One Step Closer (The Doobie Brothers album)

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One Step Closer
The Doobie Brothers - One Step Closer.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 17, 1980
Recorded1980 at Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood, CA, Warner Bros. Recording Studios, North Hollywood, CA, United Sound Recorders, Detroit, MI and A&R Recorders, New York, NY
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerTed Templeman
The Doobie Brothers chronology
Minute by Minute
One Step Closer
Farewell Tour
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB-[2]
Rolling Stone(mixed)[3]

One Step Closer is the ninth studio album by American rock band The Doobie Brothers. The album was released on September 17, 1980, by Warner Bros. Records. The album included the hit "Real Love", which reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100; this also marks the last studio album with Michael McDonald in the lineup.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Dedicate This Heart"Michael McDonald, Paul AnkaMcDonald4:07
2."Real Love"McDonald, Patrick HendersonMcDonald4:18
3."No Stoppin' Us Now"Patrick Simmons, McDonald, Chris ThompsonSimmons4:40
4."Thank You Love"Cornelius BumpusBumpus6:22
Side two
5."One Step Closer"Keith Knudsen, Carlene Carter, John McFeeBumpus, McDonald4:10
6."Keep This Train A-Rollin"McDonaldMcDonald3:29
7."Just in Time"SimmonsSimmons2:43
8."South Bay Strut"Chester McCracken, McFeeinstrumental4:05
9."One By One"Bobby LaKind, McDonaldSimmons, McDonald3:47


The Doobie Brothers

Additional personnel


  • Producer – Ted Templeman
  • Production Assistant – Joan Parker
  • Production Coordination – Susyn Schope
  • Engineer – James Isaacson
  • Second Engineer – Gene Meros
  • Mastering – Kent Duncan and Tim Dennan at Kendun Recorders (Burbank, CA).
  • Photography – Norman Seeff
  • Art Direction and Design – Jim Welch
  • Management – Bruce Cohn



Year Chart Position
1980 Black Albums 31
1980 Pop Albums 3


Year Single Chart Position
1980 "Real Love" Black Singles 40
1980 "Real Love" Club Play Singles 70
1980 "Real Love" Pop Singles 5
1981 "Keep This Train A-Rollin'" Pop Singles 62
1981 "One Step Closer" Pop Singles 24


  1. ^ Bruce Eder. "One Step Closer - The Doobie Brothers". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-08-25.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "The Doobie Brothers: One Step Closer". Robert Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  3. ^ Don Shewey (1980-11-13). "The Doobie Brothers: One Step Closer". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2018-08-25.