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Bette Midler’s 1972 Debut, The Divine Ms M, Gets 2CD Deluxe Edition

the-divine-ms-m-de-bette-midlerette Midler’s breathy and sexy “Do You Want To Dance?” was great song found in a great album released way back in 1972. The single mix was my first exposure to Bette Midler during my diminishing AM fascination. I was fifteen. That song alone brought me to a deeper exploration of her debut album. With great renditions of “Superstar”, a Bonnie Bramlett/Leon Russell track popularized by the Carpenters, “Hello In There” written by the inimitable John Prine, and the Buzzy Linhart song, “Friends”, The Divine Ms M album was a fine album by a great voice. By the time of her second, I was ready. I enjoyed the gospel-like take on “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me (Higher and Higher)”, and appreciated the Bette Midler version of “I Shall Be Released” (still, no one does that song like Richard Manuel!). And so, it’s good news to me to find that Rhino will be restoring The Divine Ms M with a new reissue.

On October 21, Rhino will reissue The Divine Ms M in a newly remastered 2CD set that will add in an additional nine bonus tracks. Those include single edits of “Do You Want To Dance?”, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” (which I wasn’t so fond of)”, “Friends”, and “Chapel Of Love”. The remaining five song are previously unreleased and include an alternate version of “Superstar” (that I’d like to hear!), two demos, and two early versions of songs.

Enjoy the remastered single mix of the song that started Bette Midler’s career:


TAPSheet: Release Notes – 09/30/2014 (US Report)

On December 9, Inside Recordings will release a 2LP version of the new Jackson Browne album, Standing In the Breach. The set will be pressed on 180g-weight vinyl. The CD version is slated for October 7.

Jackson Browne Standing In the Breach


The Lonesome Crowded West reissue by Modest Mouse arrives on November 11 on CD, DD, and vinyl LP (slated a week earlier on November 4).

Epitaph Records will release a remastered 20th Anniversary Edition LP set for NOFX of their 1994 album, Punk In Drublic, on November 24.  Epitaph will also release a 20th Anniversary Edition LP of Let’s Go, the 1994 album by Rancid. Both LPs are remastered, and pressed on 180g-weight vinyl. Both LPs will contain the CD of the newly remastered album.

Annie Lennox‘s new one, Nostalgia, is slated for release on October 21.

Warner Brothers have new Bette Midler music coming (15 tracks) on November 4 with It’s the Girls.

Bette Midler Its The Girls

Arista and Legacy Recordings will team to release a collected set featuring Carly Simon on their Playlist series. Playlist: The Very Best Of Carly Simon is slated for October 27.  Any Carly Simon fan could have produced a better set, if you ask me (look at that awful track-list).

1. Coming Around Again
2. Give Me All Night
3. All I Want Is You
4. Nobody Does It Better (Live)
5. You Belong To Me (Live)
6. My New Boyfriend
7. Let the River Run
8. The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of
9. Better Not Tell Her
10. You’re So Vain (Live)
11. Touched by the Sun (Live)
12. Anticipation (Live)
13. Never Been Gone (Live)
14. Our Affair

Fantasy Records will release a CD/DVD Deluxe Edition of Thompson, an album by Family, scheduled for November 18.

Welk Music Group will release new Marianne Faithfull music with Give My Love To London. That new album will release on CD, scheduled for November 11, and on vinyl LP, scheduled later for December 9.

Faithfull Give My Love To London

Varese Sarabande will release Infinity, by Shawn Phillips, on November 11. If you followed his career from way back in the ’70s, you may just be in for a treat.

November 17 is the date of the new Bryan Ferry album, Avonmore.

Eagle Rock Entertainment have Aquostic (Stripped Bare) from Status Quo, planned for November 11. The label also intends another From The Vault series featuring live Rolling Stones, in From the Vault – LA Forum (Live In 1975), scheduled for CD, and LP, both on November 18. This Stones title will also release on DVD, same date.

ATO Records will deliver English Oceans from Drive-By Truckers, on November 18.

English Oceans Drive By Truckers

Decca Records plan three BD-Audio (Blu-ray Audio) titles from Luciano Pavarotti on December 9. The high resolution sets include Donizetti: L’Elisir d’amore (1969), Puccini: Madama Butterfly (1974), and Puccini: Turandot (1972).

Atlantic Records will release CD for Greatest Hits So Far…featuring the Zac Brown Band. This set is planned for November 11.

Righteous Babe Records will release new Ani DiFranco on November 4 (CD, DD), and on November 11 (LP). The new album is called Allergic To Water.

The new anthology for Queen, Forever, is slated for November 11, in a 20-track CD set, and a 36-track 2CD Deluxe Edition.

Queen Forever

Secretly Canadian Records will release 2CD, DD, and 2LP for the Deluxe Edition reissue of Didn’t It Rain (1997), by Songs: Ohia (Jason Molina) on December 2. The Deluxe Edition will feature eight previously unheard demo tracks, as well as new Jason Molina artwork for the new package.


Warner Brothers Records will release new Damien Rice with My Favourite Faded Fantasy, scheduled for CD, and vinyl LP, on November 11.

Rhino Records will release a 6DVD collection of video featuring R.E.M. featuring all things video from the R.E.M. camp. The set, called REMTV, is slated for release on November 24.

Alucard Records will release Live At The Bicentennial featuring Gentle Giant, on November 18.

Gentle Giant Live

Fantasy Records will release The Complete Studio Albums from Creedence Clearwater Revival, all collected in an LP Box set, on November 11.

