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Album Review

The former Michael Bolotin changed his name but not his style on his initial effort for Columbia Records. Bolton had essayed hard-edged arena rock with his band Blackjack, and here he did much the same thing, shout-singing in his emotive whiskey bellow over slashing guitar power chords (frequently courtesy of Blackjack's Bruce Kulick and his brother Bob), icy keyboard fills, angelic backup choirs, and thundering rhythm sections, all intended to fill the hockey auditoriums of America alongside Journey and Foreigner. For all the clichés, Bolton was an undeniably involving singer, and songs like "Fools Game," the lead-off track and chart single, were satisfying pop efforts that suggested he might offer some competition to emerging mainstream rockers like Bryan Adams. As things would turn out, of course, the true key track was the cover of the Supremes' "Back in My Arms Again."

Customer Reviews

Start with a bang!

I love this album, love it love it love it. Michael Bolton was some rocking hairball, that was before he got into christmas too much. This is Michael at his second best, by the way speaking of it, where is Everybody's Crazy 1985 That Is his best album ever and that is the only one the I tunes store doesn't carry? If you have Michael Bolton you ought a have Everybody's Crazy. According to me of course! soo pleasee Anyway, this one five!

Never knew this album exisited !!

I am amazed how such a hard core Hairband Rocker could change in to "Mr. Softy" Michael Bolton was kinda finding his nitch but some songs from the snippets heard here are Okay but i feel the two Key tracks from this Self Titled release from 1983 are the cover of The Supremes "Back In My Arms Again" and the Pop/Rock psuedo Power Ballad "I Almost Believed You" that song showed the soul and heartache that could be heard in his voice.. "I Almost Believed You" could easily be covered by Season 5 American Idol winner Taylor Hicks.. it's a good ballad that was underrated.. I encourage ya'll just to get "Back In My Arms Again" and "I Almost Believed You" .. you will like them!!

Great 80s Pop/Rock!!

This is one great album. It shows Michael in a whole different light than his hit ballads. This is 80s pop/rock at it's bombastic best. It gets you moving and puts a smile on your face!! Long live the 80s.


Born: February 26, 1953 in New Haven, CT

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Singer/songwriter Michael Bolton had an extensive (though not very successful) career under his real name, Michael Bolotin, before emerging in the mid-'80s as a major soft rock balladeer. He first turned up on RCA Records in the mid-'70s, singing cover tunes and his own blue-eyed soul songs in a gruff, Joe Cocker-like voice. Neither record buyers nor critics were much interested by the result. He then became the lead singer of Blackjack, a heavy metal band that made two albums for Polydor before...
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