Bette Midler Bathhouse Betty
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- Released: September 14, 1998
- Originally Released: 1998
- Label: Warner Bros / WEA
- 1.Song Of Bernadette
- 2.I'm Beautiful
- 3.Lullaby In Blue
- 4.Ukelele Lady
- 5.I'm Hip
- 6.I Sold My Heart To The Junkman
- 7.One Monkey Don't Stop No Show
- 9.Big Socks
- 10.That's How Love Moves
- 11.My One True Friend
- 12.Laughing Matters
Personnel includes: Bette Midler (vocals); Dean Parks, Dennis Budimir, Ira Siegel, Tim Pierce, Michael Thompson (guitar); Brock Walsh (banjo); Eric Weissberg, Moon, Jay Berliner (ukulele); Robbie Kondor (mandolin); Bob Efford, Richard Mitchell, Roger Neumann (saxophone); Warren Luening, Jack Sheldon (trumpet); Richard Todd (French horn); Leslie Benedict (trombone); James Self (tuba); Kim Bullard, David Foster, Carole King, Cyrus Chestnut, Randy Kerber, Randy Waldman, Steve Skinner, Phil Shenale, Greg Hilfman (keyboards); Matt Bissonette, Nathan East, Ron Carter, Jerry Barnes, Chuck Domanico, James Leonhard (bass); Gregg Bissonette, Rick Marotta, Steve Schaeffer, Emil Richards, Lewis Nash, John Robinson (drums); Royal Crown Revue.
Producers include: Ted Templeman, David Foster, Brock Walsh, Marc Shaiman, Chuckii Booker.
Personnel: Dennis Budimir, James Achor, Ira Siegel, Michael Thompson , Tim Pierce (guitar); Dean Parks (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, balalaika, dulcimer, mandolin); Brock Walsh (banjo); Robbie Kondor (mandolin); Eric Weissberg, Jay Berliner (ukulele); Richard Mitchell , Roger Neumann, Bob Efford (saxophone); Mando Dorame (tenor saxophone); Bill Ungerman (baritone saxophone); Jack Sheldon, Warren Luening, Scott Steen (trumpet); Richard Todd (French horn); Les Benedict (trombone); Jim Self (tuba); Cyrus Chestnut, Greg Hilfman, Randy Waldman, Carole King (piano); Steve Skinner (organ, keyboards); Kim Bullard, Randy Kerber, John Philip Shenale, David Foster (keyboards); Chuck Domanico (acoustic bass); Ron Carter (upright bass); Daniel Glass , John "J.R." Robinson , Steven Schaeffer, Gregg Bissonette, Lewis Nash , Rick Marotta (drums); Richard Crooks (spoons); Frank Pagano, Emil Richard (percussion); Chuckii Booker, Eddie Nichols, Natalie Jackson, Ivan Matias, Michelle Matlock, Jerry Barnes, Johnny Kemp, Katreese Barnes, Margaret Dorn, Petra Haden, Ula Hedwig (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Dana Jon Chappelle; Frank Filipetti; David Koenig ; Jeff Hendrickson; Kevin Clark.
Recording information: Complex Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Right Track Recording, NY; Unique Recording, NY; W; Westwind Media, Burbank, CA.
Arrangers: Chuckii Booker; Bill Schneider; Bill Ungerman; Kim Bullard; Marc Shaiman; Arif Mardin; Steve Skinner; John Philip Shenale; David Foster; Brad Dechter; Brock Walsh; Carole King.
Bette Midler's got all the bases covered on this exuberant album, from swelling, big-voiced ballads ("That's How Love Moves") to quieter, soulful songs ("Song of Bernadette," "Lullaby in Blue"), the loud, hip-hop bitchfest "I'm Beautiful" and the peculiar and campy ("Ukulele Lady," "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show'"). For the uninitiated, BATHHOUSE BETTY is likely to be mystifying but oddly irresistible, while Midler's longtime fans will find this album to be a comeback of sorts, a return to the uninhibited energy of her 1972 debut in a way that none of her interim releases have even hinted at. We've known for some time that Midler has a big, ferocious voice which can go all soft and sweet or soar to meet the heights of "Wind Beneath My Wings," but what we might have forgotten (and she reminds us) is what being a diva is all about.
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