The Hunger (Michael Bolton album)

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The Hunger
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Studio album by Michael Bolton
Released September 22, 1987
Recorded 1986 at Unique Recording Studios, Soundtrack Studios, Clinton Recording Studio, Sigma Sound Studios, The Hit Factory and The Power Station (New York, NY); Master Sound Productions (Franklin Square, NY); Fantasy Studios (Berkeley, CA); Ocean Way Recording, Record Plant and Mad Hatter Studios (Los Angeles, CA); Soundcastle and Ground Control (Santa Monica, CA); Starlite (Richmond, CA), Vertigo Studio.
Genre Pop rock, Arena rock
Length 37:21
Label Columbia
40473
Producer Jonathan Cain, Keith Diamond, Susan Hamilton
Michael Bolton chronology
Everybody's Crazy
(1985)Everybody's Crazy1985
The Hunger
(1987)
Soul Provider
(1989)Soul Provider1989

The Hunger is the fifth studio album by American recording artist Michael Bolton. It was released in 1987 by Columbia Records, this was his breakthrough album, with the hits "That's What Love Is All About" and the Otis Redding cover "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay".

Zelma Redding, the widow of Otis Redding, said Bolton's performance of "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" moved her so much "that it brought tears to my eyes, it reminded me so much of my husband that I know if he heard it, he would feel the same."[1] In a framed letter that hangs on the wall of Bolton's office, she called the record "my all-time favorite version of my husband's classic."[2]

Several songs from this album feature Journey members Jonathan Cain on keyboards, Neal Schon on guitar, and previous member from their Raised on Radio 1986-87 tour Randy Jackson (of American Idol fame) on bass. During this time, there were rumors that Bolton might have been in the running as Journey's new lead singer after Steve Perry's initial departure from the band in early 1987. Also playing on certain tracks on the album was then-current Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick.

Despite only reaching #46 on the US Billboard 200, the album achieved stability in the charts. After several weeks the album was certified double Platinum in the US (Bolton's first certification of his career). Worldwide, the album has shipped four million copies over the years; in 1990, three years after its initial release, the album entered the UK Albums Chart for the first time and reached its peak of #44, following the success of the album Soul Provider.[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars link
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2.5/5 stars [4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Hot Love" Michael Bolton, Martin Briley 3:47
2. "Wait on Love" Bolton, Jonathan Cain 4:27
3. "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" (Originally recorded by Otis Redding) Otis Redding, Steve Cropper 3:51
4. "Gina" Bolton, Bob Halligan, Jr., Keith Diamond 4:07
5. "That's What Love Is All About" Bolton, Eric Kaz 3:58
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Hunger" Bolton, Cain 4:18
2. "You're All That I Need" Bolton, Cain, Neal Schon 4:18
3. "Take a Look at My Face" Bolton, Briley 4:00
4. "Walk Away" Bolton, Diane Warren 4:12

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1987 Australian Albums Chart 36
1987 New Zealand Albums Chart 42
1987 Norway Albums Chart 10
1990[5] UK Albums Chart 44
1987 US Billboard 200 46

Singles[edit]

Year Title U.S. Hot 100 U.S. AC
1987 "That's What Love Is All About" 19 3
1987 "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" 11 19
1988 "Wait On Love" 79 -
1988 "Walk Away" - 14

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Jonathan Cain (Tracks 2, 3, 6 & 7); Keith Diamond (Tracks 1, 4, 5 & 8); Susan Hamilton (Track 9).
  • Engineers: Acar S. Key (Tracks 1, 4 & 5), Peter Robbins (Tracks 1 & 5), Bob Rosa (Track 1, 4 & 8); Wally Buck, Jonathan Cain, Bob Missbach, Paul Lani, Jeffey Norman, Larry Hines, Tom Anderson, Jamie Bridges and Michael Rosen (Tracks 2, 3, 6 & 7); J.C. Convertino and Don Peterkofsky (Track 5); Ron St. Germain, Scott James, Jon Smith, Jon Wolfson and Jackie Brown (Track 9).
  • Additional Engineering: Dave Dachinger (Tracks 1 & 8); Mark Cobrin (Track 8).
  • Assistant Engineers: Barbara Milne (Track 1); Bob Broockman (Tracks 1 & 8); (Ken) K.C. Collins (Tracks 1, 4 & 5); Ed Bruder (Tracks 1, 5 & 8); George Karras (Tracks 1, 4 & 5); Tom Vercillo (Tracks 1 & 8); Jay Healy (Track 8).
  • Second Engineers on Tracks 2, 3, 6 & 7: Rob Beaton and Jim Champagne.
  • Additional Engineering and Pre-Production: Dave Dale
  • Mixing: Keith Diamond and Bob Rosa (Tracks 1, 4, 5 & 8); Ron St. Germain (Tracks 2 & 9); Kevin Elson (Tracks 3, 6 & 7).
  • Mix Assistant on Track 9: Debi Cornish
  • Mixed at Soundtrack Studios, Right Track Recording and Unique Recording Studios (New York, NY); Fantasy Studios (Berkeley, CA).
  • Mastering: Bob Ludwig at Masterdisk (New York, NY).
  • Art Direction: Christopher Austopchuk
  • Front Photo: Harris Savides
  • Back Photo: Hans Neleman
  • Management: Contemporary Communications Corp.
  • Direction: Louis Levin

