Sweet Freedom (Michael McDonald album)

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Sweet Freedom
Michael McDonald Sweet Freedom album cover.jpg
Compilation album by
Released1986 (1986)
LabelWarner Bros.
Michael McDonald chronology
No Lookin' Back
Sweet Freedom
Take It to Heart
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Sweet Freedom (also known as Sweet Freedom – The Best of Michael McDonald in some countries) is a compilation album by American singer and songwriter Michael McDonald, released in 1986 on the Warner Bros. label.


The album includes singles and album tracks from McDonald's first two solo albums, If That's What It Takes (1982) and No Lookin' Back (1985), along with duets with James Ingram ("Yah Mo B There"), Patti LaBelle ("On My Own") and one song from when McDonald was lead singer of the rock band The Doobie Brothers ("What a Fool Believes"). The album's title track, "Sweet Freedom", was a newly recorded song and featured on the soundtrack to the 1986 film Running Scared.

Commercial performance[edit]

The album reached No. 6 in the UK Albums Chart and is McDonald's most successful album in that country.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Sweet Freedom" (Rod Temperton) – 4:04
  2. "(I’ll Be Your) Angel" (Michael McDonald, Chuck Sabatino) – 3:48
  3. "Yah Mo B There" – with James Ingram (James Ingram, Michael McDonald, Rod Temperton, Quincy Jones) – 4:29
  4. "I Gotta Try" (Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins) – 3:49
  5. "I Keep Forgettin’" (Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Adpt. Michael McDonald and Ed Sanford) – 3:39
  6. "Our Love (Remix)" (Michael McDonald, David Pack) – 4:18
  7. "On My Own" – with Patti LaBelle (Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager) - 4:39
  8. "No Looking Back" (Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Ed Sanford) – 3:54
  9. "Any Foolish Thing" (Michael McDonald, Chuck Sabatino) – 4:22
  10. "That’s Why" (Michael McDonald, Randy Goodrum) – 4:22
  11. "What a Fool Believes" – with The Doobie Brothers (Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins) – 3:40
  12. "I Can Let Go Now" (Michael McDonald) – 2:53


Charts and certifications[edit]


  1. ^ "Sweet Freedom: The Best of Michael McDonald - Michael McDonald - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b "MICHAEL MCDONALD - full Official Chart History - Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  3. ^ "British album certifications – Michael McDonald – Sweet Freedom: Best Of Michael Mcdonald". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2018-10-26. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Sweet Freedom: Best Of Michael Mcdonald in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.