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As the lead singer of the Doobie Brothers from 1975-1980, Michael McDonald's soulful voice and skilled writing gave the group classics like "Minute by Minute," "Real Love," and the perfect "What a Fool Believes." After the group's 1980 album One Step Closer displayed a tension that was almost audible, it was no surprise that a split was in the works. 1982's If That's What It Takes is McDonald's first solo effort, and was recorded at the great recording studios like Warner Bros. and Sunset Sound and was co-produced by Ted Templeman and Lenny Waronker. The album's biggest hit, the moody and sleek "I Keep Forgettin'," continues McDonald's unflinching look at heartbreak, and it...
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All Music Guide - Jason Elias
As the lead singer of the Doobie Brothers from 1975-1980, Michael McDonald's soulful voice and skilled writing gave the group classics like "Minute by Minute," "Real Love," and the perfect "What a Fool Believes." After the group's 1980 album One Step Closer displayed a tension that was almost audible, it was no surprise that a split was in the works. 1982's If That's What It Takes is McDonald's first solo effort, and was recorded at the great recording studios like Warner Bros. and Sunset Sound and was co-produced by Ted Templeman and Lenny Waronker. The album's biggest hit, the moody and sleek "I Keep Forgettin'," continues McDonald's unflinching look at heartbreak, and it is more R&B-influenced than the previous Doobie Brothers work. The buoyant "I Gotta Try," co-written by Kenny Loggins, perfectly captures the early-'80s L.A. pop sound. While McDonald's pop acumen is no surprise, If That's What It Takes also offers McDonald the chance to do ballads. The poignant and spare "I Can Let Go Now" has some of his best lyrics. "Losin End," which first appeared on 1976's Takin' It to the Streets, gets recast as an even bleaker rumination with a suitably sorrowful solo from Tom Scott. The melodically complex "Believe in It" has McDonald doing some great, offhanded gospel-tinged vocals. This debut juggles tracks of merit and those of less distinction, but the bright spots make this essential.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992370325
  • Catalog Number: 23703

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael McDonald Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, fender rhodes
Christopher Cross Choir, Chorus
Kenny Loggins Vocals, Background Vocals
Brenda Russell Choir, Chorus
Robben Ford Guitar, Saxophone, Soloist
Tom Scott Guitar, Saxophone, Lyricon, Soloist
Amy Holland Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Michael Boddicker Synthesizer
Lenny Castro Percussion
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Edgar Winter Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Soloist
Steve Gadd Drums
Louis Johnson Bass
Bobby LaKind Percussion
Steve Lukather Guitar
Maureen McDonald Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Michael Omartian Keyboards, fender rhodes
Jeff Porcaro Drums
Dean Parks Guitar, Overdubs
Greg Phillinganes Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Clavinet, fender rhodes
Mike Porcaro Bass
Ed Sanford Vocals, Background Vocals
Ted Templeman Percussion
Kathy Walker Choir, Chorus
Willie Weeks Bass
Technical Credits
Michael McDonald Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Thea Austin Composer
Irving Azoff Direction
Benito Benites Composer
Durron Butler Composer
Jackie DeShannon Composer
Ken Deane Engineer
Harry Garfield Composer
John "Virgo" Garrett III Composer
Randy Goodrum Composer
Lee Herschberg Engineer, overdub engineer
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements
James Isaacson Engineer, overdub engineer
Donn Landee Engineer, overdub engineer
Mark Linett Engineer, overdub engineer
Marty Paich String Arrangements
Dean Parks Guitar Overdubs
Ed Sanford Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Ted Templeman Producer
Lenny Waronker Producer
Bobby Hata Engineer, Mastering
Steve McManus Engineer
Grady Walker Composer
Jeff Adamoff Art Direction
Michael McDonald Composer
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  • Posted March 13, 2011

    Disregard the Negatives

    Michael McDonald is by no means Elton John, he has so much more soul in his voice than Elton and believe me he has pipes that Elton dreams about. The man can flat out Soul "Sang.", as the old folks in church used to say.

    He does not disappoint with the ability to make the song ebb and flow, almost like a steady tide. The lyrics on this album stand out because he seems to tell you not to trust love, but it's obvious what a songwriter is going through when you look at the lyrics. I place Michael in a pantheon that I reserve for people I'd pay to see.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love this guy

    M MD's first solo album is a great release each and every track. I have bought this in LP, cassette and Cd. Definately a very favorite

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Shave off the thick beard and you've got yourself a Cobain!

    Pretty schmaltzy stuff. MacDonald sounds like a cross between Elton John's voice and the musical stylings of Michael Bolton. I'm not knocking Elton though (Goodbye Yellowbrick Road was awesome); it's just that MacDonald's voice sound so similar to Elton's. Anybody else notice how much MacDonald looks like Kurt Cobain on this cover? I mean, shave off the thick beard and you've got yourself a Cobain!

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