The Ultimate Collection

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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
Representing a broad cross-section of a lengthy career that includes a successful stint as a Doobie Brother and a thriving solo career, The Ultimate Collection frames Michael McDonald as more of a romantic balladeer than a soul shouter. As a new member of the Doobies, the St. Louis native wears his influences on his sleeve -- whether it's the electro-funk panache slathered on the self-penned "It Keeps You Runnin'" an admitted nod to Marvin Gaye or the gospel-tinged pop of "Taking It to the Streets." As a musical collaborator, the raspy baritone is as compelling trading verses with Patti LaBelle on the quintessential breakup song "On My Own" as he is raising ...
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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
Representing a broad cross-section of a lengthy career that includes a successful stint as a Doobie Brother and a thriving solo career, The Ultimate Collection frames Michael McDonald as more of a romantic balladeer than a soul shouter. As a new member of the Doobies, the St. Louis native wears his influences on his sleeve -- whether it's the electro-funk panache slathered on the self-penned "It Keeps You Runnin'" an admitted nod to Marvin Gaye or the gospel-tinged pop of "Taking It to the Streets." As a musical collaborator, the raspy baritone is as compelling trading verses with Patti LaBelle on the quintessential breakup song "On My Own" as he is raising questions of spiritual import with James Ingram on the rhythmic, uplifting "Yah Mo B There." And he's no less effective handling another composer's material, such as Rod Tempterton's infectious "Sweet Freedom," with its hint of Caribbean rhythm, or the Motown chestnut "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." The only thing missing on this otherwise stellar collection is any Steely Dan-era McDonald material, but there's more than enough soul-infused soft rock to make this an Ultimate Collection, indeed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/2005
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227316723
  • Catalog Number: 73167
  • Sales rank: 3,481

