Gems: The Duets Collection

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Gems: The Duets Collection may bear a title that suggests it's a compilation, but this 2011 effort is a brand-new album containing nothing but new collaborations between Michael Bolton and similarly minded travelers of the middle of the road. It is new but it feels old, faithful to the early-'90s adult contemporary hits that made Bolton a superstar, and its biggest missteps arrive whenever Gems strays too far from that slick template, particularly when Bolton and Anne Akiko Meyers stumble through a strident reading of U2's "Pride (In the Name of Love)." Moments like this don't arrive all that often, fortunately. Most of the time, Bolton stays in his comfort ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Gems: The Duets Collection may bear a title that suggests it's a compilation, but this 2011 effort is a brand-new album containing nothing but new collaborations between Michael Bolton and similarly minded travelers of the middle of the road. It is new but it feels old, faithful to the early-'90s adult contemporary hits that made Bolton a superstar, and its biggest missteps arrive whenever Gems strays too far from that slick template, particularly when Bolton and Anne Akiko Meyers stumble through a strident reading of U2's "Pride (In the Name of Love)." Moments like this don't arrive all that often, fortunately. Most of the time, Bolton stays in his comfort zone, turning in a surprisingly understated version of "You Are So Beautiful" with trumpeter Chris Botti, going toe-to-toe with Rascal Flatts on "Love Is Everything," sounding as big as the children choir on "Hallelujah." There are no surprises here, but there don't need to be: this is Bolton doing what he does best, and doing it so well that anybody who picks this up thinking it's a compilation won't be disappointed with what resides inside.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2011
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886979230729
  • Catalog Number: 792307
  • Sales rank: 27,124

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Love Is Everything - Rascal Flatts (4:33)
  2. 2 Fields of Gold - Eva Cassidy (4:12)
  3. 3 Sajna - A.R. Rahman (4:11)
  4. 4 Pride (In the Name of Love) - Anne Akiko Meyers (4:29)
  5. 5 I'm Not Ready - Delta Goodrem (4:31)
  6. 6 Over the Rainbow - Paula Fernandes (3:29)
  7. 7 When a Man Loves a Woman/It's a Man's Man's Man's World - Seal (5:33)
  8. 8 The Prayer - Lara Fabian (4:28)
  9. 9 You Are So Beautiful - Chris Botti (3:53)
  10. 10 Make You Feel My Love - Helene Fischer (3:14)
  11. 11 Hallelujah - MB's Childrens Choir (3:44)
  12. 12 Steel Bars - Orianthi (4:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Bolton Primary Artist
David Foster Keyboards
Michael Thompson Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Sid Page Violin
Kevin Axt Bass
Robbie Buchanan Piano
Ronald Clark Violin
Joel Derouin Violin
Scottie Haskell Choir Conductor
Dann Huff Acoustic Guitar, Bouzouki, Electric Guitar
Dennis Karmazyn Celli
Dane Little Celli
Chris McHugh Drums
Brian Monroney Guitar (Nylon String)
Robin Olson Violin
Rudy Pérez Bass, Rhythm Guitar, Guitar (Nylon String)
Carol Pool Violin
Josefina Vergara Violin
Evan Wilson Viola
Jonathan Yudkin Mandolin, Violin
Shari Zippert Violin
Eva Cassidy Acoustic Guitar
Richard Bravo Percussion, Drums
Jay DeMarcus Bass
Dorian Crozier Drums
Michael Johnson Choir, Chorus
Guillermo Romero Violin
Tom Bukovac Electric Guitar
Caroline Campbell Violin
Joe Don Rooney Electric Guitar
Jennifer Levin Violin
Chad Wright Drums
Belinda Broughton Concert Master
Rudolph Stein Celli
Amy Wickman Violin
Joel Pargman Violin
Yelena Yegoryan Violin
Tiffany Yi Hu Violin
Chuck Nennecker Bass
Mario de León Violin
David H. Speltz Celli
Kenneth Wild Bass
Jimmie Sloas Bass
Charlie Judge Synthesizer, Piano, Strings, Keyboards, Hammond B3
Matthew Cooker Celli
Makiah Johnson Choir, Chorus
Evyn Johnson Choir, Chorus
Cayla Nisperos Choir, Chorus
Angela Marquez Choir, Chorus
Vanessa Freedbairn-Smith Celli
Ulsey Moon Choir, Chorus
Sabrina Walden Choir, Chorus
Michaele Richards Violin
Sasha Walden Choir, Chorus
Sanjeev Thomas Guitar
Mary Kathleen Sloan Violin
Chloe Arzy Choir, Chorus
Delany Meyer Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Leonard Cohen Composer, Lyricist
Michael Bolton Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
James Brown Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Billy Preston Composer
Sting Composer, Lyricist
U2 Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
David Foster Composer, Producer
Carole Bayer Sager Composer
The Edge Composer, Lyricist
Bono Composer, Lyricist
Adam Clayton Composer
Bruce Fisher Composer
Mark Hagen Engineer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Dann Huff Producer, Digital Editing
Larry Mullen Jr. Composer
Justin Niebank Engineer
Rudy Pérez Arranger, Producer
Dave Reitzas Engineer
Doug Sax Mastering
Brian Willis Digital Editing
Brian David Willis Digital Editing
Drew Bollman Engineer
Billy Mann Engineer
Paul Hewson Composer
Chris Biondo Producer, Engineer
Jay DeMarcus Composer
Yves Jaget Engineer
Steve Milo Producer, Engineer, Studio Manager, Tour Manager
Vince Pizzinga Composer, Programming, Lyricist, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, Piano Arrangement
A.R. Rahman Composer, Producer
Chris Walden Arranger, String Arrangements
Brian Porizek Art Direction
Paul Ralphes Vocal Coach
Betty Jean Newsome Composer
Andres Bermudez Engineer
Joe Don Rooney Composer
Gary LeVox Composer
Delta Goodrem Composer, Lyricist, Piano Arrangement
Jorge Vivo Engineer
Sean Neff Engineer
Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema Paintings
Dave Evans Composer
David Huff Digital Editing
Sanwook "Sunny" Nam Mastering
Clinton Cerejo Vocal Arrangements
Daniel Silveira Music Direction
Jochem van der Saag Producer, Engineer
Blaaze Composer
Charlie Judge Programming
Bobby Campbell Engineer, Digital Editing
Calvin Houston Lewis Composer
Cory Bice Engineer
Aditya Modi Engineer
Alex Alegizakis Engineer, Piano Engineer
Vanessa Freedbairn-Smith Principal
Tony Joy Engineer
Eduardo Levy Videography
Andrew James Wright Composer
Brian Beckvar Piano Arrangement
Oliver Achatz Engineer
Justin Niebbank Engineer
Hentry Kuruvila Additional Production
Guiherme Madeiros Engineer
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