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In August 1982.

In August 1982, “Warner Bros” label released “If That’s What It Takes”, the debut Michael McDonald studio album. It was recorded 1981 – 1982, at “Warner Bros. Recording Studio”; “Sunset Sound Recorders” and “Ocean Way Recording” in Hollywood, and was produced by Ted Templeman and Lenny Waronker.

Personnel:

  • Michael McDonald – lead vocals, piano, Fender Rhodes, synthesizer, background vocals
  • Willie Weeks, Louis Johnson, Mike Porcaro – bass
  • Steve Gadd, Jeff Porcaro – drums
  • Dean Parks, Steve Lukather, Robben Ford – guitar
  • Edgar Winter, Tom Scott – saxophone
  • Lenny Castro, Bobby LaKind, Paulinho Da Costa, Ted Templeman – percussion
  • Greg Phillinganes – piano, clavinet
  • Greg Phillinganes – organ
  • Michael McDonald, Greg Phillinganes, Michael Omartian – Fender Rhodes
  • Michael Boddicker – synthesizer
  • Tom Scott – lyricon
  • Ed Sanford, Maureen McDonald,  Kenny Loggins, Christopher Cross, Brenda Russell, Kathy Walker, Amy Holland – background vocals
  • Ken Deane, Bobby Hata, Lee Herschberg, James Isaacson, Donn Landee, Mark Linett, Steve McManus – engineer
  • Lee Herschberg, James Isaacson, Donn Landee, Mark Linett – overdub engineer
  • Lee Herschberg – mixing
  • Bobby Hata – mastering
  • Jerry Hey – horn arrangements
  • Marty Paich – string arrangements
  • Paul Mederios – keyboard technician
  • Joan Parker, Kathy Walker, Vicki Fortson – production coordinator
  • Jeff Adamoff – art direction, design
  • Jim Shea – photography
  • Irving Azoff – direction

Track listing:

  1. Playin’ by the Rules – Michael McDonald, Ed Sanford
  2. I Keep Forgetting – Michael McDonald, Ed Sanford, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller
  3. Love Lies – Michael McDonald, Randy Goodrum
  4. I Gotta Try – Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins
  5. I Can Let Go Now – Michael McDonald
  6. That’s Why – McDonald, Randy Goodrum
  7. If That’s What It Takes – Michael McDonald, Jackie De Shannon
  8. No Such Luck – Michael McDonald, Grady Walker, Harry Garfield
  9. Losin’ End – Michael McDonald
  10. Believe in It – Michael McDonald
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