Zelma Redding, the widow of Otis Redding, said Bolton's performance of "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" moved her so much "that it brought tears to my eyes. It reminded me so much of my husband that I know if he heard it, he would feel the same." In a framed letter that hangs on the wall of Bolton's office, she called the record "my all-time favorite version of my husband's classic."
Despite only reaching #46 on the US Billboard 200, the album achieved stability in the charts. After several weeks the album was certified double Platinum in the US (Bolton's first certification of his career). Worldwide, the album has shipped four million copies over the years. In 1990, three years after its initial release, the album entered the UK Albums Chart for the first time and reached its peak of #44, following the success of the album Soul Provider.
Producers: Jonathan Cain (Tracks 2, 3, 6 & 7); Keith Diamond (Tracks 1, 4, 5 & 8); Susan Hamilton (Track 9).
Engineers: Acar S. Key (Tracks 1, 4 & 5), Peter Robbins (Tracks 1 & 5), Bob Rosa (Track 1, 4 & 8); Wally Buck, Jonathan Cain, Bob Missbach, Paul Lani, Jeffey Norman, Larry Hines, Tom Anderson, Jamie Bridges and Michael Rosen (Tracks 2, 3, 6 & 7); J.C. Convertino and Don Peterkofsky (Track 5); Ron St. Germain, Scott James, Jon Smith, Jon Wolfson and Jackie Brown (Track 9).
Additional Engineering: Dave Dachinger (Tracks 1 & 8); Mark Cobrin (Track 8).
Assistant Engineers: Barbara Milne (Track 1); Bob Broockman (Tracks 1 & 8); (Ken) K.C. Collins (Tracks 1, 4 & 5); Ed Bruder (Tracks 1, 5 & 8); George Karras (Tracks 1, 4 & 5); Tom Vercillo (Tracks 1 & 8); Jay Healy (Track 8).
Second Engineers on Tracks 2, 3, 6 & 7: Rob Beaton and Jim Champagne.
Additional Engineering and Pre-Production: Dave Dale
Mixing: Keith Diamond and Bob Rosa (Tracks 1, 4, 5 & 8); Ron St. Germain (Tracks 2 & 9); Kevin Elson (Tracks 3, 6 & 7).
Mix Assistant on Track 9: Debi Cornish
Mixed at Soundtrack Studios, Right Track Recording and Unique Recording Studios (New York, NY); Fantasy Studios (Berkeley, CA).
Mastering: Bob Ludwig at Masterdisk (New York, NY).