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Michael McDonald - Sweet Freedom: The Best of Michael McDonald

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Warner Archives / Rhino


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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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

1) No Lookin' Back - Michael McDonald (03:51)
2) I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near) - Michael McDonald (03:42)
3) I Gotta Try - Michael McDonald (03:53)
4) Our Love - Michael McDonald (04:22)
5) Yah Mo B There - James Ingram / Michael McDonald (04:32)
6) On My Own - Patti LaBelle / Michael McDonald (04:39)
7) By Heart - Michael McDonald (04:37)
8) Bad Times - Michael McDonald (04:23)
9) Matters of the Heart - Michael McDonald (04:29)
10) Sweet Freedom - Michael McDonald (04:05)
11) Get the World Started - Michael McDonald (05:40)
12) Any Foolish Thing - Michael McDonald (04:24)
13) Take It to Heart - Michael McDonald (05:54)
14) Higher Ground - Michael McDonald (04:03)
15) Lost in the Parade - Michael McDonald (03:49)
16) Blink of an Eye - Michael McDonald (04:53)

Sweet Freedom: The Best of Michael McDonald
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