Michael Bolton (album)

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Michael Bolton
Studio album by Michael Bolton
Released April 1983
Recorded 1982-83
Genre AOR, pop rock
Length 33:19
Label Columbia
Producer Michael Bolton, Gerry Block
Michael Bolton chronology
Everyday of My Life
(1976)Everyday of My Life1976
Michael Bolton
Everybody's Crazy
(1985)Everybody's Crazy1985

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
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 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
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Fool's Game" Michael Bolton, Craig Brooks, Mark Mangold 3:56
2. "She Did the Same Thing" Bolton 3:52
3. "Hometown Hero" Bolton, Scott Zito 3:41
4. "Can't Hold On, Can't Let Go" Bolton 3:22
5. "Fighting for My Life" Bolton 3:28
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Paradise" Bolton, Zito 4:00
2. "Back in My Arms Again" (Originally recorded by The Supremes) Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Edward Holland 3:14
3. "Carrie" Bolton 3:51
4. "I Almost Believed You" Bolton, Patrick Henderson 4:05


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

Cover versions[edit]


  • 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.