The Doobie Brothers

Jesus Is Just Alright

Composed by A. Reid Reynolds

Song Review by

A classic, rock rendition of a great gospel classic, this Doobie Brothers hit was actually brought into the '60s/'70s generation by Gram Parsons. Parsons arranged this song during his tenure with the Byrds, although they didn't record it until after he left the band. A rhythmic, up-tempo arrangement in the A minor to D major chord change, it is absolutely captivating. The Byrds' version is very, very close to the Doobie Brothers', with the Doobies' addition of a breathtaking bridge, which is highlighted by some excellent guitar work from Tom Johnston.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Toulouse Street 1972 Friday Music
Best of the Doobies 1976 Rhino / Warner Bros.
Farewell Tour 1983 Warner Bros. / Rhino 4:40
No Image 1983 Warner Bros.
Listen to the Music: The Very Best of the Doobie Brothers 1993 Warner Bros. / WEA International 4:35
Sounds of the Seventies: AM Heavy Hits 1994
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:36
Rockin' Down the Highway: The Wildlife Concert 1996 Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 4:51
Rockin' Down the Highway: The Wildlife Concert [Video/DVD] 1996 Sony Music Distribution 4:21
Rock 'N' Roll Gospel: Built on Solid Rock 1998
Various Artists
Rebound Records 3:50
The Best of the Doobie Brothers Live 1999 BMG / Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment
Long Train Runnin' 1970-2000 1999 Rhino / Warner Bros. 4:34
Greatest Hits 2001 Warner Archives / Rhino 3:52
Rock on Christian Vintage 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Christian / Madacy 4:35
Original Hits 2004 Sony Music Distribution
Live at Wolf Trap 2004 Eagle Vision
Live at Wolf Trap 2004 Eagle Records / Eagle Rock 5:05
Rhino Hi-Five: The Doobie Brothers 2005 Warner Bros. 4:35
The Very Best of the Doobie Brothers 2007 Rhino / Warner Bros. 3:51
Extended Versions 2007 Sony Music Distribution 4:52
No Image 2007
Various Artists
WEA/Bose 4:37
Religulous 2008
Original Soundtrack
Lionsgate 3:00
Classic Rock [Rhino Custum] 2009
Various Artists
Rhino 4:36
Live at the Greek Theatre 1982 2011 Eagle Records / Eagle Rock 4:26
Playlist: The Very Best of the Doobie Brothers 2013 BMG / Sony Music
La Collection RTL Georges Lang, Vol. 3 2014
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:31
The  Warner Bros. Years 1971-1983 2015 Rhino 4:36
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