Bette Midler’s ‘No Frills’

Bette Midler’s ‘No Frills’ is her sixth (and her first in four years) studio album produced By Chuck Plotkin and released on August 1, 1983 by Atlantic.

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Track Listing : 1.Is It Love (Nick Gilder, Jimmy Mcculloch) – 04:43 . 2.Favorite Waste Of Time (Marshall Crenshaw) – 02:43 . 3.All I Need To Know (Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Tom Snow) – 04:08 . 4.Only In Miami (Max Gronenthal) – 04:35 . 5.Heart Over Head (Andy Goldmark, Robin Batteau, Brock Walsh) – 02:52 . 6.Let Me Drive (Greg Prestopino, Matthew Wilder) – 04:02 . 7.My Eye On You (Moon Martin, Bill House) – 04:03 . 8.Beast Of Burden (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) – 03:48 . 9.Soda And A Souvenir (Jessica Harper) – 03:23 . 10.Come Back Jimmy Dean (Bette Midler, Jerry Blatt, Brock Walsh) – 03:51

Musicians : Bette Midler – Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals . Ricky Lawson – Drums On (1 – 2 – 3, 6 – 7 – 9) . Pops Popswell – Bass Guitar On (1 – 2 – 3 – 9) . Buzzy Feiten – Guitars On (1 – 2 – 3, 6 – 7 – 9) . Bobby Lyle – Synthesizers On (1 – 6), Piano On (3 – 4), Keyboards On (6), Fender Rhodes On (9) . Bobby Martin – Synthesizers On (1 – 3), Organ On (6), Keyboards On (6), Organ & Synthesizer On (9) . Robert Irving – Synthesizers On (1 – 2), Piano On (5) . Mark Goldenberg – Guitar & Synthesizer Solos On (1 – 3) – Guitar Solo On (2), Electric Guitars & Synthesizers On (5), Guitars On (8), Syntheziers On (10) . David Logerman – Drums & Percussion On (2) . Dave Demare – Bass On (2) . Waddy Wachtel – Electric Guitars On (2) . Philip Kennard – Acoustic Guitars & Background Vocals On (2) . Brock Walsh – Acoustic Guitars On (2), Piano On (10) . Malando Gassama – Percussion On (4) . Marc Caz Macino – Horns On (4 – 6) . Mark Hatch – – Horns On (4) . Jim Keltner – Drums On (5 – 8) . Mark Leonard – Bass On (5) . Chas Sanford – Electric Guitars & Synthesizers On (5) . Vernon Porter – Bass On (6) . Tim Drummond – Bass On (8) . Danny Kortchmar – Guitars On (8) . The Staggering Harlettes (Ula Hedwig, Katey Sagal, Linda Hart) – Background Vocals On (9) . Greg Prestopino – Background Vocals On (6) . Matthew Wilder – Background Vocals On (6) . Jude Johnstone – Background Vocals On (6) . Lisa Garber – Background Vocals On (2 – 3 – 4) . Laura Allan – Background Vocals On (2 – 3 – 4) . Joe Turano – Background Vocals On (6) . Janis Cercone – Background Vocals On (3)

Production : Produced By Chuck Plotkin . Toby Scott – Engineer, Mixing . Don Smith – Engineer & Mixing . Dave Demore – Assistant Engineer . Steve Brix – Assistant Engineer . Dave Pearce – Assistant Engineer . Julian Stoul – Assistant Engineer . Greg Anderson – Assistant Engineer

Package : Andre Miripolsky – Cover Art . Kosh / Ron Larson – Art Direction . Greg Gorman – Photography

Recorded 1982 – 1983 At Clover Studios With Additional Recording At Sound Factory & Rumbo Recorders.

Released On August 1, 1983 By Atlantic.

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Robert Christgau
What makes it not good enough is the curse of Broadway rock and roll–the beat is conceived as decoration or signal rather than the meaning of life, or even music. B- […]

ReoCities
I have to admit Only In Miami doesn’t quite fit on this album. Midler was WAY ahead of her time with this song as it is a latin dance tune. Midler’s version of Jagger’s Beast of Burden is flawless. It is definitely better than the original. Midler’s version flows betterand has a rock and roll sound that the original did not. […]

allmusic
The latter is a Latin-type number she did before the style became popular in the American market. Though this album isn’t one of her very best, it’s still a great recording to add to any music collection that belongs to a Bette Midler fan. […]

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