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Bette MidlerAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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Bette Midler counts singing as only one of her talents; at times, since 1972, when she first came to national recognition, it has seemed to be the least of her talents. Still, she has managed to score a number of major hits in a roller-coaster career as a recording artist. Born in Paterson, NJ, and raised in Hawaii, Midler showed an interest in singing and ... Read more in Amazon's Bette Midler Store

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  • Audio CD (October 10, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: October 10, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B00004YNDV
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,207 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Like its predecessor Bathhouse Betty, Bette Midler's Bette spends a good deal of its playing time on ambitious, smartly chosen songs. Even the biggest pop-ballad success here is a Dionne Warwick-style take on the Elvis Costello/Burt Bacharach weeper "God Give Me Strength," rather than a dire work of schlock such as "The Wind Beneath My Wings." Elsewhere, Midler continues to indulge her cheeky side (the album's working title was Bette, Bath and Beyond) with Kirsty MacColl's Cuban-influenced "In These Shoes," and revives Teddy Pendergrass's classic "Love TKO" with an impressively throaty vocal. The handful of Hallmark-esque tunes near the disc's end doesn't diminish the subtlety and tastefulness of the rest of it. --Park Slope

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Like its predecessor Bathhouse Betty, Bette Midler's Bette spends a good deal of its playing time on ambitious, smartly chosen songs. Even the biggest pop-ballad success here is a Dionne Warwick-style take on the Elvis Costello/Burt Bacharach, weeper "God Give Me Strength", rather than a dire work of schlock such as "The Wind Beneath My Wings". Elsewhere, Midler continues to indulge her cheeky side--the album's working title was Bette, Bath and Beyond--with KirstyMacColl's Cuban-influenced "In These Shoes" and a revival of Teddy Pendergrass' classic "Love TKO" with an impressively throaty vocal. The handful of Hallmark-esque tunes near disc's end doesn't diminish the subtlety and taste of the rest. --Park Slope

