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1 	Skylark 	3:02
2 	Drinking Again 	2:46
3 	Breaking Up Somebody's Home 	3:47
4 	Surabaya Johnny 	4:52
5 	I Shall Be Released 	4:55
6a 	Optimistic Voices 	2:26
6b 	Lullaby Of Broadway 	
7 	In The Mood 	2:37
8a 	Uptown 	3:22
8b 	Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby) 	
8c 	Da Doo Run Run 	
9 	Twisted 	2:23
10 	Higher & Higher (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) 	4:08

Backing Vocals – Ann S. Clark, Charlotte Crosley, Gale Kantor, Merle Miller, Myrna Smith, Robin Grean,
  Sharon Redd, Shirley Brewer, Sylvia Shemwell, Tasha Thomas
Bass – Chuck Rainey, Milt Hinton, Stu Woods, Will Lee, Bill Salter
Concertmaster – Gene Orloff 
Drums – Bernard Purdie, Grady Tate, Rick Morotta, Steven Gadd
Drums, Percussion – Luther Rix
Guitar – Cornell Dupree, David Spinozza, Frank Vento, Hugh McCracken
Keyboards – Don Grolnick, Ken Ascher, Pat Rebillot 
Percussion – Ralph MacDonald 
Producer, Percussion, Piano, Arranged By, Conductor, Backing Vocals – Barry Manilow
Producer, Percussion, Remix – Arif Mardin 
Synthesizer – Kenneth Bichel
Vocals - Bette Midler


Bette Midler‘s flexible and interestingly toned voice would alone have been sufficient to propel her to popularity, but the “divine Miss M” reaches the masses with another device — the use of tasteful music that has an appeal to all, regardless of which side the generation gap you may falL Her music is not new or in any way innovative. Rather, it seeks to entertain with its own unique character, a slightly tongue-in-cheek aura of nostalgia for the glamour of the female singing stars of the 40’s anil the 50’s.

She has surrounded herself with the starlet’s mystique, becoming an untouchable red-flamed goddess to be worshipped from afar. And, with an eye on album sales, it seems to be working.

The music on BETTE MIDLER is extremely listenable, making little demands on the listener.

“Skylark” arbitrarily opens the album which has no definite side one or two marked) with a soaring arrangement of the Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer song using only a single piano and the remarkable intense thread of Miss M’s vocal. “Drinking Again” is done in the same way, and it points out both in theme and atmosphere her early days of nightclub singing.

“Breaking Up Somebody’s Home” is a change of pace with its infectious rhythm and funky guitar backup. “Surabaya Johnny” manages to be melodramatic with a part monologue, part song cry of protest from a young woman haven been used by a slick traveler who came through from Burma. Miss Midler overacts deliberately to make the song an amusing farce of similar songs of its type. The side is finished with a moving arrangement of Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released.”

A medley of “Optimistic Voices” ‘which reminds me of the Munchkins chorus in “Wizard of Oz” and “Lullaby of Broadway” starts the reverse side. Miss Midler is overdubbed to become a trio like she was in “Boogie-Woogie Bugie Boy,” in medley, as well as in the next song, “In the Mood.” She and Barry Manilow have added lyrics to the old hit, but have kept its original flavor. Another medley follows of “Uptown” and “Da Doo Run Run” which is the least memorable track on the album.

“Twisted” is told in song by a “crazy girl” to her gossiping friends about her experiences with the psychoanylist. Low key humor is in abundance in the song which runs true to Miss M’s slightly satirical nature. Finally is “Higher and Higher (Your Love Keeps Lifting M e ) ” in which she unleashes the full intensity of her voice for a satisfying conclusion to the album.

