Michael Bolton (album)

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Michael Bolton
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1983
GenreAOR, pop rock
ProducerMichael Bolton, Gerry Block
Michael Bolton chronology
Everyday of My Life
Michael Bolton
Everybody's Crazy

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/Megadeth guitarist Al Pitrelli replaced Kulick on the tour supporting the single, "Fool's Game", though the tour was cancelled after four shows.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2/5 stars [2]

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'."[2]

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".[1]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Fool's Game"Michael Bolton, Craig Brooks, Mark Mangold3:56
2."She Did the Same Thing"Bolton3:52
3."Hometown Hero"Bolton, Scott Zito3:41
4."Can't Hold On, Can't Let Go"Bolton3:22
5."Fighting for My Life"Bolton3:28
Side two
1."Paradise"Bolton, Zito4:00
2."Back in My Arms Again" (Originally recorded by The Supremes)Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Edward Holland3:14
4."I Almost Believed You"Bolton, Patrick Henderson4:05


  • Produced by Gerry Block and Michael Bolton
  • Associate Producer – Jan Mullaney
  • Executive Producer – Louis Levin
  • Engineered by Carla Bandini, Gerry Block and John Convertino.
  • Assistant Engineers – Barry Bongiovi, Jeffry Hendrickson, Linda Randazzo, Garry Rindfuss, Glenn Rosenstein and Jimmy Santis.
  • Additional Recording by Tony Bongiovi
  • Mixed by Tony Bongiovi (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 7 & 8); Gerry Block (Tracks 2, 6 & 9).
  • Recorded and Mixed at Sigma Sound Studios (Philadelphia, PA) and The Power Station (New York, NY).
  • Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Masterdisk (New York, NY).
  • Drum and Sound Technician – John Potoker
  • Creative Direction – Louis Levin, David Krebs and Steve Leber.
  • Design – Design
  • Photography – David Kennedy


  • Michael Bolton – lead and backing vocals, guitar solo (1, 3), lead guitar (5)
  • Craig Brooks – rhythm guitar (1), backing vocals (1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9)
  • Bob Kulick – rhythm guitar (2-5, 7, 8, 9)
  • Bruce Kulick – lead guitar (2), guitar solo (4)
  • Mark Mangold – synthesizer (1), backing vocals (1)
  • Jan Mullaney – piano (1, 2, 3, 8), synthesizer (2-5, 8), Hammond organ (7)
  • Aldo Nova – synthesizer (4), guitar solo (7)
  • George Clinton – synthesizer (9), backing vocals (9)
  • Doug Katsaros – piano (9)
  • Mark Clarke – bass guitar (1-5, 7, 8, 9)
  • Michael Braun – drums (1)
  • Chuck Burgi – drums (2-9)
  • Lloyd Landesman – backing vocals (2, 4, 5, 7)
  • Scott Zito – backing vocals (2, 6); bass guitar, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, piano and synthesizer (6)

Cover versions[edit]


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[3] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  • Liner Notes; Michael Bolton CD (1983, Columbia/CBS Records)
  1. ^ a b Michael Bolton at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 90. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  3. ^ "American album certifications – Michael Bolton – Michael Bolton". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 16 July 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.