One Step Closer (The Doobie Brothers album)

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One Step Closer
The Doobie Brothers - One Step Closer.jpg
Studio album by The Doobie Brothers
Released September 17, 1980
Recorded 1980 at Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood, CA, Warner Brothers Studios, North Hollywood, CA, United Sound Recorders, Detroit, MI and A& R Recorders, New York, NY
Genre Rock
Length 37:41
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Ted Templeman
The Doobie Brothers chronology
Minute by Minute
One Step Closer
Farewell Tour
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B-[2]
Rolling Stone (mixed) [3]

One Step Closer is the ninth studio album by American rock band The Doobie Brothers, released in 1980. The album included the hit "Real Love", which reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Track listing[edit]

Side One

  1. "Dedicate This Heart" (McDonald, Paul Anka) – 4:07 (vocal: McDonald)
  2. "Real Love" (McDonald, Henderson) – 4:18 (vocal: McDonald)
  3. "No Stoppin' Us Now" (Simmons, McDonald, Chris Thompson) – 4:40 (vocal: Simmons)
  4. "Thank You Love" (Cornelius Bumpus) – 6:22 (vocal: Bumpus)

Side Two

  1. "One Step Closer" (Knudsen, Carlene Carter, McFee) – 4:10 (vocals: Bumpus, McDonald)
  2. "Keep This Train A-Rollin" (McDonald) – 3:29 (vocal: McDonald)
  3. "Just in Time" (Simmons) – 2:43 (vocal: Simmons)
  4. "South Bay Strut" (McCracken, McFee) – 4:05 (instrumental)
  5. "One By One" (Bobby LaKind, McDonald) – 3:47 (vocals: Simmons, McDonald)


The Doobie Brothers

Additional personnel


  • Producer: Ted Templeman
  • Production assistant: Joan Parker
  • Engineers: James Isaacson, Gene Meros
  • Mastering: Kent Duncan
  • Photography: Norman Seeff
  • Design: Jim Welch
  • Art Direction: Jim Welch
  • Conductor: Bobby LaKind
  • Horn arrangements: Jerome Jumonville (for "Keep This Train A-Rollin'")
  • String arrangements: Jimmie Haskell (for "Real Love" and "South Bay Strut")



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. ^ One Step Closer at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "The Doobie Brothers: One Step Closer". Robert Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ Rolling Stone magazine review