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This is Bette's first ever Holiday album! Bette delivers the ultimate present - Cool Yule! Experience the excellence of Bette's vocals with delightfully lush arrangements that will help you get into that Holiday spirit! If you are a fan of Bette's, this is a CD you MUST have! It is includes the new holiday version of "From A Distance" with orchestration by Robbie Buchanan and Noel-inspired lyrics. This album is sure to become a new holiday favorite!
She smiles, she sizzles, she coos, she swings. So goes the lively and completely charming Christmas record by the cheeky Divine one. There's never a note out of place, a chart too excessive, or the sentiments too sentimental. Plus Midler's tasty stable of producers and arrangers have packed the big band and stringed arrangements with their own musical warmth against Midler's smart song choices and contagious vocal performances. Cool Yule mixes the standard traditional pop pieces--like Steve Allen's snappy title track, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," and "I'll Be Home for Christmas"--with the sole hymn, "O Come, O Come, Emanuel." But nobody's picking up this stocking stuffer because they want to go to church. Bette's got merrymaking on her mind more than anything else. Her duet with Johnny Mathis on "Winter Wonderland/Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" is as much fun as her "From a Distance (Christmas Version)" is a somber and sobering antiwar statement. How she can move from sounding girlish and playful to sophisticated and jazz-smart in the space of one note to the next may not be supernaturally inspired, but it sure is fun to hear the joyful sounds she makes. From her lips to your ears, you gotta love it. --Martin Keller
One of my favorite Christmas albums - wonderful variety of songs. Buy extra copies for holiday hostess gifts - for people who still use a CD player.Published 5 months ago by Shannon G.
If you love Bette Midler you will love her first Christmas album.Published 6 months ago by From the First State
A TRULY COOL SELECTION OF YULETIDE CHOICES. WISH THERE WERE MORE SELECTIONS.Published 7 months ago by Paul
love Bette Midler-this is a great Christmas CD, a must for the Christmas seasonPublished 7 months ago by L. A. reid
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Yes, "From A Distance" is supposed to be holiday themed. If you want to hear 30 second sound clips from each selection, go to http://www.sonymusicstore.com/s
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Sep 24, 2006 by Leslie L. Summey | See all 4 posts
Wish Bette would have recorded a few more songs: Peggy Lee's version of "Jingle Bells" would have been great, and Melissa Manchester's haunting "There's Still My Joy". Oh well, maybe she'll record more tunes and release an expanded version next year!
Oct 10, 2006 by Patrick M. Hnidka | See all 2 posts