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Blue Obsession CD 1 of 1

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Format: CD
Sku: 60394444
UPC: 703404100528
UPC 14: 00703404100528
Release Date: 2/22/2000
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. All I Need ~ Michael McDonald
2. No Love To Be Found ~ Michael McDonald
3. Obsession Blues ~ Michael McDonald
4. Where Would I Be Now ~ Michael McDonald
5. Build Upon It ~ Michael McDonald
6. Meaning Of Love, The ~ Michael McDonald
7. Open The Door ~ Michael McDonald
8. Kikwit Town ~ Michael McDonald
9. Down By The River ~ Michael McDonald
10. Someday You Will ~ Michael McDonald
11. Ain't That Peculiar ~ Michael McDonald
12. You Can't Make It Love ~ Michael McDonald

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Michael McDonald (vocals, keyboards); Tommy Sims (vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass); Wendy Moten (vocals); David Pack (guitar, keyboards); Chris Rodriguez, Bernie Chiaravalle, William Owsley, George Cocchini, Gordon Kennedy (guitar); Dan Dugmore (lap steel guitar); Sam Levine (flute); Kirk Whalum, Mark Douthit, Doug Moffet, Dennis Solee (saxophone); Mike Haynes (trumpet); Barry Green (trombone); Bobby Taylor (oboe); Matt Rollins (piano); Joe Hogue (keyboards, programming);Bill Livsey, Marc Harris (keyboards); Viktor Krauss (acoustic bass); George Perilli, Dan Needham, Chester Thompson, Armand Grimaldi (drums); Tom Roady (percussion); Toby McKeehan, Michael Tait, Kevin Max Smith, Johnny Neel, Tabitha Fair, Angelo Petrucci, Veronica Petrussi, Joey Kibble, Mark Kibble, Claude McKnight, Nicol Smith, Chris Willis (background vocals); The Nashville String Machine.
Muze PNote Producers: David Pack, Tommy Sims, Chris Pelonis, Bernie Charivalli, M. McDonald.
Muze PNote Engineers include: Martin Woodlee, Greg Rubin, Jon Lechner.
Muze PNote Personnel: Michael McDonald (vocals, piano, Wurlitzer organ, keyboards, synthesizer, claves); Tommy Sims (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Toby McKeehan (vocals, background vocals); Wendy Moten (vocals); Bernie Chiaravalle (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, cymbals); Gordon Kennedy (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Chris Rodrigues (guitar, acoustic guitar); David Pack (guitar, keyboards); Bill Owsley, George Cocchini, Chris Rodriguez , Chris Pelonis (guitar); Dan Dugmore (lap steel guitar); Carol McClure (harp); Carl Gorodetzky (violin, strings); Connie Ellisor, Mary Kathryn Van Osdale, Pamela Sixfin, David Davidson , Lee Larrison (violin); Kristin Wilkinson, Kris Wilkinson, Alan Umstead, Gary VanOsdale (viola); Anthony LaMarchina, Bob Mason (cello); The Nashville String Machine (strings); Bobby G. Taylor (flute, oboe); Sam Levine (flute); Doug Moffet, Kirk Whalum, Mark Douthit, Denis Solee (saxophone); Mike Haynes (trumpet); Barry Green (trombone); Matt Rollings (piano); Joe Hogue (organ, keyboards, programming, sampler); Marc Harris (keyboards, claves); Billy Livsey (keyboards); Viktor Krauss (acoustic bass); Chris Kent (electric bass); Yvette Preyer (drums, tambourine); Chester Thompson , George Perilli, Brian Zsupnick, Armand Grimaldi, Dan Needham (drums); Terry McMillan (congas, percussion); Danny Duncan (percussion, sound effects); Tom Roady (percussion); Christopher Cross, Claude McKnight, Rodney Covington, Joey Kibble, Johnny Neel, Karla Bonoff, Kevin Max Smith , Mark Kibble, Michael Tait, Amy Holland, Angelo Petrucci, Tabitha Fair, Veronica Petrucci, Chris Willis, Nicol Sponberg (background vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Chris Pelonis; Gregg Rubin; Rick "Soldier" Will; Rick Wills.
Muze PNote Recording information: Bingham Bend Studio, Leipers Fork, TN; Love Shack, Nashville, TN; Northbeach, Franklin, TN; Orange Whip, Santa Barbara, CA; Sixteenth Ave. Sound, Nashville, TN; SOund Kitchen, Franklin, TN; Sound Stage, Nashville, TN; The Bennettt House, Franklin, TN; The Dugout, Nashville, TN; Woodland Studios, Nashville, TN.
Muze PNote Directors: LaDre Fayne; Pamela Holman; Tiffany Palmer.
Muze PNote Editor: Joe Hogue.
Muze PNote Photographers: Bruce Steinberg; Keely, Dennis; Gary Braasch.
Muze PNote Working with producer Tommy Sims -- the man who produced Eric Clapton's hit "Change the World" -- evidently inspired Michael McDonald, since Blue Obsession is his best record in nearly ten years. Stylistically, it's similar to every record he's made since going solo in the early '80s -- namely, it's a combination of adult contemporary ballads and lightly grooving, adult contemporary pop-soul -- but the difference is that the quality of the material is uniformly strong. In addition to two covers ("Ain't That Peculiar," "Down By the River"), there's a selection of new songs largely co-written by McDonald and Sims. While there are no crossover pop hits on the level of "I Keep Forgettin'" or "Sweet Freedom," it's a strong collection of songs with only a few slow moments. It's a record that shows McDonald maturing quite gracefully. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Wendy Moten
Muze Guest Artist Kirk Whalum
Muze Guest Artist Matt Rollins

Compilation Appearances

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Muze Music Compilations Pure 80s Love: The No.01 Hits
Muze Music Compilations Soul Comes Home: A Celebration Of Sta
Muze Music Compilations Genius Loves Company
Muze Music Compilations Golden Slumbers: A Father's Love
Muze Music Compilations These Days
Muze Music Compilations Gotta Have Gospel Gold
Muze Music Compilations 80's Pop Number 1's
Muze Music Compilations Essential Patti Labelle
Muze Music Compilations Monster Music 123755-00 Monster Music® Ray Charles "Genius Loves Company" Music SuperDisc
Muze Music Compilations Just Across The River
Muze Music Compilations Easy 80S
Muze Music Compilations It's Your Night
Muze Music Compilations Duets
Muze Music Compilations That Lovin Feelin:best Of Blue Eyed S
Muze Music Compilations Anyone Who Had A Heart
Muze Music Compilations Icon:patti Labelle
Muze Music Compilations Together (ost)

Associated Artists and Works

Benet, Eric
Franklin, Aretha

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/22/2000
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1997
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 1005
Music Label Name Label : Ramp Records
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00703404100528

Professional Reviews

Q (11/00, p.110)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "...A strong releas ethat proves the singer has lost none of his R&B and gospel fervor..."

Mojo (Publisher)
(12/00, p.112)
- "...McDonald's pipes remain in stirring shape..."

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