Brotherhood (The Doobie Brothers album)

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Studio album by The Doobie Brothers
Released April 15, 1991
Recorded 1990 at The Plant, Sausalito, CA
Genre Rock
Length 44:52
Label Capitol
Producer Rodney Mills
The Doobie Brothers chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]

Brotherhood is the eleventh studio album by American rock band The Doobie Brothers, released in 1991 (see 1991 in music). It was their second and final album for Capitol. It also marked the final appearances on a Doobie Brothers album by bassist Tiran Porter and original drummer John Hartman.

Four out of the ten tracks were written entirely by outside musicians, though two of these, songwriter Jerry Lynn Williams and Jim Peterik of Survivor also collaborated with Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons on some of their compositions.

The album contained no major hit singles but "Dangerous", Simmons' anthem to his passion for Harley Davidson motorcycles peaked at #2 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and is still performed live by the band. Johnston's "Rollin' On" charted at #12 on the same listing.


The album was a critical and commercial failure, stalling at #82. Shortly after the album's release, the band was dropped by Capitol. There was also a shift in personnel as Tiran Porter left to pursue a brief solo career, frustrated that his own compositions were deemed unsuitable for the band while John Hartman quit music altogether. Two other former members, drummer Keith Knudsen and guitarist John McFee were recruited but for the next nine years, the band concentrated entirely on live work, frustrated by the lack of support they had received from Capitol. The Doobie Brothers would not release another studio album until Sibling Rivalry in 2000, a period of time that was three years longer than the gap between the Doobies' "Farewell Tour" album and Cycles, their reunion album with Tom Johnston.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Something You Said" (M. Lunn, A. Gorrie) – 4:48
  2. "Is Love Enough" (J. L. Williams, W. Richmond) – 4:40
  3. "Dangerous" (Simmons) – 5:06
  4. "Our Love" (Jerry Lynn Williams) – 4:32
  5. "Divided Highway" (Simmons, Fox, Peterik) – 3:50
  6. "Under the Spell" (Peterik, Syniar, Wertico) – 4:23
  7. "Excited" (Johnston, J. L. Williams) – 5:02
  8. "This Train I'm On" (Simmons, D. Ockerman) – 3:55
  9. "Showdown" (Johnston) – 4:20
  10. "Rollin' On" (Johnston) – 4:15


The Doobie Brothers

Additional players


  • Producer and Engineer – Rodney Mills
  • Assistant Producer – Kathy Neslon
  • Co-Engineer – Devon Rietveld
  • Mixing – Rodney Mills and Chris Lord-Alge
  • Recorded and Mixed at The Record Plant (Sausalito, CA); Track 4 recorded and mixed at Image Recording Studios (Hollywood, CA).
  • Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Masterdisk (New York, NY).
  • Design – John Kehe
  • Photography – Peter Darley Miller
  • Front Cover Photo – Robert Doisneau
  • Art Direction – Tommy Steele
  • Management – Bruce Cohn
  • Tour Manager – Tim McCormick



Year Chart Position
1991 The Billboard 200 82


Year Single Chart Position
1991 "Dangerous" Mainstream Rock Tracks 2
1991 "Rollin' On" Mainstream Rock Tracks 12