Soul Provider

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Soul Provider
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Studio album by Michael Bolton
Released June 19, 1989 (1989-06-19)
Recorded 1988–89; Alpha Studios (Burbank, CA); Lion Share Recording, Bunny Hop, Ground Control Studios, Lighthouse Studios and Studio Masters (Los Angeles, CA); Criterion Studios and Conway Recording Studios (Hollywood, CA); The Hit Factory, Right Track Recording, The Power Station, RPM Studios, Automated Sound Studios and Paradise Studios (New York, NY); Homeland Studio (London, UK).
Genre AOR, pop rock, soft rock
adult contemporary
Length 42:41
Label Columbia
45012
Producer Peter Bunetta & Rick Chudacoff (tracks 1 & 9); Michael Bolton (tracks 2, 5-8 & 10); Desmond Child (track 5); Barry Mann (track 10); Guy Roche (track 7); Michael Omartian (tracks 3, 4 & 10); Susan Hamilton (track 2); Walter Afanasieff (track 7)
Michael Bolton chronology
The Hunger
(1987)The Hunger1987
Soul Provider
(1989)
Time, Love & Tenderness
(1991)Time, Love & Tenderness1991
Singles from Soul Provider
  1. "Soul Provider"
    Released: 1989
  2. "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You"
    Released: 1989
  3. "How Can We Be Lovers?"
    Released: 1990
  4. "When I'm Back on My Feet Again"
    Released: 1990
  5. "Georgia on My Mind"
    Released: 1990

Soul Provider is the sixth studio album by American recording artist Michael Bolton. The album was released on June 19, 1989 by Columbia Records.

Supported by five top 40 hits (including three that reached the top 10), Soul Provider achieved longevity on the charts. The album spent almost four years on the Billboard 200 and peaked at #3.[1] It was awarded 6x Platinum in the US.[2] and sold over 12,500,000 copies worldwide.

For the single version of "Georgia on My Mind", CBS edited out Michael Brecker's saxophone solo and replaced it with one by Kenny G.[3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau C−[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars[6]

Soul Provider has received generally mixed reviews from critics. AllMusic described it as "more of the same", but noted that due to this album, Bolton "was now stoking the romantic fires in bedrooms across America".[4] Robert Christgau gave the album a negative review, declaring Bolton to be "indistinguishable from pop metal except in the wattage of his guitar parts and the shamelessness of his song doctors."[5] The Rolling Stone Album Guide described the album as the beginning of Bolton's descent into overdone and disrespectful covers, though they added that some of the self-penned performances on the album showed potential.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Soul Provider" Michael Bolton, Andrew Goldmark 4:28
2. "Georgia on My Mind" Hoagy Carmichael, Stuart Gorrell 4:58
3. "It's Only My Heart" Bolton, Diane Warren 4:33
4. "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" Bolton, Doug James 4:15
5. "How Can We Be Lovers?" Bolton, Warren, Desmond Child 3:55
6. "You Wouldn't Know Love" Bolton, Warren 3:54
7. "When I'm Back on My Feet Again" Warren 3:47
8. "From Now On" (Duet with Suzie Benson) Bolton, Eric Kaz 4:07
9. "Love Cuts Deep" Bolton, Warren, Child 3:49
10. "Stand Up for Love" Bolton, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil 4:44
Total length: 42:41

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1990 Australian ARIA Albums Chart 1
1990 US Albums Chart 3
1990 UK Albums Chart[7] 4
1990 New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart 6
1990 Finnish Albums Chart[8] 32

Singles[edit]

Release date Title US Hot 100 US AC
June 1989 "Soul Provider" 17 3
October 1989 "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" 1 1
March 1990 "How Can We Be Lovers" 3 3
May 1990 "When I'm Back on My Feet Again" 7 1
August 1990 "Georgia on My Mind" 36 6

Personnel[edit]

