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The Essential Michael Bolton

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Review

At two discs and 32 songs, 2006's The Essential Michael Bolton is by far the most comprehensive Michael Bolton collection ever assembled; at 17 tracks, the previous Bolton comp, 1995's Greatest Hits 1985-1995, was nearly half the size of this set. Longer isn't necessarily better, at least as far as the average Bolton fan is concerned, since every one of Bolton's biggest hits is on the 1995 collection. In the decade that followed the release of Greatest Hits, Michael Bolton was a fairly regular fixture on the Adult Contemporary charts but had only one hit that crossed over to the Billboard Hot 100 -- "Go the Distance" in 1997 -- which means that there wasn't much from the late '90s and 2000s that crossed into the popular consciousness the way that "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You," "How Can We Be Lovers," and "Said I Loved You...But I Lied" did. Anyone just wanting those hits, along with other '80s and early-'90s singles as "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" and "Soul Provider," would be better off with Greatest Hits, but listeners who want to dig a little deeper into that classic era and the years that followed are well-served by The Essential Michael Bolton, which covers both eras equally by serving up all the big hits (minus "Love Is a Wonderful Thing," which has been written out of Bolton's history) and selected album tracks. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Soul Provider Michael Bolton 4:25
  3. 2 (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay Michael Bolton 3:51
  4. 3 How Am I Supposed to Live Without You Michael Bolton 4:12
  5. 4 How Can We Be Lovers Michael Bolton 3:51
  6. 5 When I'm Back on My Feet Again Michael Bolton 3:46
  7. 6 Georgia on My Mind Michael Bolton 4:57
  8. 7 Time, Love and Tenderness Michael Bolton 4:15
  9. 8 When a Man Loves a Woman Michael Bolton 3:49
  10. 9 Missing You Now Michael Bolton 4:33
  11. 10 Steel Bars Michael Bolton 3:26
  12. 11 Said I Loved You... But I Lied Michael Bolton 5:1
  13. 12 Lean on Me Michael Bolton 5:17
  14. 13 Can I Touch You... There? Michael Bolton 5:15
  15. 14 Love Is the Power Michael Bolton 5:34
  16. 15 Soul of My Soul Michael Bolton 5:41
  17. 16 A Whiter Shade of Pale Michael Bolton 4:39
  18. 1 I Promise You Michael Bolton 5:17
  19. 2 I Found Someone Michael Bolton 3:47
  20. 3 A Love So Beautiful Michael Bolton 4:5
  21. 4 Ain't Got Nothing If You Ain't Got Love Michael Bolton 5:3
  22. 5 Drift Away Michael Bolton 6:6
  23. 6 Reach out I'll Be There [Cover] Michael Bolton 3:49
  24. 7 The Best of Love Michael Bolton 4:15
  25. 8 Go the Distance Michael Bolton 4:39
  26. 9 Sexual Healing Michael Bolton 4:35
  27. 10 Ain't No Sunshine Michael Bolton 3:33
  28. 11 Nessun Dorma! From Turandot The Philharmonia Orchestra 3:13
  29. 12 Once in a Liftetime Michael Bolton 5:53
  30. 13 A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes Michael Bolton 3:13
  31. 14 To Love Somebody Michael Bolton 4:6
  32. 15 Now That I Found You Michael Bolton 4:31
  33. 16 That's What Love Is All About Michael Bolton 3:54

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