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Michael Bolton (album)

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Released  April 1983
Genre  AOR, pop rock
Label  Columbia
Recorded  1982-83
Length  33:19
Producer  Michael Bolton, Gerry Block

Michael Bolton is the third studio album by American recording artist Michael Bolton. It was Bolton's first record to be released, in 1983, on Columbia Records. This was also the first time that Bolton recorded under his stage name; his previous releases, Michael Bolotin and Everyday of My Life, had been released under his given name, Michael Bolotin.


It features then future Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick on lead guitar, rotating with Bolton himself. Future Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Savatage and Megadeth guitarist, Al Pitrelli replaced Kulick on the tour supporting the single, "Fool's Game", though the tour was cancelled after four shows.


The Rolling Stone Album Guide said the album was "better balanced and more pop-savvy [than the rest of Bolton's first four albums], but falters when he attempts an over-burdened rendition of The Supremes' 'Back in My Arms Again'."

Allmusic gave the album a generally negative retrospective review, saying that it was dominated by arena rock cliches, but acknowledged that "Bolton was an undeniably involving singer, and songs like 'Fools Game,' the lead-off track and chart single, were satisfying pop efforts".


  • Produced by Gerry Block and Michael Bolton
  • Associate Producer: Jan Mullaney
  • Executive Producer: Louis Levin
  • Engineered by Gerry Block, John Convertino, Carla Bandini
  • Assistant Engineers: Linda Randazzo, Jimmy Santis, Glenn Rosenstein
  • Additional Recording by Tony Bongiovi
  • Assistant Engineers: Barry Bongiovi, Jeffry Hendrickson, Garry Rindfuss
  • Mastered by Bob Ludwig
  • Personnel

  • Drums: Michael Braun, Chuck Burgi
  • Bass: Mark Clarke, Scott Zito
  • Synthesizers: Mark Mangold, Jan Mullaney, Aldo Nova, Scott Zito, Doug Katsaros, George Clinton
  • Piano: Doug Katsaros, Jan Mullaney
  • Hammond Organ: Jan Mullaney
  • Guitars: Bob Kulick, Aldo Nova, Scott Zito, Michael Bolton, Bruce Kulick, Craig Brooks
  • Backing Vocals: Craig Brooks, Mark Mangold, Michael Bolton, Lloyd Landesman, Scott Zito, George Clinton
  • Cover versions

  • Eric Martin covered "Can't Hold On, Can't Let Go" on his 1985 album Eric Martin.
  • René Froger covered "I Almost Believed You" on his 1990 album Midnight Man.
  • Axel Rudi Pell covered "Fools Game" on his 2007 covers album Diamonds Unlocked.
  • Last Autumn's Dream covered "Fools Game" on their 2010 album Yes.
  • Houston covered "Carrie" on their 2011 EP Relaunch.
  • References

    Michael Bolton (album) Wikipedia

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