Thousands of hopeful young singers have paid their dues in smoky bars playing songs from Motown's heady heyday. Back in St.Louis in
the very late 1960s, one of them had them in his armoury as he set about getting noticed on his way to a multi-platinum career as
one of the great singer-songwriters of his day. Now, Michael McDonald
has returned to his first love.
Produced by English helmsman
and former pop frontman Simon Climie, this elegantly-mounted collection of Motown interpretations calls on the songs of such legends
as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations and Diana Ross & the Supremes and is nothing less than McDonald's emotional nod
towards the record collection that started him down the road of his stellar career.
The album is also a dream release for fans who have long known him to be one of the most seductive voices of his generation. When he
marries rock and soul, they stay married, as he did as singer and writer or co-writer of countless hits from his years with the
Doobie Brothers, such as "It Keeps You Runnin'," "You Belong To Me," "Minute By Minute," "Real Love" and the timeless, triple-Grammy winning
"What A Fool Believes." Then again during his seamless transition to a solo career, on such songs as "I Keep Forgetting," "Sweet Freedom"
and vintage duets such as "Yah Mo B There" with James Ingram and "On My Own" with Patti LaBelle.
"Not unlike a lot of people, I grew up in the Motown time frame," he explains. "Motown music was something I really gravitated to as
a kid, as did most kids in America. Marvin Gaye's Super Hits album  and the Diana & Marvin album  were just records I
played thousands of times. This was at a time when I had some time on my hands, as a musician living out in California, I think I
was listening to more (Motown) then than when I was back home. The Stevie Wonder albums, Music Of My Mind, Talking Book and Songs In
The Key Of Life, they were all albums that when I was on my own were always on the turntable."