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Includes How am I Supposed to Live Without You; When a Man Loves a Woman; How Can We Be Lovers; Said I Loved You...But I Lied; When I'm Back on My Feet Again; Time, Love and Tenderness; (Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay; Missing You Know; Soul Provider; That's What Love Is All About; Can I Touch You...There?; Georgia on My Mind; Steel Bars; I Promise You; I Found Someone; A Love So Beautiful; This River.

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Known for a terrifying rendition of Otis Redding's hit "(Sittin' On The) Dock of the Bay" (among others), Michael Bolton tears up every classic soul tune he can get his hands on. Ray Charles' "Georgia on My Mind" and Percy Sledge's "When a Man Loves a Woman" take on completely new meanings in the hands of this former hard rock singer. This 2 CD, 17-cut retrospective includes all the songs that catapulted him to mega-stardom and plenty of others that show him as just another sincere fool for love ("I Promise You" and "I Found Someone"). Just as Meatloaf turned up the juice on the histrionics of Bruce Springsteen, Bolton takes the soul singer out of the smoky nightclub and into the hockey arena for the whole world to hear. --Rob O'Connor
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 19, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: September 19, 1995
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002BA5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,004 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By John Jones on August 14, 2001
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There's no passive in-between when it comes to Michael Bolton: people either love him or hate him. Like Celine Dion, he's an easy target for the latter: his lyrics are blindly lovestruck, his production slicker-than-slick, and he's got the nerve to cover songs that were considered definitive in their original form. And then there's those superemotional, bombastic vocals. But those who have an ear for a well-crafted pop tune with a passionate vocal no doubt have a soft spot for Bolton, and this generous, 17-track set argues their case considerably.
Bolton's writing chops and vocal skills are in equally fine form on ballads like "That's What Love is All About," "Soul Provider," and "Missing You Now," and even adult rock is in safe hands on the likes of "How Can We Be Lovers," "Time, Love and Tenderness," and the Bob Dylan co-write "Steel Bars." As far as the remakes are concerned, Michael tears into "Georgia on My Mind," "When a Man Loves a Woman" and the chill-inducing "Sittin On the Dock of the Bay" with such authority and passion it's obvious he loves the songs deeply; comparisons are inevitable but completely unnecessary, as Michael clearly has no intention of creating new classics but rather paying tribute to old ones.
And for a greatest hits package, Bolton serves up a healthy dose of new tunes: the country-tinged "I Promise You," the atmospheric "This River," and the aptly-titled "A Love So Beautiful" are lush ballads to treasure, and "I Found Someone" finds him cleverly remaking his own tune a la "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" (the songs, both written by Bolton, were originally made hits by Cher and Laura Branigan, respectively).
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I think that Michael Bolton has a beautiful soulful sounding voice. I don't understand why so many people are upset about him recording his versions of Otis Redding, Ray Charles, and Percy Sledge. I love Otis, Ray, and Percy, but I also love Michael Bolton. I feel that he is honoring these R & B stars when he sings their songs. I don't see anybody bashing Whitney Houston when her remake of Dollie Parton's I Will Always Love you became a mega hit. All of these reviewers that criticized Bolton and gave him one star must have some other motive behind their opinion of him. (maybe like being a little jealous) Michael Bolton is handsome and talelnted with a great voice. He's also intelligent and sensitive. So all of you player-haters just stop hating on this handsome hunk of talent, and just let the man do his thing.
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I have a gazillion CD's but this one is my absolute favorite. I hate loud music but when I put this on I crank it up, can't get enough of it. No one can come close to the power and soul in Michael's voice. I am a professional singer myself and am a pretty good judge of vocal ability. I strongly recommend this recording.
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Michael Bolton is like the Barry Manilow of the 1980s' and early 1990s': critics hated him, the public loved him. His songs were called dreck, yet he still managed to rack up an impressive 16 top 40 hits in a period of 14 years.

So what do all these points go to show? That Michael Bolton is a real musician who takes pride in his own work rather than caring about what other people think about him, the mark of a true artist, in my opinion.

"Greatest Hits 1985-1995" takes us through all the high points of Bolton's succeasful career in about 70 minutes.

Though he had been a fixture on the music scene since 1983, Bolton didn't break through commercially until 1987 with the release of "The Hunger". Buoyed by two hit singles, the hauntingly beautiful ballad "That's What Love Is All About" and faithful remake of Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay", the album sold well and put Bolton on the map.

1989's "Soul Provider" proved to be an even greater success, yielding five top 40 hits. The first single, the title track (with awesome sax by Kenny G), climbed into the top twenty, but it was the next single that was the icing on the cake. "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You", a ballad written by Bolton that Laura Branigan had a hit with in 1983, climbed to number one and stayed there for three weeks. Add to that two additional top ten hits (the rockier "How Can We Be Lovers" and "When I'm Back On My Feet Again") and a soulful cover of Ray Charles' classic "Georgia On My Mind", Bolton was officially a superstar.

1991's "Time, Love And Tenderness" continued the hit streak, by going to number one and providing four top twenty hits. The first, "Love Is A Wonderful Thing", is not included because of a lawsuit by the Isley Brothers.
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Please tell the Amazon.com review writers that five star is excellent and a single star is terribly poor performance. So that when they write glowing reviews they will use the right stars to represent what they have to say. They gave the man an overall score of less than five stars for goodness sake. However, when you read what they have to say, they are swooning and drooling like lovesick puppy dogs over the man's songs. Although I do understand the swooning and drooling - Michael Bolton does that to you. So do the review right or do not write at all.

In regard to Bolton and this CD "I GIVE HIM FIVE STARS".
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