Lights, camera, action. Legendary American singer Michael Bolton releases his new album “Songs of Cinema.” The record includes brand new recordings of songs from iconic films such as “The Body Guard”, “Casablanca”, “Stand by Me”, “Risky Business” and “The Wizard of Oz” among others.
Michael Bolton is a multiple Grammy Award-winning Singer, Songwriter and Social Activist, who has sold more than 65 million records worldwide. Bolton remains committed to humanitarian causes, especially through the Michael Bolton Charities, now in its 24th year. In recognition of his artistic achievements, Michael won 2 Grammys for Best Pop Male Vocal Performance (nominated four times), 6 American Music Awards, and a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As a songwriter, he has earned over 24 BMI & ASCAP Awards, including Songwriter of the Year, 9 Million-Air awards, and the Hitmakers Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. To date, Michael has seen 8 studio albums rank in the Top Ten, with 9 #1 singles. He is launching his 27th album, Songs of Cinema, a tribute to beloved songs from the world’s most iconic films. Bolton has written with some of the greatest and most diverse talent of our time, including Bob Dylan, Paul Stanley, Lady Gaga, Diane Warren, and David Foster. Bolton’s songs have been recorded by the likes of KISS, Kanye West, Jay Z, Barbra Streisand, Cher, and Marc Anthony.
Continuing to tour the world each year, Michael has performed with legacies such as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, Renee Fleming and BB King. Michael became a viral sensation in The Lonely Island’s Emmy nominated video, “Captain Jack Sparrow” that launched on Saturday Night Live and has racked up over 160 million views on YouTube. Bolton continued his comedic appearances in several episodes of CBS’s hit series Two and a half Men, the hit Fox network show Glee, HBO’s hit series Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and has ongoing campaigns with American Greetings. Michael’s songs and performances have been featured in numerous television and film soundtracks, including the Oscar-nominated theme song “Go the Distance” from Walt Disney’s blockbuster animated film Hercules and the recent Russell Crowe film Fathers & Daughters. He also executive produced the documentary Terror at Home addressing Domestic Violence in America, and was Emmy-nominated for writing the title song “Tears of The Angels”. Michael has also completed a feature-length documentary, Gotta Keep Dreamin about the 21st Century Renaissance of Detroit.
List of songs.-
“When a Man Loves a Woman,” from When a Man Loves a Woman
The first time Michael did a version of this song on an album was in 1991, when he released “Time, Love & Tenderness”. It gave him his second Grammy award in 1992 and he always plays it live, appearing in the middle of the audience and finishing the song on the stage. It is a “Bolton classic”, but Percy Sledge was who made it famous, although he didn’t either write it. One could think that it is difficult to make something new with this theme, to make it new or version it once again. This new mixture is not like the 1991 one, either like the concerts version. It has nice points and background vocal arrangements quite cool.
“Stand by Me,” from Stand by Me
This song has always been very boring and depressing for me. However, it is one of my favorites from “Songs of Cinema”. Vocal and sound arrangements sound fresh, optimistic, new. Guitars become very important and it has appeared as a full surprise.
“I’ve Got a Woman,” from Ray
I like the tune Michael uses to sing this one. It is written by his first big idol, Ray Charles. It has a crazy rhythm, lyrics are a bit shocking but it is full of quality. A great choice to perform live. New guitars “leadership” and an impressive saxophone solo by Jason Peterson DeLaire.
A great satisfaction. Nobody can record this song like Whitney Houston, but Michael and Dolly Parton have put so much love in this performance. It sounds completely different to Houston’s version and I love it. It is not simply “more of the same”, no matter that the title is so well known worldwide. It sounds completely new and very beautiful.
“Old Time Rock and Roll,” from Risky Business
My favorite from the album “Songs of Cinema”. Very quick rhythms with guitars leadership once again. The message of the song is also very honest and Walter Afanasieff’s arrangements, with Michael’s own are neally surprising. Famous producer’s talent is well perceived. He worked with Michael many times in the past.
“I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” from The Big Chill
This one doesn’t appeal much to me. It is well performed and it has good arrangements, but I don’t feel it as close as most on this record. Lyrics are quite simple, but it is indeed a quite charismatic theme in the world of movies, although others are much more.
“Cupid,” from Michael Bolton’s Big Sexy Valentine’s Day Special
I had never listened to this song. It is funny the desire of asking Cupid to direct his arrows to the heart of our loved one, to get his favor. It does not have a crazy rhythm, because it is slower. It is quite good.
“Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” from The Wizard of Oz
I would say this one has the same vocal parts performed by Michael in his “Gems” album, where he included this song with Paula Fernandes. Those recorded parts by Paula have been now sung again by Bolton. It is the one I like the less on the album; it is repeated and it is too bland.
“As Time Goes By,” from Casablanca
A magic classic, performed by a maestro. It is one of the “must have” for this album. New saxophone solo perfectly performed by Jason Peterson DeLaire.
“Jack Sparrow,” from The Lonely Island SNL digital video short
A very curious final addition to the album.
This album has been different from the very beginning. Michael, through Pledge Music, began a project and allowed his fans to participate in it. Since day one until the end. He asked for suggestions, ideas, and he quickly appeared with the intention of making a movie songs record, as he considers himself a devoted cinephile. Surely among those suggestions he will find many more ideas for upcoming works.
Michael Bolton’s vocal performance, immeasurable.