Some People's Lives

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All Music Guide - Bryan Buss
Despite Bette Midler's bawdy, cartoonish image, her albums are almost always classy A/C collections that are often buried under overproduction. So on Some People's Lives, one of the singer's strongest collections, it isn't surprising that the only hit, "From a Distance," a song of hope and peace, is in keeping with much of her material -- namely poor production that is buoyed by her sterling vocals and strong lyrics. Aside from that, however, Some People's Lives is a smooth collection of standards like Cole Porter's "Miss Otis Regrets" and contemporary cuts like Diane Warren's "Moonlight Dancing." Kicking off with the punchy "One More Round," Midler sets the stage for sassy ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bryan Buss
Despite Bette Midler's bawdy, cartoonish image, her albums are almost always classy A/C collections that are often buried under overproduction. So on Some People's Lives, one of the singer's strongest collections, it isn't surprising that the only hit, "From a Distance," a song of hope and peace, is in keeping with much of her material -- namely poor production that is buoyed by her sterling vocals and strong lyrics. Aside from that, however, Some People's Lives is a smooth collection of standards like Cole Porter's "Miss Otis Regrets" and contemporary cuts like Diane Warren's "Moonlight Dancing." Kicking off with the punchy "One More Round," Midler sets the stage for sassy up-tempo numbers, then slides into the title song, a haunting ballad of despair that shows she is on more solid ground than ever. This is Midler at her best -- playful, yearning, brassy, regretful -- and that is mostly because producer Arif Mardin surrounds his star with respectful production that matches her talent while accenting her strengths. Standouts are the title cut, "Miss Otis Regrets," "He Was Too Good to Me/Since You Stayed Here," and "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2008
  • Label: Rhino Flashback
  • UPC: 081227990145
  • Catalog Number: 82129
  • Sales rank: 12,509

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bette Midler Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Phil Bodner Clarinet, Soloist
Ron Carter Bass
David Lasley Background Vocals
Grady Tate Drums
Bruce Dukov Concert Master
Andrew Gold Guitar, Soloist
Maria Vidal Background Vocals
Nino Tempo Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Sid Page Concert Master
Gene Bertoncini Guitar
Michael Boddicker Synthesizer
Robbie Buchanan Keyboards
Cissy Houston Background Vocals
Gary Coleman Percussion
Charlotte Crossley Background Vocals
Jo Ann Harris Background Vocals
Ula Hedwig Background Vocals
Tom Kelly Background Vocals
Steve Kroon Percussion
Michael Landau Guitar
Bernie Layton Piano
Jay Leonhart Bass
Arif Mardin Conductor
Joe Mardin Conductor, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Soloist
John McCurry Guitar
George Merrill Background Vocals
Gene Orloff Conductor, Concert Master
Dean Parks Guitar
Radio Choir of New Hope Church Background Vocals
Marc Shaiman Piano, Conductor
Myrna Smith Background Vocals
Andy Snitzer Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Soloist
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
Eugene VanBuren Background Vocals
Carlos Vega Drums
John West Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Robbie Buchanan Arranger, Programming
Tom Kelly Vocal Arrangements
Arif Mardin Arranger, Producer, Orchestration, Orchestral Arrangements
Joe Mardin Arranger, Programming, Engineer
Michael O'Reilly Engineer
Jack Joseph Puig Engineer
Guy Roche Programming
Nick Sansano Engineer
Doug Sax Mastering
Marc Shaiman Arranger, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Steve Skinner Arranger
Bob Defrin Art Direction
Eddie Garcia Engineer
Billie Hughes Arranger
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