The third in a triumvirat of Gold — and eventually Platinum — albums, the set commonly known as Vices spawned the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Doobie Brothers[/lastfm]’ most famous sing-along hit.

When the Doobie Brothers stepped into the studio in late 1973 to record their fourth album, they were at the height of their popularity. The core group of musicians what would be the “classic” Doobie Brothers lineup were still intact, with two Gold albums and a clutch of hit singles in their repertoire.

What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits would thrust them into the international spotlight, propelled by their first Number 1 single, “Black Water.” It was the first hit song to feature the vocals of Pat Simmons, who also wrote the song.

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It found worthy support from the albums remaining 11 songs. “Another Park, Another Sunday” and “Eyes of Silver” were strong singles that preceded “Black Water” (albeit with moderate success) while album cuts like R&B-tinged “Song to See You Through” and propulsive “Road Angel” found the Brothers continuing their songwriting stampede.

At the time, Vices became their third Gold album, so certified in 1974. By 1986, it had certified Platinum, selling over 2 million copies.

This 1975 video of “Road Angel” includes “Neal’s Fandango,” a song that appeared on their ensuing album, Stampede.

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