Personnel includes: Bette Midler (vocals); Mike Miller, Dwight Sills (guitar); Bobby Lyle (piano, Fender Rhodes, Hammond B-3 organ); Larry Cohn (piano, keyboards); Reggie Hamilton (bass); Sonny Emory (drums); Lenny Castro (percussion); Melanie Taylor, Maria Vidal, Nikki Harris, Carlos Cuevas, Donna DeLory, Cynthia Bass, Harry Bowen (background vocals).
Producers: Don Was, Rick Nowles, Marc Shaiman.
Recorded at Cello Studios, The Record Plant, and Signet Soundelux, Hollywood, California; Chung King and Sony Studios, New York, New York.
Personnel: Bette Midler (vocals); Dean Parks, Dwight Sills, Mark Goldenberg, Paul Jackson, Jr. , Tim Pierce (guitar); Dan Higgins, Jerry Vivino, Joe Sublett, Plas Johnson , Wayne Rodrigues (tenor saxophone); Gary Herbig (baritone saxophone); Darrell Leonard, Gary Grant, Jerry Hey, Mark Isham (trumpet); Bobby Lyle (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Larry Cohn (piano, keyboards); Jamie Muhoberac, Marc Shaiman, Rick Nowels (keyboards); Sonny Emory (drums); Lenny Castro (percussion); Charles Judge (programming); David Lasley, Donna De Lory, Nikki Harris, Melanie Taylor, Cynthia Bass, Howard McCrary, Maria Vidal, Arnold McCuller, Carlos Cuevas (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Ed Cherney .
Recording information: Cello Studios, Hollywood CA; Chung King, New york NY; Record Plant, Hollywood CA; Signet Soundelux, Hollywood CA; Sony Music Studios, New York NY.
Photographer: Norman Jean Roy.
Arrangers: Jimmy Vivino; Marc Shaiman.
This isn't really the soundtrack to Bette Midler's CBS sitcom, although the show's charming theme song, "Nobody Else But You," is included here. Instead, it's one of Midler's best and most consistent albums, thanks in large part to producer Don Was' canny arrangements, and a smart selection of songs that really seem to engage Midler on an emotional level.
In many ways, this is a ballad-oriented R&B album; Midler covers the Marvellettes' obscure '60s gem "That's the Way Heartaches Are Made," the Temptations' "Just My Imagination" (in a version quite close to the original) as well as hits by Teddy Pendergrass and Earth, Wind And Fire. She also turns folkie Patty Griffin's wry "Moses" into a world music romp much like some of the uptempo numbers on Paul Simon's GRACELAND, and delivers a stunning take on Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach's latter day classic "God Give Me Strength." Interestingly, "In These Shoes," a very funny Latin-tinged song that's the only thing here specifically tailored to Midler's comic persona as the Divine Miss M, was co-written by the under-appreciated (in America) singer/songwriter Kirsty MacColl.