Motown [UK Bonus Track]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Michael McDonald never disguises what his seventh solo album is: the title Motown makes it clear that this 2003 effort is a tribute to the glory days of Berry Gordy's Detroit empire. McDonald never strays too far from that thesis, occasionally dipping into the late '70s for material he takes on Marvin Gaye's "I Want You" and sometimes choosing to wax relatively obscure items from Motown's vast, rich catalog, but for the most part, this is devoted to the songs that you know by heart, whether you were a kid in the '60s or raised on oldies radio. Since this is McDonald, not a neo-soul neophyte, this is cleanly and sharply produced, relying heavily on synthesizers, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Michael McDonald never disguises what his seventh solo album is: the title Motown makes it clear that this 2003 effort is a tribute to the glory days of Berry Gordy's Detroit empire. McDonald never strays too far from that thesis, occasionally dipping into the late '70s for material he takes on Marvin Gaye's "I Want You" and sometimes choosing to wax relatively obscure items from Motown's vast, rich catalog, but for the most part, this is devoted to the songs that you know by heart, whether you were a kid in the '60s or raised on oldies radio. Since this is McDonald, not a neo-soul neophyte, this is cleanly and sharply produced, relying heavily on synthesizers, drum machines, and professional vocalists, but anybody who has spent any time with his solo records will find this not to be objectionable, but par for the course. If McDonald doesn't reinvent these songs -- hell, he uses the original arrangements as a blueprint, then cleans them up -- he does display a love and reverence for the work, and his singing is passionate throughout. Ultimately, Motown doesn't add much to his discography, but for those who love McDonald and Motown in equal measures, it's a fine listen. [This U.K. version of the album includes bonus material.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/2003
  • Label: Universal Import
  • UPC: 602498002339
  • Catalog Number: 980023

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael McDonald Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, fender rhodes
Larry Carlton Guitar
Bob James Keyboards
Amy Holland Background Vocals
Tracie Ackerman Background Vocals
Simon Climie Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Mark Douthit Saxophone
Nathan East Bass
Ricky Lawson Drums
Audrey Martells Background Vocals
Harvey Mason Sr. Percussion, Drums
Ann McCrary Background Vocals
Chris Rodriguez Electric Guitar, Sitar
Tommy Sims Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Tony Swain Synthesizer, fender rhodes
Duane Starling Background Vocals
Michael Hart Thompson Guitar, Electric Guitar
Leon Ware Background Vocals
Tim Akers Hammond Organ
Kevin Whalum Background Vocals
Paul Waller Percussion
Tim Carmon Hammond Organ
Gale Mayes-West Background Vocals
Tammy Taylor Background Vocals
Toby Baker Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Synthesizer Voices
Jennifer Karr Background Vocals
Nicky "Misschief" Shaw Percussion, Drums
Alfreda McCrary Lee Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Michael McDonald Arranger
Bob James Arranger
Lee Garrett Composer
Fourplay Arranger
Nick Ashford Composer
Simon Climie Arranger, Programming, Producer, Digital Editing, Pro-Tools
Alan Douglas Engineer
Shannon Forrest Engineer, Pro-Tools
Ben Fowler Engineer
Eddie Holland Composer
Nick Ingman String Arrangements
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Don Murray Engineer
Valerie Simpson Composer
Tony Swain Executive Producer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Gavyn Wright String Conductor
Syreeta Wright Composer
Grady Walker Engineer
Michael Wilson Cover Photo
Paul Waller Programming, Mastering
Adam Brown Engineer, Digital Editing
Toby Baker Arranger, Programming, drum programming
Lula Mae Hardaway Composer
Jonathan Shakhovskoy Digital Editing
Nicky "Misschief" Shaw Arranger, Programming, Drum Editing
Cliff Masterson String Arrangements
Joel Evenden Digital Editing
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