Timeless: The Classics, Vol. 2

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972448725
  • Catalog Number: 724487
  • Sales rank: 277,766

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Bolton Primary Artist, Primary Artist, 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
Al 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
Ted Jensen Mastering
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 Jr. 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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