Vocalist Michael McDonald this week releases "Motown Two," his second album of tracks made famous by stars of the Motown label. The track listing includes such favorites as "Reach Out, I'll Be There" (the first single), "Baby I Need Your Lovin'," "Nowhere To Run," "Mercy Mercy Me" and "The Tracks of My Tears."
The first "Motown" volume was a left-field smash hit, reaching No. 14 on The Billboard 200 and selling 1.3 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was McDonald's first album to reach the chart since 1990's "Take It to Heart."
"We skipped a lot of songs the first time around, and I felt bad about it," he says, and jokes, "And I'm too senile to write my own music now." Stevie Wonder guests on the set, as does Toni Braxton.
McDonald stayed true to the original arrangements for the first "Motown" collection. This time, he and producer Simon Climie "ventured out a little, but not much," McDonald says. "We were very conscientious that we didn't do anything that smacked of us trying to reinvent Motown."