Bette Midler – Bette Midler

Bette Midler’ is her eponymous second studio album released on November 16, 1973

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Track Listing : 1.Skylark (Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer) – 03:02 . 2.Drinking Again (Johnny Mercer, Doris Tauber) – 02:48 . 3.Breaking Up Somebody’S Home (Al Jackson Jr., Timothy Matthews) – 03:49 . 4.Surabaya Johnny (Bertolt Brecht, Herbert Hartig, Kurt Weill) – 04:54 . 5.I Shall Be Released (Bob Dylan) – 04:56 . 6.Optimistic Voices/Lullaby Of Broadway (Harold Arlen, Al Dubin, Leo Feist, E.Y. Harburg, Herbert Stothart, Harry Warren) – 02:27 . 7.In The Mood (Joe Garlandandy Razaf) – 02:39 . 8.Uptown/Don’T Say Nothin’ Bad (About My Baby), Da Doo Ron Ron (Jeff Barry, Gerry Goffin, Ellie Greenwich, Carole King, Barry Mann, Mother Bertha, Phil Spector, Cynthia Weil) – 03:23 . 9.Twisted (Wardell Gray, Annie Ross) – 02:25 . 10.(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher (Chevis, Gary Jackson, Raynard Miner, Carl Smith) – 04:06

Musicians : Bette Midler – Vocals . Barry Manilow – Piano, Percussion, Backing Vocals . Ken Ascher – Keyboards . Pat Rebillot – Keyboards . Don Grolnick – Keyboards . David Spinozza – Guitars . Cornell Dupree – Guitars . Frank Vento – Guitars . Hugh Mccracken – Guitars . Stu Woods – Bass Guitars . Chuck Rainey – Bass Guitar . Bill Salter – Bass Guitar . Milt Hinton – Bass Guitar . Will Lee – Bass Guitar . Rick Marotta – Drums . Grady Tate – Drums . Bernard Purdie – Drums . Steve Gadd – Drums . Luther Rix – Drums, Percussion . Ralph Macdonald – Percussion . Arif Mardin – Percussion . Kenneth Bichel – Synthesizers . Gene Orloff – Concert Master . Gale Kantor – Background Vocals . Merle Miller – Background Vocals . Sylvia Shemwell – Background Vocals . Myrna Smith – Background Vocals . Tasha Thomas – Background Vocals . Shirley Brewer – Background Vocals . Ann S. Clark – Background Vocals . Sharon Redd – Background Vocals . Robin Grean – Background Vocals . Charlotte Crossley – Background Vocals

Production : Produced By Arif Mardin, Barry Manilow . Gene Paul – Engineer . Lew Hahn – Engineer . Jimmy Douglas – Engineer . Robbert Warner – Engineer . Elliot Sheiner – Engineer . Buzz Richmond – Engineer . Scott Schreckengosf – Engineer . George Piros – Mastering

Package : Dennis King – Mastering . Richard Amsel – Cover Art . Lee Gurst – Backliner Photo . Loring Eutemey – Album Design

Recorded 1973 At Atlantic Recording Studios, New York, N.Y.; A & R Studios, New York, N.Y.; Atlantic Recording Studios, New York, N.Y. & Kaye / Smith Studios, Seattle, Washington.

Released On November 16, 1973 By Atlantic.

Bette Midler

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oocities
Bette Midler‘s second album, which reached #6 on the charts, is classic Bette! This album, like many of hers, has it all. Skylark and Drinking Again are excellent ballads while Breaking Up Somebody’s Home is Midler at her bitchy, rock and roll best! […]

reno @ RateYourMusic
But I like Bette more at her raw-edge period she’s more sassy and the only one who could pull off having a red afro. Bette Midler is truly a shinning start. […]

Robert Christgau
Dylan doesn’t count–I’m talking about Randy Newman, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Joni Mitchell, maybe James Taylor or Cat Stevens, she’s always made me believe in miracles. As it stands, this record is perilously close to the ostrich nostalgia of her dumbest fans. […]

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