Livin' on the Fault Line

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Livin' on the Fault Line
The Transamerica Pyramid appears in the water next to a bluff
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 19, 1977
Recorded1977 at Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood, CA, Western Recorders, Hollywood, CA and Warner Bros. Recording Studios, North Hollywood, CA
GenrePop rock, soft rock, R&B
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerTed 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)" / "Losin' End"
    Released: July 1977
  2. "Echoes of Love" / "There's a Light"
    Released: September 21, 1977
  3. "Nothin' But a Heartache" / "Livin' on the Fault Line"
    Released: November 9, 1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[2]
The Great Rock Discography5/10[3]
Rolling Stone(mixed)[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[5]

Livin' on the Fault Line is the seventh studio album by the American rock band the Doobie Brothers. The album was released on August 19, 1977, by Warner Bros. Records. It is one of the few Doobie Brothers albums of the 1970s which did not produce a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 (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: he wrote and sang five songs during the sessions for the album, but they were not included on the final release. 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"Michael McDonald, Jeff Baxter, Keith KnudsenMichael McDonald3:30
2."Echoes of Love"Patrick Simmons, Willie Mitchell, Earl RandlePat Simmons2:57
3."Little Darling (I Need You)"Holland–Dozier–HollandMcDonald3:24
4."You Belong to Me"Carly Simon, McDonaldMcDonald3:04
5."Livin' on the Fault Line"SimmonsSimmons, McDonald4:42
Side two
6."Nothin' But a Heartache"McDonaldMcDonald3:05
7."Chinatown"SimmonsSimmons, McDonald4:55
8."There's a Light"McDonaldMcDonald4:12
9."Need a Lady"Tiran PorterTiran Porter (w/cameos by Simmons, McDonald)3:21
10."Larry the Logger Two-Step"Simmonsinstrumental1:16


The Doobie Brothers:

Additional Players:


  • Producer – Ted Templeman
  • Production coordination – Beth Naranjo
  • Engineer – Donn Landee
  • Second engineer – Kent Nebergall
  • Cover photography and album design – Bruce Steinberg
  • Inner sleeve photo – Michael Zagaris
  • Aerial photo pilot – Roger Glenn
  • Hand-tinting – Kristin Sundbom


Chart (1977) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[6] 16
Canada (RPM (magazine))[7] 12
New Zealand (RIANZ)[8] 14
UK (Official Charts)[9] 25
US Top LPs & Tape (Billboard)[10] 10


  1. ^ Peter Kurtz. "Livin' on the Fault Line - The Doobie Brothers". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0-85712-595-8.
  3. ^ Strong, Martin Charles (2002). "The Doobie Brothers". The Great Rock Discography. The National Academies. ISBN 1-84195-312-1.
  4. ^ John Milward (1977-11-03). "The Doobie Brothers: Livin' On The Fault Line". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-12-01. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  5. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 253. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 92. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  7. ^ "RPM Search Engine" (PHP). Library and Archives Canada. March 31, 2004.
  8. ^ "The Doobie Brothers" (ASP). New Zealand Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  9. ^ "Artist Chart History: Doobie Brothers". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 1, 2021.
  10. ^ "The Doobie Brothers Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved October 1, 2021.