Ain't No Mountain High Enough: A Tribute To Hitsville U.S.A.

Ain't No Mountain High Enough: A Tribute To Hitsville U.S.A.

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by Michael Bolton
     
 

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Once he became a superstar, Michael Bolton contented himself with recording covers of popular standards, whether that meant the soul hits of the '60s (1992's Timeless: The Classics, 1999's Timeless: The Classics, Vol. 2) or the Great American Songbook (2003's Vintage, 2006's Bolton Swings Sinatra), so it's something of a surprise that heSee more details below

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Once he became a superstar, Michael Bolton contented himself with recording covers of popular standards, whether that meant the soul hits of the '60s (1992's Timeless: The Classics, 1999's Timeless: The Classics, Vol. 2) or the Great American Songbook (2003's Vintage, 2006's Bolton Swings Sinatra), so it's something of a surprise that he neglected to release a dedicated Motown album until 2013, when he issued Ain't No Mountain High Enough: A Tribute to Hitsville USA. Lasting no longer than a tight ten tracks, Bolton picks nine songs familiar to all -- among them, "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)," "The Way You Do the Things You Do," "What's Going On," and "Tracks of My Tears" -- emphasizing the latter half the '60s and Marvin Gaye in particular. He dares not mess with the arrangements, he just replicates the originals, giving them a harder, brighter gloss -- a gleaming surface that isn't necessarily unappealing. More importantly, Bolton has settled into his skin as a singer, deciding to never reach for the gut-busting heights that could make him an object of ridicule back in the '90s. Here, he sounds relaxed and happy to be singing songs he's always loved, sometimes in the company of Kelly Rowland ("Ain't No Mountain High Enough") or Melanie Fiona ("Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing"). It's hardly major by any stretch -- these are songs you know and love, sung how you know and love them -- but it is one of the most likeable records Bolton has made.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/26/2013
Label:
Montaign Records
UPC:
5099991204127
catalogNumber:
12041
Rank:
31478

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Bolton   Primary Artist
Suzie Benson   Background Vocals
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Richard Dodd   Cello
David Low   Cello
Andrea Martin   Background Vocals
Paul Mirkovich   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Wurlitzer
Mark Robertson   Violin
Melanie Taylor   Background Vocals
Mark Williams   Bass,Guitar,Piano
Michael Lington   Saxophone,Soloist
David Delhomme   Hammond B3
Jorge Velasco   Horn Engineer
Angela Fisher   Background Vocals
Eric Gorfain   Violin
Daphne Chen   Violin
Michael Thompson   Guitar
Chris Gray   Trumpet
Sasha Krivstov   Bass
Ana Landauer   Violin
Dave Tozer   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Eric Daniels   Keyboards,Hammond B3
Lauren Chipman   Viola
Justin Derrico   Guitar
Miguel Gandelman   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Luke Maurer   Viola
Ryan Porter   Trombone
Nate Morton   Percussion,Drums
Monet Owens   Background Vocals
Toni Scruggs   Background Vocals
Aretha Scruggs   Background Vocals
Section Quartet   Strings
Sasha Krivtsov   Bass
Ray Monteiro   Trumpet
Jesyca Wilson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Michael Bolton   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Marvin Gaye   Composer
Smokey Robinson   Composer
Lee Garrett   Composer
Nick Ashford   Composer
Renaldo Benson   Composer
Cleveland   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Andrea Martin   Composer
Paul Mirkovich   Programming,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Richard Nelson   Art Direction
Dave Reitzas   Engineer
Valerie Simpson   Composer
Mark Williams   String Arrangements
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Syreeta Wright   Composer
Marvin Tarplin   Composer
Steve Milo   Vocal Engineer
Robert Rogers   Composer
Jorge Velasco   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Brad Blackwood   Mastering
Lula Mae Hardaway   Composer
Dave Tozer   Composer,Programming,Engineer,String Arrangements
Jason Agel   Engineer
Jeremy Rubolino   Orchestration
Christina Kline   Management
Mitch Rose   Booking
Ron Pope   Composer
Warren Moore   Composer
Stuart White   Vocal Engineer
William "Smokey" Robinson   Composer
Beau Vallis   Vocal Engineer

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