Finally, Raven Records will produced a 2CD collection of Foghat classics called Drivin’ Wheels (Best Of 1972-1982). This will drop on November 18. The only bad thing about this collection is that it unfairly overlooks Tight Shoes(1980), and Girls To Chat & Boys To Bounce (1981) with nary a modest representation. Nevertheless, a grand ‘best of’ and an excellent choice to be in your collection, especially if the tracks have been remastered, and remastered well.

Foghat Drivin Wheels


01. I Just Want To Make Love To You (Foghat – 1972)
02. Trouble, Trouble (Foghat – 1972)
03. Maybelline (Foghat – 1972)
04. Ride, Ride, Ride (Rock and Roll – 1973)
05. What A Shame (Rock and Roll – 1973)
06. Long Way To Go (Rock and Roll – 1973)
07. Couldn’t Make Her Stay (Rock and Roll – 1973)
08. Honey Hush (Energized – 1974)
09. Home In My Hand (Energized – 1974)
10. Wild Cherry (Energized) – 1974)
11. Eight Days On The Road (Rock And Roll Outlaws – 1974)
12. Trouble In My Way (Rock And Roll Outlaws – 1974)
13. Rock And Roll Outlaws (Rock And Roll Outlaws – 1974)
14. Chateau Lafitte ’59 Boogie (Rock And Roll Outlaws – 1974)
15. Drive Me Home (Fool For The City – 1975)
16. My Babe (Fool For The City – 1975)
17. Slow Ride (Fool For The City – 1975)


1. Fool For The City (Fool For The City – 1975)
2. Take It Or Leave It (Fool For The City – 1975)
3. Drivin’ Wheel (Night Shift – 1976)
4. Night Shift (Night Shift – 1976)
5. Take Me To The River (Night Shift – 1976)
6. Fool For The City (Live) (Foghat Live – 1977)
7. I Just Want To Make Love To You  (Live) (Foghat Live – 1977)
8. Road Fever (Live) (Foghat Live – 1977)
9. Honey Hush (Live) (Foghat Live – 1977)
10. Stone Blue (Stone Blue – 1978)
11. Easy Money (Stone Blue – 1978)
12. It Hurts Me Too (Stone Blue – 1978)
13. Chevrolet (Stone Blue – 1978)
14. Third Time Lucky (First Time I Was A Fool) (Boogie Motel – 1979)
15. And I Just Do What I Want (In The Mood For Something Rude – 1982)


Poll: Best Female Artists of This Time Worthy Of Remembrance

Florence WelchPoll time again!

We have so many female artists that have legitimately gained our love and respect. A look through the ’60s, we have Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Laura Nyro, Barbra Streisand, while the ’70s plump up with even more.  For the ’70s, there are Carly Simon, Bette Midler, Helen Reddy, Karen Carpenter, Linda Ronstadt, Carole King, Patti Smith, and a whole bunch more.  The ’80s delivered Kate Bush, Pat Benatar, Stevie Nicks, to name a few. Even the ’90s had a few icons. Those were Toni Childs, Fiona Apple, Alanis Morrissette, Sarah Maclachlan, and a few others. The interesting thing is that the ’90s produced female artists that are not as memorable as the previous decades (for many).

My poll question is this? Which female artists of the current generation, or since 2000, should be remembered as being extraordinary for their time. I have a few.

My list includes Florence Welch, Lykke Li, St. Vincent (Annie Clark), and Amy Winehouse and Adele (for different reasons). If we forego the usual Pop icons ( I have), we can safely eliminate artists like Katy Perry, Lady GaGa, Britney Spears, and others of their kind.

So, what are your choices of era 2000- now artists that should be remembered decades from now?

Lykke Li

Bette Midler Classic, Songs For The New Depression, Remastered For Limited Edition CD Release In July

BetteMidlerSongs For The New DepressionThe talented Bette Midler arrived on the radar with the release of her multi-hit platinum album, The Divine Miss M. That album contained the sultry cover of Bobby Freeman’s “Do You Want To Dance?”, and that song’s follow-up hit, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”. That happened in 1972. Since, Bette Midler would deliver album after album to a captive audience, who would keep her busy.

Her self-titled Bette Midler album, seemingly a more proper introduction of her full name, would follow The Divine Miss M. Released in 1973, the under-appreciated Bette Midler album attempted a similar approach with a nice variety of cover tune that included a sweet and brilliant version of Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released”, and Hoagy Carmichael’s “Skylark”. Of the album’s ten tracks, only “In The Mood” was issued as a single, carrying forward the style and weight of her “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” cover.

When she released her following album some three years after her eponymous second album, it proved to be a popular addition to Bette Midler’s catalog. Songs For the New Depression, issued in 1976, produced three singles that included her disco-styled dance cover of “Strangers In the Night”, a superb cover of Tom Waits’ “Shiver Me Timbers”, and a duet with Bob Dylan of Dylan’s own “Buckets Of Rain”. But Songs For The New Depression would not stop there. Her stunning cover of “I Don’t Want The Night To End” by Phoebe Snow would add more solid weight to the album.

Song For The New Depression would prove to be a strong addition, defining the power and charm of Bette Midler. Bette Midler would go on to more success as a singer, and dabble as an actress along the way. However, for me, it was her early entries that have all of my attention, this album being one of them. With participation by Rick Derringer, Dylan, Todd Rundgren, Utopia, The Brecker Brothers just to name a few, this is one of Bette Midler’s finest album.

On July 29, Friday Music will issue a new Reagoso remastered  Songs For The New Depression as a Limited Edition CD.  There are no added bonus tracks to round out the new set. the last remastering of the album was in 1995.