Broken Blossom

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All Music Guide - Peter Fawthrop
After a string of over the top '70s albums with high-energy tunes that made Bette Midler a sensation worldwide, she settled down on Broken Blossom. The first song, "Make Yourself Comfortable," sets the pace with a relaxed doo wop style that's hard to resist. There are some remakes on Broken Blossom including a version of Billy Joel's "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" with about twice as much pizzazz as the original; the surprising choice of "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes," from Disney's Cinderella; and "You Don't Know Me," which was previously sung by Elvis Presley, Rick Nelson, Van Morrison, and Ray Charles, and still sounds great. Broken Blossom seems to be a mixed ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Peter Fawthrop
After a string of over the top '70s albums with high-energy tunes that made Bette Midler a sensation worldwide, she settled down on Broken Blossom. The first song, "Make Yourself Comfortable," sets the pace with a relaxed doo wop style that's hard to resist. There are some remakes on Broken Blossom including a version of Billy Joel's "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" with about twice as much pizzazz as the original; the surprising choice of "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes," from Disney's Cinderella; and "You Don't Know Me," which was previously sung by Elvis Presley, Rick Nelson, Van Morrison, and Ray Charles, and still sounds great. Broken Blossom seems to be a mixed message from Midler, whom listeners love for being so uncontrolled but she has toned down on antics. Broken Blossom served as a bridge between Midler's solely musical days and her career as actress. Shortly after its release, she performed in her classic live film Divine Madness and then was nominated for an Academy Award for The Rose. Broken Blossom is quirky, though not as spontaneous as we have come to expect. We are used to an outrageous choice in songs sung by an outrageous personality. If one can accept simply melodic songs sung by that same personality, then Broken Blossom is a fine listen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/1995
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678278020
  • Catalog Number: 82780
  • Sales rank: 111,038

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bette Midler Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Brenda Russell Background Vocals
Tom Waits Piano
Plas Johnson Saxophone
Shelly Manne Drums
Don Menza Saxophone
Don Randi Organ, Keyboards
Marshall Royal Saxophone
Chuck Rainey Bass, Bass Guitar
Bill Watrous Percussion
Ellie Greenwich Background Vocals
Clydie King Background Vocals
Brian Russell Background Vocals
David T. Walker Electric Guitar
Jim Keltner Drums
Chuck Higgins Background Vocals
Max Bennett Bass, Bass Guitar
Dianne Brooks Background Vocals
Artie Butler Piano, Keyboards
Craig Doerge Piano, Keyboards
Alan Estes Percussion, Conga
Donny Gerrard Background Vocals
Gene Goe Trumpet
Jimmie Haskell Strings, Horn
Jim Horn Baritone Saxophone
Howard Roberts Guitar, Ukulele
Jim Hughart Bass, Bass Guitar
David Hungate Bass, Bass Guitar
Jack Jennings Percussion
Russ Kunkel Drums
D. David Latman Background Vocals
Lew McCreary Percussion
Mike Melvoin Keyboards
Ira Newborn Guitar
Steve Porcaro Synthesizer
Don Rader Trumpet
Lee Ritenour Guitar, Electric Guitar
Thom Rotella Guitar
Jerry Scheff Bass, Bass Guitar
Bobby Shaw Trumpet
Fred Tackett Guitar, Electric Guitar
Frank Vicari Tenor Saxophone
Leland Sklar Bass, Bass Guitar
Mike Harris Background Vocals
Steve Douglas Saxophone
John Barnes Piano
Technical Credits
Bill Watrous Contributor
Brooks Arthur Producer, Engineer
Bob Alcivar Arranger
Artie Butler Arranger, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Jimmie Haskell Arranger, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Bones Howe Producer, Engineer
Mike Melvoin Arranger
Bob Merritt Engineer
Ira Newborn Arranger
Bobby Rozario Arranger
Bob Defrin Cover Design
Stephen Innocenzi Remastering
Louis Louiguy Composer
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