Blue Obsession

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/28/2000
  • Label: Ramp Records
  • UPC: 703404100528
  • Catalog Number: 1005

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, 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, 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
The Nashville String Machine Strings
David Pack Guitar, Keyboards
Chris Pelonis Guitar
George Perilli Drums
Tom Roady Percussion
Chris Rodriguez Guitar
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, Guitar
Kevin Max Smith Background Vocals
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MCDONALD'S OBSESSION NEVER MAKES U BLUE

    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!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    He's Fine on the eyes as well as the ears

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Title Track Not Necessarily The Hit

    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.

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