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The Very Best of Michael McDonald
Michael McDonald
The Very Best of Michael McDonald
Genres: Blues, Pop, R&B, Rock
 
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Michael McDonald got his big break in Southern California singing with Steely Dan in 1974. He later became a superstar as a lead singer/keyboardist with The Doobie Brothers from 1975 to 1982, contributing such megahits as ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Michael McDonald
Title: The Very Best of Michael McDonald
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rhino / Wea
Original Release Date: 1/1/2001
Re-Release Date: 4/3/2001
Genres: Blues, Pop, R&B, Rock
Styles: Contemporary Blues, Adult Contemporary, Soft Rock, Soul
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 081227664923

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Michael McDonald got his big break in Southern California singing with Steely Dan in 1974. He later became a superstar as a lead singer/keyboardist with The Doobie Brothers from 1975 to 1982, contributing such megahits as "Takin' It To The Streets," "It Keeps You Runnin'," "Minute By Minute," and the triple-Grammy'-winning #1 smash "What A Fool Believes." Post-Doobies, McDonald scored gold with his 1982 solo debut LP If That's What It Takes and its #4 single "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)." His career has since taken him back to the rootsier rhythms he explores today. The Very Best Of Michael McDonald spotlights the legendary artist's greatest solo sides, including all of the hits from his own albums, movie soundtracks, and collaborations with James Ingram, Patti LaBelle, Kenny Loggins, Quincy Jones, Burt Bacharach, David Foster, Peter Wolf, Joe Walsh, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, John Tesh, and Don Was-plus a previously unissued version of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground" taken from the ex-Doobie's 1990 Take It To Heart sessions. The accompanying liner notes feature new quotes from McDonald himself.

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'Best' Left Out Some of the 'Best'
08/07/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Of course, being a huge Michael McDonald fan, I cannot be displeased with much that he puts out. Particularly on this album, I was impressed with the very powerful remake of "Higher Ground", and I cannot believe it was never released before. Yet I was disappointed to see that, for those who do not have all of Michael's collections (as I do), they will be missing out on "Hey Girl" and his duet with Aretha Franklin, "Everchanging Times". If you read the cover inside the CD, a lot of the songs (although good) didn't even reach the charts, so I question why they are there. I disagree with someone who mentioned he should've thrown in Doobies material; in my opinion, there are many Greatest Hit packages for the Doobies and doing so for the solo Greatest would just be redundant. I do, however, agree that he could have included the phenomenal performance of "Minute by Minute" played at the New York Rock and Soul Revue. I would recommend this album for those that need a "taste" of Michael's music, but it's a bit lacking for his long-time fans. With the great music I'm hearing on his new album, "Blue Obsession", I think he should've waited until after that release to make this Greatest Hits compilation, because I predict at least a few songs will make it big."
THIS IS SO GOOD,BUT THE IMPORT EDITION IS BETTER.
BERNARDINO | MEXICO CITY. | 07/10/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"THIS CD INCLUDES THE GREATEST HITS OF MICHAEL MCDONALD,IS GREAT,BUT LOOK FOR THE IMPORT EDITION IT INCLUDES "EVER CHANGING TIMES","WHAT A FOOL BELIVES","I JUST CAN'T LET GO" AND MORE,SO COMPLETE.IT'S UP TO YOU !"
Get the Word Started
Edgar Alberts | CT, USA | 04/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"On one hand, Michael McDonald's new collection is an amazing collection of his best work. It gives us his duets "Yah Mo B There" and "On My Own" in the same place. The previously unreleased "Higher Ground" is a powerful number, and "Get the Word Started" is a good one from after his first hits collection "Sweet Freedom-Best of". And yet most of these songs are repeats, which is understandable, since you can't forget "I Keep Forgetting" or "By Heart." But 6 of the songs are from his "No Lookin' Back" album, while his recent album "Blue Obsession" is mentioned in the liner notes but not represented by any song on the cd. Is "Bad Times" essential McDonald? I would be more curious about a track from his latest album sounds like so I could see if I wanted to get it. Instead, I'm fed nearly the whole "No Lookin' Back" album and thus would have no need to purchase that cd for only a couple different songs. And although it's hard to cover everything McDonald did even with 16 tracks, his first solo album "If That's What It Takes" only scored two songs, equal to the amount from "Blink of an Eye" which failed to chart. In spite of these questionable inclusions and exclusions, The album has a clear sound that celebrates McDonald's unique voice. That is what I feel it raises to level of a five-star album, every song is good when McDonald sings it. And the liner notes are about 8 pages and give a biography and photos of Michael while noting trivia about the individual songs on this disc. Some would argue for marketing reasons that it's important to "fill it with hits" rather than show the artist's range from "Ain't that Peculiar" to "Down by the River." And yet if they put in more reasons to check it out like the one previously unreleased "Higher Ground", it would have been a more rewarding album. Nonetheless, whether seen as a former Doobie Brother, a pop hitmaker, or a pure musician, McDonald delivers the goods."