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    Default Bette Midler - It's The Girls

    enters the Billboard chart this week at #3

    Spotify online listen
    3.5 of 5.0 from allmusic

    14th studio album
    surprised again by this highest debut of the week
    flashback to the girl groups
    Bette does them proud but I'll stick to the originals

    artist website -

    Bio - from allmusic

    Bette Midler counts singing as only one 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, New Jersey and raised in Hawaii, Midler showed an interest in singing and acting early on, and by the '60s
    she had moved to New York and gotten a role in the long-running Broadway hit Fiddler on the Roof. Midler developed a nightclub act that included
    comedy and singing of a variety of kinds of material, including show tunes, pop hits, and even a takeoff on the Andrews Sisters, and appeared
    with increasing frequency in New York with her accompanist, Barry Manilow. She was signed to Atlantic Records and released The Divine Miss M
    (1972), which went gold and included a Top Ten single cover of the Andrews Sisters' "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy." Bette Midler (1973) was similarly

    Midler's album sales fell off during the rest of the '70s, though her records always reached the Top 100 in the album chart. But in 1979 she
    starred in the film The Rose, a fictional account of the life of Janis Joplin, and the title track became a Top Ten hit. 1980 saw the release of
    Midler's concert film, Divine Madness, and her best-selling book, A View from a Broad. Her next film, Jinxed (1982), however, was a major flop,
    and subsequent records didn't fare well. Midler made a cinematic comeback with Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986), but it wasn't until 1989
    that she had another pop hit, when her version of "Wind Beneath My Wings" from her film Beaches became a number one hit. This rejuvenated her
    singing career, and 1990's Some People's Lives became a Top Ten, million-selling album, with the song "From a Distance" hitting number two.
    Midler's soundtrack album to her 1991 film For the Boys was also a gold-selling hit.

    Midler appeared in a television production of the Broadway musical Gypsy that produced a charting soundtrack album in 1993 following the release
    of her million-selling hits collection Experience the Divine. The gold-selling Bette of Roses (1995) was her first regular album release in five
    years. Her 1996 film The First Wives Club was a major box office success. In 1998, she switched to Warner Bros. and released Bathhouse Betty,
    which went gold. With film opportunities drying up, the 54-year-old singer/actress turned to television, developing a half-hour network comedy
    series based on her own life. Though it didn't last long, Bette premiered on CBS on October 11, 2000; six days later, she released a second
    Warner Bros. album, also called Bette. During the next five years, Midler covered the songbooks of two seminal artists, Rosemary Clooney and
    Peggy Lee, and in 2006 came out with her first-ever Christmas record, Cool Yule, which included a duet with Johnny Mathis.

    Fans had to wait another eight years for a new studio album from Midler, but in the interim she was far from inactive. She released two
    compilation albums, 2008's Jackpot: The Best Bette and 2010's rarities set Memories of You; had a two-year residency at Caesar's Palace in Las
    Vegas with her stage show The Showgirl Must Go On; appeared in the feature films The Women, Parental Guidance, and Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of
    Kitty Galore, and starred on Broadway for the first time in 30 years in the play I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers. Her 14th studio
    album, It's the Girls! -- a tribute to classic girl trios down the years, from the Andrews Sisters to TLC -- was released in November 2014.

    Album Review - from allmusic

    Bette Midler's 2014 effort, It's the Girls!, finds the legendary vocalist paying homage to female girl groups from the '40s, '50s, and '60s.
    Never one to be underestimated, however, Midler also brings the homage full circle with a reworking of TLC's 1995 R&B hit "Waterfalls." Midler's
    14th studio album and 25th album overall, It's the Girls! follows up her successful compilation Memories of You. Though it represents an all-new
    effort in the studio, It's the Girls! nonetheless feels like a retrospective, a return to the cabaret and theatrical style of her early career.
    Working with veteran producers Marc Shaiman and Scott Riesett (both of whom previously helmed albums by Harry Connick, Jr., Mariah Carey, and
    others), Midler frames her resonant vocal chops with lush arrangements that, while reverential to the original recordings, certainly allow her
    to express her own personality on each song. Here, we get Midler's take on such classics of '60s girl group pop as the Ronettes' "Be My Baby,"
    the Chiffons' "One Fine Day," and the Supremes' "You Can't Hurry Love." Elsewhere, she turns her attention to more golden-age vocal group
    standards like the Andrews Sisters' "Bei Mir Bist du Schön" and the Chordettes' "Mr. Sandman." These are brightly produced songs perfectly
    suited to Midler's vocal style, stage bravado, and cheeky sense of humor.

    one of the few I wasn't familiar with:

    Track Listing

    1. Be My Baby
    2. One Fine Day
    3. Bei Mir Bist Du Schon
    4. Baby It's You
    5. Tell Him
    6. He's Sure the Boy I Love
    7. Mr. Sandman
    8. Come and Get These Memories
    9. Too Many Fish In the Sea
    10. Teach Me Tonight
    11. Waterfalls
    12. You Can't Hurry Love
    13. Give Him a Great Big Kiss
    14. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
    15. It's the Girl
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    Looking for somebody else and was reminded of this Thread. Here's the album (in a different order):
    A man accustomed to hear only the echo of his own sentiments, soon bars all the common avenues of delight, and has no part in the general gratification of mankind--Dr. Johnson
    What he said. Amen, Bro--JazzboCR

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