Mister D: Now is the time to start buying multiple copies of Jackpot. Christmas is around the bend and what a great gift this would be for the casual or new fan. Currently “Jackpot” is number 198 on the Billboard Top 200 CD charts and falling fast. Don’t let it disappear this Christmas season….
Music and Film Reviews
October 17, 2008
by Shawn Michael
(Atlantic / Rhino Records)
To quote the Divine Miss M herself: â€œThe showgirl must go on.â€ And her latest highlight compilation proves exactly why. A true catalog retrospective, spanning 36 years of her illustrious career, Jackpot!: The Best Bette celebrates the musical accomplishments of an artist adept in nearly any genre. From Big Band (â€œIn the Moodâ€) to blues (â€œWhen a Man Loves a Womanâ€), rock â€™nâ€™ roll (â€œBeast of Burdenâ€), Motown (â€œJust My Imaginationâ€), and even pop standards from the American songbook (â€œTenderly,â€ â€œSpring Can Really Hang You Up the Mostâ€), this CD proves that, given the right material and arrangements, there isnâ€™t anything Bette Midler canâ€™t perform.
Even for the most well-versed Bette Midler devotee, Jackpot! is a rare gift: an album fully showcasing her talents. Yes, there are some notable (if understandable) omissions, but even more remarkable and pleasantly surprising are some of the songs included. Audiences are treated not only to her rendition of such rare gems as â€œIâ€™ve Still Got My Health,â€ â€œBaby Mineâ€ (both off the Beaches soundtrack) and the previously unreleased track â€œSomething Your Heart Has Been Telling Me,â€ but also to such staples as â€œDo You Wanna Dance?â€ and the original single version of â€œBoogie Woogie Bugle Boy.â€ Although her Grammy-winning entries â€œFrom a Distanceâ€ and â€œWind Beneath My Wingsâ€ might seem as obligatory as her oft-heard signature tune â€œFriends,â€ they are worth including. And when heard again with new ears, Midlerâ€™s trademark ballad â€œThe Roseâ€ sounds remarkably fresh, reminding us all how and why the world took notice three decades ago.
Donâ€™t miss Jackpot!: The Best Bette in stores now from Atlantic / Rhino Records (www.rhino.com). Go to www.bettemidler.com for more artist information.