If That's What It Takes (album)

If That's What It Takes
Michael McDonald
Released August 1982
Recorded Warner Bros. Recording Studio, N. Hollywood, CA and Sunset Sounds, Hollywood
Strings Recorded at Oceanway Recording, Hollywood, 1981-1982
Genre Pop, rock, funk, blue-eyed soul
Length 39:59
Label Warner Bros
Producer Ted Templeman and Lenny Waronker
Michael McDonald chronology

If That's What It Takes
No Lookin' Back
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[2]

If That's What It Takes is the name of Michael McDonald's debut solo album, released in 1982.[3]

Track listing

Side one

  1. "Playin' by the Rules" – 4:55 (McDonald, Ed Sanford)
  2. "I Keep Forgettin'" – 3:39 (McDonald, Ed Sanford, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
  3. "Love Lies" – 3:21 (McDonald, Randy Goodrum)
  4. "I Gotta Try" – 3:53 (McDonald, Kenny Loggins)
  5. "I Can Let Go Now" – 2:54 (McDonald)

Side two

  1. "That's Why" – 4:24 (McDonald, Randy Goodrum)
  2. "If That's What It Takes" – 4:17 (McDonald, Jackie De Shannon)
  3. "No Such Luck" – 3:44 (McDonald, Grady Walker, Harry Garfield)
  4. "Losin' End" – 4:11*[4] (McDonald)
  5. "Believe In It" – 4:41 (Thea Austin, Benito Benites, Durron Butler, John "Virgo" Garrett III)



  • Produced By Lenny Waronker & Ted Templeman
  • Engineers: Ken Deane, Bobby Hata, Lee Herschberg, James Isaacson, Donn Landee, Mark Linett, Steve McManus
  • Overdub Engineers: Lee Herschberg, James Isaacson, Donn Landee, Mark Linett
  • Mixing: Lee Herschberg
  • Mastering: Bobby Hata


External links

  • at allmusic

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