Bette Midler The Divine Miss M on Numbered Edition Silver Label LP
Midlerâ€™s Grammy-Winning 1972 Debut Announces the Birth of a Superstar
Oh, behave! Bette Midlerâ€™s sparkling, energy-pulsing 1972 debut features the singer honing her trademark brassy personality as well as showing off an intimate, raw edge that fell by the wayside later in her career. Witness her forlorn, melancholic, and heartbroken moods, all conveyed with supreme emotion on several riveting ballads. But this LP is no downer. Midler offsets any bleakness with playfully campy songs laced with unadulterated enthusiasm and joyous defiance. This is a diva loverâ€™s delight. The music is astonishingly alive. A superstar is born!
Mastered on our world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI (the best record plant in North America), Silver Label numbered edition LP presents The Divine Miss M
with the warmly cozy and front-row perspective that the music demands. Midlerâ€™s voice is transparent and full, the timbral shadings colorfully outlined, the vocal images appearing as if sheâ€™s singing just a few feet away. Similarly, her cast of back-up vocalists (the Harlettes) receives ample face time on songs that come across as if performed by a girl-group revue. Midler has cut many records in her career but none are this entertaining, diversified, and, now, sonically spectacular.
Thereâ€™s always risk associated with interpreting other artistsâ€™ classics and hits, but Midler makes every song here her own. She injects â€œChapel of Loveâ€ with extra swagger and feminine gusto. In her hands, the Carpentersâ€™ â€œSuperstarâ€ becomes more heartbreaking, filled with desolate sentiment and lonesome ache. John Prineâ€™s ballad â€œHello In Thereâ€ echoes, as if sung to an empty room, with forlorn emotion. The 50s smash â€œLeader of the Packâ€ positively stomps and declares, her band in tow, that sheâ€™s not going to be stopped. Indeed, Midlerâ€™s interpretations of these staples surpass the previous versions, mostly due to her impeccable strong vocals and contagious passion. She doesnâ€™t quit. And don't you dare decline her offer on "Do You Want to Dance!"
What else can be said of her trademark â€œBoogie Woogie Bugle Boy,â€ her update of the Andrews Sistersâ€™ jazzy hit landing in the Top 10, featuring a scat vocal (!), and smartly walking the line between campy fun and serious reverence. Similarly, Midlerâ€™s two takes of â€œFriendsâ€--the first off-the-cuff, wild, snappy, and humorous; the second slightly cooler and infused with gorgeous harmonies--remain modern marvels. Thereâ€™s not a bad note on this incredible record.Bette Midler The Divine Miss M Track Listing:
1. "Do You Want to Dance?" (Bobby Freeman) - 2:44
2. "Chapel of Love" (Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Phil Spector) - 2:55
3. "Superstar" (Bonnie Bramlett, Leon Russell) - 5:11
4. "Daytime Hustler" (Jeff Kent) - 3:34
5. "Am I Blue" (Jarry Akst, Grant Clark) - 5:25
6. "Friends" (Mark Klingman, Buzzy Linhart) - 2:50
7. "Hello In There" (John Prine) - 4:17
8. "Leader of the Pack" (Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, George Morton) - 3:30
9. "Delta Dawn" (Larry Collins, Alex Harvey) - 5:18
10. "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" (Don Raye, Hughie Prince) - 2:25
11. "Friends" (Reprise) (Mark Klingman, Buzzy Linhart) - 2:54