Weekly Vinyl – Bette Midler

19 Dec

Bette Midler
Bette Midler
(1973)
SONY DSC
My reaction on pulling this album out was one of incredulous surprise. “I own a Bette Midler record?!” This was a surprise to me. The record itself has a stamp and I realised that I must have bought it years ago as a whole collection when a disk jockey I knew was selling his albums.
Well here you go … I’m listening to Bette Midler and the piano is being played by non-other than Barry Manilow. I had just seen Mr. Manilow on the final episode of the Colbert Report.
Small world.
Not really.
He also sang backup, played some percussion, arranged and conducted the music and was one of the producers. Busy guy that Barry.
Ms Midler has a really good voice. It is very good. This is her real voice as this album was recorded much before any studio trickery was present to enhance the vocal shortcomings of “star” singers. Yet the music does not move me. Case in point – Midler does a version of Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released”. It is very seventies, over the top and grandiose. I hated it.
This is the first time I listened to this album – and probably the last.

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