Bette Midler - Divine Madness Vinyl Album

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Bette Midler - Divine Madness Vinyl Album

Divine Madness is an album by American singer Bette Midler, released in 1980. It is a live recording taken from Midler's Divine Madness concert film, released the same year. The album, however, does not contain any of Midler's comedy routines and features only her musical performances from the show and it in fact only provides half of the songs that appear in the film. The original live recordings were also to a large extent edited and re-recorded in the studio for the soundtrack album. Among the tracks included are "Big Noise From Winnetka", from Midler's disco album Thighs and Whispers, repertoire standards like "Shiver Me Timbers", "Chapel of Love", "Leader of The Pack" and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" along with two tracks from her movie The Rose, "Stay With Me" and "Fire Down Below" (not originally included on the soundtrack) released earlier in 1980 and the Divine Madness album closes with renditions of rock classics like Bruce Springsteen's "E Street Shuffle", The Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released". The final film excluded "My Mother's Eyes," despite it being released as a single, and "Shiver Me Timbers" was not featured in the home video release (VHS or DVD). Footage of these songs have not been restored. The soundtrack does not include "Do You Want to Dance?," "Ready to Begin Again," "My Way," "To the South Seas/Hawaiian War Chant," "Ebb Tide," "The Rose," or any monologues. The Divine Madness album like the movie itself was a moderate commercial success, peaking at #34 on Billboard's album chart. The album was digitally remastered and reissued on CD by Atlantic Records/Warner Music in 1995 but with no bonus tracks.

Both the album cover and the vinyl album are in great condition. There is a inside sheet that contains some extra pictures and information on the songs. The inner sleeve is the sleeve that came with the album.

Songs on Album:

Side One
A - Big Noise From Winnetka
B - Paradise
C - Shiver Me Timbers
D - Fire Down Below
E - Stay With Me
Side Two
F - My Mother's Eyes
G - Chapel Of Love / Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
H - E Street Shuffle / Summer (The First Time) / Leader Of The Pack
I - You Can't Always Get What You Want / I Shall Be Released

 

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