Bette Midler’s ‘Bathhouse Betty’ is her ninth studio album released on September 15, 1998.
Track Listing : 1.Song Of Bernadette (Leonard Cohen, Bill Elliott, Jennifer Warnes) – 03:46 . 2.I’M Beautiful Dammitt! (Brinsley Evans) – 03:55 . 3.Lullaby In Blue (Adam Cohen, Brock Walsh) – 05:09 . 4.Ukulele Lady (Gus Kahn, Richard Whiting) – 03:34 . 5.I’M Hip (Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg) – 02:44 . 6.I Sold My Heart To The Junkman (Leon René, Otis René) – 03:10 . 7.One Monkey Don’T Stop No Show (Rose Marie Mccoy, Charlie Singleton) – 02:46 . 8.Boxing (Ben Folds) – 04:26 . 9.Big Socks (Chuckii Booker) – 03:51 . 10.That’S How Love Moves (Jennifer Kimball, Ty Lacy, Fitzgerald Scott) – 03:54 . 11.My One True Friend (David Foster, Carole King, Carole Bayer Sager) – 03:49 . 12.Laughing Matters (Dick Gallagher, Mark Waldrop) – 03:54
Musicians : Bette Midler – Lead Vocals, Background Vocals . Chuckii Booker – Background Vocals, Multi Instruments . Gregg Bissonette – Drums . Daniel Glass – Drums . Rick Marotta – Drums . Lewis Nash – Drums . John J.R. Robinson – Drums . Steve Schaeffer – Drums . Frank Pagano – Percussion . Emil Richards – Percussion . Richard Crooks – Spoons . Jerry Barnes – Bass Guitar, Background Vocals . Matt Bissonette – Bass . Nathan East – Bass . Veikko Lepisto – Bass . Ron Carter – Upright Bass . Chuck Domanico – Acoustic Bass . James Achor – Guitar . Dennis Budimir – Guitar . Tim Pierce – Guitar . Michael Thompson – Guitar . Ira Siegel – Guitar, Pedal Steel . Jay Berliner – Ukulele . Eric Weissberg – Ukulele . Brock Walsh – Banjo . Robbie Kondor – Mandolin . Dean Parks – Dulcimer, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Balalaika, Electric Guitar . Cyrus Chestnut – Piano . Greg Hilfman – Piano . Carole King – Piano . Randy Waldman – Piano . Kim Bullard – Keyboards . David Foster – Keyboards . Randy Kerber – Keyboards . John Philip Shenale – Keyboards . Steve Skinner – Organ, Keyboards . Warren Luening – Trumpet . Jack Sheldon – Trumpet . Scott Steen – Trumpet . Bob Efford – Saxophone . Richard Mitchell – Saxophone . Roger Neumann – Saxophone . Mando Dorame – Tenor Saxophone . Bill Ungerman – Baritone Saxophone . Les Benedict – Trombone . James Self – Tuba . Richard Todd – French Horn . Katreese Barnes – Background Vocals . Margaret Dorn – Background Vocals . Petra Haden – Background Vocals . Ula Hedwig – Background Vocals . Natalie Jackson – Background Vocals . Johnny Kemp – Background Vocals . Ivan Matias – Background Vocals . Michelle Matlock – Background Vocals . Eddie Nichols – Background Vocals
Production : Produced By Arif Mardin, Marc Shaiman, David Foster, Ted Templeman, Chuckii Booker, Brock Walsh, Michael O’Reilly . Michael O’Reilly – Engineer . Chuckii Booker – Engineer . Claus Trelby – Engineer . Jason Mauza – Engineer . Rod Michaels – Engineer . Alejandro Rodriguez – Engineer . Al Schmitt – Engineer . Lee Herschberg – Engineer . Andy Grassi – Engineer . Steve Griffen – Engineer . Humberto Gatica – Engineer . Felipe Elgueta – Engineer . Cary Butler – Engineer . Jeff Hendrickson – Engineer, Mixing . Kevin Clark – Engineer, Mixing . Dana Jon Chappelle – Engineer, Mixing . David Koenig – Mixing . Frank Filipetti – Mixing
Released On September 15, 1998 By Warner Bros..
But Midler has more than gags and good humor to sell. “Lullaby in Blue,” a mother’s bittersweet song for a daughter long ago put up for adoption, is beautiful and heartrending. […]
In the end one wonders if the material, some of which she’s performed live, exists to prop up the beautiful ballad called “My One True Friend,” groomed to championship finish for the score of the movie “One True Thing.” […]
Through all of this, Midler has somehow become a legendand throughout Bathhouse Betty, she sings as if she truly is one. Only problem is that for all of its roots-returning and sappy serenading, it doesn’t have much of a personality. […]