Very Best of Michael McDonald

The Very Best of Michael McDonald

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by Michael McDonald
     
 

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,…  See more details below

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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:
04/03/2001
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227664923
catalogNumber:
76649

Tracks

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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
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   Guitar
Clydene Jackson   Background Vocals
Louis Johnson   Bass
Manu Katché   Drums
Bobby LaKind   Conga
Abraham Laboriel   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
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   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

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Sweet Freedom: The Best of Michael McDonald 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.