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Album Review

Since Warner/Rhino's 2005 Ultimate Collection appeared a mere four years after their last Michael McDonald compilation — 2001's The Very Best of Michael McDonald — it may seem that it's a little early to rehash the same recordings yet again. That suspicion is unfounded, since The Ultimate Collection finally delivers what McDonald fans have been waiting for: his solo hits and Doobie Brothers smashes on the same disc. Not that this has every hit he ever had — his minor 1991 single "All We Got" isn't here, for instance — but most listeners won't notice the omissions since this 19-track collection has "What a Fool Believes," "Takin' It to the Streets," "Minute by Minute," "You Belong to Me," "Real Love," "It Keeps You Runnin'," "I Gotta Try," "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)," "No Lookin' Back," "Sweet Freedom," "Yah Mo B There," and even his recent 2004 hit cover of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." Consequently, this is by far the best showcase for his smooth, soulful soft rock, and the one Michael McDonald disc fans both casual and fanatical should own.

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What can you say about this brilliant singer/songwriter that hasnt already been said.Michael Mcdonald/The Doobie Brothers-must be one of the greatest Easy Listening combinations and solo artists of the 80s and 90s.A truly unique voice.This music realy takes me back to those Fri/Sat nights getting ready to go out to those clubs we used to call...DISCOS ! If you remember those days..youll love this album.


Born: 12 February 1952 in St. Louis, MO

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With his husky, soulful baritone, Michael McDonald became one of the most distinctive and popular vocalists to emerge from the laid-back California pop/rock scene of the late '70s. McDonald found the middle ground between blue-eyed soul and smooth soft rock, a sound that made him a star. He initially essayed his signature style with the Doobie Brothers, ushering in the group's most popular period with hits like "What a Fool Believes" and "Taking It to the Streets." McDonald disbanded the group in...
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