If That's What It Takes (album)

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If That's What It Takes
If That's What It Takes (Michael McDonald album).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 1982
StudioWarner Bros. Recording Studio, North Hollywood, CA and Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood.
Strings recorded at Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood.
GenrePop, rock, funk, blue-eyed soul
LabelWarner Bros. Records
ProducerTed Templeman, Lenny Waronker
Michael McDonald chronology
If That's What It Takes
No Lookin' Back
Singles from If That's What It Takes
  1. "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)"
    Released: August 1982
  2. "I Gotta Try"
    Released: 1982
  3. "Believe In It"
    Released: 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[3]
The Village VoiceC+[4]

If That's What It Takes is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Michael McDonald. The album was released in August 1982.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Playin' by the Rules"McDonald, Ed Sanford4:55
2."I Keep Forgettin'"McDonald, Ed Sanford, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller3:39
3."Love Lies"McDonald, Randy Goodrum3:21
4."I Gotta Try"McDonald, Kenny Loggins3:53
5."I Can Let Go Now"McDonald2:54
Side two
6."That's Why"McDonald, Randy Goodrum4:24
7."If That's What It Takes"McDonald, Jackie De Shannon4:17
8."No Such Luck"McDonald, Grady Walker, Harry Garfield3:44
9."Losin' End"McDonald4:11
10."Believe in It"McDonald4:41



  • Produced by Lenny Waronker and Ted Templeman
  • Engineers – Ken Deane, Bobby Hata, Lee Herschberg, James Isaacson, Donn Landee, Mark Linett and Steve McManus.
  • Overdub Engineers – Lee Herschberg, James Isaacson, Donn Landee and Mark Linett.
  • Mixing – Lee Herschberg
  • Mastered by Bobby Hata at Warner Bros. Recording Studio.
  • Horn arrangements – Jerry Hey
  • String arrangements – Marty Paich
  • Keyboard Technician – Paul Mederios
  • Production Coordinators – Joan Parker, Kathy Walker and Vicki Fortson.
  • Art Direction and Design – Jeff Adamoff
  • Photography – Jim Shea
  • Direction – Irving Azoff


Chart (1982) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[5] 41
US Billboard 200[6] 6
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[7] 10


  1. ^ Jason Elias. "If That's What It Takes - Michael McDonald | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-09-21.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0-85712-595-8.
  3. ^ "If That's What It Takes : Michael McDonald : Review : Rolling Stone". 1982-09-30. Archived from the original on December 8, 2008. Retrieved 2015-09-21.
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (November 2, 1982). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 185. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  6. ^ "Michael McDonald Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 21, 2015.
  7. ^ "Michael McDonald Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 21, 2015.