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Bette Midler The Divine Miss M on Numbered Limited Edition LP from Mobile
Fidelity Silver Label!
Midler’s Grammy-Winning 1972 Debut Announces the Birth of a Superstar!
The Divine Miss M overflows with energy and personality: Torch songs, girl-group
classics, campy remakes, theatrical pieces delivered with supreme emotion!
Mastered on Mobile Fidelity’s World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI
(Best Plant in North America): Midler’s Voice Upfront and Centered, Every Nuance
of Her Phrasing Laid Bare.
Oh, behave! Bette Midler’s sparkling, energy-pulsing 1972 debut features the
singer honing her trademark brassy personality as well as showing off an
intimate, raw edge that fell by the wayside later in her career. Witness her
forlorn, melancholic, and heartbroken moods, all conveyed with supreme emotion
on several riveting ballads. But this LP is no downer. Midler offsets any
bleakness with playfully campy songs laced with unadulterated enthusiasm and
joyous defiance. This is a diva lover’s delight. The music is astonishingly
alive. A superstar is born!
Mastered on Mobile Fidelity’s world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI
(the best record plant in North America), Silver Label numbered limited edition
LP presents The Divine Miss M with the warmly cozy and front-row perspective
that the music demands. Midler’s voice is transparent and full, the timbral
shadings colorfully outlined, the vocal images appearing as if she’s singing
just a few feet away. Similarly, her cast of back-up vocalists (the Harlettes)
receives ample face time on songs that come across as if performed by a
girl-group revue. Midler has cut many records in her career but none are this
entertaining, diversified, and, now, sonically spectacular.
There’s always risk associated with interpreting other artists’ classics and
hits, but Midler makes every song here her own. She injects “Chapel of Love”
with extra swagger and feminine gusto. In her hands, the Carpenters’ “Superstar”
becomes more heartbreaking, filled with desolate sentiment and lonesome ache.
John Prine’s ballad “Hello In There” echoes, as if sung to an empty room, with
forlorn emotion. The 50s smash “Leader of the Pack” positively stomps and
declares, her band in tow, that she’s not going to be stopped. Indeed, Midler’s
interpretations of these staples surpass the previous versions, mostly due to
her impeccable strong vocals and contagious passion. She doesn’t quit. And don't
you dare decline her offer on "Do You Want to Dance!"
What else can be said of her trademark “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” her update of
the Andrews Sisters’ jazzy hit landing in the Top 10, featuring a scat vocal
(!), and smartly walking the line between campy fun and serious reverence.
Similarly, Midler’s two takes of “Friends”--the first off-the-cuff, wild,
snappy, and humorous; the second slightly cooler and infused with gorgeous
harmonies--remain modern marvels. There’s not a bad note on this incredible
The Divine Miss M has always been prized for its clear, clean production. Mobile
Fidelity’s Silver Series LP further improves the sound, which, in combination
with Midler’s performances, make this collectible reissue an absolute
About Silver Series: Coming from Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, the MoFi Silver
Label Vinyl Series features an eclectic mix of recordings. This series is
mastered and cut on the famous Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab state-of-the-art Tim de
Paravacini-designed mastering system. Vinyl is pressed at RTI on
audiophile-grade standard vinyl and are numbered limited-editions. Future
releases will continue to stretch stylistic boundaries, as the MoFi Silver Label
continues to explore music from many different genres. Expand your musical
horizons with the Silver Label!
"This was a well-targeted production that hit all the right places: it was campy, it was nostalgic, it was tender, it was sappy and seductive but at the same time showed Midler as vulnerable and accessible to the core audience." - Michael Fremer, analogplanet, Music 8/11, Sound 8/11
• Limited Edition
• MoFi Silver Label Vinyl Series
• Mastered and Cut on the famous MoFi Sound Lab state-of-the-art Tim de Paravacini-designed mastering system.
• Pressed at RTI on Audiophile-Grade Standard Vinyl
Bette Midler, vocals
Barry Manilow, piano (Side One, 1 & 5, Side Two, 1)
Ron Carter, bass (Side One, 1 & 5, Side Two, 1)
Dick Hyman, piano (Side Two, 5)
1. Do You Want To Dance?
2. Chapel Of Love
4. Daytime Hustler
5. Am I Blue
2. Hello In There
3. Leader Of The Pack
4. Delta Dawn
5. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
6. Friends (Reprise)