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bette gives us her Best once again October 11, 2000
By LEE
Format:Audio CD
Bette Midler's new album, "Bette" doesn't break any new ground musically, but it does give Bette's fans more of why we love her; Smart and catchy tunes, old and new, delivered with the style and panache we expect from the Divine Miss M.
The highlights of this album include Bette's remake of Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach's "God Give Me Strength". Like Tina Turner, Nancy Wilson and Annie Lennox, Bette can take someone else's song (Costello's take on this song is full of power and passion)and masterfully turn it into her own. You feel the pain and angst of love gone awry in her singing.
Also, the catchy do-wop feel to "Nobody Else but You",which is the theme to Bette's new sitcom, is fun and frothy; the sly and silly "In These Shoes" is another Divine romp in the style of former Midler comic gems like "I'm Beautiful" and "I Look Good"; and "Bless You, Child" is an interesting paradox of stoic and reaffirming lyrics set against a electronic dance background.
The production for most of this album is steered by Don Was of Was Not! Was fame. Was has produced records for the like of Bonnie Raitt and the B-52's. Also Midler's longtime collaborator, Marc Shaiman, helps in the producing of this album. Interesting of note is that Madonna's famous backup girls, Nikki Harris and Donna DeLory, do some vocal work on "Bette". Hmmmm....Would they be killer Harlettes or what!
Word has it that songs from "Bette" the album will be featured this season on "Bette" the sitcom. Here's hoping radio picks up some of these great songs for their airplay!
Sweet and somber, sassy and sexy, "Bette" will not disappoint Midler's legion of loyal fans, and if you've never bought a Bette Midler album...shame on you...catch up and get this one!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bette - It's great to have you back!! October 11, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Bette is back with a new CD and her first network TV show on CBS to boot! Again, the Divine Miss M presents a great selection of familiar and not-so-familiar material. The CD opens with the wonderful "That's How Heartaches Are Made", a hidden classic of the 1960s recorded by Baby Washington, Dusty Springfield and the Marvelettes among others. She also tackles Teddy Pendergrass' "Love TKO", the Manhattans' "Shining Star" and the Temptations' "Just My Imagination." The latter with less success than the others (check out "Just My Imagination" sung by Gwennyth Paltrow and Babyface on the new "Duets" Soundtrack CD). She does go for a bit of camp on "In These Shoes" with a latin beat that is just a bit too close to Santana's "Supernatural." However, she does really shine on "Moses",(with a nice island/calypso beat and wonderful horns); the ballads "Color of Roses" and "When Your Life Was Low"; the bluesy "God Give Me Strength" and the theme for her TV Show "Nobody Else But You." The real sleeper here may be the hypnotic dance track "Bless You Child."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Bette in a long time October 11, 2000
Format:Audio CD
"Bette" is a much more focused collection than "Bathhouse Betty." There's some really terrific material included here. The outstanding tracks are "In These Shoes', an irresistible Latin number which is Bette's tongue-in-cheek contribution to the current 'Latin craze'. Patti Griffith's "Moses' also has a Latin tinge, with perhaps a bit of Paul Simon thrown in for good measure. One of the best things she's recorded in years. Both excellent choices, and arranged and performed beautifully.
She includes some nice Philly Soul covers in "Just My Imagination' 'Shining Star" and "Love TKO." "Nobody Else But You," the theme song of her new TV show. this one was written by Bette and her accompanist Marc Shaiman. Very catchy and upbeat-reminiscent of "Friends" with a Laura Nyro influence.
The Standout ballad is 'When your life Was Low". a perfect song for Bette-beautiful melody, with a nice bitter twist to the lyrics. Much more interesting than the material what the record companies have been foisting on her since "Beaches'
All in all, "Bette' contains some of the best things she's ever committed to record, and it all feels like material that she actually LIKES, instead of what Warner Brothers thinks will get played on radio. Don Was does a great job of capturing her talent. Highly recommended...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nobody Else but Bette October 11, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Bette Midler has done it again. She has created a nearly perfect pop album that relfects her maturity and wisdom, all the while showcasing her incredible talent. On the eve of her sitcom debut, Bette unleashes a new album full of wonder, beauty, and love. These songs are steeped in love and emotion, while all the while still being as playful as Bette has ever been. Most striking of these tracks is the cover of the Burt Bacharach/Elvis Costello gem "God Give Me Strength" (from the motion picture "Grace of My Heart) Her performance on this tune is genuinely heartbreaking. And the theme for her new series, entitled "Nobody Else but You", a kicky romp, gives Bette a chance to try out her chops as a writer. All of the material included on the album suits Bette like a well-tailored evening gown. Here's hoping that Bette continues on this glorious musical path right into our hearts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Big Bette fan
This a replacement for me, I just love Bette. Anyone that knows me and the kind of music that I like; r&b, hip hop, jazz, rock, etc. would never guess this one. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bobbi
5.0 out of 5 stars BETTE
THE DEVINE MISS M HAS DONE IT AGAIN, THE SONGS THE ARRANGEMENTES, THE VOICE. ITS MAKES FOR ENJOYABLE
TIME SPENT ANY WAY YOU LOOK (OR LISTEN) TO IS.
Published 11 months ago by SUSAN F
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I like her a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She is one of those actress that can take me through laughs and teardrops. Love it
Published 19 months ago by Maria C. M. Sanchez
3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best
Not one of her better albums. I love Bette and enjoy all h er songs and her movies. This album is only lukewarm. I didn't enjoy her choice of songs.
Published 19 months ago by Gloria Roach
5.0 out of 5 stars better believe it's Bette
this is a soulful bette. The devine Ms M take on music that you would exspect from the nubian diva's and smokes them. Wow Bette you got soul
Published on May 9, 2010 by John Melvin Hall Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars What's not to love
Bette Midler reminds me of Jerry Garcia. They both seem charming and lovable; both are talented interpreters of the American popular canon with good musical taste; both have a way... Read more
Published on February 11, 2007 by J. Cantor
5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody sings like her!
Ms. Midler has a stunning voice and she knows it, so on this CD she shows the best of her: romantic tunes, disco, jazz, and many more styles are mixed on this stunning CD. Read more
Published on September 9, 2005 by Francesc Vila Perez
1.0 out of 5 stars Not fun for a Pattyfan.
I'm going to be honest. I don't own this album, but being a huge Patty Griffin fan, I've heard Bette's cover of "Moses." This is a great example of a terrible cover song. Read more
Published on August 26, 2005 by PGDC
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Bette CD
I loved this Bette Midler CD. My favorite songs were Moses and In These Shoes. The lyrics in both of these songs are great. Read more
Published on August 9, 2004 by Donna Grayson
5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody else but Bette!
This was not one of Bette Midler's more successful albums, but it has it's charms and it remains one of my favorites from her collection. Read more
Published on February 6, 2004 by Jake Z
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