Even though BETTE MIDLER is revivalist camp, it makes for good all around listening. And there stands the full m e a s u r e of its worth. ---bootlegbetty.com

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01. Make Yourself Comfortable (Bob Merrill) - 3:56
02. You Don't Know Me (Eddy Arnold, Cindy Walker) - 3:39
03. Say Goodbye To Hollywood (Billy Joel) - 3:00					play
04. I Never Talk To Strangers (Tom Waits) (Tom Waits) - 3:36
05. Storybook Children (David Pomeranz, Spencer Proffer) - 3:21
06. Red (John Carter, Sammy Hagar) - 3:16
07. Empty Bed Blues (J.C. Johnson) - 3:16
08. A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes (Mack David, Al Hoffman,Jerry Livingston) - 3:06
09. Paradise (Perry Botkin Jr., Gil Garfield, Harry Nilsson) - 4:13
10. Yellow Beach Umbrella (Craig Doerge, Judy Henske) - 4:23
11. La Vie En Rose (Mack David, Louiguy, Edith Piaf) - 2:59			play

- Bette Midler - lead & backing vocals
- Tom Waits - lead vocals (04), piano (04)
- Lee Ritenour (01-03,09), Thom Rotella (05,09), Ira Newborn (06), Fred Tackett (06,07), David T. Walker (07), Howard Roberts (10) - guitar 
- Craig Doerge - keyboards (01,10), piano (02)
- Artie Butler - piano (03,09), keyboards (05), arranger (05,08,09), strings & horns arrangements (10,11)
- Don Randi - keyboards (06), organ (07)
- Steve Porcaro - synthesizers (06)
- John Barnes - piano (07)
- Mike Melvoin - keyboards (11)
- Leland Sklar (01,02), Chuck Rainey (03), Jim Hughart (04,05,11), Jerry Scheff (06,07), David Hungate (09), Max Bennett (10) - bass 
- Russ Kunkel (01,02), Jim Keltner (03,05-07,09,10), Shelly Manne (04) - drums 
- Alan Estes - congas (01), percussion (05,09,10)
- Jack Jennings - percussion (03)
- Jim Horn - baritone sax (01)
- Frank Vicari - tenor sax solo (04)
- Steve Douglas, Plas Johnson, Don Menza, Marshall Royal - saxophone (07)
- Gene Goe, Don Rader, Bobby Shaw - trumpet (07)
- Lew McCreary, Bill Watrous - bones (07)
- Donny Gerrard (01), Brian Russell (01,03), Chuck Higgins (01), Brenda Russell (02,03,05), Clydie King (02,03,05), Diane Brocks (02,03,05), David Latman (03), Ellie Greenwich (09),
 Mikie Harris (09) - backing vocals


Bette Midler (born December 1, 1945) is an American singer, actress, and comedian, also known by her informal stage name, The Divine Miss M. She has starred in highly acclaimed films, such as The Rose, Ruthless People, Beaches, and For The Boys. During her more than forty-year career, Midler has been nominated for two Academy Awards, and won four Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards, and a special Tony Award. She has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.

When the American Film Institute announced "The 100 Years of the Greatest Songs" on June 22, 2004, two of Midler's recordings were selected by the board: "Wind Beneath My Wings" (#44) and "The Rose" (#83). However, after years of erratic record sales, Midler was dropped from the Warner Brothers label in 2001, after nearly three decades with Warner Music Group.

After a reported long-standing feud with Barry Manilow, the two joined forces after many years in 2003 to record Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook. Of the project, Manilow said he'd had a dream that he was recording with Midler again, so he called her up with the idea and she agreed that it was due time to work together again. Manilow duetted with Midler on the song "(I'd Like to Get You on a) Slow Boat to China", after a little dialogue between the two artists at the start of the track. Now signed to Columbia Records, the album was an instant success, being certified gold in only a few weeks. One of the Clooney Songbook selections, "This Ole House," became Midler's first Christian radio single shipped by Rick Hendrix and his positive music movement. The album was nominated for a Grammy the following year.

In 2003–04, Midler toured the U.S. in her new show, Kiss My Brass, to sell-out audiences. In early 2005, an Australian tour, Kiss My Brass Down Under, was equally successful. Midler joined forces again with Manilow for another tribute album, Bette Midler Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook. Released in October 2005, the album sold 55,000 copies the first week of release and returned Midler to the Top 10.

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