The Doobie Brothers

Minute by Minute

Composed by Lester Abrams / Michael McDonald

Song Review by

One of the first Doobie Brothers hits written by Michael McDonald, "Minute By Minute" introduced the change from a hard-rocking, Moby Grape-inspired band to a light, soul-oriented outfit. A simple and insistent shuffle groove runs throughout the song, possibly inspired by Booker T. & the M.G.'s. The lyrics are simple and literate, showcasing McDonald's ability to write a commercial lyric with ease.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Minute by Minute 1978 Warner Bros. 3:27
Best of the Doobies, Vol. 2 1981 Rhino / Warner Bros.
Farewell Tour 1983 Rhino / Warner Bros. 4:42
No Image 1983 Warner Bros.
Sounds of the Seventies: 1979 - Take Two 1991
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:27
No Image 1992
Various Artists
Sandstone Music
Listen to the Music: The Very Best of the Doobie Brothers 1993 Warner Bros. / WEA International 3:28
Night Moves, Vol. 6 1995
Various Artists
DCC Compact Classics 3:29
Rockin' Down the Highway: The Wildlife Concert 1996 Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 4:22
Rockin' Down the Highway: The Wildlife Concert [Video/DVD] 1996 Sony Music Distribution 4:20
Rock On: 1979 1996
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings 3:25
18 Rock Classics, Vol. 3 1997
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels / Warner Bros.
Rock On: 1975-1979 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:28
Rock On: From 1970 to 1979 1998
Various Artists
Madacy 3:28
The Best of the Doobie Brothers Live 1999 BMG / Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment
Long Train Runnin' 1970-2000 1999 Rhino 3:27
Soft Rock [Universal] 2000
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:30
Greatest Hits 2001 Warner Archives / Rhino 3:25
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:29
Rhino Hi-Five: The Doobie Brothers 2005 Warner Bros. 3:28
Ultimate 16: Lite FM Best Of 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:26
Classic Soft Rock: Ride Like the Wind 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:28
The Very Best of the Doobie Brothers 2007 Rhino / Warner Bros. 3:26
Extended Versions 2007 Sony Music Distribution 4:22
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:28
The Platinum Collection 2007 Rhino/Warner Bros. 3:25
Rhino Classic Albums Collection [f.y.e. Exclusive] 2009 Rhino 3:29
Live at the Greek Theatre 1982 2011 Eagle Records / Eagle Rock 4:34
Playlist: The Very Best of the Doobie Brothers 2013 BMG / Sony Music
Original Album Series, Vol. 2 2014 Rhino / Warner Bros.
The  Warner Bros. Years 1971-1983 2015 Rhino 3:29
No Image
Various Artists
Festival
The  Heart of Classic Rock [Box Set]
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:28
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