Songs of Cinema

Songs of Cinema

by Michael BoltonMichael Bolton


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The concept of Songs of Cinema, Michael Bolton's 2017 album -- which happened to coincide with the release of his Netflix television special Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special -- is simple enough: Bolton picks ten songs from films and sings them. As it turns out, the execution is slightly trickier. With one notable exception -- "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," from 1939's The Wizard of Oz -- Bolton doesn't choose songs that were actually premiered in a film, preferring to pick songs that showed up in a film years after they were first written or recorded. As such, Songs of Cinema doesn't really feel like a collection of songs from the movies. Rather, it just plays like a collection of oldies, with Bolton singing such familiar tunes as "When a Man Loves a Woman," "Stand by Me," "I've Got a Woman," "I Will Always Love You," "Old Time Rock and Roll," and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine." The production is rather chintzy, which has the inadvertent effect of emphasizing how Bolton is relatively restrained here. He's also in good humor, doing a new version of Lonely Island's "Jack Sparrow" -- here presumably because it's about Johnny Depp's character from Pirates of the Caribbean, as it's not from any film -- and that, along with his Valentine's Day special, shows Bolton doesn't take himself too seriously. That spirit extends through the rest of the record, all of which is played straight but lacking the bombast of his earliest hits. This relatively light touch is welcome and gives Songs of Cinema its appeal.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/10/2017
Label: Frontiers Records
UPC: 8024391077627
catalogNumber: 776
Rank: 11392

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Bolton   Primary Artist
Joe Walsh   Guitar
Sheree Brown   Background Vocals
Richard Dodd   Cello
Paul Mirkovich   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Wurlitzer
Brian Monroney   Guitar (Nylon String)
Rudy Pérez   Bass,Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String)
Tim Pierce   Guitar
John "J.R." Robinson   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine
Walter Afanasieff   Piano,Synthesizer Bass,Hammond B3
Richard Bravo   Percussion,Drums
David Delhomme   Hammond B3
Jorge Velasco   Horn Engineer
Angela Fisher   Background Vocals
Eric Gorfain   Violin
Daphne Chen   Violin
Wojtek Goral   Alto Saxophone
Mattias Johansson   Violin
Jan Anders-Bjerger   Trumpet
Dapo Torimiro   Bass,Piano,Drums,Soloist,Hammond B3
Eric Daniels   Keyboards,Hammond B3
Johan Carlsson   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Shaker,Hammond B3
Lauren Chipman   Viola
Mabvuto Carpenter   Background Vocals
Justin Derrico   Guitar
Mattias Bylund   Wurlitzer
Miguel Gandelman   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Missi Hale   Background Vocals
Jason Peterson Delaire   Soloist
Tomas Jonsson   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Ryan Porter   Trombone
Nate Morton   Percussion,Drums
Monet Owens   Background Vocals
Toni Scruggs   Background Vocals
Aretha Scruggs   Background Vocals
Sasha Krivtsov   Bass
Michael Engstrom   Bass
Michael Thompson   Guitar,Electric Guitar
David Bukovinszky   Cello
Luke Edgemon   Background Vocals
Chris Gray   Trumpet
Rory Doggett   Organ,Bass,Percussion,Pedal Steel Guitar,Drums,Ukulele
Ray Monteiro   Trumpet
Per Strandberg   Guitar
Miko Rezler   Drums
John Sarafian   Guitar
Greg Chun   Piano,Strings,Trumpet
Eric Dawkings   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Dolly Parton   Composer
Michael Bolton   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Ray Charles   Composer
Sam Cooke   Composer
Ben E. King   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Barrett Strong   Composer
George Jackson   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Paul Mirkovich   Programming,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Rudy Pérez   Producer,Rhythm Track Arrangement
Dave Reitzas   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Norman Whitfield   Composer
Andrew Wright   Composer
Walter Afanasieff   Arranger,Producer
Steve Milo   Vocal Engineer
Chris Walden   String Arrangements
Jorge Velasco   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Calvin Lewis   Composer
Renald Richard   Composer
Andres Bermudez   Engineer
Dapo Torimiro   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Johan Carlsson   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Producer
Nils Petter Ankarblom   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Mattias Bylund   Engineer
Tyler Gordon   Engineer
Andy Samberg   Composer
Akiva Schaffer   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer
Jorma Taccone   Composer
Peter Karlsson   Vocal Producer
Herman Hupfeld   Composer
Thomas Jones   Composer
Rory Doggett   Arranger
Michael Woods   Composer
Greg Chun   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Vocal Producer,Instrumentation
Diana Flores   Art Direction

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