Timeless: The Classics, Vol. 2

Timeless: The Classics, Vol. 2

by Michael Bolton
     
 

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Other than "new Coke" -- or perhaps "Marilyn Manson" -- it's hard to think of two words that, when uttered together, divide folks so distinctly as "Michael Bolton." To some, Bolton's a soul stirrer, to others, a soulless sham; but truth be told, he's just a regular guy with a mighty strong set of pipes -- and an increasingly adept notion of how to use 'em. On this

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Other than "new Coke" -- or perhaps "Marilyn Manson" -- it's hard to think of two words that, when uttered together, divide folks so distinctly as "Michael Bolton." To some, Bolton's a soul stirrer, to others, a soulless sham; but truth be told, he's just a regular guy with a mighty strong set of pipes -- and an increasingly adept notion of how to use 'em. On this collection, Bolton reprises an array of venerable classics, culled mostly from the cooler end of the R&B spectrum, a territory where he's most comfortable. This time around, Bolton sounds more relaxed than usual, which helps create just the right mood on a surprisingly subtle take on Bill Withers's "Ain't No Sunshine" and a stylized-but-successful rendition of "Let's Stay Together." Yes, there are a couple of missteps here, including an overwrought reading of Procol Harum's prog-pop epic "A Whiter Shade of Pale." But when Bolton plays to his strengths -- and doesn't try to huff and puff and blow your house down -- he's a perfectly palatable pop purveyor.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
For his second collection of pop standard covers, Michael Bolton doesn't really change his course of action, choosing to sing the songs everybody knows ("Sexual Healing," "Tired of Being Alone," "Let's Stay Together," "Try a Little Tenderness," "(What A) Wonderful World," "A Whiter Shade of Pale," etc., etc.). There are two surprises here, Bobby Caldwell's "What You Won't Do for Love" and Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," but they're done up in the same adult contemporary arrangements as everything else on the record. So, Timeless: The Classics, Vol. 2 delivers exactly what you expect: predictable songs, as done by Michael Bolton. In one sense, that makes it stronger than some Bolton albums, since the material is all good, but it also highlights the fact that he isn't as subtle or nuanced a singer as his idols, even though he's grown more powerful over the years. Still, by 1999, that was hardly a revelation, and it seems churlish to complain about Bolton's singing or the predictability of the material, since that all comes as no surprise. Thus, that leaves Timeless: The Classics, Vol. 2 as a solid Bolton album. No revelations, no surprises -- just pure Bolton.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972448725
catalogNumber:
724487

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Performance Credits

Michael Bolton   Primary Artist
Michael Brecker   Tenor Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Dave Koz   Alto Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Trey Lorenz   Background Vocals
Robert Bailey   Background Vocals
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
Tony Harrell   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
John Hobbs   Synthesizer,Piano
Dann Huff   Electric Guitar,Guitar (Tenor)
Neil Jason   Bass
Steve Lukather   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Rob Mathes   Keyboards
Michael Mellett   Background Vocals
Wendy Moten   Background Vocals
Shawn Pelton   Drums
Greg Phillinganes   Keyboards
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Chris Rodriguez   Background Vocals
Lisa Cochran   Background Vocals
Melonie Daniels   Background Vocals
Blue Miller   Acoustic Guitar
David Delhomme   Keyboards
Mary Ann Tatum   Background Vocals
Nicola Walker Smith   Background Vocals
Kimberly Fleming   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Michael Bolton   Producer
Sam Cooke   Composer
Green   Composer
Jimmy Campbell   Composer
Willie Mitchell   Composer
Don Bryant   Composer
Barry Beckett   Producer
Andre Betts   Programming
Donald Bryant   Composer
George Douglas   Composer
Pete Greene   Engineer
Neil Jason   Programming
Louis Levin   Director
Rob Mathes   Programming
Greg Phillinganes   rhythm arrangement
Phil Ramone   Producer
Dave Reitzas   Engineer
George David Weiss   Composer
David Ritz   Composer
Al Jackson   Composer
Joel Zimmerman   Art Direction
Christopher Austopchuk   Art Direction
Steve Milo   Engineer
Jan Folkson   Programming
Ronnie Milo   Personal Assistant
Allison Wilkie   Personal Assistant
Eric Schilling   Engineer

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