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  • Audio Cassette (July 31, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: 1972
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wea Corp
  • ASIN: B000002I70
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,068,358 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

Customer Reviews

Hard to resist this terrific album, it puts a zesty smile on your face.
R. Penola
This album of Bette Midler, The Divine Miss M, was released in 1972 and is one of her best albums ever.
Matt Tawesson
Every song is performed with strong personality - raw, sincere and honest.

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30 of 30 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.
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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.
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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.
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8 of 8 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, 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 ›
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