The One Thing (album)

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The One Thing
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 16, 1993 (1993-11-16)
RecordedJune - September 1993 at Out of Pocket Productions, Ltd; Passion Studios (Westport, CT); Record Plant (Los Angeles, CA); Ocean Way Recording (Hollywood, CA).
GenreAOR, pop rock, soft rock
adult contemporary
Length51:31; 56:18
LabelColumbia
53567
ProducerMichael Bolton, Robert John "Mutt" Lange, Walter Afanasieff, David Foster
Michael Bolton chronology
The Artistry of Michael Bolotin
(1993)
The One Thing
(1993)
Greatest Hits (1985–1995)
(1995)
Singles from The One Thing
  1. "Said I Loved You...But I Lied"
    Released: October 26, 1993
  2. "Soul of My Soul"
    Released: 1993
  3. "Completely"
    Released: 1994
  4. "Ain't Got Nothing If You Ain't Got Love"
    Released: 1994
  5. "Lean on Me"
    Released: 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune1/4 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide1.5/5 stars[3]

The One Thing is the ninth album by Michael Bolton, released on November 16, 1993. Although it produced the hit single "Said I Loved You...But I Lied", which reached #6 in the U.S., it did not match the sales of his previous two albums. Nevertheless, the album was still a respectable hit on its own, being certified triple platinum in the U.S.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Said I Loved You...But I Lied"Michael Bolton; Robert John "Mutt" Lange5:07
2."I'm Not Made of Steel"Michael Bolton; Diane Warren; Robert John "Mutt" Lange5:11
3."The One Thing"Michael Bolton; Diane Warren; Desmond Child5:11
4."Soul of My Soul"Michael Bolton; Diane Warren; Walter Afanasieff5:42
5."Completely"Diane Warren4:25
6."Lean on Me"Bill Withers5:20
7."Ain't Got Nothing If You Ain't Got Love"Michael Bolton; Robert John "Mutt" Lange5:04
8."A Time for Letting Go"Michael Bolton; Diane Warren5:38
9."Never Get Enough of Your Love"Michael Bolton; Diane Warren; Walter Afanasieff5:06
10."In the Arms of Love"Michael Bolton; Diane Warren; Desmond Child4:47
Total length:51:31

Personnel[edit]

  • Michael Bolton – lead vocals, arrangements (3, 4, 8, 9)
  • Phillip Nicholas – keyboards (1, 2), programming (1, 2, 7)
  • Walter Afanasieff – arrangements (3, 4, 6, 8, 9), keyboards (3, 4, 6, 8, 9), synthesizer (3, 4, 6, 8, 9), synth bass (3, 4, 6, 8, 9), drum programming (3, 4, 6, 8, 9), rhythm programming (3, 4, 6, 8, 9), Hammond B3 organ (6)
  • Gary Cirimelli – synthesizer programming (3, 4, 6, 8, 9), Macintosh programming (3, 4, 6, 8, 9), digital programming (4, 8, 9), backing vocals (9)
  • Simon Franglen – additional synthesizer programming (3, 10)
  • Ren Klyce – synthesizer programming (3, 6)
  • David Foster – arrangements (5), orchestra arrangements (5), keyboards (5)
  • Claude Gaudette – synthesizer programming (5)
  • Randy Kerber – keyboards (10)
  • Dann Huff – guitar (1, 2, 7), additional guitar (4), nylon guitar (4), guitar solo (9)
  • Michael Landau – guitar (3, 4, 6, 8, 9)
  • Michael Thompson – guitar (5)
  • John Robinson – drums (5)
  • Stephen "Doc" Kupka – baritone saxophone (6)
  • Emilio Castillo – tenor saxophone (6)
  • David Mann – tenor saxophone (6)
  • Lee Thornburg – trombone (6), trumpet (6)
  • Greg Adams – trumpet (6)
  • Jeremy Lubbock – orchestra arrangements (5, 10) conductor (10)
  • Joey Melotti – arrangements (6)
  • Mutt Lange – backing vocals (1, 2, 7), rhythm guitar (7)
  • Bridgette Bryant – backing vocals (3)
  • Jim Gilstrap – backing vocals (3, 4, 6, 9)
  • Pat Hawk – backing vocals (3, 4, 6, 7, 9)
  • Dorian Holley – backing vocals (3, 4, 6, 9)
  • Phillip Ingram – backing vocals (3, 4, 9)
  • Van Johnson – backing vocals (3, 4, 6, 7, 9)
  • Janis Liebhart – backing vocals (3, 4, 6, 7, 9)
  • Johnny Britt – backing vocals (6)
  • Portia Griffin – backing vocals (6)
  • Phil Perry – backing vocals (6)
  • Carmen Twillie – backing vocals (6)
  • Mona Lisa Young – backing vocals (6)
  • Patty Darcy – backing vocals (7)
  • Stevie Vann – backing vocals (7)
  • Skyler Jett – backing vocals (9)
  • Claytoven Richardson – backing vocals (9)

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Michael Bolton (all tracks); Robert John "Mutt" Lange (Tracks 1, 2 & 7); Walter Afanasieff (Tracks 3, 4, 6, 8 & 9); David Foster (Tracks 5 & 10).
  • Engineers: Dave Reitzas (Tracks 1-10); Dana Jon Chappelle (Tracks 3, 4, 6, 8 & 9); Jan Mullaney (Track 4, 6 & 8); Humberto Gatica (Track 5).
  • Second Engineers: Max Hayes (Tracks 1, 2 & 7); Geoff Hunt (Tracks 1, 2 & 7); Stephen McNamara Tracks 1, 2 & 7); Kyle Bess (Tracks 3, 4, 6, 8 & 9); Craig Brock (Tracks 3, 4, 6, 8, & 9); Bill Leonard (Tracks 3, 4 & 6); Steve Milo (Tracks 3, 4, 6, 8 & 9); Michael Reiter (Tracks 4, 5, 9 & 10); Manny Maroquin (Track 9).
  • Mixing: Dave Bascome (Tracks 1, 2 & 7); Mick Guzauski (Tracks 3 & 6); Dana Jon Chappelle (Track 4, 8 & 9); Al Schmitt (Tracks 5 & 10).
  • Mixed at The Enterprise (Burbank, CA); Record Plant (Los Angeles, CA); Out of Pocket Productions, Ltd.
  • Mastered by Vlado Meller at Sony Music Studio Operations (New York, NY).
  • Art Direction: Christopher Austopchek
  • Design: June Hong
  • Photography: Timothy White
  • Grooming: Nancy Sprague
  • Stylist: Genina Aboittz
  • Management: Louis Levin

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1993/1994 U.S. Billboard 200 3
1993 Australian ARIA Albums Chart 1
1993 UK Albums Chart[4] 4

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[5] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[6] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Germany (BVMI)[7] Gold 250,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[8] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[9] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[10] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Chicago Tribune review
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ EveryHit.com
  5. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  6. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Michael Bolton – The One Thing". Music Canada. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Michael Bolton; 'The One Thing')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  8. ^ "Sólo Éxitos 1959–2002 Año A Año: Certificados 1979–1990" (in Spanish). Iberautor Promociones Culturales. ISBN 8480486392.
  9. ^ "British album certifications – Michael Bolton – The One Thing". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 12 July 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type The One Thing in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  10. ^ "American album certifications – Michael Bolton – The One Thing". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 12 July 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.