| April 1983|
AOR, pop rock
| 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.
Michael Bolton (album) Wikipedia
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
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
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.