Bette Midler

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All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
"An earthy mix of blues, R&B, and '40s boogie-woogie" is how Bill Carpenter describes Bette Midler's second album, a strangely elaborate transition containing some of the elements which made The Divine Miss M so divine. The album features superb production from her former piano player, Barry Manilow, and the man who would help craft 1979's disco effort, Thighs and Whispers, Arif Mardin. The result is a solid album without the Top 40 fascinations of "Do You Wanna Dance?," Buzzy Linhart /Mark "Moogy" Klingman's "Friends," or "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy." Rather than focus on a hit the way Clive Davis helped Manilow go to number one with "Mandy" in 1974, this big cast ...
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All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
"An earthy mix of blues, R&B, and '40s boogie-woogie" is how Bill Carpenter describes Bette Midler's second album, a strangely elaborate transition containing some of the elements which made The Divine Miss M so divine. The album features superb production from her former piano player, Barry Manilow, and the man who would help craft 1979's disco effort, Thighs and Whispers, Arif Mardin. The result is a solid album without the Top 40 fascinations of "Do You Wanna Dance?," Buzzy Linhart /Mark "Moogy" Klingman's "Friends," or "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy." Rather than focus on a hit the way Clive Davis helped Manilow go to number one with "Mandy" in 1974, this big cast concentrates on being artistic, and on that level, Bette Midler works. No, she isn't Shirley Bassey or Eartha Kitt, but material from Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer, Kurt Weill, and Bertolt Brecht, along with a dash of Bob Dylan, really covers the gamut. Where Midler could excel is with the girl group stuff, touched upon on The Divine Miss M. The medley of "Uptown" and "Da Doo Run Run" is fun, but lacking the satisfying elements Phil Spector jammed into his 45s. Midler really needed to go for it here, an explosive remake of "He's a Rebel" or "Da Doo Run Run" would have been appropriate for 1973, not something that sounds like it was recorded during a live performance at the Continental Baths. It's literally a cast of thousands; Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Steve Gadd, and Luther Rix are just some of the drummers and guitarists Cornell Dupree and Hugh McCracken are onboard, as are Kenny Ascher, Don Grolnick, and Barry Manilow on keys, just to name a few. The talent was all lined up, and the music is immaculate, but there is no concentration on returning to the singles charts. "I Shall Be Released" as recorded here is just perfect for an album with a whisper of gospel, but still holds something back. A choir of voices and a production like Melanie Safka's "Lay Down" would have broken this wide open on radio. It wasn't until Mardin produced "Married Men" six years later on the Thighs and Whispers album that Midler would return to contemporary radio, and like "Friends," her hit from 1973, "Married Men" only lingered at the bottom rung of the Top 40 charts. Great vocals, great musicianship, but no focus for radio action. Rita Coolidge took Jackie Wilson's "Higher & Higher" Top Three in 1977, and Bette Midler ends the album with a marvelous version of that four years before Coolidge. The trouble is, it's all so artsy. It's a beautiful record ignoring the need to match the success of her first two singles, and in a world driven by radio, where timing is everything, the question to this day remains -- why? There's an excellent version of Johnny Mercer's "Drinking Again" which Rod Stewart had cut with the Jeff Beck Group; it's a song that should have dominated '70s radio which says, perhaps, the producers were being too careful for this record's own good.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2008
  • Label: Rhino Flashback
  • UPC: 081227992965
  • Catalog Number: 82779
  • Sales rank: 14,016

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bette Midler Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Barry Manilow Percussion, Piano, Conductor, Background Vocals
Don Grolnick Keyboards
Chuck Rainey Bass, Bass Guitar
Grady Tate Drums
Ralph MacDonald Percussion
Sharon Redd Background Vocals
Tasha Thomas Background Vocals
Kenny Ascher Keyboards
Kenneth Bichel Synthesizer
Shirley Brewer Background Vocals
Ann S. Clark Background Vocals
Charlotte Crossley Background Vocals
Cornell Dupree Guitar
Steve Gadd Drums
Robin Grean Background Vocals
Milt Hinton Bass, Bass Guitar
Gail Kantor Background Vocals
Will Lee Bass, Bass Guitar
Arif Mardin Percussion
Rick Marotta Drums
Hugh McCracken Guitar
Merle Miller Background Vocals
Gene Orloff Concert Master
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Pat Rebillot Keyboards
Luther Rix Percussion, Drums
Bill Salter Bass, Bass Guitar
Sylvia Shemwell Background Vocals
Myrna Smith Background Vocals
David Spinozza Guitar
Frank Vento Guitar
Stu Woods Bass, Bass Guitar
Miss M Vocals
Technical Credits
Bette Midler Composer
Barry Manilow Arranger, Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Jimmy Douglass Engineer
Lewis Hahn Engineer, Remixing
Arif Mardin Producer, Horn Arrangements, Remixing
Gene Orloff Contributor
Gene Paul Engineer
Bobby Warner Engineer
Buzz Richmond Engineer
Richard Amsel Artwork, Cover Art
Elliot Sheiner Engineer
Robert Warner Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful Bette!

    I love Bette Midler. The songs on this album are all excellent, espececially the ones where she digs her voice right into you, like ''Skylark,'' ''Drinkin' Again,'' and ''Twisted.'' Bette is very talented. This album, originally released in 1973, should be considered a legendary milestone of Midler's career.

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