The Divine Miss M

The Divine Miss M

by Bette Midler


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The Divine Miss M

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/29/1995
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678278525
catalogNumber: 82785

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bette Midler   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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