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

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 2/26/2013
  • Label: Montaign Records
  • EAN: 5099991204127
  • Catalog Number: 12041
  • Sales rank: 12,155

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Kelly Rowland (2:49)
  2. 2 How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) - Kelly Rowland (3:13)
  3. 3 Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing - Melanie Fiona (2:36)
  4. 4 Gotta Keep Dreamin (4:33)
  5. 5 Nowhere to Run - Kelly Rowland (3:03)
  6. 6 The Way You Do the Things You Do - Kelly Rowland (3:10)
  7. 7 You Keep Me Hanging On - Kelly Rowland (3:08)
  8. 8 What's Going On - Kelly Rowland (3:29)
  9. 9 Tracks of My Tears - Kelly Rowland (3:59)
  10. 10 Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours) - Kelly Rowland (2:51)
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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
The 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
Al 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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