Buy New
$4.99
Qty:1
& FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Cart
$19.52
& FREE Shipping on orders over $35.00. Details
Sold by: IMS Distribution
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • Divine Miss M
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

Divine Miss M


See all 19 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Listen Instantly with Amazon Music Prime Members Album
Other Formats & Versions Amazon Price New from Used from
Audio CD, August 29, 1995
"Please retry"
$4.99
$1.93 $0.01
Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
Provided by Amazon Digital Services, Inc. Terms and Conditions. Does not apply to gift orders.
Complete your purchase to save the MP3 version to your music library.

Amazon's Bette Midler Store

Music

Image of album by Bette Midler

Photos

Image of Bette Midler

Biography

Biography by William Ruhlmann

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

Visit Amazon's Bette Midler Store
for 210 albums, 16 photos, videos, discussions, and more.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Includes FREE MP3 version of this album Here's how (restrictions apply)

Frequently Bought Together

Divine Miss M + It's The Girls
Price for both: $16.40

Buy the selected items together

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 29, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002J5H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,332 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Do You Want To Dance?
2. Chapel Of Love
3. Superstar
4. Daytime Hustler
5. Am I Blue
6. Friends
7. Hello In There
8. Leader Of The Pack
9. Delta Dawn
10. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
11. Friends

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Bette Midler's incredible debut album is so intimate it's almost embarrassing, from the heartbreak of Superstar to the exuberant girl group antics of Chapel of Love and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy . But her finest moment may be her cover of Delta Dawn , which manages to be hilarious and heart wrenching at the same time. A triumph by any measure.

Amazon.com

Was Bette Midler playing on the title of Dinah Washington's The Swingin' Miss D when she named her 1972 debut? Washington would've been proud of this album's tune stack, which makes a sensuous slow-jam classic of "Do You Want to Dance?" by Bobby Freeman, salutes the Andrews Sisters' "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," and produces signature pieces of John Prine's "Hello in There" and Buzzy Linhart's "Friends." Midler might not have set out to reinvent the wheel, but on her first try, she outdid Barbra Streisand in taste, wit, and yes, sophistication. --Rickey Wright

Customer Reviews

She is a great singer.
chippy
I also love the front cover image of this album, a great illustration.
Matt Tawesson
Bette Midler's first album is a classic.
dustler

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The Dixie Cups recorded Chapel of Love; Superstar was best know as a top 40s hit for The Carpenters; The Shangri-Las did Leader of the Pack. Every one from Tanya Tucker to Helen Reddy had a hit with Delta Dawn, and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy is an Andrews Sisters classic. In fact, at the time this recording was released, there was very little on it that was strictly identified with the then-unknown Bette Midler.

But to my mind it remains the best Bette Midler album. Oh sure, Midler has done wonderful things since--great recordings that will stand the test of time--but in terms of overall success THE DIVINE MISS M is IT. And although most of these songs were made famous by other artists, once Midler gets hold of them she makes them her own. Delta Dawn becomes a mixture of pathos and unexpected sassiness, completely unlike any other version you've ever heard. The often-recorded Am I Blue, a staple of every torch singer that ever lived, suddenly belongs to Midler and Midler alone, and the Carpenter's version of Superstar seems almost dispassionate in comparison. She easily bests the Dixie Cups and the Shangri-Las, and even The Andrews Sisters are tossed about in the tide, with Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy both hommage and reinterpretation.

Crowning all this are two versions of Midler's signature tune Friends. The first version is a cute throw-away with a children's chorus, the second one begins in darkness and explodes into light to finish the album. Everything about this recording is beautiful, joyous, brilliant, passionate, and intensely alive. If there is such a thing as the artistic heir to the late, legendary Judy Garland, it is beyond doubt the equally legendary Bette Midler, and THE DIVINE MISS M offers her in all her youth, energy, and beauty. Your stereo is calling out for this one; don't wait. Strongly recommended.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By "fantasy77" on November 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I believe the first time I saw this record it was about 1983, I was 6, and my father brought it home for my mother who was completely overjoyed with it, (I believe her prior copy was lost or ruined.) As a result, I grew up on this album. When I purchased my own copy of it, I remembered exactly when and why I fell in love with Bette Midler's vocal stylings.
"Friends," of which there are 2 versions (one produced by Joel Dorn, the other by Barry Manilow and others,) Shows different angles to her personalty. One version (track 6) is a little slower, a little more wispy, with a hilarious ending featuring many different 'Bette's' talking over each other. The second version, which closes the album, is a little heavier sung, more strong vocally, and just a song to sing along to loudly.
"Do You Want To Dance" is Bette at her sultriest. Who in their right mind would say no to the Divine Miss M?
"Chapel Of Love," "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," and "Leader Of The Pack" are all remakes of songs I loved, but loved even more after Bette remade them.
Now Bette's version of "Superstar" was the first time I heard this song, not hearing the Carpenters' version 'til many years later, and I have to say (sorry, Karen) that Bette takes this song to new heights. Whenever I am asked what my favourite Bette song is, this is my choice...and of course, I have to pull out the CD and play it for them.
"Daytime Hustler" is rollicking good fun, and I just love how she wraps her voice around such lyrics, a woman determined not to take back this "jive, jive dude.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By bbc on October 13, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the absolute best first albums by a pop artist to date. I remember sneaking my older sister's "Divine Miss M" album out of her room when she wasn't around and playing it on our "stereophonic hi-fi." (We're talking back in 1972 after all.) Imagine a 12-year-old girl from the 'hood crooning along with Bette Midler's "Am I Blue" and totally getting it! When I listen to this CD now, I'm still amazed at how she renders all the covers on that album as hers and hers alone...every single note, every single riff...
To any and all Bette Midler newbies...get this album.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Frank M. Gentile on November 17, 2007
Format: Audio CD
One day in the early 1970's , I ran home from school to watch "The Virginia Graham Show", just like all the other boys who weren't in football practice. Settling down in front of the t.v with my Sugar Pops, ., I clearly remember the moment when Ms. Graham, she of the big white hair and big red mouth... introduced this unknown singer who proceded to blow my and everyone else's socks off. Looking like nothing anyone had ever seen before, and dressed and coiffed like a 1940's nightmare, I couldn't figure out if I loved her or if I was terrified of her. Strange creature indeed. What WAS she? The next time I'd heard of her was upon the release of "The Divine Miss M", which coincided with her appearing in my hometown. I had to work that night, (at the very hotel in which the Divine One was staying!) but all the buzz that day was about Miss M. Upon first listening to this album, I realized immediately that I was hearing something very, very special, and so did everyone else. This became THE album, that you played so many times and at every party that you wore it out, and I was no exception. With songs like "Am I Blue" , she was a smokey-roomed spotlight- lit chanteuse ala Helen Forrest and Margaret Whiting, then quick as a flash she schitzos into "Do You Want To Dance", "Chapel Of Love" and "Leader Of The Pack" and turns them into camp covers. "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"..... WHAT??!! She takes this then forgotten hit and out -Andrews the fabulous Andrews Sisters. She sends tears rolling down your cheeks with her lament to the forgotten elderly..."Hello In There", and her "Friends" which became the official gay mans signature song, well..by the time you hear the reprise of that song as the closing tune on this album, you knew that you and Bette were going to be lifelong friends.Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?