Atlantic publish Bette Midler’s debut album ‘The Divine Miss M’ featuring ‘Do You Want to Dance?’, ‘Chapel of Love,’ ‘Friends’ and ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy’ (1972)

Bette Midler’s The Divine Miss M’ is her debut album (titled after her famous stage persona) released on November 7, 1972 by Atlantic.

Track Listing : 1.Do You Want To Dance? (Bobby Freeman) – 02:44 . 2.Chapel Of Love (Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Phil Spector) – 02:55 . 3.Superstar (Bonnie Bramlett, Leon Russell) – 05:11 . 4.Daytime Hustler (Jeff Kent) – 03:34 . 5.Am I Blue? (Harry Akst, Grant Clarke) – 05:25 . 6.Friends (Mark Klingman, Buzzy Linhart) – 02:50 . 7.Hello In There (John Prine) – 04:17 . 8.Leader Of The Pack (Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, George Morton) – 03:30 . 9.Delta Dawn (Larry Collins, Alex Harvey) – 05:18 . 10.Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (Don Raye, Hughie Prince) – 02:25 . 11.Friends (Reprise) (Mark Klingman, Buzzy Linhart) – 02:54


Richard Amsel

Musicians : Bette Midler – Lead Vocals . Barry Manilow – Piano & Rhythm Track . Pat Rebillot – Piano On (6) . Dickie Frank – Guitar . David Spinozza – Guitars . Ron Carter – Bass Guitar . Michael Federal – Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals On (9) . Ray Lucas – Drums . Kevin Ellman – Drums . Ralph Macdonald – Percussion . Thom Bell – Horn And String Arrangement On (1) . Gene Orloff – Violin On (6) . Emanuel Green – Violin On (6) . Selwart Clarke – Viola On (6) . Kermit Moore – Cello On (6 . William S. Fischer – String Arrangement On (6) . Don Arnone – Guitar On (10) . Dick Hyman – Piano On (10 . Milton Hinton – Bass On (10) . Ted Sommer – Drums On (10) . Cissy Houston – Backing Vocals On (1) . Tender Loving Care – Backing Vocals On (1) . Renelle Broxton – Backing Vocals On (1) . Diedre Tuck – Backing Vocals On (1) . Beverly Mckenzie – Backing Vocals On (1) . Gail Kantor – Backing Vocals On (2 – 3 – 4 – 8 – 9 – 11) . Melissa Manchester – Backing Vocals On (2 – 3 – 4 – 8 – 9 – 11) . Merle Miller – Backing Vocals On (2 – 3 – 4 – 8 – 9 – 11)

Production : Produced By Ahmet Ertegün On (2 – 3 – 4 – 8 – 9 – 11), Barry Manilow On (2 – 3 – 4 – 8 – 9 – 11), Geoffrey Haslam On (2 – 3 – 4 – 8 – 9 – 11), Joel Dorn On (1 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 10) . Lew Hahn – Engineer

Package : Richard Amsel asterisques RVM – Cover Illustration . Richard Mantel – Cover Art Direction & Design . Kenn Duncan – Backliner Photo

Recorded 1972 At Atlantic Recording Studios, New York, New York.

Released On November 7, 1972 By Atlantic

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allmusic
Perhaps because she is an accomplished actress as well, Midler’s emotions always ring true. Though her talent hasn’t wavered in the years since this debut, few of the collections that followed have been as consistent, revealing, or of such high quality. […]

kepp @ RateYourMusic
Bette Midler‘s voice launched about twelve boners in my pants during the course of this album. Some of these songs are so manic, you can hear the cocaine flying up everybody’s nostrils. Lots of fun. […]

The Second Disc
Midler had brought the various strains of her personality together on the LP, with some critics pointing out that she had successfully incorporated elements of both a gay sensibility and a feminist one. But above all, The Divine Miss M is a triumph of good taste in songwriting and performance. That’s a bit ironic, however; her raunchy, flamboyant stage act exults in bad taste, by Miss M’s own admission! […]

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