  • Michael Bolton - lead vocals, backing vocals (5, 6, 10)
  • Walter Afanasieff - additional keyboards (5, 7), percussion (5), drums (7), synth bass (7)
  • Phillip Ashley - keyboards (6), additional keyboards (8)
  • Suzie Benson - duet vocals (8)
  • Louis Biancaniello - additional keyboard programming (7)
  • Michael Brecker - tenor saxophone (2)
  • Kyf Brewer - backing vocals (5)
  • Terry Brock - backing vocals (2)
  • Jocelyn Brown - backing vocals (2)
  • Robbie Buchanan - keyboards (1, 8, 9)
  • Peter Bunetta - drum programming (1)
  • Chris Camozzi - guitar (7)
  • Joe Cerisano - backing vocals (5)
  • Desmond Child - backing vocals (5)
  • Bobby Chouinard - drums (5)
  • Robin Clark - backing vocals (2)
  • Brad Cole - keyboards (1, 9)
  • Paulinho da Costa - percussion (9)
  • Patricia Darcy - backing vocals (5)
  • Schuyler Deale - bass guitar (2)
  • John Fiore - backing vocals (5, 6)
  • Kenny G - saxophone solo (1)
  • Milt Grayson - backing vocals (2)
  • Jeanette Hawes - backing vocals (9)
  • Dann Huff - guitar (1, 9)
  • John Keane - drums (4, 6, 8, 10)
  • Ren Klyce - additional synth programming (7)
  • Michael Landau - guitar (4, 6, 8, 10), additional guitar (7)
  • Steve Lukather - guitar (3)
  • Gregg Mangiafico - keyboards (5)
  • Barry Mann - keyboards (10)
  • Richard Marx - backing vocals (3)
  • John McCurry - electric guitar (5), acoustic guitar (5), additional guitar (6)
  • Hugh McDonald - bass guitar (5)
  • Kate McGunnigle - backing vocals (5)
  • Lou Merlino - backing vocals (5)
  • Michael Omartian - keyboards (3, 4), drums (3), synthesizer (10), backing vocals (10)
  • Chris Parker - drums (2)
  • Jeff Pescetto - backing vocals (1)
  • Jerry Peterson - saxophone solo (9)
  • Eric Rehl - additional synthesizers (2), synthesizer (5)
  • John "J.R." Robinson - drums (9)
  • Sharon Robinson - backing vocals (1)
  • Vicki Sue Robinson - backing vocals (2)
  • Guy Roche - additional keyboards (6), arrangements (7)
  • Bernie Shanahan - backing vocals (5)
  • Dan Shea - additional synth programming (7)
  • Leslie Smith - backing vocals (1)
  • Neil Stubenhaus - bass guitar (4, 6, 8, 9, 10), additional intro bass (7)
  • Richard Tee - keyboards (2)
  • Fonzi Thornton - backing vocals (2)
  • Joe Turano - backing vocals (3, 6)
  • Myriam Naomi Valle - backing vocals (5, 6)
  • Wanda Vaughn - backing vocals (9)
  • Diane Warren - keyboards (7)
  • Syreeta Wright - backing vocals (9)

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Peter Bunetta and Rick Chudacoff (Tracks 1 & 9); Michael Bolton (Tracks 2, 6, 7, 8 & 10); Susan Hamilton (Track 2); Michael Omartian (Tracks 3, 4 & 10); Desmond Child (Track 5); Guy Roche (Track 7); Barry Mann (Track 10).
  • Assistant Producer on Track 7: Walter Afanasieff
  • Production Coordination on Tracks 3 & 4: Janet Hinde
  • Production Manager on Track 5: Steve Savitt
  • Production Coordination on Track 7: Doreen Dorian
  • Engineers: Daren Klien (Tracks 1 & 9); Rick Kerr (Track 2); David Albert (Tracks 3, 4 & 10); Terry Christian (Track 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 & 10); Doug Carlton (Tracks 3, 4 & 10); Kevin Becka (Tracks 3, 4 & 10); Sir Arthur Payson (Track 5); Jay Healy (Tracks 6 & 8); Guy Roche (Track 7); Richard Piatt (Track 7)
  • Additional Recording: Jeff Balding, Gerry E. Brown, Mark Ettel and Gary Wagner (Tracks 1 & 9); Kevin Becka (Track 8).
  • Assistant Engineers: Bryant Arnett (Tracks 1 & 9), Laura Livingston (Tracks 1 & 9), Richard McKernon (Tracks 1 & 9), Marnie Riley (Tracks 1, 8 & 9), Steve Satkowski (Tracks 1 & 9); Tim Leitner, Paul Logus, Tony Van Horn and Michaek White (Track 2); Keith Goldstein, Roy Hendrickson, John Herman, Mike Krowiak, Danny Mormando and Joe Pirrera (Track 5); Kevin Becka (Tracks 6 & 7), Dary Sulich (Tracks 6 & 8), Rich Travali (Tracks 6 & 8), Tony Friedman (Track 7).
  • Mixing: Mick Guzauski (Tracks 1, 7 & 8); Rick Kerr (Track 2); Terry Christian (Tracks 3, 4 & 10); Sir Arthur Payson (Track 5); David Thoener (Track 6); Gerry E. Brown (Track 9).
  • Remix: Mick Guzauski (Track 4); David Frazer (Track 5); Arne Frager (Track 7).
  • Mixed at Conway Studios (Hollywood, CA); Right Track Recording, The Hit Factory and Record Plant (New York, NY).
  • Remixed at The Plant (Sausalito, CA).
  • Mastered by Vlado Meller at CBS Records Studio (New York, NY).
  • Art Direction: Christopher Austopchuk
  • Photogtaphy: Glen Erler
  • Management: Louis Levin

Covers[edit]

Cher covered "You Wouldn't Know Love" on her 1989 album Heart of Stone. Sunstorm also did a cover of the song for their 2012 album Emotional Fire.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Michael Bolton on the Billboard 200". Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "RIAA – Searchable Database: Michael Bolton". Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Case of the Disappearing Solo". Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  4. ^ a b AllMusic review
  5. ^ a b Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ EveryHit.com
  8. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (1st ed.). Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava. p. 105. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5.