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As for his ultimate hits, it is an excellent compilation combining the highlights of his career including "What A Fool Believes" with the Doobie Brothers, "Takin' It To The Streets", "On My Own", his sensational duet with Patti La Belle", and even a modern hit from his MOTOWN album "Ain't No Mountain High Enough". That is just a partial list of the wonderful hits included on this master singer's ULTIMATE COLLECTION. You can't go wrong with a veteran, especially on a strong compilation disc as this one.
Still, this is a good, useful overview for the casual fan...for the person who is perhaps just discovering McDonald with his Motown CDs or who hasn't heard anything from him since his days with the Doobie Brothers. This disc collects a diverse group of tracks from various eras, and all of them are excellent. I would have liked to have seen "One Step Closer" or his duet with Patti LaBelle, "Ever Changing Times" included, but, given the time/space limitations, I think the producers did a good job of choosing tracks.
There's a lot to like here: "Yah Mo Be There" with James Ingram is always inspiring; "I Keep Forgettin" is a moody, bluesy masterpiece; "Sweet Freedom" is a great dance tune with one of Michael's best vocals; and, of course, his work with the Doobies shines brightly. (Michael's stint with the Doobie Brothers includes the terribly underrated but masterfully performed LIVIN' ON THE FAULT LINE album, in addition to TAKIN' IT TO THE STREETS, MINUTE BY MINUTE, and ONE STEP CLOSER.)
One day, it would be great to have a box set that included all of these tunes, plus more of Michael's work with others like Kenny Loggins, Cristopher Cross, and even Steely Dan. Until then, be happy with this "nearly ultimate" collection.
But it is the first collection, that I know of, that includes his Doobie Bros hits with his great solo and collaborative hits. This CD will make for wonderful gifts to friends I want to expose to Michael's broad career.
An "ultimate" edition would probably be at least three discs long! The tunes ad up when you think about how many songs he's sung with everyone from Christopher Cross to Ambrosia to Steely Dan to DC Talk! And there should be a DVD clip included of the hilarious Second City TV sketch from the Eighties with Rick Moranis as Michael rushing from one studio to another to sing back-up on everyone's songs.
I have all of Michael's CDs and DVDs already, and I still bought this one since it puts a lot of his hits together on one disc.
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and ladies and gentlemen....it is Micheal McDonald.......that voice, that talent, as rich as the first time he recorded....anythinbg he recorded!Published 2 days ago by David Harvey
Michael McDonald has always been one of my favorite singers throughout the years and his Ultimate Collection CD is one of the best.Published 8 days ago by Pepper
Michael has always been a favorite. This collection compules.some of his best.Published 1 month ago by Gwen
Great recordings of some of his finest works. As a longtime fan he shines through on every cut. Hard to beat this one ! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael Wilson