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Barnes & Noble - David Cohen
Bette Midler turns loose her inner-diva on Bette, with frequently exhilarating results. Sensitively produced by career resuscitator Don Was (Bonnie Raitt, B-52s,) the result is the Divine Miss M's most satisfying work since 1990's Some People's Lives. The handpicked material showcases a baker's dozen aspects of the extraordinary and always larger-than-life Midler persona and features left field gems like Baby Washington's 1963 kittenish lament, "That's How Heartaches Are Made" and a salsa-flavored shaggy-dog story, "In These Shoes." The big-hearted performer is at her best on ballads like "Color of Roses," the southern-fried funker "Love TKO," and the album's emotional ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Cohen
Bette Midler turns loose her inner-diva on Bette, with frequently exhilarating results. Sensitively produced by career resuscitator Don Was (Bonnie Raitt, B-52s,) the result is the Divine Miss M's most satisfying work since 1990's Some People's Lives. The handpicked material showcases a baker's dozen aspects of the extraordinary and always larger-than-life Midler persona and features left field gems like Baby Washington's 1963 kittenish lament, "That's How Heartaches Are Made" and a salsa-flavored shaggy-dog story, "In These Shoes." The big-hearted performer is at her best on ballads like "Color of Roses," the southern-fried funker "Love TKO," and the album's emotional centerpiece, a smile-through-the-tears version of Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello's wrenching "God Give Me Strength." Also included are a dreamy take on the Temptations' "Just My Imagination" and the romantic paean "Shining Star," a 1980 hit for the Manhattans. With the release of Bette, also the name of the star's eagerly anticipated new CBS sitcom, it is once again definitely Midler's world, and we're her lucky audience.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Using her regular touring band and employing Don Was, an expert on helping pop veterans reclaim the sounds that made them successful, Bette Midler makes an excellent album to tie in with the premiere of her network television show. Was seems to conceive of Midler as a kind of pre-rock, neo-Brill Building performer, frequently putting her into mid-tempo pop arrangements of old R&B ballads, here including Baby Washington's 1960 hit "That's How Heartaches Are Made," the Temptations' 1971 hit "Just My Imagination Running Away With Me" which here sounds even more like an old Drifters hit than it does usually, and a pair of 1980 titles, Teddy Pendergrass' "Love TKO" and the Manhattans' "Shining Star." The album's tour de force, a six-and-a-half-minute version of Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello's "God Give Me Strength," also recalls the Brill Building, as does the bouncy pop tune "Nobody Else but You," co-written by Midler and Marc Shaiman to be the theme for the TV show. Was and Midler also satisfy the need for up-tempo material with a trio of genre exercises, Latin pop in "In These Shoes," mbaqanga in "Moses," and dance in "Bless You Child." Bette is a tasteful album that showcases Midler's expressive singing but avoids her excesses. "In These Shoes" is an amusing novelty that does not play too heavily to the singer's broad comic style, while ballads like "Color of Roses" and "When Your Life Was Low" are striking for their restraint, not going for the maudlin extremes Midler has been guilty of indulging in the past. That means fans of the bawdy Bette and the bathetic Bette may be disappointed, but the rest of her followers will enjoy the balance and consistency of this collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/2000
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624784326
  • Catalog Number: 47843

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bette Midler Primary Artist, Vocals
Mark Isham Trumpet
Plas Johnson Tenor Saxophone
David Lasley Background Vocals
Bobby Lyle Piano, Hammond Organ, fender rhodes
Dwight Sills Guitar
Donna De Lory Background Vocals
Maria Vidal Background Vocals
Howard McCrary Background Vocals
Cynthia Bass Background Vocals
Lenny Castro Percussion
Larry Cohn Piano, Keyboards
Sonny Emory Drums
Mark Goldenberg Guitar
Gary Grant Trumpet
Reggie Hamilton Bass
Nikki Harris Background Vocals
Gary Herbig Baritone Saxophone
Jerry Hey Trumpet
Dan Higgins Tenor Saxophone
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass
Darrell Leonard Trumpet
Jamie Muhoberac Keyboards
Rick Nowels Keyboards
Dean Parks Guitar
Tim Pierce Guitar
Marc Shaiman Keyboards
Joe Sublett Tenor Saxophone
Melanie Taylor Background Vocals
Arnold McCuller Background Vocals
Carlos Cuevas Background Vocals
Jerry Vivino Tenor Saxophone
Wayne Rodrigues Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Ed Cherney Engineer
Charles Judge Programming
Rick Nowels Producer
Doug Sax Mastering
Marc Shaiman Arranger, Producer
Don Was Producer
Jimmy Vivino Arranger
Greg Gorman Cover Photo
Linda Cobb Art Direction
Eddie Gip Noble Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Deffinately your best 'BETTE'

