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  • Audio CD (May 23, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Concord Records
  • ASIN: B000F8DSTW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,041 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You Go To My Head
2. Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)
3. For Once In My Life
4. Summer Wind
5. My Funny Valentine
6. I've Got You Under My Skin
7. That's Life
8. The Second Time Around
9. The Girl From Ipanema
10. Night and Day
11. They Can't Take That Away From Me
12. New York, New York

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Product Description

Michael Bolton gets assistance from his actress girlfriend Nicollette Sheridan on his upcoming album, "Bolton Swings Sinatra." Due May 23 via Passion Music Co./Concord, the set features Sheridan's vocals on Sinatra's 1963 hit "The Second Time Around." Elsewhere, Bolton takes on Sinatra-popularized tunes like "That's Life," "My Funny Valentine," "Fly Me to the Moon," "New York, New York" and "Night and Day." The project was engineered by longtime Sinatra collaborator Al Schmitt. Sinatra sang with such power and such vulnerability," Bolton says. "He was a great storyteller. I just tried to tell some of these stories in my own way.

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Rod Stewart greased the wheels, and now everybody's lining up for a ride. Bolton Swings Sinatra, like Barry Manilow's The Greatest Songs of the Fifties before it, is an obvious bid to snare some of the spotlight Stewart's expertly executed Great American Songbook series generated. A recap for those who have yet to crack the time capsule: The mood of these discs is forcibly retro (nobody shows up for a CD cover shoot without a suit jacket), the pulse romantic. So if the big-belting Bolton is not exactly a natural fit--here's an artist you wouldn't go out of your way to call suave, a major prerequisite for marching along in this recycled hit parade--he's not wholly out of his element, either. Bolton can swing Sinatra, sort of. Classics like "Fly Me To the Moon," "Summer Wind," and "I've Got You Under my Skin" sneak up on the listener and reveal a quiet reverance for the departed chairman of the board; only on "My Funny Valentine" does Bolton-esque over-singing threaten to spoil the brew. "The Second Time Around," a duet with Nicollette Sheridan, also doesn't overreach, landing on the ears like an open love letter. And the arrangements work consistently. Still, there are those who will roll their eyes and call this project too ambitious, too cheeky, and they may have a point. What next, they might reasonably ask: Richard Marx Rocks Elvis? Chris Botti Scales the Brill Building? --Tammy La Gorce

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The passion he conveys with his voice through this genre gives me goosebumps.
J. George
Maybe if I can prevent one person from drinking too much or over dosing on drugs as a result of listening to this album it will be worth it!)
Shecky
He lost his strong voice in week songs, seems his choice get worse the more he gets older.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A. Meyer on June 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD
"Great" musicians can accurately determine when to take artistic chances...the ones who are "great" and "smart" know what material to stay away from . Recording these Sinatra songs was a huge miscalculation for Bolton. He simply doesn't have the vocal chops or flair to extract the mood and feeling of these songs. While I was never a Bolton Fan, I did hear his pop records in the 80's...he sounded like he was in his league back then with his aching and annoying ballads....that sort of worked...this cd of Sinatra covers is just a "vanity project". It's not painfully unlistenable...it's just not very good..sorry

