Experience the Divine Bette Midler: Greatest Hits

Experience the Divine Bette Midler: Greatest Hits

by Bette Midler
     
 

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Placing the raw beginning of her career (beautifully represented by the stark resignation of "Hello in There") against the brassy persona she has since cultivated ("Miss Otis Regrets") against the overblown A/C cuts that have been her biggest hits ("From a Distance," "Wind Beneath My Wings"), Bette Midler shows on this album why she is a legend and not just a popular…  See more details below

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Placing the raw beginning of her career (beautifully represented by the stark resignation of "Hello in There") against the brassy persona she has since cultivated ("Miss Otis Regrets") against the overblown A/C cuts that have been her biggest hits ("From a Distance," "Wind Beneath My Wings"), Bette Midler shows on this album why she is a legend and not just a popular recording artist. Being able to raise those enormously popular ballads from muck simply by rising above the production with her expressive, sterling vocals, thus making bland material classy, is one thing. But pulling off the coarseness of "When a Man Loves a Woman" as well as the sultry "Do You Wanna Dance?" in practically the same breath, while never overstating the steadfast certainty of "The Rose," shows range that most pop "stars" can't even spell. Despite that, giving listeners an overview of a 30-year career with more good material than hit singles would be difficult in any case, and some of the choices for this album seem almost arbitrary, considering the single "Beast of Burden" from No Frills and classic cuts like "Come Back Jimmy Dean" from the same album and the wrenching "Superstar" from her stellar debut, The Divine Miss M, are missing. On the plus side, Experience the Divine includes "One for my Baby (And One More for the Road)," which Midler performed as the chosen final guest of Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. Atlantic did a sound job of culling from her repertoire, and this album represents all that most casual fans would need to get an understanding of the vocalist beyond her hit singles, but, as with any true artist, to truly experience the Divine, you would need to check out each of her albums to find all of the gems.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/22/1993
Label:
Atlantic Uk
UPC:
0075678249723
catalogNumber:
782497
Rank:
21332

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bette Midler   Primary Artist,Vocals
Melissa Manchester   Horn,Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Barry Manilow   Piano,Background Vocals
Phil Bodner   Clarinet
Ron Carter   Bass
David Lasley   Background Vocals
Bobby Lyle   Piano
Grady Tate   Drums
Norton Buffalo   Harmonica,Trombone,Vocal Harmony
Bill Champlin   Vocal Harmony
Steve Hunter   Guitar
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
Sharon Redd   Background Vocals
Thom Bell   Strings,Horn
Gene Bertoncini   Guitar
Robbie Buchanan   Keyboards
Francisco Centeno   Bass
Cissy Houston   Background Vocals
Selwart Clarke   Viola
Charlotte Crossley   Background Vocals
Michael Federal   Bass,Background Vocals
Howard "Buzz" Feiten   Guitar
William S. Fischer   Strings
Dick Frank   Guitar
Lisa Garber   Background Vocals
Donny Gerrard   Vocal Harmony
Malando Gassama   Percussion
Emanuel Green   Violin
Jo Ann Harris   Background Vocals
Mark Hatch   Horn
Ula Hedwig   Background Vocals
Jaroslav Jakubovic   Reeds,Multiple Reeds
Jerry Jumonville   Saxophone
Gail Kantor   Horn,Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Michael Landau   Guitar
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Bernie Layton   Piano
Ray Lucas   Drums
Marc Macino   Horn
Merle Miller   Horn,Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Kermit Moore   Cello
Gene Orloff   Violin
Radio Choir of New Hope Church   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Pat Rebillot   Piano
Marc Shaiman   Piano,Conductor
Myrna Smith   Background Vocals
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
Richard Trifan   Keyboards
Mark Underwood   Trumpet
Eugene VanBuren   Background Vocals
Carlos Vega   Drums
Lou Volpe   Guitar
Danny Weiss   Guitar
John West   Background Vocals
Buddy Williams   Drums
Don York   Piano
Whitey Glan   Drums
Paul Gaudette   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Gene Gertoncini   Guitar
Elizabeth Kane   Harp
Miles Krasner   Trumpet
Joseph Mero   Percussion
Laura Allan   Background Vocals
Robert "Pops" Popwell   Bass
Kevin Ellman   Drums

Technical Credits

Bette Midler   Producer
Barry Manilow   Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Thom Bell   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Robbie Buchanan   rhythm arrangement
Joel Dorn   Producer
Ahmet Ertegun   Producer
William S. Fischer   String Arrangements
Lewis Hahn   Producer
Geoffrey Haslam   Producer
Marc Macino   Horn Arrangements
Arif Mardin   Arranger,Producer,rhythm arrangement,Orchestral Arrangements
Chuck Plotkin   Producer
Paul Rothchild   Arranger,Producer
Marc Shaiman   Arranger,Producer,rhythm arrangement
Steve Skinner   Arranger
Greg Gorman   Cover Photo
Scott Wittman   Creative Consultant

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