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ain't No Mountain High Enough (2:50)
  2. 2 What a Fool Believes - The Doobie Brothers (3:46)
  3. 3 I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near) (3:42)
  4. 4 Yah Mo B There (4:24)
  5. 5 Takin' It to the Streets - The Doobie Brothers (3:46)
  6. 6 Sweet Freedom (4:05)
  7. 7 Minute by Minute - The Doobie Brothers (3:28)
  8. 8 On My Own (4:40)
  9. 9 You Belong to Me - The Doobie Brothers (3:07)
  10. 10 Real Love - The Doobie Brothers (4:22)
  11. 11 I Stand for You (4:23)
  12. 12 It Keeps You Runnin' - The Doobie Brothers (4:20)
  13. 13 Take It to Heart (4:09)
  14. 14 No Love to Be Found (5:40)
  15. 15 I Gotta Try (3:52)
  16. 16 No Lookin' Back (3:55)
  17. 17 Blink of an Eye (4:58)
  18. 18 Open the Door (4:29)
  19. 19 Lost in the Parade (3:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael McDonald Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Brian Mann Synthesizer
Siedah Garrett Background Vocals
James Ingram Synthesizer, Vocals
Patti LaBelle Vocals
Kenny Loggins Background Vocals
Robben Ford Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Bruce Fowler Trombone
Quincy Jones Background Vocals, Voices
David Lasley Background Vocals
Chet McCracken Drums, Marimbas, Vibes
Burt Bacharach Piano
David Foster Synthesizer
Cornelius Bumpus Saxophone, Vocals
Nicolette Larson Vocals
Patrick Simmons Guitar, Vocals
Sweet Pea Atkinson Background Vocals
Amy Holland Background Vocals
Warren Haynes Guitar, Soloist
Jeff Baxter Guitar
Benmont Tench Hammond Organ
Carla Benson Background Vocals
Evette Benton Background Vocals
Michael Boddicker Synthesizer
Rev. Dave Boruff Flute, Saxophone
Jeff Bova Hammond Organ, Clavinet, Synthesizer Bass
Sir Harry Bowens Background Vocals
Jesse Butler Organ
Rosemary Butler Vocals
Bernie Chiaravalle Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Soloist, Coral Sitar
Wells Christy Synclavier
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Mark Douthit Saxophone
Nathan East Bass
Brandon Fields Alto Saxophone
Chuck Findley Trumpet
David Frank Synthesizer Horn
Steve Gadd Drums
Gary Grant Trumpet
Marc Harris Hammond Organ
Rev. Patrick Henderson Keyboards
Jerry Hey Trumpet
Dann Huff Guitar
Barbara Ingram Background Vocals
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Clydene Jackson Background Vocals
Louis Johnson Bass
Manu Katché Drums
Keith Knudsen Drums, Vocals
Bobby LaKind Bongos, Conga, Vocals
Ricky Lawson Drums
Billy Livesay Hammond Organ
Steve Lukather Guitar
Ann McCrary Background Vocals
Arnold McCutler Background Vocals
Maureen McDonald Background Vocals
John McFee Guitar, Vocals
Doug Moffet Saxophone
Wendy Moten Vocals, Background Vocals
Jenni Muldaur Background Vocals
David Pack Guitar
Pino Palladino Bass
Jeff Porcaro Drums
Anthony Patler Keyboards
Bill Payne Synthesizer
George Perilli Drums
Greg Phillinganes Keyboards, Clavinet, fender rhodes, DX-7
Tiran Porter Bass, Vocals
Tom Roady Percussion
Chris Rodriguez Electric Guitar
Julia Tillman Waters Background Vocals
Danny Sembello Keyboards
Tommy Sims Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Clavinet, fender rhodes
Denis Solee Saxophone
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
Tony Swain fender rhodes
Rod Temperton Synthesizer, Keyboards
Ted Templeman Percussion, Maracas, Tambourine, cowbell
Carlos Vega Drums
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
Willie Weeks Bass
Albert Wing Tenor Saxophone
Randy Jacobs Rhythm Guitar
Michael Hart Thompson Guitar
Tim Akers Tom-Tom, Background Vocals, Soloist
John Hartman Percussion, Drums
Dan Needham Drums
Lee Thornberg Trumpet
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Gale Mayes-West Background Vocals
Tammy Taylor Background Vocals
David E. Williams Guitar
John "4 Daddman" Robinson Drums
Lisa Young Background Vocals
Larry E. Williams Synthesizer, Horn, Keyboards
Cynthia Edwards Background Vocals
Peter Wolf Synthesizer
Technical Credits
James Ingram Composer
Kenny Loggins Composer
Michael McDonald Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Carly Simon Composer
Quincy Jones Composer, Producer
Burt Bacharach Composer, Producer
Carole Bayer Sager Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Lester Abrams Composer
Nick Ashford Composer
Jimmy Bralower drum programming
Bernie Chiaravalle Composer, rhythm arrangement
Simon Climie Producer, Audio Production
David Frank Horn Arrangements
Jimmie Haskell String Arrangements
Rev. Patrick Henderson Composer
Dan Hersch Remastering
Bill Inglot Remastering
Wendy Moten Vocal Arrangements
David Paich Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
George Perilli Composer
Gary Peterson Discographical Annotation
Paul Riser String Arrangements
Chuck Sabatino Composer
Ed Sanford Composer
Valerie Simpson Composer
Tommy Sims Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Horn Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Mike Stoller Composer
Bruce Swedien Producer
Rod Temperton Composer, Horn Arrangements
Ted Templeman Producer
Russ Titelman Producer
Lenny Waronker Producer
Diane Warren Composer
Don Was Producer
Barry Alfonso Liner Notes
Dick Rudolph Producer
Grady Walker Composer
Tim Akers Horn Arrangements
Jean Krikorian Art Direction
Steve Woolard Discographical Annotation
Toby Baker drum programming
Alan Fletcher Executive Producer
Larry E. Williams Horn Arrangements
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EXCELLENT album

    If you like Michael McDonald, you will love this CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good Intentions, Unique Approach to Vocals

    I've always admired Michael's guest appearances on other bands' albums, so I took a plunge and purchased this collection. Pardon me for my candid review of this conglomeration (amalgamation) of hits featuring His lord and savior, Michael McDonald. Am I the only one that believes Michael has kleenex wedged in both cheeks while he sings? I honestly believe that he wads up tissue and stuffs it in the sides of his mouth before he records a track. To be specific about my suspicions, I believe that he records the song before the fabric has had an opportunity to moisten. That would create a whole separate effect on his vocals. In order to properly muffle the voice, the tissue must be dry to not only damper the soundwaves, but to dehydrate the tongue, thereby creating a certain tone of desperation in the end result. Don't get me wrong, I think we're looking at a solid set of songs here. I just question his motives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Michael McDonald Is A Wonderful Singer & Songwriter

    I Got Michael McDonald Cd In The Mail Today He Is A Wonderful Singer & Songwriter & So Talented I'm Going To Listen To It Tonight I Love All The Songs On The CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2008

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