Blue Obsession

Blue Obsession

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by Michael McDonald
     
 

Working with producer Tommy Sims -- the man who produced Eric Clapton's hit "Change the World" -- evidently inspired Michael McDonald, since Blue Obsession is his best record in nearly ten years. Stylistically, it's similar to every record he's made since going solo in the early '80s -- namely, it's a combination of adult…  See more details below

Overview

Working with producer Tommy Sims -- the man who produced Eric Clapton's hit "Change the World" -- evidently inspired Michael McDonald, since Blue Obsession is his best record in nearly ten years. Stylistically, it's similar to every record he's made since going solo in the early '80s -- namely, it's a combination of adult contemporary ballads and lightly grooving, adult contemporary pop-soul -- but the difference is that the quality of the material is uniformly strong. In addition to two covers ("Ain't That Peculiar," "Down By the River"), there's a selection of new songs largely co-written by McDonald and Sims. While there are no crossover pop hits on the level of "I Keep Forgettin'" or "Sweet Freedom," it's a strong collection of songs with only a few slow moments. It's a record that shows McDonald maturing quite gracefully.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/28/2000
Label:
Ramp Records
UPC:
0703404100528
catalogNumber:
1005

Tracks

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael McDonald   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Claves,Wurlitzer,Synthesizer Pads
Karla Bonoff   Background Vocals
Christopher Cross   Background Vocals
Matt Rollings   Piano
Danny Duncan   Percussion
Chester Thompson   Drums
Amy Holland   Background Vocals
Bernie Chiaravalle   Acoustic Guitar,Cymbals,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
George Cocchini   Guitar
Rodney Covington   Background Vocals
David Davidson   Violin
Mark Douthit   Saxophone
Dan Dugmore   Lap Steel Guitar
Connie Ellisor   Violin
Carl Gorodetzky   Strings,Violin,Concert Master
Barry Green   Trombone
Armand Grimaldi   Drums
Marc Harris   Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Claves
Mike Haynes   Trumpet
Joe Hogue   Organ,Keyboards,Sampling
Gordon Kennedy   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Joey Kibble   Background Vocals
Mark Kibble   Background Vocals
Viktor Krauss   Acoustic Bass,Bass Fiddle
Anthony LaMarchina   Cello
Lee Larrison   Violin
Sam Levine   Flute
Billy Livsey   Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Bob Mason   Cello
Toby McKeehan   Vocals,Background Vocals,Voices
Terry McMillan   Percussion,Conga
Doug Moffet   Saxophone
Wendy Moten   Vocals
Nashville String Machine   Strings
David Pack   Guitar,Keyboards
Chris Pelonis   Guitar
George Perilli   Drums
Tom Roady   Percussion
Tommy Sims   Bass,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Pamela Sixfin   Violin
Denis Solee   Saxophone
Bobby G. Taylor   Flute,Oboe
Alan Umstead   Viola
Gary VanOsdale   Viola
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Violin
Kirk Whalum   Saxophone
Kristin Wilkinson   Viola
Kris Wilkinson   Viola
Chris Willis   Background Vocals
Johnny Neel   Background Vocals
Angelo Petrucci   Background Vocals
Nicol Sponberg   Background Vocals
Claude McKnight   Background Vocals
Tim Akers   Conductor,Hammond Organ
Tabitha Fair   Background Vocals
Chris Kent   Electric Bass
Dan Needham   Drums
Veronica Petrucci   Background Vocals
Carol McClure   Harp
Michael Tait   Background Vocals
Bill Owsley   Guitar
Yvette Preyer   Drums,Tambourine
Brian Zsupnick   Drums
Chris Rodrigues   Acoustic Guitar
Kevin Max Smith   Background Vocals
Chris Rodriguez   Guitar
Ron Hoff   Conductor
Todd Smith   Bass

Technical Credits

Michael McDonald   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Danny Duncan   Sound Effects,Hard Disk Editing
Bernie Chiaravalle   Producer,rhythm arrangement
Ben Fowler   Engineer
Carl Gorodetzky   String Arrangements
Joe Hogue   Programming,Hard Disk Editing
Dennis Keeley   Cover Photo
Russ Martin   Engineer
Wendy Moten   Vocal Arrangements
David Pack   Producer
Chris Pelonis   Producer,Engineer
Jim Photoglo   Composer
Gregg Rubin   Engineer
Tommy Sims   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Bruce Steinberg   Executive Producer,Art Direction
Grady Walker   Engineer
Tim Akers   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Martin Woodlee   Engineer
Mark Casselman   Engineer
Jon Lechner   Engineer
Andy Gerome   Engineer
Tiffany Palmer   Director
Pamela Holman   Director
LaDre Fayne   Director
Shane Gue   Hard Disk Editing
Ron Hoff   String Arrangements
Thomas Burke   Back Cover,Booklet Design

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Blue Obsession 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have you noticed that the CD title is not always the hit. I'm fanatical over track 6 -- the meaning of love. I can't wait to get my hands on it. Track 6 makes it worth my money to purchase it even if the CD bombs. I've been blesses enough to like the majority of songs on most CD's I've purchased.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The meaning of love is so much Michael. I attended his concert in Hanford,his performance was excellent. He works hard for the money.He sang every song . I love his husky voice. He's so fine,sexy. I wish I had a 8x10 of him,or any close-up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'M ALSO ANOTHER ONE WHO PURCHASED THE CD JUST FOR THE MEANING OF LOVE. IT'S ONE OF THOSE CD'S YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE WHILE ANYHING. I DONT KNOW IF HE CAN ASCEND ANY HIGHER MUSICALLY. MICHAEL MCDONALD IS LIKE A FINE WINE, HE JUST GETS BETTER WITH AGE!!!!