1982 Michael McDonald – If That Is What It Takes

If That’s What It Takes is the name of Michael McDonald’s debut solo album, released in 1982

Michael McDonald (born February 12, 1952) is an American singer, songwriter, keyboardist and record producer.

McDonald’s music career spans more than forty years. His early career included singing with Steely Dan. He joined The Doobie Brothers in 1976 and remained an integral member until 1982, after which he released the first of eight solo albums. During his career, he has collaborated with a number of other artists, including Kenny Loggins, David Cassidy, Van Halen, Patti LaBelle, The Winans, Aretha Franklin, Toto,  Grizzly Bear, and Thundercat. He has also recorded for television and film soundtracks. During his career, McDonald has won five Grammy Awards.

Tracks

1  Playin’ By The Rules (Ed Sanford, Michael McDonald) 4:59
I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)(Ed Sanford, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Michael McDonald) 3:43
3  Love Lies (Randy Goodrum, Michael McDonald) 3:25
I Gotta Try(Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald) 3:55
5  I Can Let Go Now (Michael McDonald) 2:56
6  That’s Why (Randy Goodrum, Michael McDonald) 4:26
7  If That’s What It Takes (Jackie DeShannon, Michael McDonald) 4:19
8   No Such Luck (Grady Walker, Harry Garfield, Michael McDonald) 3:48
9  Losin’ End (Michael McDonald) 4:14
10  Believe In It (Michael McDonald) 4:40

Musicians

1 Playin’ By The Rules

BassWillie Weeks
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarDean Parks
PianoGreg Phillinganes
SynthesizerMichael McDonald
SaxEdgar Winter
PercussionBob LaKind
PercussionLenny Castro


2 I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)

BassLouis Johnson
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarSteve Lukather
ClavinetGreg Phillinganes
Fender RhodesMichael McDonald
SynthesizerMichael McDonald


3 Love Lies

BassWillie Weeks
GuitarDean Parks
Fender RhodesMichael McDonald
PianoGreg Phillinganes
SynthesizerMichael McDonald
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa


4 I Gotta Try

BassWillie Weeks
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarSteve Lukather
Fender RhodesGreg Phillinganes
PianoMichael McDonald
SynthesizerMichael McDonald
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
PercussionTed Templeman
Background VocalsKenny Loggins


5 I Can Let Go Now

PianoMichael McDonald


6 That’s Why

BassMike Porcaro
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarSteve Lukather
Guitar (solo)Robben Ford
Fender RhodesMichael Omartian
PianoMichael McDonald
SynthesizerMichael McDonald
SaxTom Scott
Background VocalsAmy Holland
Background VocalsBrenda Russell
Background VocalsChristopher Cross
Background VocalsKathy Walker
Background VocalsMaureen McDonald


7 If That’s What It Takes

BassWillie Weeks
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarDean Parks
Guitar (solo)Robben Ford
PianoGreg Phillinganes
Fender RhodesMichael McDonald
SynthesizerMichael McDonald
PercussionLenny Castro


8 No Such Luck

BassMike Porcaro
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarSteve Lukather
GuitarDean Parks
Fender RhodesMichael Omartian
PianoMichael McDonald
SynthesizerMichael McDonald
SaxEdgar Winter
PercussionLenny Castro


9 Losin’ End

BassWillie Weeks
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarDean Parks
Fender RhodesMichael McDonald
OrganGreg Phillinganes
LyriconTom Scott


10 Believe In It

BassWillie Weeks
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarSteve Lukather
Fender RhodesMichael McDonald
PianoGreg Phillinganes
SynthesizerMichael McDonald
SaxEdgar Winter
PercussionLenny Castro

Other Musicians

SynthesizerMichael Boddicker

Liner Notes

Producer – Lenny Waronker, Ted Templeman
Arranged By (Horn Arrangements) – Jerry Hey
Arranged By (String Arrangements) – Marty Paich
Coordinator (Production) – Joan Parker, Kathy Walker, Vicki Fortson
Engineer (Basic Track Engineer) – Donn Landee (Tracks 2), Jim Isaacson (Tracks 5, 6, 8), Lee Herschberg (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10)
Engineer (Mastering Engineer) – Bobby Hata
Engineer (Mixdown Engineer) – Lee Herschberg
Engineer (Overdub Engineer) – Donn Landee, Jim Isaacson, Lee Herschberg, Mark Linett
Engineer (Second Engineer) – Ken Deane, Stephen McManus
Technician (Keyboard Technician) – Paul Medeiros

Art Direction, Design – Jeff Adamoff
Photography – Jim Shea

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Copyright (c) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Recorded At – Warner Bros. Recording Studios
Recorded At – Sunset Sound
Recorded At – Ocean Way Recording
Mastered At – Warner Bros. Recording Studios
Pressed By – Capitol Records Pressing Plant, Los Angeles