Livin' on the Fault Line

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Livin' on the Fault Line
The Doobie Brothers - Livin' on the Fault Line.jpg
Studio album by The Doobie Brothers
Released August 19, 1977
Recorded 1977 at Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood, CA, Western Recorders, Hollywood, CA and Warner Bros. Recording Studios, North Hollywood, CA
Genre Rock
Length 34:26
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Ted Templeman
The Doobie Brothers chronology
Best of The Doobies
Livin' on the Fault Line
Minute by Minute
Singles from Livin' on the Fault Line
  1. "Little Darling (I Need You)"
    Released: 1977
  2. "Echoes of Love"
    Released: 1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone (mixed) [2]

Livin' on the Fault Line is the seventh studio album by the American rock band The Doobie Brothers, released in 1977. It is one of the few Doobie Brothers albums which did not produce a hit (although "You Belong to Me" was a hit as recorded by co-author Carly Simon). Still, the album received modest critical acclaim. Tom Johnston (guitar, vocals) left the band early in the sessions. He is listed as part of the band (appearing in the inside group photo) but appears on little or none of the actual album. Much of this consistently mellow album has a jazz tinge, and the influences of R&B are palpable throughout. The track "Little Darling (I Need You)" is a remake of the Marvin Gaye 1966 hit.

Track listing[edit]

Side One

  1. "You're Made That Way" (McDonald, Baxter, Knudsen) – 3:30
  2. "Echoes of Love" (Simmons, Willie Mitchell, Earl Randle) – 2:57
  3. "Little Darling (I Need You)" (Holland-Dozier-Holland) – 3:24
  4. "You Belong to Me" (Carly Simon, McDonald) – 3:04
  5. "Livin' on the Fault Line" (Simmons) – 4:42

Side Two

  1. "Nothin' But a Heartache" (McDonald) – 3:05
  2. "Chinatown" (Simmons) – 4:55
  3. "There's a Light" (McDonald) – 4:12
  4. "Need a Lady" (Porter) – 3:21
  5. "Larry the Logger Two-Step" (Simmons) – 1:16


The Doobie Brothers:

Additional Players:


  • Producer: Ted Templeman
  • Engineer: Donn Landee
  • Art direction: Bruce Steinberg
  • Photography: Bruce Steinberg
  • Cover design: Bruce Steinberg
  • Conductor: Bobby LaKind
  • String arrangements: David Paich
  • Horn arrangements: David Paich



Year Chart Position
1977 Pop Albums 10


Year Single Chart Position
1977 "Echoes of Love" Pop Singles 66
1977 "Little Darling (I Need You)" Pop Singles 48