Personnel[edit]

  • Michael Bolton - lead vocals, backing vocals (1, 4-8)
  • Timmy Allen - bass (1)
  • Skip Anderson - additional keyboards (5)
  • Michael Baird - drums (2, 3, 7)
  • Jeff Bova - additional keyboards (4, 8)
  • Jonathan Cain - keyboards (2, 6, 7)
  • Mugs Cain - drums (6), percussion (7), drum programming (7)
  • Keith Diamond - drums (1, 4, 5, 8), bass (1, 4, 5, 8), keyboards (1, 4, 5, 8), Fairlight CMI (1, 5, 8), Linn 9000 programming (4)
  • Kenn Fink - Fairlight CMI programming (5)
  • Alex Foster - alto flute (5)
  • Vicki Genfan - contractor (1, 4, 5, 8)
  • Bob Halligan Jr. - guitar (4), backing vocals (4)
  • Danny Hull - saxophone (2)
  • Randy Jackson - bass (2, 3, 6, 7)
  • Bob Khozouri - programming (4)
  • Bruce Kulick - guitar (1, 8), second solo (1)
  • Will Lee - bass (9)
  • Ned Liben - Fairlight CMI Series III programming (5, 8)
  • Barbara Markay - copyist (5)
  • Danny Merlin - guitar (6)
  • Rob Mounsey - keyboards (9), string arrangements (9)
  • Jeff Neiblum - programming (1, 8)
  • Chris Parker - drums (9)
  • Leon Pendarvis - horn arrangements, string arrangements and conductor (5)
  • Paul Pesco - guitar (1, 5, 8), first solo (1)
  • Lenny Pickett - reeds (5)
  • Steve Rimland - Fairlight programming (4)
  • Neal Schon - guitar (2, 3, 7)
  • Tara Shanahan - contractor (5)
  • Ira Siegel - guitar (1, 4, 5), acoustic guitar (5), electric guitar (9)
  • V. Jeffrey Smith - saxophone (8)
  • Doug Wimbish - bass (4)
  • Horns (3) - Jerry Jumonville, Steve Madaio, R.A. Martin and Thomas R. Peterson
  • Cello (5) - Jesse Levy and Fredrick Zlotkin
  • Violin (5) Karen Dreyfus, Katsuko Esaki, Richard Hendrickson, Harold Kohon, Anthony Posk and Rebecca Young
  • Backing vocals - Curtis King Jr. (1), Joe Cerisano (1), Joe Lynn Turner (1, 4), Dennis Feldman (1, 4), David Glen Eisley (2, 3, 7), Lynette Hawkins Stephens (2, 6), Walter Hawkins (2, 6), James Ingram (2, 3), Shaun Murphy (2, 3, 6), Jeanie Tracy (2, 6), Eric Martin (7)

Cover versions[edit]

  • Marc Anthony would later cover "Walk Away" with Little Louie Vega for their 1991 album When the Night is Over.
  • Sunstorm, who are fronted by Joe Lynn Turner (Who sang backing vocals on "Hot Love" and "Gina"), covered "Gina" for their 2012 album Emotional Fire.
  • Dutch singer Gordon recorded "Walk Away" for his 1994 album Now Is the Time.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "People Are Talking About . ." Jet. January 18, 1988. Retrieved September 19, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Michael Bolton: 'How Black Music Changed My Life'". Ebony. Retrieved 19 September 2015. 
  3. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/28981/michael-bolton/
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 90. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  5. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/28981/michael-bolton/