Bette Midler’s ‘Songs for the New Depression’

Bette Midler’s ‘Songs for the New Depression’ is the third studio album released on January 8, 1976 by Atlantic Records.

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Track Listing : 1.Strangers In The Night (Bert Kaempfert, Charles Singleton, Eddie Snyder) – 03:22 . 2.I Don’T Want The Night To End (Phoebe Snow) – 03:53 . 3.Mr. Rockefeller (Jerry Blatt, Bette Midler) – 04:05 . 4.Old Cape Cod (Claire Rothrock, Allan Jeffrey, Milton Yakus) – 02:50 . 5.Buckets Of Rain (Bob Dylan) – 04:00 . 6.Love Says It’S Waiting (Nick Holmes) – 01:41 . 7.Shiver Me Timbers/Samedi Et Vendredi (Tom Waits), Bette Midler, Moogy Klingman) – 06:25 . 8.No Jestering (Carlton Malcolm) – 03:59 . 9.Tragedy (Gerald Nelson, Fred Burch) – 03:06 . 10.Marahuana (Arthur Jonston, Sam Coslow) – 02:30 . 11.Let Me Just Follow Behind (Moogy Klingman) – 03:36

Musicians : Glaswegians Orchestra – On (1) . Norman Pride – Conga On (2) . John Siegler – Bass Guitar On (1 – 2 – 3 – 5 – 8 – 5) . John Wilcox – Drums On (1 – 2 – 3 – 5 – 8 – 5) . Todd Rundgren – Guitar On (2 – 8), Backing Vocals On (11) . Moogy Klingman – Electric Piano, Piano, Rmi Computer Keyboard, Mini Korg Synthesizer, Conductor On (3), Piano, Harmonicaon (5) . Ralph Schuckett – Acoustic Piano On (2 – 9), Clavinet On (3), Conductor On (7 – 8 – 11), Piano, Organ, Sound City Piano, Electric Piano, Organ, Harmonium, . Randy Brecker – Horns On (3), Trumpet Solo On (11) . Michael Brecker – Horns On (3) . Barry Rogers – Horns On (3) . Dick Hyman – Piano On (4 – 10) . Milt Hinton – Acoustic Bass On (4), Bass Guitar On (10) . Ted Sommer – Drums On (4 – 10), Percussion On (10) . Arif Mardin – Conductor On (4 – 10), Backing Vocals . Marty Nelson – Vocal Arranger On (4) . Bob Dylan – Vocals On (5) . Dave Webster – Slide Guitar On (5) . Eric Weissberg – Banjo And Mandolin On (7) . Barbara Burton – Percussion On (7) . Don Brooks – Harmonica On (7) . Dominic Cortese – Accordion On (7) . Boris Matusevitch – Concertina On (7) . Steve Gadd – Drums On (7) . John Miller – Acoustic Bass On (7) . Kenny Kosek – Fiddle On (7) . John Lissauer – Conductor On (7 – 9), Saxes, Chimes . Mark Rosengarden – Drums And Percussion On (7) . Jack Malken – Additional Percussion On (7) . Sivuca – Accordion On (7) . Jerry Friedman – Guitar On (8) . Angel Allende – Percussion On (8) . Mel Davis – Trumpet On (10) . William Siapin – Flute On (10) . Rick Derringer – Pedal Steel Guitar On (11) . David Nadien – Strings On (9) . Barry Finclair – Strings On (9) . Raul Poliakin – Strings On (9) . Tony Posk – Strings On (9) . Gene Orloff – Strings On (9) . Harry Lookofsky – Strings On (9) . Charles Mccracken – Strings On (9) . Jessy Levy – Strings On (9) . Harry Lookofsky – Violin On (10) . Matthew Raimondi – Violin On (10) . Emanuel Green – Violin On (10) . Revelation – Backing Vocals On (9) . Rosie – Backing Vocals On (9) . Dianne Sumler – Backing Vocals On (1) . Luther Vandross – Backing Vocals On (1) . Donny Beard – Backing Vocals On (9) . Charlotte Crossley – Backing Vocals On (1 – 9) . Leata Galloway – Backing Vocals On (9) . Ben Harney – Backing Vocals On (9) . Rhetta Hughes – Backing Vocals On (9) . Thomas Moore – Backing Vocals On (9) . Ula Hedwig – Backing Vocals On (1, 9) . Sharon Redd – Backing Vocals On (1, 9) . Gotham – Backing Vocals On (10) . Ramona Stubblefield – Backing Vocals On (9) . Clifford Townsend – Backing Vocals On (9) . David Lasley – Backing Vocals On (2) . David Spinozza – Guitar On (3 – 11) . Erin Dickens – Backing Vocals On (3 – 9) . Annie Sutton – Backing Vocals On (3)

Production : Produced By Bette Midler, Joel Dorn, Ahmet Erteg√ľn, Mark “Moogy” Klingman, Jack Malken . Jack Malken – Engineer . Bette Midler – Assistant Engineer . Lew Hahn – Engineer . Gerry Block – Assistant Engineer . Dave Wittman – Assistant Engineer . Jan Rathbun – Engineer

Package : Deborah Turbville – Photography . Kenn Duncan – Poster Photos . Richard Amsel – Inner Sleeve Illustration

Recorded 1972-76 At Secret Sound Studio, New York, N.Y., Electric Lady And Media Sound Studios, New York, N.Y., Atlantic Recording Studios, New York .

Released On January 8, 1976 By Atlantic Records.

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Entertainment Weekly
Sounds like Bette stayed out too late at Studio 54. A disco version of ”Strangers in the Night”? Yes, it was the ’70s, but that’s no excuse. […]

Robert Christgau
It’s going too far to claim that she’s taken on a corporate personality–a very unusual individual does definitely peek out through the curtain of groupthink that hides these songs from the singer and from us. […]

coffeefaery @ RateYourMusic
Favourite songs are “Strangers In The Night” and “Marahuana.” Fucking hilarious and touching album. […]

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