    This is a great cd. Bette Midler has obviously put a lot of time into this, and it shows. This is one of her best cd's ever. Buy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Couldn't be any BETTEr

    Just bought the CD yesterday, and was blown away by her magnificent range and interpretation of the beautifully crafted songs. Definitely one for the car over and over again!! Bette, you rock!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Finally, Bette's back with ''Bette''

    Whoever prompted Bette Midler to find a new producer for her latest CD venture (simply titled ''Bette'') should be given credit for the superb piece of artistry put forth on this album. Of course that person would have to share the credit with ''Bette'''s producer, Don Was. Was has crafted a musical showcase that does just that--showcases Bette Midler's unique and often-untamable talent. Midler's last two studio efforts, ''Bette of Roses'' and ''Bathhouse Betty,'' paled in comparison to the previous dozen or so albums which were able to capture that element of Midler's voice that is so unique. For fans of 54-year-old Midler who feared that that voice was lost to time, ''Bette'' quells their fears. The irony is that it took a producer's touch with instrumentation and background vocals to really make Midler's own voice reach its potential. Midler has never been--and has never claimed to be--a Celine Dion in that the effort of her voice alone does not carry an album. Bette is and has always been a performer at heart and if a producer is not wise to this and attempts to display sheer vocal prowess rather than the tenderness and emotion that Midler is so gifted at presenting, he is going to end up with an unimpressive product. On ''Bette,'' Was allows Bette the Performer to take the reins. Her breathy asides and humorous quips on the album's second track, ''In These Shoes,'' save the song from being just another singer's attempt to feebly jump on the Latin bandwagon with a Spanish-inspired diddy. Her throat-glottaled vowels and swallowed breaths make her remake of The Temptations' ''Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me),'' surprisingly, her own. Midler really covers it all on this album--at least everything that she can cover well (unlike a not-so-successful attempt at rap/hip-hop with ''Bathhouse Betty'''s ''Big Socks''). The album's opener is a very Burt Bacharach-ish sounding tune ''That's How Heartaches Are Made.'' After venturing into the afore-mentioned Latin sphere, ''Bette'' eases into a Motown groove with ''Just My Imagination'' and ''Love TKO.'' Then we get a dose of Bathhouse Bette fun with a Caribbean-themed ''Moses,'' and from her new CBS television series also titled ''Bette,'' the theme song ''Nobody Else But You.'' Of course we get the famous Bette ballads, but they're not so schmaltzy this time out. Track number 3, a gutsy song entitled ''God Give Me Strength'' is the first slow-tempo song on the album and we don't hit another one till track 8 with the elegantly-styled ''Color of Roses.'' Before we close out with a mellow cover of ''Shining Star,'' we get another memorable ballad, ''When Your Life Was Low,'' and the album version of her first single release ''Bless You Child,'' a dance number that proves that Bette can still boogie with the best of them. Although she seems to fall prey to her vocal limits at times (such as with the often-excessive vibratto on ''God Give Me Strength''), Bette shines as the entertainer we all remember from the first time we saw her tear up a stage, whether it was on one of her myriad television appearances (could it have been as the unforgettable last guest on ''The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson?'') or live in a stadium with thousands of fans. For long-term fans and non-fans alike, ''Bette'' is a fine sampling of the talents of Bette Midler certain to be a well-chosen addition to any music collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WONDERFUL SONGS BY A WONDERFUL SINGER!

    This album is fundamental just because it has two splendid renditions of American pop classics done by the Divine Miss M: ''God Give Me Strength'', writen by this genius named Burt Bacharach (his parter here is Elvis Costello) and ''Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)'', a hit with the tremendous Temptations. Amazing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Divine ''Bette''

    Bette Midler's music is simply heavenly. She has a beautiful voice. I think this cd will be one of her best. She has only gotten better with age.

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