Very Best Of 1000

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Review Text For too long, there wasn't a Michael McDonald compilation available domestically. Rhino/Warner Archives' 2001 release The Very Best of Michael McDonald corrects that situation, offering a generous 16 tracks, including duets and a previous unreleased version of Higher Ground. The collection concentrates solely on his solo recordings for Warner/Reprise, which means it ends in 1993 and doesn't include anything from his long-delayed 2000 album. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, because McDonald stopped having hits in the late '80s, so there's nothing missing (even though casual fans can be forgiven for wondering why latter-day Doobie Brothers singles aren't here; at a certain point, those became indistinguishable from McDonald's solo work). At its best -- which would be "No Lookin' Back," "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)," "Yah Mo Be There," "On My Own," and "Sweet Freedom" -- this captures everything that's good about laid-back, West Coast, soul-tinged soft rock. At its worst, it's professional, well constructed, and listenable, lacking only songs that work their way underneath your skin. In a way, the length works against the compilation, since the merely pleasant feels like padding, but McDonald's greatest hits remain sterling examples of finely made, soft blue-eyed soul. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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CD: 1

  1. 1. No Lookin' Back - 4:51
  2. 2. I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near) - 4:42
  3. 3. I Gotta Try - 4:53
  4. 4. Our Love - 4:22
  5. 5. Yah Mo B There - 5:32
  6. 6. On My Own - 5:39
  7. 7. By Heart - 5:37
  8. 8. Bad Times - 4:23
  9. 9. Matters of the Heart - 4:29
  10. 10. Sweet Freedom - 4:05
  11. 11. Get the World Started - 6:40
  12. 12. Any Foolish Thing - 4:24
  13. 13. Take It to Heart - 6:54
  14. 14. Higher Ground - 4:03
  15. 15. Lost in the Parade - 4:49
  16. 16. Blink of an Eye - 5:53

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