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 Michael McDonald
Released August 1982
Recorded 1981-82
Studio Warner Bros. Recording Studio, North Hollywood, CA and Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood.
Strings recorded at Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood.
Genre Pop, rock, funk, blue-eyed soul
Length 39:59
Label Warner Bros. Records
Producer Ted Templeman, Lenny Waronker
Michael McDonald chronology
If That's What It Takes
(1982)
No Lookin' Back
(1985)No Lookin' Back1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[2]
The Village VoiceC+[3]

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
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
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
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
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

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • 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
  • Mastering: 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

Charts[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[4] 6
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[5] 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jason Elias. "If That's What It Takes - Michael McDonald | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-09-21. 
  2. ^ "If That's What It Takes : Michael McDonald : Review : Rolling Stone". Web.archive.org. 1982-09-30. Archived from the original on December 8, 2008. Retrieved 2015-09-21. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (November 2, 1982). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved February 15, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Michael McDonald Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 21, 2015.
  5. ^ "Michael McDonald Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 21, 2015.