which claimed his life in 1992.
The album was reissued in 2002 by One Way Records with two bonus tracks. The first was “Anything for Love”, written by Bobby LaKind with Eddie Schwartz and Zeke Zirngiebel, which originally appeared on a CD single of “The Doctor”. The second was an extended remix of “Need A Little Taste of Love,” which had appeared on a CD single of “One Chain”.
1 The Doctor (Charlie Midnight; Eddie Schwartz; Tom Johnston) 03:48
2 One Chain (Don’t Make No Prison) (Dennis Lambert; Brian Potter) 06:51
3 Take Me To The Highway (Charlie Midnight; Dale Ockerman; Eddie Schwartz; Patrick Simmons; Tom Fedele) 03:22
4 South Of The Border (Tom Johnston) 04:23
5 Time Is Here And Gone (Bobby LaKind; John McFee; Keith Knudsen) 03:52
6 Need A Little Taste Of Love (Chris Jasper; Ernie Isley; Marvin Isley; O’Kelly Isley; Ronald Isley; Rudolph Isley) 06:53
7 I Can Read Your Mind (Chris Thompson; Dale Ockerman; Patrick Simmons) 06:50
8 Tonight I’m Coming Through (Bobby LaKind; Michael McDonald) 04:32
9 Wrong Number (Tom Johnston) 04:11
10 Too High A Price (Bobby LaKind; John Herron; Zeke Zirngiebel) 05:04
|Electric Drums||Don Frank|
|Horns||The Memphis Horns|
|Background Vocals||Tiran Porter|
Producer – Rodney Mills
Producer – Charlie Midnight, Eddie Schwartz (Tracks 1, 3, 5, 9)
Co-producer (Additional Production) – Rodney Mills (Tracks 1, 3, 5, 9)
Engineer – Rodney Mills
Engineer (Additional) – Jeffrey Norman, Jim Gaines, Tom Sadzeck
Engineer (Co-Engineer) – Devon Bernardoni
Mastered By – Bob Ludwig
Art Direction – Tommy Steele, Ellen Roebuck
Coordinator (Photo, Styling) – Suzanne Rubin
Design – Jeffery Fey
Logo – Tom Nikosey
Photography – Tom Keller, Joyce Ravid
Mastered At Masterdisk
Mastered At Sheffield Lab Matrix
Mastered At Specialty Records Corporation
Mixed At Enterprise Studios
Recorded At The Plant Studios
Phonographic Copyright Capitol Records Inc
Copyright Capitol Records Inc