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Bette Midler – Experience The Divine: Greatest Hits (1993)

Artist: Bette Midler
Title Of Album: Experience The Divine: Greatest Hits
Year Of Release: 1993
Label (Catalog#): Atlantic [7 82497-2]
Country: USA
Genre: Pop, Soft Rock, Comedy
Quality: FLAC (image+.cue+.log,scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 51:50
Full Size: 389 MB

01 – Hello In There
02 – Do You Want To Dance
03 – From A Distance
04 – Chapel Of Love
05 – Only In Miami
06 – When A Man Loves A Woman
07 – The Rose
08 – Miss Otis Regrets
09 – Shiver Me Timbers
10 – Wind Beneath My Wings
11 – Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
12 – One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
13 – Friends
14 – In My Life

Placing the raw beginning of her career (beautifully represented by the stark resignation of «Hello in There») against the brassy persona she has since cultivated («Miss Otis Regrets») against the overblown A/C cuts that have been her biggest hits («From a Distance,» «Wind Beneath My Wings»), Bette Midler shows on this album why she is a legend and not just a popular recording artist. Being able to raise those enormously popular ballads from muck simply by rising above the production with her expressive, sterling vocals, thus making bland material classy, is one thing. But pulling off the coarseness of «When a Man Loves a Woman» as well as the sultry «Do You Wanna Dance?» in practically the same breath, while never overstating the steadfast certainty of «The Rose,» shows range that most pop «stars» can’t even spell. Despite that, giving listeners an overview of a 30-year career with more good material than hit singles would be difficult in any case, and some of the choices for this album seem almost arbitrary, considering the single «Beast of Burden» from No Frills and classic cuts like «Come Back Jimmy Dean» from the same album and the wrenching «Superstar» from her stellar debut, The Divine Miss M, are missing. On the plus side, Experience the Divine includes «One for my Baby (And One More for the Road),» which Midler performed as the chosen final guest of Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. Atlantic did a sound job of culling from her repertoire, and this album represents all that most casual fans would need to get an understanding of the vocalist beyond her hit singles, but, as with any true artist, to truly experience the Divine, you would need to check out each of her albums to find all of the gems.


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