Rhino’s Hi-Fi Series Serves Up AAA 180g 1LP Sets for a Pair of Seventies Classics: The Doobie Brothers’ The Captain and Me, and Herbie Hancock’s Crossings

Rhino just added two great titles to their ongoing AAA 180g 1LP High Fidelity series — namely, The Doobie Brothers’ March 1973 offering The Captain and Me and Herbie Hancock’s May 1972 effort, Crossings.

Both of these Rhino Hi-Fi titles are available exclusively at Rhino.com and select Warner Music stores worldwide. Each edition is limited to 5,000 numbered copies, and their respective SRPs is $39.98.

Additionally, an exclusive bundle of The Captain and Me Hi-Fi LP and the 2022 hardcover Long Train Runnin’: Our Story of The Doobie Brothers, signed by longtime Doobies members, co-founders Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons, will be made available on December 1. This bundle is limited to 300 signed copies, and has an SRP of $59.98.

You can order the Doobies bundle and/or the other two LP options right now, right here.

Rhino Hi-Fi confirms that all album lacquers in this series are AAA and cut directly from the original stereo master tapes by Kevin Gray, with Optimal handling the 180g vinyl pressings. Tip-on jackets and glossy covers add to the overall “aesthetic” of this series, according to Rhino — and we tend to agree with that assessment.


According to the wording in Rhino Hi-Fi’s press notes, Crossings is jazz pianist Herbie Hancock’s tenth studio album, one that saw his group of collaborative players expand to a septet with the addition of Patrick Gleeson on the Moog synthesizer. The three-track album Crossings continued with the avant-garde style of March 1971’s Mwandishi, as well as Hancock’s ongoing experimenting with electronic and funk jazz fusion.

The Rhino Hi-Fi Crossings set includes scans of the original master tape boxes, a reproduction of the original album label, and unreleased photographs. Detailed liner notes from Gleeson expand on Hancock and the ensemble’s compositional strengths, sharing that they, quote, “had a marked effect on the band’s solos, changing, even reversing, the usual relationship between soloist and accompaniment.”


Riding the high of their breakthrough July 1972 sophomore album Toulouse Street, The Doobie Brothers released the hit-filled followup The Captain and Me in March 1973. Continuing to work with producer Ted Templeman, the Doobies moved more towards a country-rock sound on Captain that saw the album peak at No. 7 on the Billboard 200, and it ultimately earned 2x platinum status from the RIAA (i.e., 2 million copies sold).

The Rhino Hi-Fi Captain and Me set contains scans of the original master tape boxes and lacquer-cutting notes for fan-favorite tracks “Long Train Runnin’” and “Without You.” Liner notes excerpts culled from the aforementioned Long Train Runnin’: Our Story of The Doobie Brothers trace the album's making.



180g 1LP (Rhino/Warner Bros.)

Side A
1. Natural Thing
2. Long Train Runnin’
3. China Grove
4. Dark Eyed Cajun Woman
5. Clear As The Driven Snow

Side B
1. Without You
2. South City Midnight Lady
3. Evil Woman
4. Busted Down Around O’Connelly Corners
5. Ukiah
6. The Captain And Me



180g 1LP (Rhino/Warner Bros.)

Side A
1. Sleeping Giant

Side B
1. Quasar
2. Water Torture

dgpaulik's picture

Kevin Gray cut The Captain and Me from the analog tapes for Speakers Corner in 2007 so is this a new cut or the same. I would be nice to know for those of us interested in this release.

Mike Mettler's picture
The question has been posed to the Hi-Fi powers that be, and we'll letcha know what they say...
dgpaulik's picture

Thanks for the quick reply. Looking forward to see what you learn.

Happy Will's picture

The same question also applies to The Crossing which has also been issued by Speakers Corner and cut by Kevin Gray, albeit c 2017.

Jonnie Gopher's picture

I have the Speaker's Corner Crossings, but it's my favorite Herbie album. Had to purchase this because of how good The Cars and Coltrane's Sound is. This, Aja UHQR, and some others are killing the wallet!

brednjam1's picture

Did you ever get a chance to compare the Speakers Corner and Rhino High Fidelity Crossing reissues?