The Very Best of Michael McDonald

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
For too long, there wasn't a Michael McDonald compilation available domestically. Rhino/Warner Archives' 2001 release The Very Best of Michael McDonald corrects that situation, offering a generous 16 tracks, including duets and a previous unreleased version of Higher Ground. The collection concentrates solely on his solo recordings for Warner/Reprise, which means it ends in 1993 and doesn't include anything from his long-delayed 2000 album. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, because McDonald stopped having hits in the late '80s, so there's nothing missing even though casual fans can be forgiven for wondering why latter-day Doobie Brothers singles aren't here; ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
For too long, there wasn't a Michael McDonald compilation available domestically. Rhino/Warner Archives' 2001 release The Very Best of Michael McDonald corrects that situation, offering a generous 16 tracks, including duets and a previous unreleased version of Higher Ground. The collection concentrates solely on his solo recordings for Warner/Reprise, which means it ends in 1993 and doesn't include anything from his long-delayed 2000 album. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, because McDonald stopped having hits in the late '80s, so there's nothing missing even though casual fans can be forgiven for wondering why latter-day Doobie Brothers singles aren't here; at a certain point, those became indistinguishable from McDonald's solo work. At its best -- which would be "No Lookin' Back," "I Keep Forgettin' Every Time You're Near," "Yah Mo Be There," "On My Own," and "Sweet Freedom" -- this captures everything that's good about laid-back, West Coast, soul-tinged soft rock. At its worst, it's professional, well constructed, and listenable, lacking only songs that work their way underneath your skin. In a way, the length works against the compilation, since the merely pleasant feels like padding, but McDonald's greatest hits remain sterling examples of finely made, soft blue-eyed soul.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2001
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227664923
  • Catalog Number: 76649

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 No Lookin' Back (3:51)
  2. 2 I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near) (3:42)
  3. 3 I Gotta Try (3:53)
  4. 4 Our Love (4:22)
  5. 5 Yah Mo B There (4:32)
  6. 6 On My Own (4:39)
  7. 7 By Heart (4:37)
  8. 8 Bad Times (4:23)
  9. 9 Matters of the Heart (4:29)
  10. 10 Sweet Freedom (4:05)
  11. 11 Get the World Started (5:40)
  12. 12 Any Foolish Thing (4:24)
  13. 13 Take It to Heart (5:54)
  14. 14 Higher Ground (4:03)
  15. 15 Lost in the Parade (3:49)
  16. 16 Blink of an Eye (4:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael McDonald Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Vocals, fender rhodes
Alison Krauss Background Vocals
Brian Mann Synthesizer
Siedah Garrett Background Vocals
James Ingram Vocals
Patti LaBelle Vocals
Kenny Loggins Background Vocals
Joe Walsh Slide Guitar
Robben Ford Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Quincy Jones Voices
David Lasley Background Vocals
Burt Bacharach Piano
David Foster Synthesizer
Cornelius Bumpus Tenor Saxophone
Sweet Pea Atkinson Background Vocals
Warren Haynes Guitar
Benmont Tench Hammond Organ
Carla Benson Background Vocals
Evette Benton Background Vocals
Michael Boddicker Synthesizer
Rev. Dave Boruff Flute, Saxophone
Jeff Bova Clavinet, Synthesizer Bass
Sir Harry Bowens Background Vocals
Lenny Castro Triangle, finger cymbals
Bernie Chiaravalle Guitar, Coral Sitar
Wells Christy Synclavier
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Vince Denham Saxophone
Debra Dobkin Conga
Nathan East Bass
Brandon Fields Alto Saxophone
Staff Fieldhouse Drums
Chuck Findley Trumpet
David Frank Synthesizer Horn
Steve Gadd Drums
Vince Gill Background Vocals
Gary Grant Trumpet
Michael Hanna Synthesizer, Keyboards
Jerry Hey Trumpet
Dann Huff Guitar
Kim Hutchcroft Flute, Saxophone
Barbara Ingram Background Vocals
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Clydene Jackson Background Vocals
Louis Johnson Bass
Manu Katché Drums
Bobby LaKind Conga
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass
Steve Lukather Guitar
Maureen McDonald Background Vocals
David Pack Synthesizer, Guitar
Pino Palladino Bass
Jeff Porcaro Percussion, Drums
Dean Parks Acoustic Guitar
Anthony Patler Keyboards
Chris Pelonis Emulator
George Perilli Drums, Tom-Tom
Greg Phillinganes Keyboards, Clavinet, fender rhodes, DX-7
Scott Plunkett Synthesizer Horn
John "J.R." Robinson Drums
Chuck Sabatino Synthesizer, Background Vocals
Julia Tillman Waters Background Vocals
Danny Sembello Keyboards
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
Rod Temperton Synthesizer, Keyboards
Ted Templeman Percussion
Carlos Vega Drums
Kathy Walker Background Vocals
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
Willie Weeks Bass
Albert Wing Tenor Saxophone
Charles Frichtel Bass
Randy Jacobs Rhythm Guitar
Michael Hart Thompson Guitar
Lee Thornberg Trumpet
Larry Williams Synthesizer, Horn, Keyboards
Peter Wolf Synthesizer
Technical Credits
Burt Bacharach Original Album Producer
Bruce Barris Engineer
Steve Bates Assistant Technical Director
Jimmy Bralower drum programming
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Ed Cherney Engineer
Gene Eichelberger Engineer
Mark Ettel Assistant Technical Director
Staff Fieldhouse Simmons
Ben Fowler Engineer
David Frank Horn Arrangements
Humberto Gatica Remixing
Ed Goodreau Engineer
Mick Guzauski Engineer
Jeff Hendrickson Engineer
Lee Herschberg Engineer
Bill Inglot Producer, Remastering
James Isaacson Engineer
Donn Landee Engineer
Greg Laney Assistant Technical Director
Mark Linett Engineer
David McLees Executive Producer
Joel Moss Engineer
Jim Pace Engineer
Ross Pallone Engineer
George Perilli drum programming
Gary Peterson Remastering, Discographical Annotation, Tape Research
Paul Riser String Arrangements
Bob Schaper Engineer
Brian Scheuble Engineer
Mike "Clay" Stone Engineer
Bruce Swedien Engineer
Rod Temperton Horn Arrangements
Russ Titelman Original Album Producer
Barry Alfonso Liner Notes
Grady Walker Engineer
Larry Williams Horn Arrangements
Daniel Hersch Remastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Im in Love

    I have adored Micheal's music for years, not to mention his amazing looks. His voice is full of soul and truly an icon. I never get tired of hearing his voice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE VERY BEST OF MICHAEL

    I HAVE BEEN A LONG TIME "MICHAEL MCDONALD" FAN. IT GOES BACK TO THE EARLY DOBBIE BROTHERS WHEN MICHAEL CAME ABOARD. HIS SINGLE CAREER IN MUSIC WAS A GREAT MOVE FOR HIM. HE HAS TALENT BEYOUND ANYONE I HAVE HEARD IN HIS FIELD.

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