Bette of Roses

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All Music Guide - Peter Fawthrop
After a streaming flow of records for two decades, Bette Midler took a five-year hiatus. "Studio recording vacation" would make a better term, because the energetic entertainer never stays too still. She performed as Gypsy Rose Lee for a Gypsy television musical and performed the bulk of the soundtrack For the Boys, for which she also won a best actress Academy Award nod. If it seemed like Midler was straying in vast directions, she brought a very focused album together in 1995 with Bette of Roses. Said to have personally chosen the track listing from hundreds and hundreds of songs, Midler brings a very poignant and inspiring set this time round; with less emphasis on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Peter Fawthrop
After a streaming flow of records for two decades, Bette Midler took a five-year hiatus. "Studio recording vacation" would make a better term, because the energetic entertainer never stays too still. She performed as Gypsy Rose Lee for a Gypsy television musical and performed the bulk of the soundtrack For the Boys, for which she also won a best actress Academy Award nod. If it seemed like Midler was straying in vast directions, she brought a very focused album together in 1995 with Bette of Roses. Said to have personally chosen the track listing from hundreds and hundreds of songs, Midler brings a very poignant and inspiring set this time round; with less emphasis on laughs, it almost works as an extension of 1990's Some People's Lives. It appears Midler is an admirer of singer/songwriter Maria McKee, who provides the demanding and grasping "To Deserve You" which spawned a club version hit remix, as well as "The Last Time" with charming vocal lifts which are as elastic as Midler herself. Andy Hill, who gave Celine Dion the spiritual gospel ballad "Call the Man," works a similar stylish ballad called "As Dreams Go By," which ranks among Midler's greatest. Bette Midler is the kind of woman who has the voice and charisma to carry herself through any song; so as long as her material is worth its weight, the album will succeed. There is a certain degree of sentimentality on Bette of Roses, but it never turns drippy. One of the best examples is "I Know This Town," which takes on a subject as heartaching as a childhood town and especially the childhood memories destroyed because of urban civilization. Playing mid-tempo, it works because of its core truth and doesn't manipulate with teary additions. Bette of Roses, like so many of the Divine Miss M's offerings, is cause for celebration.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/18/1995
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678282348
  • Catalog Number: 82823

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Know This Town (3:54)
  2. 2 In This Life (4:11)
  3. 3 Bottomless (5:18)
  4. 4 To Comfort You (4:44)
  5. 5 To Deserve You (5:16)
  6. 6 The Last Time (4:52)
  7. 7 Bed of Roses (4:12)
  8. 8 The Perfect Kiss (3:43)
  9. 9 As Dreams Go By (5:09)
  10. 10 It's Too Late (4:42)
  11. 11 I Believe in You (4:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bette Midler Primary Artist, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Bobby Lyle Piano
Rachele Cappelli Background Vocals
Vaneese Thomas Background Vocals
Michael Baird Drums
Jerry Barnes Bass, Background Vocals
Tony Beard Drums
Chris Botti Trumpet
Robbie Buchanan Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Angela Cappelli Background Vocals
Larry Cohn Synthesizer
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Howard "Buzz" Feiten Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Tambourine
Lani Groves Background Vocals
Reggie Hamilton Bass
Ula Hedwig Background Vocals
Danny Jacob Guitar
Robbie Kondor Organ, Synthesizer, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass
Michael Landau Guitar
Jay Dee Maness Steel Guitar
Joe Mardin Drums, Background Vocals
Michael O'Reilly Guitar
Gene Orloff Violin, Concert Master
Dean Parks Guitar
Steve Skinner Synthesizer, Keyboards
Michael Visceglia Bass
Shelley Woodworth Oboe
T-Bone Wolk Bass
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Composer
Maria McKee Arranger
Bonnie Hayes Arranger, Programming, Producer
Jimmy Bralower drum programming
Bruce Brody Arranger
Robbie Buchanan Arranger, Programming, Producer
Howard "Buzz" Feiten Arranger
Robbie Kondor Arranger, Programming, Producer
Arif Mardin Arranger, Producer
Joe Mardin Loop
George Marino Mastering
Michael O'Reilly Engineer
Rod Price Composer
Jack Joseph Puig Engineer
Steve Skinner Arranger, Programming, Producer
Andy Grassi Engineer
Marc Mann Programming, Producer
David Jo Hansen Composer
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