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If Thats What It Takes

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002KXZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,861 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Though much has been written on the latter transformation to the blue eyed soul outfit of the Doobie Brothers by Michael McDonald, not enough has been written on this album. Put simply its difficult to label it but great music! with the lyrics that show passion and intelligence, especially with the theme of relationships. I suspect that Michael McDonald had many a number done on him by endless females in the late 70' amnd early 80's as I cannot imagine the similar themes explored by "What a Fool Believes", "Real Love", "Minute by Minute" and in this album "I Keep Forgettin' " and "Love Lies" are mere coincidences. The theme is a recurring one however with each song there is a stellar and unique characteristic of style and substance. This album was released during a major turning point in Music's history when Disco was dead, the West Coast sound hiding in a witness protection program and when the world focussed on a new romantic period that is thanfully now forgettable. I have had this album since I could afford it on vinyl,later tape and now luckily on CD it still trascends time and captures an artist truly on the top of his game. Trust me you will have no regrets!
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I don't know how, but I happened on this CD recently and when I played it, I remembered how moved I was when I first purchased this CD over 10 years ago. Michael McDonald's voice is one of a kind, his musicianship is stellar, his style and talent as a writer...untouchable. "I Can Let Go Now" still brings tears to my eyes, just as it did many moons ago, when I heard the song as I was experiencing a heartbreak at that time. "Losing End", "Love Lies", etc. this entire CD tells a very vivid, moving story about love and it makes you want to continue to experience love...even at the risk of heartbreak.
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Michael Mcdonald is a highly unappreciated artist whose distinctive vocals with Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers & Christopher Cross helped create a pop standard of the 70's & 80's and spawned many imitators. This solo album was his best work, with well written songs, crisp harmonies and excellent musicianship throughout. The title song is & love lies are 2 highlights of a uniformly dynamite effort. I only wish he would record more often.
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West Coast feel-good soul, that's what this is.
If this is not your day, put on some Michael McDonald. He'll make it yours.
Just listen to I Keep Forgettin' - a song about love gone and the difficulties dealing with it. It's so uplifting and powerful you realize you will make it through - no matter what.

Michael's voice is smooth like silk yet at the same time its power knocks you off your feet. His trademark keyboard playing makes you want to get up and change the world for the better.

And while I'm at it, just one thing on Louis Johnson, the bass God, on I keep Forgettin'. It's bass/keys Heaven.
His pluckin' and stompin' sound is the bomb. Marvelous how he uses it here, pushin' and simultaneously stoppin' the melody (with the keys and the guitar blending in), in a mid tempo song (not "just" on the funk he and his brother made on their 4 terrific albums produced by Quincy Jones)

It had always been clear Michael would make his own way. He completely changed The Doobie Brothers when he joined them. His unique blend of R&B and West Coast Rock fitted the band perfectly. Sadly it lasted only for four albums (with Livin' on the Fault Line and Minute by Minute being the band's best)

If That's What It Takes came out in 1982. Michael wrote and or co-wrote all songs and got some of his longtime friends to work with him: Ted Templeman - longtime Doobie Brothers producer, Steve Gadd and Jeff Porcaro drums, Dean Parks, Robben Ford and Steve Lukather guitars, Greg Phillinganes, Michael Boddicker, Michael Omartian and of course Michael McDonald himself keys, Willie Weeks, Louis Johnson and Mike Porcaro bass, Lenny Castro, Bobby LaKind and Paulinho da Costa percussion, Tom Scott and Edgar Winter sax
Get this and let Mike's vocal sunshine in.
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I don't know what took me so long to get this particular McDonald album because it is beyond transporting - this album is another example of why no one can touch him in the voice and choice of music departments. While listening, I found myself alternately crying ("I Can Let Go Now" is guaranteed to unleash any hidden tears you have stored up over the years) and wanting to dance exuberantly ("I Gotta Try", 'nuff said). His voice is a national treasure - beyond unique, warm, sexy and completely fascinating to listen to, with an incredible range. There isn't one bad track on this album, I would have paid double for it. You need to put this CD in your car stereo and head out for a ride to paradise.
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This is a CD I never get tired of listening to. Every song on here is good and some of them are truly fantastic. My favorites are I Keep Forgettin, That's Why, and I Can Let Go Now (which should have been a really big hit song.)

If you're new to the music of Michael McDonald because of his recent Motown albums, then you should do yourself a favor and pick this one up, too.
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