Michael McDonald, That Was Then – The Early Recordings of Michael McDonald (1982)
I guess the thing that made me want this was the thought of hearing Michael McDonald tackling Midnight Rider – and it’s okay, but it isn’t as amazing as I thought it might be. A lot riding on it though. The idea that these early attempts at a solo career were going to be better than the actual released material…c’mon! What I really wanted to find – and still seek – is the official solo debut, If That’s What It Takes but I found this – and had never heard of it or seen it. I was in Hawaii in a record store and I was hunting high and low for American music from the 70s and 80s that hadn’t quite made it to New Zealand, or hadn’t stuck around – and so this was part of the equation then. I haven’t listened to it much yet and it does have some great stuff on it and is worthy. I interviewed McDonald once – just a phoner. He was so lovely, polite, charming, he answered my fan-boy questions (as he would do in most interviews no doubt). I wish I remember it better though. I feel like I’d like another crack at that interview now. (Though if he reads this it’s not exactly going to sell him on the idea now is it).
Sample Track: Drivin’ Wheel
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