No Lookin' Back

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No Lookin' Back
No Lookin' Back (Michael McDonald).jpg
Studio album by Michael McDonald
Released 30 July 1985 (1985-07-30)
Studio Dilling Street Studio U.S.A. and The Villa Studio, North Hollywood
Length 37:09
Label Warner Bros.
Michael McDonald chronology
If That's What It Takes
(1982)If That's What It Takes1982
No Lookin' Back
Take It to Heart
(1990)Take It to Heart1990
Singles from No Lookin' Back
  1. "No Lookin' Back"
  2. "Bad Times"
  3. "Lost in the Parade"
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

No Lookin' Back is the second solo studio album by the American singer-songwriter Michael McDonald. It was originally released in July 1985, on the label Warner Bros. Records, three years after his debut album, If That's What It Takes, this was his last album to be released by Warner Bros.[2] For the first time, he co-produced and wrote or co-wrote all of the tracks. It featured contributions by guitarists Joe Walsh (Eagles, James Gang), Robben Ford, David Pack from Ambrosia, Jeff Porcaro on drums (Toto, Steely Dan), plus the former Doobie Brothers member Willie Weeks on bass guitar, and Cornelius Bumpus providing horns.

On release, the album was received favorably by the majority of music critics and peaked at No. 45 on the US Billboard 200. Three singles were issued from No Lookin' Back: "No Lookin' Back", "Bad Times", and "Lost in the Parade". The album's first and leading single, "No Lookin' Back", was co-written by Kenny Loggins and was a commercial success, peaking at No. 4 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

The album was re-released one year later in 1986 with different album cover artwork, along with the inclusion of the hit single "Sweet Freedom" from the soundtrack of the Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines film Running Scared.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "No Lookin' Back" 3:55
2. "Bad Times" McDonald 4:21
3. "(I'll Be Your) Angel"
  • McDonald
  • Chuck Sabatino
4. "By Heart"
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Any Foolish Thing"
  • McDonald
  • Sabatino
6. "Our Love"
  • McDonald
  • Pack
7. "(I Hang) On Your Every Word"
8. "Lost in the Parade"
  • McDonald
  • Grady Walker
9. "Don't Let Me Down" McDonald 4:01
Total length: 37:09


Production team
  • Michael McDonald – producer
  • Ted Templeman – producer
  • Ross Pallone – engineer; mixer
  • Mike Wuellner – engineer
  • Lee Herschburg – assistant engineer; mastering
  • Grady Walker – assistant engineer
  • Jim Pace – assistant engineer

Sales chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
US Billboard 200[3] 45
Year Single Chart Position
1985 "No Lookin' Back" The Billboard Hot 100[4] 34
Billboard Adult Contemporary 9
Billboard Mainstream Rock 4
"Bad Times" Billboard Mainstream Rock 38
"Lost in the Parade" Billboard Adult Contemporary 40

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "No Lookin' Back - Michael McDonald | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-09-21. 
  2. ^ "No Lookin' Back by Michael McDonald on iTunes". 1985-07-30. Retrieved 2015-09-21. 
  3. ^ "Michael McDonald – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Michael McDonald. Retrieved September 21, 2015.
  4. ^ "allmusic ((( Michael McDonald > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Retrieved 2010-04-24. 

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