If you want to hear a really good (and underrated singer), check out the big band cd recorded by FrankStallone a few years ago...unlike this Bolton Bomb, it's full of great heartfelt singing .....an astonishing surprise !
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Esser on July 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I initally was leery when I heard Michael Bolton was going to do a cd of Sinatra songs. I love Michael Bolton but wasn't sure of his singing style doing Sinatra. But it is a fabulous cd and especially because he doesn't try to sing like Sinatra but does it in his own style. Played it on my way to my parents' house in Arkansas and the trip just flew by!!! Highly recommend it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By groomRN VINE VOICE on January 24, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I have always liked Michael Bolton, thought he was good, and that was it. But this album really blew me away. His voice sounded better than ever, and his interpretation of Sinatra's songs was wonderful. I personally think Frank Sinatra would be pleased. Wonderful orchestrations add a nostalgic touch,while at the same time making them sound more contemporary. I can't speak for anyone else, but I loved this album.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michele R. Schulz on October 16, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I don't get why people are having such a hard time with Michael Bolton redoing the AWESOME songs of Frank Sinatra! Frank's songs are sung all over the world and the fact that Michael could take his wonderful voice and re-record them is fabulous. There are remakes all of the time. People need to realize that and just let it be! The title of the album isn't "Michael Trying to be Frank Sinatra" for goodness sake.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J Johnson on January 3, 2007
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Okay, I admit it. I like this cd. Is Michael Bolton the best guy to swing Sinatra? Probably not, but he does sing his heart out. The choice of songs were good, the production was good, his voice was good and he didn't attack us with the vocal arobics that he sometimes uses. Why not 5 stars? "The Second Time Around". Every great singer has to have his Yoko Ono.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Shecky on June 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Fly Me to the Moon, yeah, sure, The worst album of all time. The poor Sinatra family to have their father's music desecrated like this! Even the hair cut on the album cover doesn't make up for the hatchet job on the inside. Pipe this into the prisoners at GitMo and they'll talk (or commit suicide). A true WMD! (This is my 1st review of an album on Amazon I was compelled to write by an overwheming sense of concern for humanity. Maybe if I can prevent one person from drinking too much or over dosing on drugs as a result of listening to this album it will be worth it!) I've noticed a number of 5 star reviews since I first reviewed this album back in June and, well, I smell a mule in the stall, so to speak, does this guy really have that many relatives or is it a desperate housewife thing. You know how drinking Budweiser gives you gas? Well I get it from listening to this cd!
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kerner HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD
With Rod STewart's success of making the feeling of classics from the past young again, many acts have tried to really recapture that within their own careers and within the records too. That has shown with some great records from Barry Manilow with The Greatest Songs Of The Fifties, and last year Vanessa Williams delivered well with her 70's R&B tribute record Everlasting Love. Still, for Michael Bolton, his career has been on a huge down-turn for the past several years which is unfortunate for him. Although he has had some good songs, many people have discredited him as a good singer. For his tribute attempt on this record to Ol' Blue Eyes, it just misses a beat by a longshot.

Michael Bolton's 2006 record Bolton Swings Sinatra, is a trhying attempt to award new fans in by recording rendidtions of Frank Sinatra's dynamic classics. The songs here sound a bit weak, and not as strong as what he made back in the 80's and 90's. He tries a bit too hard here to make it his own, and makes Frank seem more like a fool than he was a legend. The songlist isn't as driven with weak versions of Night And Day, Fly Me To The Moon, and New York, New York. What else makes this album miss out is his collaboration with Desperate Housewives actress Nicolette Sheridan who is also Bolton fiance' on The Second Time Around. It just makes this record seem more hammy than before, and Nicolette really sings terribly.

All in all, I was just expecting better from Michael Bolton. Although I adore his earlier tracks like Soul Provider, and Love Is A Wonderful Thing, he just doesn't have what he used to. Bolton Sings Sinatra isn't a very good record at all, and it is so far under the ranking for flop of the year.

Album Cover: B

Songs: D

Price: D

Mastering: C-

Overall: D 1/2+
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Gokart Mozart on June 17, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This cd is a disastrous rendering of timeless classics into a stratospheric realm of insipid oblivion. Michael Bolton is not a musician. Completely devoid of any voice quality or sense of phrasing, The Chairman of the Boring weaves a tangled web of musical destruction with every note. Where Michael Bolton found the nerve to actually do this is something I will never fathom. Maybe it was the money, but I'm sorry, this goes beyond financial considerations. Mr. Bolton simply had no business making any attempt at Ol' Blue Eyes' songs. What we have here is a classic example of what could occur when massive ego is combined with infinitesimal talent. To sum it all up, this cd is a meadow muffin.
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