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Released: April 23, 1991

Rating: 3.323 (average of 11 ratings)

Genre: adult contemporary/ pop

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Love Is a Wonderful Thing
  2. Time, Love and Tenderness
  3. Missing You Now [with Kenny G]
  4. Forever Isn’t Long Enough
  5. Now That I Found You
  6. When a Man Loves a Woman
  7. We’re Not Makin’ Love Anymore
  8. New Love
  9. Save Me
  10. Steel Bars

Total Running Time: 44:44

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 8.0
sales in U.K. only - estimated 1.2
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 15.8


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 1
peak on U.K. album chart 2

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Love Is a Wonderful Thing (4/20/91) #2a US, #23 UK, #1 AC. Airplay: 1 million
  • Time, Love and Tenderness (7/13/91) #7 US, #28 UK, #1 AC
  • When a Man Loves a Woman (8/31/91) #1 US, #8 UK, #1 AC
  • Missing You Now (1/25/92) #10a US, #28 UK, #1 AC. Airplay: 1 million
  • Steel Bars (2/8/92) #16a US, #17 UK, #7 AC. Airplay: 1 million


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. American Music Awards – Album of the Year, pop/rock. Click to go to awards page.

Time, Love and Tenderness
Michael Bolton
“Michael Bolton cloned his approach from Soul Provider on its follow-up, Time, Love & Tenderness, and sold as many records for his trouble…His key collaborator once again was Diane Warren, who applied her goldplated gift for writing contemporary love songs to six tunes, among them the hits Time, Love & Tenderness and Missing You Now (which featured saxmeister Kenny G). The obligatory R&B carbon copy was Percy Sledge’s When a Man Loves a Woman, which hit number one.” WR

“The only unusual songs came at the beginning and the end. The album led off with Love Is a Wonderful Thing (a Top Ten hit), a song in standard ‘60s R&B mode that would be the subject of a plagiarism suit from the Isley Brothers, and it concluded with Steel Bars, co-written by Bolton and...Bob Dylan? That's what it said, and if the song wasn’t one of Dylan’s best, it at least indicated that Bolton might have possibilities that had so far gone unnoticed.” WR

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Last updated April 27, 2010.