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A prominent part of the soundtrack to our times, over the course of his career, Michael McDonald has maintained incredible popularity and has been awarded numerous accolades and honors in both personal and professional arenas. He has won an impressive five Grammys and earned innumerable chart successes and sales feats, yet all the while McDonald remains the artist's artist and an enduring ... Read more in Amazon's Michael McDonald Store

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  • Audio CD (April 3, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00004YLIV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,408 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. No Lookin' Back
2. I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)
3. I Gotta Try
4. No Mercy: Our Love (Single Version)
5. Yah Mo B There (Single Version)
6. On My Own
7. By Heart
8. Bad Times
9. Matters Of The Heart
10. Sweet Freedom (Single Version)
11. Get The Word Started
12. Any Foolish Thing
13. Take It To Heart
14. Higher Ground
15. Lost In The Parade
16. Blink Of An Eye

Editorial Reviews

Ori. Compilation Release '01 , 16 trax including all hits from his own albums, movie soundtracks, and collaborations with James Ingram, Patti LaBelle, Kenny Loggins, Quincy Jones, Burt Bacharach, David Foster, Alison Krauss, John Tesh, and Don Was-plus a

Customer Reviews

It had all my favorite Michael McDonald songs.
Linda G. Dobler
I would be more curious about a track from his latest album sounds like so I could see if I wanted to get it.
Edgar Alberts
The ultimate Michael "Best Of" would have to include his hits from the Doobie Brothers.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Michael King on May 3, 2004
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Michael McDonald's distinctive voice and strong songwriting abilities helped turn the Doobie Brothers into a hit-making machine. Michael's outstanding vocals helped sustain his success after he left the Doobie Brothers. "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)," taken from his first solo album, made it all the way to #4 in 1982. However, Michael's songwriting seemed to suffer from a certain sameness, as evidenced by his songs "Matters Of The Heart," "By Heart" and "Take It To Heart" on this collection. Michael's solo career is also noteworthy for his duets, particularly with James Ingram on "Yah Mo B There" (#19 in 1984), and with Patti LaBelle on the smash hit "On My Own" (#1 in 1986). The superb song "Sweet Freedom," which peaked at #7 in 1986, outshines most of the other songs on this collection. Michael's version of the Stevie Wonder classic "Higher Ground," which was previously unreleased, is another highlight on this compilation. Michael McDonald would go on to even greater success covering other Stevie Wonder songs on his recent "Motown" album. Too bad this collection was released before that album came out.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 2001
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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.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Edgar Alberts on April 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
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.Read more ›
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By T. C Lane on April 9, 2001
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Since his solo debut in 1982, McDonald has only dropped 5 more albums. This is the first Stateside attempt at compiling his best solo stuff. Naturally, "On My Own" is included (where's his 1992 AC hit with Aretha Franklin, "Ever Changing Times"?) as well as the James Ingram duet "Yah Mo B There". All of his other Top 100 hits are included as well. Oddly, this CD doesn't include any tracks from 2000's Blue Obsession. And the track listing is a puzzler. There are 6! cuts from No Lookin' Back and only 2 from his other albums. This clocks in at 70 minutes so you get your money's worth for a budget price. But only dropping 2 from If That's What It Takes makes no sense. Taking off a couple of songs from No Lookin Back would have made room for essential album tracks like, "I Can Let Go Now" and "Playin' By The Rules". This CD was co-compiled by McDonald so maybe he felt that No Lookin Back deserves a second chance, but 6 tracks is too excessive on a single CD collection. The liner notes are 2001 up-to-date and the sound is great. A good starter for people wondering what McDonald did after he left the Doobies. But do check out 1982's If That's What It Takes (budget priced) and 2000's Blue Obsession, and of course 2003's Motown to help round out your curiosity.
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