What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits
|What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits|
|Studio album by|
|Released||February 1, 1974|
|Studio||Warner Bros. Studios, North Hollywood, CA, Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco, CA, and Burbank Studios, Burbank, CA|
|The Doobie Brothers chronology|
|Singles from What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits|
|Christgau's Record Guide||C–|
|The Encyclopedia of Popular Music|||
|The Great Rock Discography||6/10|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Recording and content
Tom Johnston's "Another Park, Another Sunday" was chosen to be the album's first single. "It's about losing a girl," stated Johnston. "I wrote the chords and played it on acoustic, and then Ted [Templeman] had some ideas for it, like running the acoustic guitar through a Leslie." The song did moderately well on the charts, peaking at #32.
The second single released was "Eyes of Silver", another Johnston penned tune. According to him, "Wordwise, that one really isn't that spectacular. I wrote them at the last minute." That song didn't have much success on the charts either, peaking at only #52. Grasping for chart action, Warner Brothers re-released the band's first single, "Nobody", backed with Tiran Porter's instrumental "Flying Cloud". This release was soon overshadowed when radio stations discovered "Black Water". Other stations joined in and the song was officially released as a single that went on to sell over a million copies and became the Doobie Brothers' first #1 hit. "Black Water" had been featured as the B-side of "Another Park, Another Sunday" eight months earlier.
The unusual lettering on the album cover was suggested by drummer John Hartman after visiting his high school alma mater, J.E.B. Stuart in Falls Church, Virginia. The School's newspaper, Raiders Digest, had just changed its masthead to include those stylized fonts. The cover photo is by Dan Fong, their touring "Media Coordinator". The cover photo was taken at a live concert on December 4, 1973, at E.A. Diddle Arena, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky. He also did the cover photo for their album Takin' It to the Streets.
|1.||"Song to See You Through"||Tom Johnston||4:06|
|3.||"Pursuit on 53rd St."||Johnston||2:33|
|4.||"Black Water"||Patrick Simmons||4:17|
|5.||"Eyes of Silver"||Johnston||2:57|
|6.||"Road Angel"||John Hartman, Michael Hossack, Johnston, Tiran Porter, Simmons||4:49|
|7.||"You Just Can't Stop It"||Simmons||3:28|
|8.||"Tell Me What You Want (And I'll Give You What You Need)"||Simmons||3:53|
|9.||"Down in the Track"||Johnston||4:15|
|10.||"Another Park, Another Sunday"||Johnston||4:27|
|11.||"Daughters of the Sea"||Simmons||4:29|
The Doobie Brothers:
- Tom Johnston – acoustic and electric guitars, lead and backing vocals
- Patrick Simmons – acoustic and electric guitars, lead and backing vocals
- Tiran Porter – bass, backing vocals
- John (Little John) Hartman – drums, percussion
- Michael Hossack – drums
- Keith Knudsen – backing vocals
- Jeff "Skunk" Baxter – pedal steel guitar on "Tell Me What You Want"
- Bill Payne – organ on "Song to See You Through" and "Eyes of Silver", piano on "Pursuit on 53rd St.", clavinet on "You Just Can't Stop It"
- James Booker – piano on "Down In The Track"
- Arlo Guthrie – autoharp on "Black Water"
- Eddie Guzman – congas on "Road Angel", "You Just Can't Stop It" and "Daughters of the Sea", timbales on "Daughters of the Sea", and various other percussion instruments
- Milt Holland – tabla on "Tell Me What You Want", vibraphone on "Black Water", "Tell Me What You Want" and "Another Park, Another Sunday", marimba on "Daughters of the Sea", pandeiro, and various other percussion instruments
- The Memphis Horns - horns on "Song to See You Through", "Eyes of Silver" and "You Just Can't Stop It"
- Novi Novog – viola on "Spirit" and "Black Water"
- Ted Templeman – additional percussion
- Producer: Ted Templeman
- Production Coordination: Benita Brazier, The Doobie Brothers
- Engineer: Donn Landee, Lee Herschberg
- Mastering: Lee Herschberg
- Horn Arrangements: Andrew Love and Wayne Jackson with the Memphis Horns
- Cover Design and Art Direction: Chas Barbour
- Photography: Dan Fong
|1974||"Another Park, Another Sunday"||U.S. Pop Singles||32|
|1974||"Another Park, Another Sunday"||Canada RPM Top Singles||33|
|1974||"Another Park, Another Sunday"||Canada RPM Adult Contemporary||36|
|1974||"Another Park, Another Sunday"||New Zealand (Listener)||18|
|1974||"Eyes of Silver"||U.S. Pop Singles||52|
|1975||"Black Water"||U.S. Pop Singles||1|
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