The Doobie Brothers

Long Train Runnin'

Composed by Tom Johnston

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Led by one of the coolest guitar riffs of its time, "Long Train Runnin'" was the Doobie Brothers' third straight Top Five record in a row. The riff is a simple, minor-key choral invention: deceptively simple and utterly effective. The melody falls into a simple blues pattern (again, minor key) that rides it to the end. Lyrically, it uses urban geographic locations to relate the necessity of love. In fact, the hook line, "without love, where would you be right now?" could have easily been the subtitle.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Captain and Me 1973 Warner Bros. 3:27
Best of the Doobies 1976 Rhino / Warner Bros.
Farewell Tour 1983 Rhino / Warner Bros. 6:15
No Image 1983 Warner Bros.
Sounds of the Seventies: 1973 1990
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:28
Listen to the Music: The Very Best of the Doobie Brothers 1993 Warner Bros. / WEA International 3:39
Top Gear [Concept] 1994
Various Artists
Concept 3:28
It's the Ultimate Dance Album 1994
Various Artists
Telstar
The Best Dance Album in the World...Ever!, Vol. 3 1994
Various Artists
Virgin 3:26
Hits Hits & More Dance Hits 1994
Various Artists
Alex
Rare Rock Mixes 1994
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 7:55
18 Screamers from the 70s 1995
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI Associated Labels 3:27
Rockin' Down the Highway: The Wildlife Concert 1996 Columbia / Sony Music Distribution
Rockin' Down the Highway: The Wildlife Concert [Video/DVD] 1996 Sony Music Distribution 5:56
Best Rock Anthems in the World...Ever! 1996
Various Artists
Virgin
Only Dance 1970-1974 1997
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI Associated Labels 3:25
Best of Disco Rock Classics 1997
Various Artists
ZYX Music
Chronicles: 70's Rock Classics 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:26
Hits Power Age Rock 1998
Various Artists
Import 3:26
Pure 70's 1999
Various Artists
Polygram / Polygram 3:26
The Best of the Doobie Brothers Live 1999 BMG / Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment
Outside Providence 1999
Original Soundtrack
Warner Bros. 3:27
Long Train Runnin' 1970-2000 1999 Rhino / Warner Bros. 3:27
Pop in the 70's, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:28
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Realm Records 3:26
Driving Rock [Global TV Single Disc] 2001
Various Artists
RCA
Greatest Hits 2001 Warner Archives / Rhino 3:27
Songs of Love 2002
Various Artists
Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp. / Warner Music / WEA
Die Geilsten Rock Hits 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:25
Original Hits 2004 Sony Music Distribution
VH1: I Love the '70s 2004
Various Artists
Rhino 3:27
Disco Fever Best 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Best Hits 2004
Various Artists
WEA
Live at Wolf Trap 2004 Eagle Vision
Live at Wolf Trap 2004 Eagle Records / Eagle Rock 6:09
On the Road 2004
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Hemmesphere, Vol. 3 2004
Various Artists
Jam 5:29
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:26
Very! My Favorites! 2005
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Vol. 3 2005
Various Artists
Umtv
Sing-A-Long Summer 2005
Various Artists
WEA/Warner Special Marketing 3:31
Casey Kasem Presents: America's Top Ten - The 70's Rock's Greatest Hits 2005
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 3:28
Greetings from the West Coast 2005
Various Artists
American Beat Records 3:27
Ultimate 16: Power of Rock 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 3:28
R35: Rock & Pops Super Hits 2006
Various Artists
WEA 3:25
100 Biggest Hits from the 70's 2006
Various Artists
BMG
No Image 2006
Various Artists
BMG
The Very Best of the Doobie Brothers 2007 Rhino / Warner Bros. 3:28
The Sound of the 70s [Warner] 2007
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:26
California Dreaming: 40 of the Finest West Coast Classics 2007
Various Artists
WEA 3:26
Extended Versions 2007 Sony Music Distribution 5:55
Flower Power [Time Life Box] 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:28
World's Best Dad [2007] 2007
Various Artists
Bmg Tv 3:27
101 Driving Songs 2008
Various Artists
Virgin 3:27
World's Best Dad Gift Set 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:27
No Image 2008
Various Artists
WEA 3:29
Rhino Classic Albums Collection [f.y.e. Exclusive] 2009 Rhino 3:27
Classic Rock [Rhino Custum] 2009
Various Artists
Rhino 3:28
The Old Grey Whistle Test 2010
Various Artists
Rhino / Wea UK 3:23
World Gone Crazy 2010 Eagle Records
Weekend Songs: The Winter Collection 2010
Various Artists
Rhino 3:27
Pure... Guitar Heroes 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 5:52
Live at the Greek Theatre 1982 2011 Eagle Rock 5:10
Pure... Drive 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 5:57
La Collection RTL Georges Lang, Vol. 2 2012
Various Artists
WEA 3:26
70s: The Collection 2012
Various Artists
Rhino 3:27
Party Rock 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:26
Playlist: The Very Best of the Doobie Brothers 2013 BMG / Sony Music
Original Album Series 2013 Flashback Records / Rhino 3:27
The Doobie Brothers Collection 2013 Gonzo / Respect Records 5:48
Looking to the East 2013 Goldfish 4:47
Original Album Series, Vol. 2 2014 Rhino / Warner Bros.
The Warner Bros. Years 1971-1983 2015 Rhino 3:29
The Seventies Album [Rhino] 2015
Various Artists
Rhino 3:27
100 Hits: Dad
Various Artists
Demon Music Group / DMG 100 3:27
3/60: The Seventies
Various Artists
Crimson 360 Range / Crimson Productions 3:27
American Classics [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 3:29
Classic Driving Songs
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 3:25
Classic Rock [Mood]
Various Artists
Mood Media Entertainment 3:28
No Image
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:26
Driving Rock
Various Artists
Universal Distribution / Universal Music TV 3:26
Driving Rock [Global TV 2 Disc]
Various Artists
Global TV
Haynes Driving Anthems
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:27
Let the Music Play: The Story of the Doobie Brothers Eagle Rock
Levi's Hits, Vol. 3
Various Artists
Eastwest
Oh What a Night: 70s Classics
Various Artists
Rhino 3:28
Party Rock: Listen To The Music
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:26
Road Trip
Various Artists
Rhino 3:28
Rock Concert: Rock Stars Live
Various Artists
Carrere
The Best Ever Road Trip
Various Artists
Rhino
Ultimate '70s Rock Legends
Various Artists
Rhino 3:29
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