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The Hunger

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Given a third chance to resurrect his third career, Bolton made drastic changes. He decided to stop trying to be Lou Gramm of Foreigner and decided that he really wanted to be -- Otis Redding? Well, that's what you'd think from his note-for-note copy of Redding's "Sittin' on The Dock of the Bay," awhich brought him close to the Top Ten. Even more notable, though, was "That's What Love Is All About," an original ballad cowritten by Eric "Love Has No Pride" Kaz that repositioned Bolton from heavy-metal hunk to tough guy with a tender heart. There had been prior hints that Bolton could sell a big ballad, but they were always buried album tracks. This time, the ballad was ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Given a third chance to resurrect his third career, Bolton made drastic changes. He decided to stop trying to be Lou Gramm of Foreigner and decided that he really wanted to be -- Otis Redding? Well, that's what you'd think from his note-for-note copy of Redding's "Sittin' on The Dock of the Bay," awhich brought him close to the Top Ten. Even more notable, though, was "That's What Love Is All About," an original ballad cowritten by Eric "Love Has No Pride" Kaz that repositioned Bolton from heavy-metal hunk to tough guy with a tender heart. There had been prior hints that Bolton could sell a big ballad, but they were always buried album tracks. This time, the ballad was issued as a single in advance of the album, and it did the trick. For the rest, Bolton employed a new set of collaborators, including members of Journey and pop songwriting queen Diane Warren. The result was platinum sales and a firm place in the middle of the road.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/17/1990
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074644047349
  • Catalog Number: 40473

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Bolton Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Walter Hawkins Background Vocals
James Ingram Background Vocals
Paul Pesco Guitar
Neal Schon Guitar
Rob Mounsey Keyboards
Alex Foster Alto Flute
Bob Halligan Guitar, Background Vocals
Jonathan Cain Keyboards
Eric Martin Background Vocals
Jeanie Tracy Background Vocals
Tammy Allen Bass
Timmy Allen Bass
Skip Anderson Keyboards
Michael Baird Drums
Jeff Bova Keyboards
Mugs Cain Percussion, Drums
Joe Cerisano Background Vocals
Keith Diamond Synthesizer, Bass, Drums, Keyboards
Karen Dreyfus Violin
David Glen Eisley Background Vocals
Katsuko Esaki Violin
Dennis Feldman Background Vocals
Hawkins Singers Background Vocals
Richard Hendrickson Violin
Richard Henrickson Violin
Danny Hull Saxophone
Jerry Jumonville Horn
Curtis Rance King Jr. Background Vocals
Harry Kohn Violin
Harold Kohon Violin
Bruce Kulick Guitar
Will Lee Bass
Jesse Levy Cello
Steve Madaio Horn
R.A. Martin Horn
Danny Merlin Guitar
Shawn Murphy Background Vocals
Chris Parker Drums
Lenny Pickett Multiple Reeds
Tony Posk Violin
Steve Rimland Synthesizer
Ira Siegel Guitar, Electric Guitar
V. Jeffrey Smith Saxophone
Doug Wimbish Bass
Rebecca Young Violin
Frederick Zlotkin Cello
Anthony Posk Violin
Joe Lynn Turner Background Vocals
Lynette Hawkins-Stephens Background Vocals
Thomas R. Peterson Horn
Leonard Pickett Multiple Reeds
Randy Jackson Bass
Technical Credits
Alex Foster Contributor
Jonathan Cain Producer, Engineer
Wally Buck Engineer
Mugs Cain Programming
David Dachinger Engineer
Keith Diamond Producer
Acar S. Key Engineer
Dr. Bob Khozouri Programming
Bob Missbach Engineer
Jeff Neiblum Programming
Steve Rimland Programming
Robbins Contributor
Peter Robbins Engineer
Bob Rosa Engineer
Susan Hamilton Producer
John L. Friga Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Sound of Mid-'80s Heartache

    Michael Bolton's third album is very much a transitional record, bridging the gap between the hard rocking, spandex-trousered rocker of Everybody's Crazy and his self-titled debut and the smooth soul balladeer that was to follow. It manages to bridge that gap perfectly, though. The ballads are still as good as any of the big hits that were to follow, but the muscular hard rock of Hot Love and Gina remain personal favourites. The super-clean production brings out the lovely edges of the guitars and Michael's passionate raspe, as he implores a lost love to retun and sings about heartache and heartbreak in a way any young man can understand. This was the bittersweet soundtrack to a mid-'80s romance that derailed badly, leaving me missing the kisses and sweet budgie's tongue of the one that got away.

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