The Divine Miss M

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All Music Guide - Bryan Buss
Bette Midler's debut album displays how raw her talent was at the beginning of her career, a coarseness that has been lost as she's honed her persona into something brassier. Not that brassy's bad; she's just matured as a performer. But listen to this, then throw in 1990's fine Some People's Lives to see how she shines with both voices. On The Divine Miss M, the atmosphere is so intimate it's like she and the band are right in front of you, so when she turns "Superstar" into a quiet portrait of stunned heartbreak it's almost uncomfortable to bear witness to her breakdown. And when she and her backup singers turn in superior versions of "Chapel of Love" and "Boogie Woogie ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bryan Buss
Bette Midler's debut album displays how raw her talent was at the beginning of her career, a coarseness that has been lost as she's honed her persona into something brassier. Not that brassy's bad; she's just matured as a performer. But listen to this, then throw in 1990's fine Some People's Lives to see how she shines with both voices. On The Divine Miss M, the atmosphere is so intimate it's like she and the band are right in front of you, so when she turns "Superstar" into a quiet portrait of stunned heartbreak it's almost uncomfortable to bear witness to her breakdown. And when she and her backup singers turn in superior versions of "Chapel of Love" and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," it's like having a front row seat to a girl-group concert. By turns bawdy and melancholy and in an anguished "Delta Dawn," she pulls off both in the same song, this is a superstar at her finest. Every cut's a gem. Few contemporary vocalists can pull off the bleakness of "Hello in There" or the forlornness of "Am I Blue?" with such genuine shades of feeling. Perhaps because she is an accomplished actress as well, Midler's emotions always ring true. Though her talent hasn't wavered in the years since this debut, few of the collections that followed have been as consistent, revealing, or of such high quality.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/1995
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678278525
  • Catalog Number: 82785
  • Sales rank: 7,587

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Do You Want to Dance? (2:44)
  2. 2 Chapel of Love (2:55)
  3. 3 Superstar (5:11)
  4. 4 Daytime Hustler (3:34)
  5. 5 Am I Blue (5:25)
  6. 6 Friends (2:50)
  7. 7 Hello in There (4:17)
  8. 8 Leader of the Pack (3:30)
  9. 9 Delta Dawn (5:18)
  10. 10 Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (2:25)
  11. 11 Friends (2:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bette Midler Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Melissa Manchester Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Barry Manilow Piano
Ron Carter Bass, Bass Guitar
Dick Hyman Piano
Ralph MacDonald Percussion
Don Arnone Guitar
Renelle Broxton Background Vocals
Cissy Houston Background Vocals
Selwart Clarke Viola
Michael Federal Bass, Bass Guitar
Dick Frank Guitar
Emanuel Green Violin
Milt Hinton Bass, Bass Guitar
Gail Kantor Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Ray Lucas Drums
Beverly McKenzie Background Vocals
Merle Miller Horn, Choir, Chorus
Kermit Moore Cello
Gene Orloff Violin
Pat Rebillot Piano
Todd Sommer Drums
David Spinozza Guitar
Deirdre Tuck Corley Background Vocals
Dick Dyman Piano
Kevin Ellman Drums
Technical Credits
Barry Manilow Producer
Renelle Broxton Contributor
Joel Dorn Producer
Ahmet Ertegun Producer
William S. Fischer Arranger
Lewis Hahn Engineer
Geoffrey Haslam Producer
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